In my post Future Direction of Applications, I discussed some of the issues plagued by our current set of applications.
- Web-based applications – how do you access your data if you are offline?
- Desktop-based applications – how do you easily collaborate if you have created a silo of content on your desktop.
There needs to be a merging of the technologies that offer the best of both worlds:
- Easy Web-based collaboration
- Access to content while offline
- Content is secured
- Seamless experience to the user for online / offline usage
It is these issues that need to be met for a next generation of applications.
Vijay Pullur of Dekoh in his post, No need to go beyond the browser, says his company has a set of applications available in beta right now that meet these needs. From the Dekoh (Beta) site the following set of applications are currently available:
- Dekoh Photos – Unlock digital photos from your PC. Organize and share them with others.
- Dekoh Music – Organize, share playlists, and stream music.
- Dekoh Calendar (Coming Soon) – Calendar is a desktop/offline counterpart to Google Calendar, with audio reminders.
- Dekoh Books – Catalog your books through easy integration with Amazon, share your interests with friends.
- WordPress – The popular blogging software. Blog privately to your own personal network [Windows only].
The Dekoh browser-based desktop portal displays other applications that are available. I think the current list of applications is a good start.
Dekoh is based on Java, and the applications run locally on your system on a little mini web server. The application runs on Windows Mac and Linux, using IE, FireFox or Safari. To use the application, you download the Dekoh Desktop, and then each application is downloaded separately.
Help on the installation is easy to find, and is clear and straightforward. There is a large wiki for help, not all of it is currently complete, I was unable to find help in the wiki on using the current applications that are available. I found help checking the forums for help/FAQs on the different applications. I did not see a method of getting to these forums while in the application without opening another window to access the content. I am always a big advocate of help always being within easy reach.
I played with Photos and Books, and Photos seems more functional then Books. Honestly I did not quite get the hang of Books.
Finally here is an interview that includes a demonstration of Dekoh with Vijay on the ScobleShow, that gives additional explanation of Dekoh, the platform and available offerings.
Dekoh is currently in Beta and I think they are worth watching.