Looks nice, but what's the point of it?

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Looks nice, but what's the point of it?
6 Jul 2007
San Dimas certainly looks slick and has a few pleasing features:

* You can quickly flip between product description and seller feedback
* Results and descriptions show a live countdown timer
* You can set alerts for 10, 30, or 60 minutes before an auction ends
* You can keep an off-line history of items viewed

It's a beta product, so I won't criticize the odd glitch and crash.

My probably with San Dimas is that I don't understand who or what it's for - beyond niche uses such as the off-line product information. The extra features are nice, but wouldn't it be better to build them into the web site or toolbar? Why would I want to learn a new tool when I am already familiar and confident with the web site which does the same thing?

As an exercise in programming with new technologies (Adobe's AIR) it's a great case study, but for a good user experience I'll stick with the site.
Andy Geldman, Web Retailer
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