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Fri 22 Sep 2006

Coastal Cleanup minutes - collaboratively edited on SubEthaEdit and Writely

Category : mac and the internet

Ladybug and I are are working on the minutes she hammered in during the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore debrief just now. We were using another collaborative application for documents, SubEthaEdit over Bonjour on our macs.

It's sorta overkill using SubEthaEdit but we've used it a couple of times over the years for its lovely functionality but really, its mainly to wow our audience of non-mac users of course :-). However, that proportion in any room has decreased significantly!

Later back home, I transferred the text document to my account at Writely.com and invited Ladybug to continue jointly editing the document there. One of the lovely features of Writely is being able to save your document in html, rtf or word formats.

Now you can sign in to Writely with your gmail account! So that means besides email and chat, GMails brings us collaborative spreadsheets, calendars and documents. Now all they have to do is provide a desktop interface that synchronises with our online accounts!

GMail seduced the masses with its 2GB capacity - many who rushed to sign up don't even understand labels and threads. However, the problem that faced many web applications with collaborative properties has been avoided - getting others to sign with the common service.

So I've messaged friends who never knew what a chat app was, shared spreadsheets, documents and of course locations. Working with volunteers on projects has just become easier.

But this uniformity that's finally making me happy, is making others worried!

Oh well...

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