Software & Apps

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Caret – A powerful code editor for Chrome

Caret is a code editor inspired by Sublime Text, capable of running completely offline and able to open and save files anywhere on your hard drive. It exists as a Chrome app, which means it can run on any desktop operating system, including Chrome OS.

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Caret has a pretty comprehensive feature set that makes it ideal for small programming tasks. It supports tabbed editing, syntax highlighting for dozens of languages and plenty of advanced features like keyboard shortcuts, multiple cursors and editable configuration files.
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Torrential – A Free & Easy Cash Flow Management App

Torrential is a cash flow management app that’s perfect for keeping track of small businesses or personal side-projects. The app allows you to record income and expenses, calculates how much money you’re making and helpfully plots it on a graph. Sure, it doesn’t have a lot of features, but that’s the point.

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Torrential app was launched just last week by Gowland Media (our parent company!) and is completely free to use and abuse.

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Find The Perfect Domain Name With Domainr

Domainr is a search engine for domain names that makes clever name suggestions using new and less-common domain extensions. Each query returns a list of potential domains categorized by their availability – either taken, available or for sale. A direct link to purchase or negotiate for available domains is then provided, along with basic WHOIS data from the current owner.

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Domainr’s most useful feature is difficult to explain. It applies a degree of logic to the results to match the domain extension to the type of business implied by the name. For example, a search for our parent company (“Gowland Media”) returns a list of results including “gowland.media,” “gowland.digital,” and “gowland.press.”

Domainr also have apps available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Chrome; so you can come up with great domain names while you’re out and about. Sure, why not? Finally, Domainr have an API to allow developers to integrate their domain generating powers into third-party apps.

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Bear is a Simple and Elegant Note Keeping App for Apple Devices

Bear is a writing app for Mac and iOS designed, first and foremost, to be beautiful and pleasant to use. It’s ideal for taking notes, drafting blog posts or constructing essays and stories.

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Bear isn’t just pretty to look at, though. It’s every bit as smart and sophisticated as its strongest competitors, boasting a long list of useful features. Its feature richness is especially impressive when you consider that it’s not officially released yet. At the time of writing, Bear is in closed beta, however you can submit your email address on the homepage to request access.

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Once the app is released, there will be “premium features” and a cloud sync service that require an in-app payment. The developers have confirmed that the “core version” will remain free for both Mac and iOS.

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Flarum – “Next Generation” Forum Software

Flarum is a free and open source forum script self-described as simple, fast, and free. It differs from the traditional layout of a forum by listing the most recently active topics on the index instead of a list of subforums. The subforums are instead replaced by topic tags which are listed on the left-hand side.

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From the project’s introduction page:

  • Fast and simple. No clutter, no bloat, no complex dependencies. Flarum is built with PHP so it’s quick and easy to deploy. The interface is powered by Mithril, a performant JavaScript framework with a tiny footprint.
  • Beautiful and responsive. This is forum software for humans. Flarum is carefully designed to be consistent and intuitive across platforms, out-of-the-box. It’s backed by LESS, so themeing is a cinch.
  • Powerful and extensible. Customize, extend, and integrate Flarum to suit your community. Flarum’s architecture is amazingly flexible, prioritizing comprehensive APIs and great documentation.

Flarum’s developers warn that the software is still in active development and shouldn’t be used for mission-critical websites. Installation is relatively straightforward, requiring a few simple commands over SSH on a server with Composer installed.

Flarum’s prerequisites are all supported here at The Web Atom, however you will need to submit a support request to have SSH access enabled for your account.