Desktop Application Development

Desktop application development

Over the last few years the growing demand for cloud-based systems has overshadowed the desktop applications. However, in some circumstances, they are still the best option. A desktop application is a good choice if you need a highly responsive solution that works without an internet connection.

desktop application development developer in front of a monitor

Why would I even consider a desktop application?

With the rise of the web apps and the intrinsic benefits of working inside a browser, is still worth to develop a desktop app nowadays? Are there any specific benefits that were not yet overcome by the cloud-based solutions?

Web apps have a lot to offer:

• nothing to install, nothing to update. That’s quite convenient if your users are within organizations that run a policy on the software that is installed on the business’s computers);
• web developers are easier to find than desktop developers;
• the look and feel of the product will be a modern one;
• if it works for most of the companies out there, then it should work for me, right?

Those are pretty solid checkpoints in favor of web apps. But for some products, choosing the path less traveled might be worth it.

 

Desktop applications hold specific benefits that are hard to replicate within a browser app

Accelerated operations
Working in a desktop application can be a lot faster for users. Think about performing the same operations online and on desktops. Web applications hold the delay of seeking the web server. This delay is higher compared to desktop applications (in most cases). On this one add a delay that may result from a low performance of the internet connection. No need to say, if the network connectivity is down, so is the app. Offline working capabilities are a big plus. With a desktop application you can work offline, process stuff, edit information without an active internet connection.

Best for hardware integration requirements
In case of specialized solutions that need to connect with specialized hardware (label printers for example), a web application always has some limitations. This is not something that can’t be solved within a web app as well (with web services or the like).  Still, specialist hardware support is for the most part out of the field of the browser.

Less need for security
Web apps are by default exposed to more security risks. With the desktop applications, since the user’s data is kept on local computer systems, you stay in control. Web apps, being open to a large number of users on the internet, are more exposed to threats.

So when should my company consider a desktop application instead of a web app?

Web or desktop is the interface to your program, so you can base the decision not on technology trends or comparative pro/cons, but on the requirements.

The choice should be based on how people are going to use the software. The development of a standalone app is justified if:
– your users need to be able to react quickly to things happening (for example if there are instant messages);
–  they are going to use it for a sizeable amount of time on an often basis.

If your product is not about urgent or frequent usage, there is no obvious reason to go towards a desktop application.

Our desktop development services

Research & development

Do you plan to build a new system? Do you contemplate a possible impact that your newly developed solution would make on the end-users?
Employing R&D helps to minimize the risks you take on. With the help of R&D you can evaluate the potential of your ideas for real-world application. Also, you can asesses the capability of the planned system to satisfy specific requirements.

New application

By building an application from scratch you get a solution that syncs perfectly with your company's operations, that is always operable and easily scalable.

We have 20 years of experience with desktop application development. We know and follow the industry's best practices. Also, we are open to provide you with the source code to your application at the end of the project.

New features

You’re looking to expand your application’s capabilities by adding new functionalities? You plan to launch a newer version with upgraded capabilities? We can develop intelligent, cost-effective and intuitive extensions to help your operations.

Modernization

Your legacy application is no longer helping your organization advance? People expect efficient applications at work. We can give your old desktop software a lift to ensure it can streamline operations in the long run. We focus on ease of use and seamless operation to drive higher adoption rates.

Maintenance

Every application we develop receives a free 6-months warranty after launch. This is much more than the average of 30 days other companies offer. Beyond the warranty, we offer flexible long term maintenance options, including for applications that were not created by our company.

Technologies we use

Windows: .NET, .NET Core, VCL, FireMonkey, Java Swing, JavaFX
Mac OS: Java Swing, JavaFX, Swift, Qt
Linux: Java Swing, JavaFX, Qt

How we approach projects

The way we work is a process we have perfected over 20 years of experience with custom software development.

Along with your desktop application, at the end of the project we’ll also:

• Provide you with the documented source code and the technical documentation

• Offer an optional ongoing support and maintenance service

• Offer free support for the application within the next 6 months following delivery

What is your challenge right now?

Backed by 20 years of experience and 300+ completed projects, we're confident that we can help you no matter the challenge.