When it comes to software, we want something dependable with a streamlined user interface. We want to be able to access our data anywhere and at any time. Unreliable Software can cause headaches for everyone involved. This ultimately results in low productivity and a poor customer experience. That’s why you need to choose installed software.
In the world of software for performing arts tuition, there are numerous options available. One of the biggest choices is whether to use installed software or web-based software.
There are pros and cons to both, but which offers better service overall? Web-based interfaces and browser tools are becoming increasingly popular as users don’t need to install or download anything, but is this the only element to consider?
Let’s analyse the differences and which option provides the best user experience possible.
Benefits of Installed Software
- Installed software offers a better UX
There’s a very good reason why you don’t use the internet browser on your phone to access everything. Most websites are supported with an app version for a smoother experience.
Often certain web pages and will have an odd layout, buttons may not respond correctly, or an awkward scroller only lets you see half the page. With installed software, everything has been designed and tailored to suit the device you’re working from. This means the experience of using the software is richer, smoother and its functionality is drastically improved.
- It won’t lose your information if you press refresh!
One of the most frustrating experiences of using a web-based platform is unresponsiveness. You hit the button labelled ‘Continue’ several times but nothing changes. You may even find yourself pressing the same button more aggressively despite knowing this will make no difference (accurately known as a a ‘rage click’).
Eventually, you give up and attempt to refresh your page. The result is one of two things: your browser crashing or your page refreshing – only for you to discover that everything you’ve been working on has disappeared. Installed software removes the bugs and rough edges from the equation.
- Installed software is accessible on any device
Many believe that web-based software is more efficient as it doesn’t require a software installation on each device, but in reality, installed software is incredibly simple to set up.
These days, most installed software is compatible with multiple devices; laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. It can also be well-suited to a range of operating systems. Whilst web-based software is also capable of doing this, browsers can be temperamental on certain devices and are prone to crashing as they rely heavily on a strong and consistent internet connection.
- Installed software can be viewed when offline
One of the best reasons to choose installed software is that your data is saved to the software on your device.
This means, although you won’t be able to make changes to your data, you can view it without an internet connection, so you don’t run the risk of losing anything vital at the moment you most need it. Web-based software, however, is entirely dependant on the stability of your internet connection at the time you want to access it. Without a strong signal or any signal at all, your data is entirely off-limits until you find Wi-Fi.
- Never lose access or control of your data
Installed software can be saved to your device as well as externally. This means your data is less likely to become lost or inaccessible. With web-based platforms, your data is lost to you if you find yourself unable to access the internet. Your data is never entirely yours as it exists within the vast space of the web.
Choose installed software because it’s also better at handling your data. It’s much easier to take data from installed software and create professional, easy to maintain dashboards and reports. Data that lives on the web needs extracting from the web to be used elsewhere. Installed software skips this inconvenience.
Ready to Choose Installed Software?
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