Writeboard is live 03 Oct 2005
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Today we officially announce Writeboard (and here’s what it looks like for those visual thinkers). It’s free and available as a standalone hosted web app. It’s also integrated into Backpack if you have a Backpack account. More on the Backpack integration below.
What is Writeboard?
Writeboard is a web-based writing tool. It lets you simply write, share, revise, and compare text. With Writeboard you can write solo or collaborate with as many people as you’d like. Writeboard isn’t about heavy text formatting, or WYSIWYG, it’s about the text itself. The words on the page. If you care about design and layout, you’re best bet is to take the finalized text from a writeboard and import it into a page layout program. Make your magic in the right tool.
We always build products that we need, and over the years we found that we really needed a tool to collaborate on smaller chunks of text. If you’re writing a 100 page document you’ll probably want to use a dedicated word processor. However, 90% of the time you write, you write small chunks of text and often times you want someone else to review the text, make a few edits, and pass it back to you with their version plus the previous version(s) so you can see what changed (and even roll back if you don’t like the changes).
Sure, there’s email, but man, email sucks as an editing environment. Cascades of quoted paragraphs, no version control, no easy ability to see what changed in a block of text, etc.
Sure, there’s MS Word and other word processing programs, but they’re overkill for smaller chunks of text (who else out there is frustrated when they have to open Word to write a few paragraphs?). Plus, there’s the overhead of sending files, making sure someone else has the right program to open them, and then dealing with the often confusing and bloated “track changes” functionality found in commercial word processing products. It sucks to use these products to write a one page letter, or a two-paragraph product description, or draft and edit a blog post, etc.
So Writeboard solves the simple collaborative text editing problem by introducing simple web-based text pages, simple version control, and simple change reviews.
Writeboard doesn’t require an account. Just name a writeboard, give it a password, and enter your email address and the writeboard is ready to type. Just go to Writeboard.com any time and create a new writeboard. 5-10 seconds. Literally.
Where are all those fancy “WOW! WOAH!” features?
Where’s the MS Word export? Or the real-time live editing with other people? Or the WYSIWYG editing mode? Or the ability to drag and drop text around to reorder paragraphs? They’re in JotSpot Live and Writely. If you need that stuff check them out. If you just want to write, share, revise, and compare quickly, easily, and with minimal fuss, check Writeboard out.
What would I use it for?
Here are some quick examples.
What does it look like?
Here’s a 1-page quick tour.
What about that Backpack integration you talked about above?
Starting today, if you have a Backpack account, you’ll see a “Writeboards” tab in Backpack. This allows you to create writeboards inside Backpack. Plus, when you create writeboards inside Backpack, all those writeboards will be listed inside Backpack for easy retrieval. Further, you can import any writeboard into Backpack and even attach writeboards to any Backpack page via the new “writeboards” button at the top of every Backpack page. It’s pretty slick.
Check out Writeboard!