The Best in Cross Platform Apps

Weekly Download Recommendations

Windows vs Mac. Android vs iPhone. These battles are so yesterday. Instead of rounding up apps for each platform, we decided to bring you some of our favorite cross platform apps. While basic user interface may vary from device to device, the underlying principles of each app is the same. Be sure to let us know which ones you have tried, and which ones you love in the comments below.

Windows and Mac Apps:

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Growl: Originally created for the Mac, Growl has since been rebuilt to work on Windows machines as well. Growl is simply a notification system for stuff that happens on your computer. When something happens - say a file finishes downloading - a small non-obtrusive notification pops up in the upper corner of your screen. It is not only that simple, but Growl is also incredibly useful for the multi-taskers among us.

Wunderlist: Do you need a cross platform task list and organizer? Well then look no further then Wunderlist. This beautifully designed app is available for both Mac and PC, but also has a web app as well. While this app does what most other organizers do, a huge benefit is the cost - Free! And as an added bonus, there are free iPhone and Android apps as well that sync with your Wunderlist account.

Handbrake: This open source project should be pretty well known by now. But just in case you have forgotten about it, we just wanted to remind you that Handbrake is a cross platform movie conversion app. One of the things that makes it so good is its ability to convert almost any video format to any other format. Additionally, Handbrake has many built in presets that allow for easy conversion of both format and resolution for various mobile devices.

Android and iOS:

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DocScanner: If you ever find yourself looking around for document scanner then this app is right up your alley. DocScanner helps keep you productive when your not-so-trusty scanner breaks down again. This simple apps helps frame the page you want to scan and eliminates all of the background noise. DocScanner not only converts pages to PDFs, but also allows for you to assemble multi-page documents as well as crop and sharpen individual pages. Check out the iOS and Android version in their respective app stores.

Pulse: While we know you hit the refresh button religiously waiting for new posts to appear on Unplggd, we also know you may check out a few other sites throughout the day. If thats the case, then we recommend using Pulse. Both the iPhone and Android apps go beyond simple RSS feeds. Instead they tie deeply into many of your favorite sights to give you a quick and easy way to sort through and read all of your articles while on the go.

Crackle: Do you enjoy watching movies? Do you wish you could watch them on those long bus and train rides? Well with Crackle you can now watch full length movies and TV shows right from you iOS or Android device. All you have to do is download the app from your respective app store and start enjoying.

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