Using Writeboard to collaborate on the text for our new book 06 Oct 2005
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We’ve been using Writeboard to collaborate on our upcoming book about Getting Real. For our previous book (“Defensive Design for the Web”), we swapped Microsoft Word files back and forth. Even with the program’s “track changes” functionality, things got messy and confusing. Writeboard’s been a much more pleasant experience. Now it’s easy to compare changes, go back to older versions, separate comments from actual copy edits, and more.
Here’s a look at how we do it (a similar process is used for collaborating on web page copy, promotional email text, etc.):
1) I create a writeboard for each chapter of the book.
2) Then I invite Jason to collaborate on the writeboard.
3) Jason can check out the copy and make edits. Then I can compare his edited version with the original.
4) We can also leave comments on the writeboard. They show up at the bottom of the page.
5) Each writeboard is also imported into Backpack so everyone can see which writeboards were updated when.
6) We can also track changes via each writeboard’s RSS feed.