Wednesday, March 05, 2008

iChat: quick and satisfying collaborative editing

In TidBITS: Mac News for the Rest of Us, Matt Neuburg briefly reviews and recommends a Mac-based approach for collaborative editing that he tried out with Tonya Engst (using OS X 10.5.2):
Collaborative editing isn't new to TidBITS. We've made plenty of use of SubEthaEdit, and Tonya's mind was already in a collaborative space from playing recently with Google Docs and ZohoWriter. But iChat screen sharing adds voice contact, and you're not merely sharing a document, you're editing and reading the same document simultaneously in real time, so it's perfect for quick, lightweight brainstorming and cooperation. Not to mention the instant gratification of solving, in five minutes, with excellent communication, a problem that might have taken our heavyweight email correspondence system two days, with far clunkier communication. In short, it was efficient, satisfying, successful, fast, and fun. You should try it!


  1. Are you using Leopard? I'm still on Tiger, so haven't yet had the opportunity to try this out.

  2. Hey, Rick! Thanks for asking. As I noted parenthetically in a comment on Larry Ferlazzo's post about the Best Online Tools for Collaboration..., "not me, at least not yet" (comment eight, 2008.03.05).


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