Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165704/keep-your-data-local-free-offline-alternatives-to-6-popular-web-apps/
Web apps are all the rage, but offline apps still have their place. Whether you want better offline support or you just want to keep your sensitive data on your PC, there’s a free desktop app that can replace your web-based productivity app.
I enjoyed this article but you did not mention that apart from being restricted to a PC in many cases, you have to pay (sometimes) for a method of sending your email (for instance). I used Hover for a long while but really got tired of paying each year. Now I use gmail and of course don't have the benefits of working on my mail offline etc. What does the author recommend as the best way of getting round this problem?
I've been using Mozilla Thunderbird, with Gmail, for years. Works great. The only addon I've tried is the Lightning calendar, which is also good.
I've been using Roboform for years. It is very easy to use and is compatible with just about everything, is regularly updated, and has private as well as cloud options. And yes, it is encrypted.
@Ruth Try GMail offline. It's in beta right now, but works rather well. You can get to it through your gmail account settings. Once there, look for the tab at the top of the page labeled Offline, select that, and hopefully it will do what you need.
Everything from email to office apps are moving to the cloud but somehow I still feel that desktop apps are more robust. I tried using Google Drive for spreadsheets but came back to Excel 2010 shortly afterwards. I know this will change as web technologies are getting better but as of now my choice remains desktop based programs.
Well, as far as I can tell, the majority of the linux community -- particularly the more technical developers -- still prefer native desktop applications, and the majority of the applications I use (vim, bash, gimp, etc...) are developed by the linux community. So I don't think I have anything to worry about in the near future.
Sounds a great idea. I have loaded it and certainly look forward to trying it out. I sent an email but of course I was online so there was no real difference. I will still search for others..maybe I will even go back to Outlook and see how that is (on the PC only though). I notice that there is an announcement today on a tablet that runs Windows and Android, switchable, maybe that is a solution to those who cling to their desktop interface.
Interesting..maybe it is time to start on Linux. Can I run it on the same PC as Window..will consult this site and son who loves it.
You sound as though you are really looking forward to truly online apps in the Linux environments. I am searching to go backwards --off the cloud..what am I missing?
Nice and informative article, Ruth.
I'd like to suggest that if one stores the KeePass database on Dropbox, one can leave the drudgery of syncing to Dropbox and so have KeyPass available on several devices, "instantly" up-to-date. On Android devices I believe the app. is named KeePassDroid. Sadly, I've no idea if BB offers a comparable facility.
Ah, no. Quite the opposite really. I prefer to rely on my own hardware and software for most things. The internet is wonderful for information and communication (just look at HTG) but I see no reason for it to also supply our software. Native applications are more reliable and more responcive (in my experience).
The big reason you will find many more native application users amoung Linux is because we are all about software Freedom. With software on your computer you decide exactly where all the files go, and what sees your data. Moreover, the vast majority of linux software is free and open souce, so one can contribute to it and modify it to suit their own needs.
Ah well, windows, ChromeOS, and the others can take their own path. Linux is sticking around for me and lots of other developers like me.
Yes, no problem at all. I have Linux installed next to windows on my tower PC. They both work fine -- though I havn't had any need to boot into windows in years. If you try Ubuntu (a very easy linux distro to use. It is much like a Mac.) it will automatically give you the option as it installs to exist alongside of windows. You just choose which OS you want to use every time you boot up.
I'm just a windows guy ..... I used to use email clients like outlook express, outlook, incredimail,, and thunderbird thinking that i wanted my email on my computer and not wandering around webland or being deleted when my server space filled up or timed out.
Then I bought another computer .... I went through the synchronize process ... (I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer) it took me until the 2nd day before I realized that I'd have to synch my email mail clients each time I used them.
All of a sudden the web didn't look so bad. Then I went on vacation and brought my laptop. The web looked better yet. Libre Office is really great. However, I do need to do periodic updates. If it was maintained by someone else .... I expect that I wouldn't.
I'd probably want my development environment on my own computer unless I was working with team members in other locations and we needed to stay current with each others compiles.
Anyway ... just throwing this out there, grateful always for being set in another direction.
While Thunderbird itself hasn't been updated recently, Earlybird is being updated continually and the current release was updated today (1-27-2015). I'm using earlybird, which is an official mozilla release and is avaliable on their website along with a beta version of thunderbird, though the early bird version is the one that is being actively updated.
The only issue I've had has been a couple of times (while downloading thousands of mails) it hit a communication error that was resolved by closing the program and opening it again.