Why do we need a desktop client when we already have the browser application? Convenience, speed and added productivity.
So far I've seen two mention-worthy desktop clients for Alfresco:
- Fred by XeniT (Commercial)
I've tried it and was extremely pleased with the interface; it's very clean and highly functional. It just works. Sure you can use IMAP, CIFS and Alfresco Office Extension / Addon to get the same features but I especially like the idea of putting those essential features conveniently into one user-friendly application.
The only downside of this is it's a paid subscription, but for large organizations I believe this is worth it.
- FlexSpaces (Free, Open Source)
What's great about FlexSpaces is that it's a cross-platform software. It can run on Windows, Mac, Linux and even on mobile devices: iPad, Android devices, and BB Playbook. It's free and the license is LGPL.
A bit of a letdown is the interface, it's not yet polished. Functionality is excellent, but it can get quite confusing at times.