The joy of desktop apps

Having linked to DrunkenBlog’s interview with Brent and Sheila Simmons last night, I’ve just downloaded MarsEdit and given it a whirl. Wow, I love desktop applications, what a difference it makes to be able to post to my blog without going to my website.

This is why I think CaseDetective for FogBugz will be useful for a number of people, desktop apps just have so much of a nicer feel to them, you can do so much more, and quicker too. For example, I’ve got spell checking as I write this, no more copying to Word (yes I use MS Word on my Mac, so what of it?) just to check my atrocious spelling.

So, what’s CaseDetecive I hear you ask? CaseDetective for FogBugz is the application I’m working on, a desktop companion to FogBugz by Fog Creek.

My intentions are that CaseDetecive allow me (and anyone else who may be interested) to extract data from FogBugz and generally dig a little deeper than you can with the current release (4.0). I want to be able to extract to Excel or similar apps various fields that meet various criteria (filters), and I think there are quite a few others who would like to be able to do the same too.

I’ve got a lot of ideas for what I want CaseDetective to allow me to do beyond just extracting data, but I’ll talk about that a little further down the line. If anyone reading this is a FogBugz user, and has any ideas on what they would like to be able to do from a desktop companion app, please add a comment to this post. All suggestions are very welcome!