Are you tired of trading versions of documents and presentations via email or hard copy? For easier version control when writing with others, think about trying out one of the below four online collaborative writing tools. Not working up a paper as a result of all of your spring semester work? Some of the below will let you collaborate on presentations, spreadsheets, and more. (For those of you looking to work together in-person, we’re still trying out a reservable group study room on A-Level of the MSE Library.)

  • Google Docs: We know at least one of you prefers this offering from the Google suite of products. Take their tour to see how you can store your documents online, and open them up to be editable or viewable by whoever you choose. Right now, it handles documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Zoho: This company offers several online collaborative tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, wikis, databases, and others. It offers plug-ins for Office, IE, and Outlook.
  • Coventi: This product focuses on offering tight control of document editing, and incorporates document review and approval featrues. Curious? Watch their video demo or read their white paper on document control.
  • Wizlite: For those of you reading articles online, this tool is really focused on collaborative page highlighting. That’s right: you don’t have to print out all of your PDF’s to work your highlighter magic. It uses a Firefox extension or bookmarklet to store selections, and lets you share them online with a group of your creation.

Have a favorite that isn’t mentioned? Leave it in a comment.


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