A lot of events are poised to take place in 2008; the next MacWorld, the winter olympics, the presidential election and Lindsey Lohan's next stint in rehab, but amidst all the shake up what I am really excited about is the unveiling of all sorts of new mac apps. Now, developers are pretty tight-liped about their plans, but a bit of research has unveiled several worthy applications (I am working with a loose translation of that word) which will be made available to the world in 2008. So let us begin...
Flow: FTP Done Right
Extendmac is making some bold claims about its file transfer protocol client, Flow. One such claim is that Flow is the BMW of FTP clients. So what happens when German engineering meets web 2.0 usability and design? Well, I'm not sure, but I am seriously excited about Flow.
Its true that there are a lot great FTP clients out there. For my personal blog jstamant.com I use CyberDuck which works fine for me. Others like Transmit by Panic, but Flow is going to be a pretty intense competitor.
What really sold me was the video demonstrations of how Flow will handle files in order to speed up the upload process, and boy is it fast. Watch the video and you will be stunned at the kind of speed Flow is laying down.
I'll conclude with a quote from Sebastiaan de With of Cocoia which pretty much confirms Flow's tagline:
"Flow is an application that is fantastically straightforward in its user interface. there is nothing to be distracted by, and everything you see is geared to do what you want at that moment. first using it is almost uncanny because you simply won't have to think before acting. it does what you want, when you want it."
Now thats what I call FTP done right.
Songbird: The Firefox of media players
Some of you may have read the early review of Songbird on Jay Baker's columnhailing it as the "Firefox of media players" (you can also see that review here, so I won't go into details about why this app is so amazing. However, when that post was written by my friend and fellow viner, Jay Baker, the only catch to Songbird was that it was still in its infancy stage.
Now, in 2008 Songbird is poised to take its first step into maturity and be packed with some amazing features, but most importantly this little chick will finally stand stably on its own two feet.
Until then, you can head over to Songbirb's nest and check it out.
Delicious Library 2: Making a good thing better
Probably one of the most talked about mac apps of all time for its elegant mash-up of functionally and design (especially the design part) is Delicious Library. Truly, its innovation set the bar for mac apps everywhere. Now, since Apple moved over to Leopard the developers of this app found it was time for an upgrade.
DL-2 is poised to be unveiled around the same time as MacWorld in January and will come with some pretty cool new features, but the guys at Delicious Monster really sum it up best with this quote:
"We're recommending all users purchase and have handy extra underpants before trying Delicious Library 2 for the first time, because you may literally crap your pants."
Cookbook: MyDreamApp hopeful
Alright so in the interest of full disclosure I was a bit hesitant to include Cookbook to the list. There is a bit of controversy surround MyDreamApp. Namely, many argue that since the developers are only coding these apps in their spare time that their apps may not see the light of day any time soon. Additionally, if they do make it into the market their potential for upgrades and bug fixes could be few and far between. Granted, this is a good point, however, you really need to take a look at Cookbook and I'm sure you will agree that it has some amazing potential.
As far as I know Cookbook is still in development, slow development, but 2008 is still about a month away and then the developers have a year to produce a stable release. So I'm hopeful and because I really love the mockups and idea of this app I am giving it a spot on the list.
Here's to hoping Cookbook doesn't flop and I don't have to eat my words!
Office 2008 for Mac
Admittedly, I hate to technically coin Microsoft's Office 2008 suite a "mac app" even if it is an application which runs on Apple computers. Even with that in mind I had to include it to this list because of the anticipatory attention it is gaining from a multitude of members in the Apple community.
I worry about the necessity of the Office suite in years to come. Because of several instances of working with the Window's version at my work I certainly begrudge the .docx formatting. I am also a huge fan of open source solutions and continue find Google Docs to be a true contender. Additionally, I think that Apple's iWork suite handles my needs just fine.
That being said, people are traditionalists and like their MS Word and Powerpoint, not to mention it is the business standard. So to be fair I have included this application to the list albeit in last position. So there, don't hate me.
What do you think?
Alright, so I would like to hear from the viners on this subject. Expressly about which apps you are excited about seeing in 2008. Additionally, which apps would you like to see a major upgrade from, no matter the date? I know there are plenty of fan-boys out there like myself who should ring in so feel free to comment. Personally, I am looking forward to Camino 2.0 which I would consider to be a runner-up on this list. I really think Firefox's answer to a Mac browser needs a bit of work to be viable, but am eager to see it in its 2.0 phase. Perhaps it will garnish the same attention as Firefox when it hit the big 2.0 milestone.