Productivity apps that work on Internet and Desktop
The noteworthy advantages of having an app that offers offline and online functionality is a real elephant in the room, it’s just so big, you really cannot ignore it. You’d probably recall that a few years ago, there was a mad rush to make a transition from desktop to the cloud. While proponents of both cloud and desktop apps made their voices heard loud and clear, I do believe that less than 1% of apps have united the benefits of both worlds into one compact bundle.
For those of you out there who are not that tech-savvy, the best analogy I can give you is whether you should choose a 2WD car or a 4WD pickup. Instead, why not have an SUV that has the capability to offer you both? I see a world of opportunity here and it’s not just more benefits per buck either. What better way to highlight these benefits than by using 3 apps that have 3 different functions but the same 3 advantages?
1. Availability that is 24/7 is assured
Consider Evernote. This really smart app is just excellent when it comes to note taking and archiving. It’s perfect for keeping notes of a corporate meeting, planning your next trip by clipping together itineraries and maps, creating a to-do list, and even capturing images of your shopping bills so you can keep a tab on your expenses. While you spend your time taking notes and archiving them, you know for a fact that it can be accessed whenever you need it either on a browser, your personal computer or even your phone! Whatever said and done, there really is nothing like offline security, just look what happened with Flickr. Everything is there just where you need it on your desktop.
2. Enjoy unhindered collaboration!
Dropbox is a well known web-based file hosting which uses cloud computing to help users to store and share files with others across the Internet using file synchronization. So your files are saved and sync’ed across all your computers and phones along with the very same devices of your collaborators as well. Thanks to the concept of online functionality, you can get your whole team to collaborate and comment on files.
3. No Internet? No problem
In the case of Creately, which is a collaborative diagramming software used by teams around the world to communicate more effectively. Your work is synchronized across your online account and desktop through the Diagrams Anywhere feature. When it comes to the lack of Internet, don’t fret. With an app that offers online and offline functionality, you can work on your diagrams whether you are on a plane, at a restaurant, at office or at home and whatever the Creately product you use (online or desktop) all your work will be right there available for you on your dekstop when you are stuck without internet.
So would it be safe to assume that apps like Evernote, Dropbox and Creately Desktop are paving the way for productivity apps in future? That’s a question which is sure to invite quite a lot of debate. Yet whichever way you look at it, one could conclude by saying that the advantages that have been showcased thus far highlight the fact that apps, which work both online and on the desktop offer a plethora of benefits that cannot be matched by an app that provides only online or offline functionality.
Guest Post: Rohitha Perera is an Online Marketer at Creately.com, a collaborative diagramming software for teams. You can read more of his writing on the Creately Blog or follow him on Twitter: @creately @ForzaRP