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7 Free Chrome Web Apps That Work When You Are Not Online Too

James complaints that I ignored Chrome Web App store and Web Apps completely. I have admit that. I got carried away with Chrome OS and CR48 Chrome Notebook.

I am sure that you all read about Chrome Web App Store already. So I thought its better to give you something with a little different. So, here is 7 Chrome Web Apps with offline support. Btw, Google Docs too will soon get offline access with a Chrome Web App.

The New York Times App for the Chrome Web Store

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NYT App

This was one of the featured apps during the launch. People from NYT introduced their app. The NYTimes app for the Chrome Web Store is a sophisticated HTML5 application that leverages advanced browser features to deliver a unique and compelling reading experience that can be read online or offline, says developers.

Install It from here.

Google Calender

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Google Calender App

No introduction required here. Google Calender app from Google. This works offline too. With offline access, you can view a read-only version of your calendar no matter where you are.

Install It From Here

Ajax Animator – Free Simple Animations From The Browser

A html5 powered web-based animation suite. Its original goal was to be a usable Flash IDE alternative, but has evolved into a cross-platform/cross-format animation tool. Works offline.


Get It Here

Fiabee

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Fiabee

Access, share and search across all files contained in your devices, even offline. And drop files into your Android from Chrome!

Get It Here

NotePub


A easy note taking app that works offline too. Install it fro here.

Solve a Cipher – With 3000 puzzle possibilities.

Test your wits with these cipher puzzles! Learn to break ciphers. Over 3000 puzzle possibilities.  Free, from the American Cryptogram Association. Get it from here.

Salon for Chrome

Offers an easy-to-browse chronological view of Salon’s award-winning coverage of news, politics and popular culture. Install it from here

Graphic.ly Comics

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Comic app

The Google Chrome edition of Graphic.ly provides an immersive reading experience and marketplace around digital comics optimized for the browser. With over 700 comic book titles, the Graphic.ly Chrome app allows new users to quickly get into reading without registering or signing in. Previews are available for all non-free content titles and offline reading is fully supported in fullscreen mode for any book a user owns

Do you have more apps you use / love / made ? Let me know !

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11 Comments

  1. Thanks for this post! I’ve got a few of these apps (and a lot more). I do quite like the app system, even though a lot are just glorified bookmarks. Apps allow for more games than extensions, as you feel that extensions degrade from performance or take up UI space. Also, it looks nice to see them with thumbnails and opening options.

    • I agree !!

      But there is an argument that most of the apps are just bookmarks .. what do you think ?

      • I think they are more of a Chrome OS thing, to replace the .exes of a standard computer. Anyway, it seems to make sense for developers, who can put their web apps on the Web Store, where people are looking for web apps. You probably wouldn’t have found Graphic.ly or NotePub or most of these web apps if it wasn’t for the Web Store.
        However, there are a few that use extensions (see something like Read Later Fast). It is definitely useful to get both parts together.
        P.S: the reason for the delayed reply is that I’ve been on Wordsquared for about 3hr (it’s a web app).

  2. Hey there, I just wanted to chip in here with an app we built:

    Scribble – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/offpaifnchmpbnjhjbhpdffahlofdkfb

    It uses HTML5 cache and offline storage, so works completely offline. Wondering if you could include it to the list – if you find it worth :)

    Thanks.

  3. I tried the Calendar app without internet connection. It doesn’t work. “The app is currently unreachable.” ubuntu/chromium

    • do you get “launch app anyway” ?

      • No, only that “The app is currently unreachable.”

    • After installing Google Calendar, then using it to make sure that it had accessed my cloud calendar, I closed it, then disabled WiFi, then attempted to open calendar again. Not only would it not load, it crashed Chrome so badly that I had to shut down and reboot.

  4. Scribble is good, but I still prefer Scratchpad, which has more functionality than at first glance. Also, if you drag the scratchpad to the bookmarks bar, clicking on it opens in a full-screen window, rather than the default 1.5″ x 2″ mini-window at bottom right.

    My favorite app to date is Read Later Fast, which allows capture of web pages to local storage, for reading offline. The user interface for finding/reading saved pages is very good, and you can create a small off-line library this way. When online, links in saved pages work.

  5. Here’s another feature I noticed tonight, for the first time:

    When a popup occurs, I get a brief orange/gold rectangular notification in the omnibox.

    I really liked this touch because I often missed the popup indicator before, when I actually wanted to use the unanticipated popup.