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Old 06-09-2010, 10:05 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by capidamonte View Post
That was a thread about an app to download from your catalog and sideload to the reading device, one that might interfere with the personal system of users.

This is a utility to create graphical books. Entirely different, and shouldn't do more than touch some pre-selected files. Web-based software for that purpose is inefficient and a waste of bandwidth; upload, download, iterate, upload, download... repeat until satisfied.

Also, what happens when you go away? Or change your terms of service? And why should anyone trust you when you say you don't keep copies? Who are you?
If it's an issue of trust, building a desktop app doesn't solve the problem.

In fact, it makes it worse in some ways, b/c if you don't trust the web site in the first place, you're unlikely to install something from that site on your pc, for fear of viruses or malware, etc.

The point about uploading and downloading makes sense, but it is less valid now than 5-10 years ago, when broadband was less widely available.

As Flickr and YouTube have shown, people are ok with uploading and downloading decent sized files to and from those sites.

Also, with the advent of Google Docs and Zoho, the idea of using an app that was formerly desktop-bound on the web has become more acceptable. Even Microsoft Office is now available as as web app.

I'm not against the idea of building a web app per se, but I just haven't heard of a compelling reason to do it.
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