I’m always on the hunt for tools that either make my life easier…or are ones that do so for others. Qumana appears, at first use, to be just such a tool.
With all the buzz about Web 2.0, one would surmise that browser-based applications are the Holy Grail of online use. They’re typically slow, require being tethered to the internet to use, and are often flaky in their use (yes, even AJAX apps). Offline tools can often be far superior *if* they have close ties to the online application.
I recall the incredible objections that were posed by enterprise buyers of Salesforce.com when they initially didn’t have an offline tool for salespeople to take the Web hosted customer data along with them into the field. Their offline tool, however, was so robust (you can suck down all relevant customer data, add/subtract from the dataset in the field, then sync up when online again) that it stopped those objections.
I’m going to simply post this to Typepad without a preview to see what happens. If it works…I’ll be posting this way most of the time. I like it.