Work collaboration is essential for group projects. Think about it, if everyone would be doing "their thing" it would be chaos all over the place with a good chance that the project fails completely or to meet its deadline.
Project management rules need to be in place so that everyone knows what to do and when to do it. That's easy if the project team works in the same location, more difficulty if it is a country wide or even worldwide project.
Writeboard is a lightweight unobtrusive service that allows everyone to share a whiteboard with other users.
Whiteboards are a great way to save information in writing. Online whiteboards offer the same advantages while getting rid of the same location requirement.
One user creates a new whiteboard by specifying a name, password and email address. The whiteboard is a basic text editing form on a website.
A limited set of formatting options are available. It is possible to create lists, headers, embed links and logos and make text bold or italic.
This is done in a special syntax, not with the usual text formatting tools that almost every text editor on the Internet offers.
The original creator is able to invite new people to collaborate. This is done by sending them email invites from within the software. It is possible to skip the step and work with the login information of the thread starter. This would mean however that it is not easy to find out which user made which modifications to the document.
The main page of the whiteboard displays the contents and versions. It is possible to compare two versions of a text to see the differences.
Text can be exported in either a txt document or as a html file.
Each Writeboard project consists of the following four steps:
The main benefit of using Writeboard instead of other online services (like Google Docs for instance) that offer work collaboration is that it is easy to create and use.
Projects that need more formatting options and functions are better of with advanced project collaboration services.
Update: Writeboard has been shut down. You can use a service like Google Docs instead to save text online.
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