Simple Online Collaboration with Stixy

With the advent of social networks, there is a huge surge in file sharing. However, file sharing is asynchronous and is in its infancy at the top social networks. Sometimes it’s necessary to have an online space to share common photos, notes, reminders and the like.

Stixy enables us to create a simple and uncomplicated collaborative space to share files with friends, family or coworkers. You can create multiple workspaces, each with its own set of collaborators ensuring total privacy. After the jump, we’ll see how to put Stixy to use in our daily lives.

Overview

Stixy is an incredibly easy web app to share things and collaborate with friends and family. With the ability to share notes, thoughts, pics and documents, Stixy is like a bulletin board with a bunch of amazing features. You can create as many Stixyboards or collaboration spaces you want so you can easily share information.

Overview

Overview

Signing up for Stixy is fairly simple and the service does not require email activation before starting to use the web app. Stixy is a free to use too.

Dashboard

Immediately after signing up, we are shown an embedded window that gives a crash course on what you can do with Stixy. It is pretty nicely compiled and I would advise you to take a quick look at it to get the most out of Stixy.

Dashboard

Dashboard

The dashboard is a like a WordPress theme – a header, three columns and a footer (half a footer to be precise). You can create a new Stixy either from the left column or from the header. Actually, the left column is pretty much blank to start with and lists all the Stixyboards created during the course of our use.

Creating Stixyboards

A new Untitled Stixyboard is created and we can start using it by dragging and dropping widgets from the footer. Widgets for sharing notes, photos, documents and todos are available at the footer. Dragging and dropping a widget works without any lag. It is also possible to resize the widget that is on a Stixyboard. Extensive options, fonts and colors show up in the right column for customizing the notes widget.

Sharing a Note

Sharing a Note

Sharing a photo is as simple as a dragging and dropping the Photo Widget. The photo upload process is quick and you can add effects to it by using the options on the right column.

Sharing a Photo

Sharing a Photo

Creating a Todo brings up a calender in the right column and has the ability to set reminders & add notes.

Sharing a Todo

Sharing a Todo

Adding a document works just like adding a photo, however there is no way to open or read the document on the web app. Clicking on the document downloads it to the desktop without any prompts.

Sharing the Stixyboards

Coming to the flagship feature of collaboration, with Stixy you can invite multiple contacts to join your Stixyboard to collaborate on a project. You can add a personal note to go with the email invitation.

Inviting People

Inviting People

Once people have started collaborating on a Stixyboard, you can add announcements that are visible to the entire team from the right column.

Final Thoughts

Stixy is a nice little web app for light weight sharing & collaboration for personal use. The user interface of Stixy is still not quite there yet and feels Web 1.5′ish. The font and the typeset are a bit too small and the menu design elements are not very refined. On a positive note, the customization options on the right column are a nice touch. With a quick UI refresh, Stixy can become a serious contender in the personal collaboration space.


  • Marc

    Have been using this a few years ago. Nice at the time, but no development progress since then. Blog seems to be pretty dead:

    - http://blog.stixy.com

  • http://knowledgecity.com Jae Xavier

    at first, i thought that this would be in direct competition with google wave because of the word “collaboration”. however its a lot different.

  • Jessica

    Unfortunately, Stixy is not developed anymore.

    I recommend checking SpiderScribe.net – not only you can add images, text, files, calendar events and Google Maps location – you can also connect them into visual maps.

    http://www.SpiderScribe.net

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