Today I am composing on a cool new web app called writely.com . This is an online word processor with all of the basics that most businesspeople would need. This is different from wikipages in that you can keep things confidential and still invite collaborators. You can keep wikipages private but this web app allows you to import and export from Word. The only person needing word is the final person to work on the document. Everyone else can just use writely. (Save on software!)
This is a must use for bloggers. Microsoft Office has several glitches that cause all of us who blog to have to use other word processors. By using writely, I can copy and paste directly into my blog without a hitch. Yeah!
To start, just log onto writely.com and create an account. You can then create and edit documents. You can even collaborate with other people at your office if it is a group project. The difference here between this and a wikipage is that writely is a word processor.
Until the produce the final word document, they can edit from any computer where they can log onto writely.com. This is a great advantage for folks and provides them with portability. (Just remember, I suggest you never enter your username and password for anything in public internet cafes -- they are a haven for hackers!)
Another great feature is the ability to directly produce Adobe PDF files from writely -- something you cannot do with Word.
So much for lugging those bothersome floppy disks that always give out. Do your research from home or the office. Login to writely and add your changes and be done.
Very impressive! Let me know your favorite web apps. This has got to be killing the folks at Microsoft.
Other cool web aps to try:
- NumSum - Online spreadsheet
- gOffice - Online office suite
- Zimbra - E-mail and Outlook replacement
- RSSCalendar - I love this calendaring program. I've written about how easy it is to integrate with your website.
- Backpack - Great for competitive analysis, sharing lists
- Wikispaces -Blogged about this tool also.
Take some time to "play" with some of these new apps. A business that isn't collaborating is missing out on efficiency and increased competitiveness.