From the first two blocks of demos at the DEMOfall event, a couple of standout applications have already emerged. In the two sessions this morning, the first focused on consumers and the second on delivering more usable applications to business that provide the same capabilities, features, and look and feel that we're coming to expect from consumer offerings.
So far, I like what I see from:
- Tribeca Labs: Photobot "zero click" image enhancement and backup.
- Pluggd: contextual search in audio and video files to find the content you're interested in.
- Presto: delivery of photos, e-mail, and subscription content to a connected HP Printing Mailbox using nothing more than an telephone connection for people without an internet connection or PC.
- RingCube: Mojopac is a very cool virtualization of your PC's environment, applications, and files which can be stored on any USB device (inluding an iPod) and connected to any PC to provide a very fast virtual machine that leverages the installed operating system to overcome typical performance issues. At this point in the day, this is one of my hot picks from the event.
- ThinkFree Office AJAX Edition: the latest version of one of the original online office suites which was first shown at DEMO 2000. The new AJAX version is more like using a standard desktop-installed office suite with the advantages of a connected service which allows file sharing, collaboration, document management and version control, and integration with Flickr for phot integration. This is the closest thing I've seen to Microsoft Office in a browser.
- Koral: A web-based Content Management System that provides a couple of very nice features including a desktop dropbox for instant upload and metadate creation, alerts when an out-of-date version of a document is opened, and an interesting rating and ranking system to find content you'll probably find most useful based on who the author is and how others in your organization have rated it.
- BuzzLogic: A very interesting tool that aggregates information on a specific topic from blogs, MSM, and corporate web sites and builds intelligent "buzz maps" that show which sites are most influential in the conversation. A particularly compelling feature is the interactive buzz map display which allows you to traverse the linkage between sites talking about a particular topic and the ability to reach out to the authors to initiate a direct conversation with them.