The other day I found a blog entry at Solution Watch – “Writeboards on Steroids” … and I have to say that I’m siding with using Coventi more and more as my collaborative writing app of choice … more so than others I’ve tried (like GoogleDocs and a variety of wikis) …
The feature that I dig the most is the ability to highlight a doc online and then comment and/or make an edit to just that one piece. The commenting then turns into a discussion – right there next to the document itself – where I and the others can follow a train of thought to help us decide what to include or exclude or change about the document itself.
This is way cool! I absolutely hate hate hate having to checkout/check-in stuff on so-called collaborative or sharing platforms.
The other significant challenge in my work is the use of those “track changes” features in document apps. UGH! They are fine when there’s only one (maybe two) editors making revision suggestions; but when there’s lots of ’em then the track changes get way too unmanageable.
With Coventi’s highlight-and-then-comment-and-create-a-discussion feature, we are able to see both what the edit suggestions are and why … and we don’t have to confuse the document’s content (which is one of my problems encountered with using wikis for collaborative writing).
I’ve been using Coventi with a lot of success in projects – particularly when working with offshore partners in India.
I say that this is my collaborative writing app of choice now!
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