Online Collaboration Tools: Writeboard Reviewed

Writeboard lets you work with others while writing. If you want to learn more about this easy-to-use tool, check out this review. I'll discuss the program's features and give my take on its pros and cons.

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What Is It?

Writeboard is a totally free, all-online program that allows you to share and develop text documents with multiple users. In order to begin a new document, you must give your email address and create a title for the document. You will be asked to set a password that can then be used by anyone you want to access the document. Everything gets saved in the program, and each new document is assigned a unique URL, allowing flexible access from multiple computers. You can also export and email the document text.

You can save the changes you make as you go, allowing you and other users to go back to different versions before certain changes were made. Document versions and editors are listed next to the document, and you can compare two versions by checking the boxes next to them and clicking the compare button.

What Makes It Cool?

In terms of usability, Writeboard does a good job making everything clear-cut and easy to understand. The program manages to include pretty much everything on a single screen without seeming cluttered.

As a collaboration tool, Writeboard has some particularly useful features. The fact that one password gives access to a document makes the sharing aspect pretty simple - when you invite new users to collaborate, the program sends an email complete with the document's unique password and URL. Additionally, you can subscribe the document to an RSS feed, allowing everyone to be notified when changes are made.

What Are Its Drawbacks?

Writeboard is good for collaborating on a basic text document, but it wouldn't really be possible to make a spreadsheet or chart. Also, there aren't a lot of formatting options. You get a blank white slate and some basic capabilities like bold and italic text. It's also possible to add web-hosted images, make bulleted lists and indent paragraphs. Style changes like font color and type aren't possible, though. The formatting is done with code rather than with buttons, and this might be a little bit confusing to users without a lot of tech experience.

Where Can I Find It?

You can explore Writeboard by clicking here.

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