Communicating internally, within the team or office, happens primarily through emails, but emails don’t have the flexibility of a real-time conversation involving multiple people. That’s when instant messengers come to the rescue, which have their own share of issues. First and foremost is privacy and security — you cannot be talking about sensitive business information over MSN or GTalk.
Second is distraction from buddies in your IM list and that’s the reason most IM clients are banned behind the office firewall. A private corporate messaging client for communication and collaboration can solve the problem. HipChat is a great example of one such app.
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Freedcamp. The developer describes Freedcamp as a free project management solution aimed for small businesses, start-ups, students, and fans of collaboration. Some of the exclusive features we offer are: The ability to house an unlimited number of projects and users, Basecamp import, an integrated Meebo chat bar, and Facebook Connect. We offer our service completely free, no-ads, no price plans.
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Now that remote teams are common practice in getting ahold of the best talent available across the globe, collaboration apps are finding increased traction. Real-time collaboration is a main stay with most of the apps and with a combination of communication tools, it’s now possible to make the entire team feel like they’re working under the same roof.
We’ve compiled a list for those looking for web apps that help remote teams interact and collaborate on projects and documents. Read on to find the right one that fits your needs.
Design is more of a collaborative process than we often realize. In the process of designing a new site, logo, promotional flyer, and more, you’ll often end up emailing dozens of files back and forth with your coworkers and clients to see what they think about the changes. Adding to that, you’ll usually end up emailing copies of PSD or AI files, links to similar designs that inspired you, or reminders for when parts of the project are due. Before you know it, you’re struggling to find the right file among dozens of similar emails.
Your team needs a better way to collaborate on the design process. Today we’re going to look at Draftboard, a new webapp that lets you compare and annotate design drafts, send ideas and inspirational links to your team, and store your important project files together. It’s a light project management app that’s solely focused on design drafts and your team’s feedback. Let’s see if this is the app that can make your creative process flow smoother.
The world of webapps is filled with apps designed to help you manage projects, collaborate with your team, and keep your business running smoothly. Each app seems to have only part of the functionality you’d need to keep your team connected though, so before you know it you’ll end up using a dozen apps. The worst part is, the cost of all these services together can be prohibitive.
That’s where WordPress’ P2 collaboration solution comes in. It’s a free theme for WordPress that lets your team stay in touch with Twitter or Yammer style short messages and makes a great solution for discussions or just letting everyone know what you’re working on. It was designed by the Automattic team to help them stay in touch better while developing WordPress and their other tools.
While at the core it’s still the famous WordPress blogging engine, you’ll usually never see the WordPress dashboard. You can even get it running on a WordPress.com hosted blog in seconds without messing with databases or .htaccess files. Let’s take a look at what P2 has to offer and how your team can use it to stay in touch on the cheap.
Imagine it now. You’ve come up with the best idea ever and a great way of executing it but you need somewhere to quickly lay down your ideas. Pen and paper’s fine but what if you need to digitise this and send it to your team later? Why not just kill two birds with one stone?
That’s where MindMeister comes in. It offers a unique way to create digital mind maps through the use of various nodes that comprise your idea. Fast and with a free plan, it’s definitely for you.
There is no dearth of content online on any topic you look for. From plain text pages, we have moved into era that enriches the information with pictures and videos. Saving those pictures & videos and sharing them in a streamlined manner is tricky.
We cannot save pictures & videos and upload as email attachments. Size limitations and the
lack of dynamic interactions is a huge problem with email attachments. Snipi solves the problem with a web app that brings full duplex sharing & collaboration when it comes to images & videos online.
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.
When you’re running a business, there often comes a point where you realise that it really is hard to keep track of everything yourself and run a successful business at the same time. Of course, you could employ someone to take care of this but, if you lack sufficient funding, things get hard. Enter, Skylight.
Skylight aims to bring everything you’re going to ever need to manage your business easily in the cloud and shove it all into one powerful application. In this review, I will be looking at just some of the many vital features Skylight brings to the table. Find out more after the fold.
I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve needed to be able to easily share my screen or see someone else’s, whether it was for collaboration reasons or simply being the IT guy for family. dimdim gives you the ability to quickly and easily share your screen, collaborate with others and much more.
I’ll take a look at dimdim and how to quickly setup screen sharing for collaboration or other reasons, with a screencast preview.