Catching Google Wave With Waveboard Mac

I recently reviewed Waveboard 2.0 for the iPhone, but I would be remiss in not mentioning that there is also a desktop version of the app: Waveboard Mac, available in both free and Pro ($13) flavors. Google Wave works pretty well in my browser, so I was curious to check it out to see if Waveboard adds any value above and beyond just using the web site.

The heart of Waveboard is the menu system, which offers productivity enhancements that the current version of the Google Wave web app is lacking:

  • File. While the File menu in the free version includes the typical menu options, the Pro version adds options for “Save Wave As” and “Print Wave.”
  • Edit. The Edit menu includes options for Copy Wave ID, Copy URL, Spelling and Grammar (part of my Google Wave wishlist!), Substitutions, and Transformations. These editing tools are going to be very useful for any Google Wave users looking to do any serious document editing of blips (the single messages inside a wave) and waves.
  • Wave. The Wave menu includes options for editing and manipulating blips.

Waveboard and Google Wave Productivity

Much like my review of Waveboard 2 for the iPhone, I see productivity enhancements in the Waveboard Mac as features that should or could be part of Google Wave. My hope is that the developers behind Waveboard stay in the Google Wave development community to play a part in the maturing of the platform through extensions, gadgets and applications.

While at first, I wasn’t sure about the necessity of a Waveboard Mac, the menu system and additional features that I would like to see in Google Wave help me use it more productively in collaborating with my clients. If Waveboard on the iPhone is the version that gets more attention, it is Waveboard Mac that provides more productivity and functionality for us users.

Have you used Waveboard Mac? Share your experience in the comments.