Easy to forget that once upon a time often the best user experience was found on desktop software products, overshadowing the timid functionality of the web.
But then broadband connections, Web 2.0 and better mulitmedia provision came along and many of the tools found in software simply transferred to the web cloud.
Not so for the folk at software firm Outer Level after buying Knapsack in April 2010 and now turning around a massively improved and desktop-based trip planning service akin to to many of the web-based systems strewn across the internet.
Knapsack2 is a Apple Mac OS X-focused product that does almost everything that its web-based counterparts can manage.
In simple terms the product allows the user to identify locations on a map and place them in a diary system. The maps are backed by a database of information about many of the locations as well as detail down to "parking lot" level.
The developers behind the software say the tool can be used to plan, organise and document a trip - but perhaps the one of the main advantages is that it syncs with the Mac's iCal system, meaning the diary can be transferred and updated with existing internaries.
Each diary entry can be edited so additional information, including travel details and official arrangements, can be collated in one place.
Knapsack says the latest version will spearhead a range of new features planned for the product.