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AIR & Other Applications Tried This Week

Posted by Sravan | April 24, 2009 .

I am usually set with my daily applications and resist change as much as possible. Even when I try out a new application, say to review it here, I don’t make it my daily application unless it serves a unique purpose or server already-served purposes in a unique way. TweetDeck, e.g., is one of the Adobe AIR apps that has become a daily application.

But this week has been rough with growing dissatisfaction regarding some apps and I’ve tried alternatives to all of them.

1.  ReadAIR: I reviewed it in the past and I stand by it. It is still not good enough for me. I like Snackr more.

2.  Nomee: When I first read about it, I hoped that it could be the perfect AIR alternative to Skimmer. After patiently registering, getting four verification invites, changing password twice, and finally setting up the “Nomee Card”, I realized something. To use Nomee with the umpteen social services, you must send invites to your friends and you get their updates through Nomee only if they already have a Nomee Card and accept and share cards, or accept Nomee’s invite to start using the app. Perhaps, I’m in a bad mood. FAIL!

3. Klok: Klok is a popular time tracking AIR app. I haven’t used it much and can’t pass a verdict yet, but I have a feeling I won’t use it regularly. It’s me, not you, Klok. I already work by the clock, and I never filled timesheets in my life, nor will I ever.

3. Opera: I have been a Maxthon fan for years now and used it as my default browser all along. It somehow had the right look and feel and features for me. However, the release cycles have been getting longer and longer, and the current version doesn’t work well with the IE8 engine. I finally had to pass it over, and having never given Opera the chance it deserves, am now doing that. So far very good. Going with the flow, I got rid of the Google Chrome beta version too. Mozilla Firefox, of course, remains irreplaceable.

4. Google Talks Labs Edition:  Google Talk is the only chat client that I use, but it doesn’t have the great powerful evil invisible mode. The labs edition not only has that feature, the individual chat windows are tabbed now. Be warned that Google embraced the “Local Settings/Application Data” path and so the labs edition lives there along with Chrome. Why do you hate “Program Files”, Google?

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