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You may be aware of Atlassian’s Starter program where Atlassian’s best tools are available for just $10. Members of the Atlassian ecosystem have added some spice to this program by contributing add-ons for free with a suggested donation of just $10. This guest post by Igor Sereda and Mike Butorin from ALM Works highlights one of these Starter Extras, the JIRA Client add-on, a desktop client for Atlassian JIRA.

Offline bug tracking with the desktop JIRA Client

If you’re using JIRA heavily, your productivity depends on its web interface, which may not be fast enough when you’re working with lots of issues – just because of the browser limitations. Moreover, with greater mobility in today’s world, you may need access to issues outside of your office – often using a slow VPN connection, no access to JIRA, or even no Internet connection at all.
This is where the desktop JIRA Client comes to help. The major benefit is its highly-interactive user interface, aimed at making you more productive as you don’t have to wait for a bunch of web pages to load. The JIRA Client also enables better mobility as you can work with issues even when offline or outside of your corporate network.
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How does it work? When online, the JIRA Client downloads the issues you’re working with and periodically updates its local database to keep it up-to-date. When you’re offline, you can use the same interface to search through the cached issues, make any changes and create new issues. You can upload all your changes to JIRA when you’re back online.
Besides that, the JIRA Client has many useful features such as smart search, time tracking widget, screenshot editor and more. The product is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
As a participant in Atlassian’s Starter program, ALM Works offers a Lite edition of the JIRA Client for free ($10 donation to Room to Read is recommended). The JIRA Client Lite is a fully-functional client that works with any JIRA instance using a Starter or free license from Atlassian. Larger teams are encouraged to take a look at the Pro version of the JIRA Client.
You can find the JIRA Client on Atlassian’s Plugins Exchange where we encourage you to leave a review. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!

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