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Webpage-based applications

#1 Post by webfork » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:43 am

I realize there's probably a better name for this type of program, but in the meantime, a new type of application that might interest some users: apps on a downloadable webpage.

Background

Everyone is familiar with web-based applications applications, programs that work entirely via a web browser e.g. any web mail service, Google Docs, and Slack. They have two obvious issues: they require an Internet connection (a good one if you're working with large images or video), and occasionally the services behind them die. There's of course always questions of privacy and security for anything not done on your local machine, and many tools require a login of some sort.

One thing that can solve this issue is that some web-based programs will let you download the whole thing to your local machine, meaning you run the whole thing locally and thereafter no internet connection is required.

Why webpage-based?

The advantages of webpage-based applications are really the same as portable freeware except that they function on any system that can run a modern browser and therefore extremely cross-platform. As they are run entirely in the browser, there's little security concern, but new browser updates and controls or tweaks could also break functionality. Like windows applications from 10+ years ago, very old webpage-based apps may not behave reliably.

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Re: Webpage-based applications: pl-copyfind

#2 Post by webfork » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:50 am

pl-copyfind - a comparison tool targeted at finding plagarism, but I can see a lot of other applications as well:
https://github.com/cmroanirgo/pl-copyfind

Steps

1. Click the green "Code" button and select "Download zip"
2. Extract and launch demos\index.html

Screenshot:

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Re: Webpage-based applications: Text-Utilities

#3 Post by webfork » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:55 am

Text-Utilities - lots of interesting text manipulation tools.

Web-based app: https://rawgit.com/instanceofme/text-ut ... index.html

Download locally: https://github.com/instanceofme/text-utilities

Steps:

1. Click the green "Code" button and select "Download zip"
2. Extract and launch index.html

Screenshot:

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Where I learned about the program: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/103 ... tence-case

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Re: Webpage-based applications: SCEditor

#4 Post by webfork » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:38 pm

SCEditor - Something I use for building any complex formatting used here in the forums (probably my most-used web app). Visit the website for a working, web-based version: https://www.sceditor.com/

Steps: Click download (at hte top of the page), unzip, and launch example.html

Screenshots:

Full view that shows the bbcode:

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Window-only view of the standard editor:

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Limitations: the various "skins" didn't work for me in Firefox.

Related: BBCeditor

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