Archive for September 26, 2011

10 Free Multiple Phone Web Based Application Framework

Years ago, there was debate around cross platform technologies and the importance of cross platform technologies like Java Vs. Microsoft .Net Vs. Web and other alternatives. With the recent mobile revolution, having multiple mobile platforms like iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and others in the front of the cutting edge technology, the cross platform question is once again become more relevant. The biggest question is “How do you build a software that can seamlessly run on BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, and even Windows Mobile”. The endless war between Apple (iPhone/iPad), Adobe (Flash), Google (Android), and Microsoft (Silver light, Windows, Windows Phone) has more losers than winners by one player not supporting the other.


A Multiple Phone Web Based Application Framework is a software framework that is intended to solve the problem of cross platform question. A multiple phone web based application framework is a software framework that is designed to support the development of phone applications that are written as embedded dynamic websites and may leverage native phone capabilities, like geo data, camera or contact lists. There are many such frameworks that are evolving and this post provids a list of 10 free multiple phone web based application framework.

1. PhoneGap

PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. PhoneGap leverages web  developers already best known technologies like HTML and JavaScript. PhoneGap supports all popular mobile platforms – iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Palm WebOS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. For more information check here.

2. iUI

iUI is a framework consisting of a JavaScript library, CSS, and images for developing advanced mobile webapps.Made with only iPhone in mind in the first place (reason of i UI), it now supports most smartphones & tablets. It supports iOS, Android, BlackBerry ( limited models) , and Windows Mobile. For more information check here.

3. QuickConnectFamily

QuickConnectFamily is a hybrid framework that lets you to get your app on the store now by using your web skills to create installable mobile applications. It lets you write your iOS or Android app in HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and still access the device. it supports iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Palm WebOS.  Windows Mobile is in the road-map. For more information check here.

4. Rhodes

Rhodes 3.0 let you to use your web skills to write native apps once and build for all smart phones. RhoHub lets you write and build apps online. RhoConnect lets you to easily integrate with enterprise apps and synchronize data to devices.  supports all popular mobile platforms – iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile. For more information check here.

5. Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium is a platform for developing mobile, tablet and desktop applications using web technologies HTML, CSS and Javascript. It supports iOS and Android. Blackberry support is in beta. Gartner names Appcelerator as Visionary in their recent Magic Quadrant analysis of the rapidly growing market for mobile software platforms. For more information on Appcelerator Titanium, check here.

6. iPFaces

iPFaces is an open source framework developed by Edhouse for simple creation of native application for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry and devices with Mobile Java (J2ME).The solution is dedicated for web developers experienced either in ASP.Net, Java or PHP. For more details on iPFaces, check here.

7. Canappi

Canappi enables entrepreneurs, Developers and businesses to rapidly build cross-platform mobile applications. It uses Objective-C, Java, PHP, SQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Silverlight. Canappi supports iOS and Symbian currently and Android support is in beta. For more information, check here.

8. Mobl

Mobl is an programming language and open-source multiple phone web-based application framework. It is a statically typed language that targets mobile phones that support JavaScript and HTML5.It supports iOS, Android and Pam WebOS. For more details check here.

9. Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch is the world’s first app framework built specifically to leverage HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript for the highest level of power, flexibility, and optimization. Sencha Touch is a cross-platform framework aimed at next generation, touch enabled, devices. Sencha Touch allows you to develop mobile web apps that look and feel native on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry touch devices. For more information check here.

10. NEXT

NEXT is a free, open source Java and HTML5 framework for building Native Looking web applications for smartphones and tablets. NEXT is device agnostic and runs on 6 different platforms: iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS6+, webOS, Samsung bada and BlackBerry PlayBook. It is completely based on web standards like HTML5 and CSS3. Influenced by Apple’s Cocoa Touch, NEXT is using MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern, allowing rapid HTML5 mobile development and leaving you focused on your real business problems. For more information, check here.

Open Source and Free Image Editors & Tutorials – Alternatives To Photoshop, Microsoft Paint

All of us have used Windows Paint. It is nice but not many features and flexible. Free doesn’t mean limited features. If you start using tools such as listed below, you will soon realize, they are quite powerful tools and can be used for professional work too.


GIMP (supports Windows, Mac and Linux – free and open source)

GIMP is one of the most popular and most blogged image editors on the planet! Quite powerful with layer, filter, plug-in support. Requires a little advance image editing skills. Do practice, there are good tutorials available here.

Also look at GimpShop – similar UI as Photoshop for GIMP.

Paint.NET (Supports only Windows – free but not open source)

Simple yet powerful image editor. Light weight, fast to load – no nonsense image editor.  Lots of tutorials available here and here


Krita (KDE/Linux, open source)

Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Tutorials are here.

Artweaver Free (supports only Windows and not open source)

Relatively unknown but powerful image editor.


You may want to see the below software tools too…not necessarily free/open source.

10 Free Online Backup Services for Android and iPhone

When you need to access a document you have stored on a remote server or synchronize data between your systems/devices and share important business documents with your clients, you need to have a powerful online backup and sharing solution that backs up your data automatically on a secured cloud storage and make it available when you need. Here in this post we review 10 most popular online backup, online sync and online sharing solution for Android and iPhone, that just provides all you need for free!


1. Dropbox

Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems like Android, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry. There are a number of versions across many Operating Systems – Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It offers 2GB of free space to store your files that are always available from the secure Dropbox website.

2. SpiderOak

SpiderOak provides an easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, sync, sharing, access & storage solution for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It has mobile clients for iOS and Android that can be downloaded at the SpiderOak website

3. SugarSync

SugarSync’s online backup, file sync, and sharing service makes it easy to stay connected. With SugarSync you get secure cloud storage for all your files — documents, music, photos, and videos. You can download SugarSync client for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian from the SugarSync website.

4. Wuala

Wuala is an online storage, synchronization, and backup service. Data is stored on Wuala’s own servers as well as ‘in the cloud’ – that is on storage ‘traded in’ by other users of the service. Data in the cloud is stored as encrypted blocks, and in multiple copies. It supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile like iPhone and Android. You can download the client for free from the Wuala website.

5. ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive is a cloud-based file synchronization and storage service that enables users to store and sync files online and between computers using their HybridCloud storage solution. ZumoDrive has a cross-platform client for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Palm webOS, that enables users to copy any file or folder into the ZumoDrive virtual disk that is then synced to the web and the users’ other computers and handheld devices. For more details click here.

6. Tonido

Tonido allows you to access and share your content directly through a web browser without uploading or worrying about storage limits. You can share files, music, photos and calendar, download torrents and even manage your finances straight from your desktop. It is available for all the popular mobile platforms like Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. For more details check here.

7. Asus WebStorage

ASUS WebStorage is a Cloud Storage Service that helps user backup data, sync file between devices and share data to friends. It offers auto data backup for nearly 3 computers, auto data synchronization, and data sharing amongst others. The automatic backup of data is extremely useful as you will never need to be reminded to backup the data. In addition to Windows and Mac, it supports iPhone and Android. For more information check here.

8. Soonr

Soonr offers simple document organization and file-sharing with automatic backup and access from any Web browser or mobile phone.oonr Supports over 800 mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and BlackBerry. For more information check here.

9. CX (Cloud Experience)

Keeps files in sync across multiple devices. Manages files, photos, calendars and address book online and offline. For more details check here.

10. Fiabee

Fiabee products allow you to automatically manage all of your files distributed across your multiple devices. Every time you create or edit a file, Fiabee’s advanced technology will detect these changes and automatically save them to our secure data center – you don’t need to do a thing. For more details check here.

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