Onfolio: An interesting new app for organizing information you find online. It’d be better, I think, as a Web-based app rather than a client tool. Watch the Flash presentation here for the quick skinny.
My question is, is there a need for this product? In the end, this seems like a hot-rodded Favorites list. Is there a big functionality hole there that we need to fill? Check out their usage examples to see what they’re targeting.
On another note, is $29.95 is standard Web-related application price these days?
Onfolio is a PC application for collecting, organizing and sharing information you find online. Fully integrated with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Office, Onfolio has tools for capturing a wide range of content including links, text snippets, images, web pages, and documents. Onfolio lets you organize and find captured content quickly and easily. And with Onfolio, you can easily share your research in documents, presentations, emails, and research reports.
Onfolio almost reached the status of shiny object, and, consequently, a trial install. However, I just paved and reloaded this machine, and I don’t want to clutter it up with junk (actually, if truth be told, my wife ordered me not to clutter it up with junk).
(Besides, they used the word “seamless” in the presentation, and that’s a big red flag right there. If anyone ever uses “seamless” and “robust” together, dispatch a hit team to their corporate headquarters immediately.)
I do, however, want to give Onfolio props for a well-done site packed full of information about the product. The Flash demo is good, the usage examples are enlightening, and their FAQ is uncommonly well thought out.
Example: my biggest issue with software is, where are you keeping my stuff? They actually provide an answer in their technical FAQ:
The data you capture into Onfolio is all stored in an Onfolio collection file (.cfs). By default collections are stored in the My Collections folder of your My Documents directory. Onfolio collections are databases that can contain saved content, annotations, folders, etc. When you open a file that is in a collection, Onfolio temporarily makes a copy of it in you temp directory so it can be opened in your browser.
In the end, however, no non-IE support, no API, and a relationship to Windows that’s perhaps a little too close (the only report format seems to be MHT) will make me pass on this one.