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Tag: COLLABORATION

Shopping List Manager for Windows Phone 7 organizes your grocery runs

The number of apps available for Windows Phone 7 is starting to climb sharply and we've seen more good apps of late, too -- not just soundboards and wrappers around mobile websites. If you're after a nice WP7 app to manage your grocery store excursions, check out Shopping Lists Manager. Create a list, add items, and you'll get a checklist to mark off items as you add them to your grocery...

djtxt: Collaborative Grooveshark music playlists via SMS, Twitter and email

Fresh from the fragrant and bohemian confines of the New York 2011 Music Hack Day comes djtxt, a surprisingly awesome Web app that lets you collaborate on the perfect Grooveshark party music playlist. All you have to do is run the djtxt 'client' (which is just a matter of opening Grooveshark and clicking a bookmarklet) on a computer that's attached to some (preferably loud) speakers. Anyone...

Box.net starts rolling out new interface, including apps marketplace

Cloud-based file sharing and collaboration service Box.net is getting a nice-looking revamp with additional features and better usability. The new Box starts rolling out tomorrow, but a rundown of the new features is up today on the Box blog. It starts with a cleaner UI that makes room to display more files at once, and more info about each file. The new UI highlights frequently-used sharing...

Google Wave looks set to be rescued by Apache

The Apache Software Foundation, that is, not an ominously portentous, Wagner-blaring helicopter. The beleaguered Wave project, which Google has ceased developing, will soon shut down. Last week, Google gave us the ability to export our existing waves as Zip files, and now, thanks to Apache and the Wave in a Box off-shoot, you may soon have somewhere to import them to. It won't be exactly the...

Docs.com now supports Facebook Groups, makes office work more social

Facebook is making a major announcement on Monday, and while nothing is certain at this point it seems very likely that they could be unveiling Project Titan -- Facebook's take on Web-based email. Also a good bet: this new email platform will tightly integrate with Docs.com, which Microsoft and Facebook opened to beta testers earlier this year. With all the hubbub about email, an update on the...

Holla is an open-source Campfire alternative you can run on your own server

Campfire is a slick way for teams to communicate, collaborate, and share via the Web -- but if you're searching for a simple, free alternative, a new project called Holla is worth a look. Holla is an open-source chat and file sharing Web app. While it lacks Campfire's more advanced features, like transcripts and voice calling, Holla still provides an elegantly simple way to assemble a group...

Google Docs now features a color-coded revision history and better time stamps

New documents created with Google Docs will now make use of a much-improved revision history. This new tool replaces one of the worst and most-clunky features of Google Docs -- and it's about time. By default, the interface clumps revisions together, so that large documents aren't completely unreadable (but you can click 'Show more detailed revisions' to see every revision). Timestamping of...

Minnesota, powered by Microsoft, becomes first US state to move into the cloud

In a first that has been deemed "historic," though by who I do not know, Minnesota has become the first US state to move its communications and collaboration suite into the cloud. Last year, Los Angeles switched to the enterprise version of Gmail, but this is the first entire state to move into the cloud. (We should point out that LA has a larger population than Minnesota, however...) The...

EtherCodes is an interesting code editor for real-time collaboration

Finally, someone has gone and done it: EtherCodes is a mashup of EtherPad and Skywriter (formerly known as Bespin). In simple terms, it's a collaborative, real-time, Web-based code editor, with syntax highlighting for C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript, Ruby (yay!), and HTML. It's currently in alpha, but I've played around with it, and it feels quite solid. It really feels like a hybrid....

Google Docs begins integrating Etherpad's collaboration kung fu

Google's acquisition of Etherpad came at a time when Wave was still being talked about by the cool kids. Its collaboration chops seemed well-suited to Wave's real-time environment. As you well know, Wave ended up being a bit of a wash-out -- but it turns out Etherpad was slated for integration elsewhere. That "elsewhere?" Google Docs, of course! As of today, Docs will show you which blocks of...

How to collaborate on a Ruby file (or any other code) in real-time

The other day I asked about real-time collaborative Ruby editing. I mean, I found Amy Editor, but it just wasn't good enough. It was too slow and wonky, and didn't work well. Well, I still needed a tool for coding collaboratively over the net, so I kept hunting and searching. And what do you know – it turns out Notepad++ has a plug-in that does exactly what I need. Notepad++ is an awesome...

Squad is a beautiful text editor for the Web with a great future (hopefully)

Squad (no connection to us) is an interesting collaborative text editor for coders. There are several things I like about it, and several things I don't. Let me count them off real quick: I like: The general look and feel. Stylish! Real-time collaboration a-la Etherpad, but with proper syntax highlighting for JavaScript, HTML, and a bunch of other languages. The product has Pro versions,...

Amy Editor provides real-time collaborative Ruby editing (and more)

Amy Editor is an interesting find; it is an advanced online programmer's editor, which apparently has not been touched since April 2008 (current build is 080401, dubbed version 1.0). But it's still online, and it is very, very impressive. My need was simple: I need to collaborate on a Ruby project with someone in real-time, working on the same file while discussing it on Skype. And I wanted...

Nocs lets you work on Google Docs in a desktop Notepad environment

Before I start, I'm not quite sure why you'd want to do this: why not just drag out a Google Docs tab and pretend it's Notepad? That's the whole point of Chrome and other minimalist browsers: they want to be an application platform! But, anyway, if you do want to edit Google Docs from your desktop, Nocs is an excellent solution. It's just like a super-powered, cloud-enabled Windows Notepad. As...

Notable is a polished website feedback tool for teams

If you're part of the development team for a website project, it's important to keep tabs with all parties involved. It's necessary to get everyone's input, track progress to date, and synthesize the feedback so that the project can progress to completion. Some projects are straightforward and easy, while others can be insane at times. Either way, Notable is a great app to help streamline the...