Upated: Writely, Writeboard & JotSpot

Online Document Collaboration seems to be growing vastly. Here’s an update with this three sweet applications to watch out.

Writeboard

Writeboards are shareable, web-based text documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version and easily compare changes.

Writeboard makes it easy to…

  • Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea
  • Compare different versions of a document
  • Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.
  • Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes
  • Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration

    Jotlive – Live, group note-taking.

    JotSpot Live allows you, your colleagues or clients to take notes together on the same web page at the same time. Imagine everyone simultaneously typing and editing the same Microsoft Word document and you’ll get the idea.

  • Everyone types on the same web page
  • End “versionitis” “” take one set of notes
  • See changes as they happen
  • Publish instantly “” stop e-mailing documents
  • Everything’s stored securely on the web

Writely – (Simple & Secure Document Collaboration & Publishing)

Simply put, Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish them online.

We’ve heard it called a “web word processor” and a “wiki with permissions”. Both descriptions work for us, but present only the start of the story. Yes, Writely is a web-based, collaborative document editor, but it’s also a site in its infancy. To us, it’s the beginning of a whole new way of managing projects and websites online.

I guess with the advent of wiki’s, blogs/online publishing, technorati tags and the boom of free shared services around the net, The idea behind Writely may seem to be not new or bluntly derivative. Though hackneyed, Writely (beta) service has a significant point in distinguishing their product out of the notion of being called a “wiki-like” system or a copy of Microsoft Word just treated as a web version, I see this point mainly towards the Educational Systems Category, particularly to Students. Students can freely and securely upload their documents, homework’s, paper works, etc… At the same time share, edit, publish, and protect them publicly or privately for a specific given permissions. Albeit, a wiki is quite mouthful than writely, their service provides an ease in terms of interface design, manageability of each document that’s uploaded, it supports technorati tagging, rating of the document by marking each a star, Spell Checking, and quick document search.

Some may say that writely is just a RTE-like or Microsoft Word Version word processing application, but NOT. They are not copying word, and the another great to consider, it’s FREE and created by a team of software-oriented Professionals.

What you can DO:

  • Upload Word documents, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).
  • Use our simple WSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
  • Invite others to share your documents by e-mail address.
  • Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
  • View your documents’ complete revision history and roll back to any version.
  • Publish documents online to the world, or to just who you choose.
  • Download documents to your desktop as Word, HTML or zip.
  • Post to your documents to Blogger.

Negative Areas:

  • No Support for Safari Browser(currently)
  • Although it will remain free, I’m guessing they will be charging for paid options in the near future for upgraded account terms
  • Although there is no limit storage for space, each document has a limit of 2Mbytes/file
  • At the moment, Writely only supports posting to Blogger
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