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A Web App For Real-Time Collaborative Writing

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the write-on dept.

Networking 157

adamengst writes in with good news for anyone who needs to collaborate remotely on a writing or editing project — coding too. It's especially good news for those using Windows and Linux. Mac users have had SubEthaEdit for a few years now. With EtherPad, two or more people can edit a document and see all the edits simultaneously. EtherPad's main differences from SubEthaEdit: it's a Web application that de facto supports many platforms without the need for a central Mac OS X host; and it's free. Here is a comparison of EtherPad and SubEthaEdit.

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Mmm... (5, Funny)

jornak (1377831) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847381)

Finally, a cross-platform version of Mulitplayer Notepad!

Re:Mmm... (2, Interesting)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847445)

Wikipedia is the largest Massively Multiplayer Online Notepad installation in the world!

(I just forwarded a link to the app to wikien-l.)

Re:Mmm... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847507)

but it's not real time, it's turn based :)

Re:Mmm... (0, Offtopic)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847471)

Finally, a cross-platform version of Mulitplayer Notepad!^K

It was a dark and stormy night.

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847733)

Finally, a cross-platform version of Mulitplayer Notepad!^K

It was a dark and stormy night.

No one would be out on a night like this thought Joe the thief.

Re:Mmm... (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847893)

Just then, his eye caught the movement of a curtain. Turning, he could see the buxom blonde looking out at the night.

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848325)

He started to watch her from the shadows of the tree, thinking he was alone.

Re:Mmm... (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848389)

He hadn't seen the house earlier, but it's hard to see when you are skydiving on dark rainy night. He hadn't even seen the tree coming at him as he crashed.

Re:Mmm... (2, Funny)

vigour (846429) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848729)

He hadn't seen the house earlier, but it's hard to see when you are skydiving on dark rainy night. He hadn't even seen the tree coming at him as he crashed.

Nor had the bowl of petunias as it muttered 'Oh no, not again'

Re:Mmm... (1)

Migraineman (632203) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848833)

The air brakes on the Mattress Warehouse delivery truck made a shuddering noise as they brought the vehicle to a stop. The willow branches offered little resistance as he crashed into the truck's open bed. "Gotta get me one of these inner-spring jobbies with the pillow-top cover," he thought to himself, brushing off the broken tree limbs. Ne noticed movement in his peripheral vision. The tree appeared to be moving, but that was just a result of a likely concussion, right? The bulbous tree-fist crashed into the side of the truck, just as he jumped to safety.

Re:Mmm... (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848977)

He wondered to himself if the blonde had seen him land on his ass. No time for social graces, the yellow eyes were following him. In the darkness he thought he could make out the shape of raccoon, but something was wrong, very wrong. In the failing light it appeared almost like the raccoon had a laser on it's head.

Re:Mmm... (1)

redcaboodle (622288) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848337)

He did not see the yellow eyes watching him from the edge of the forest. For a moment the storm chased the clouds away and the full moon shone on the land.

Re:Mmm... (4, Informative)

Skinkie (815924) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847485)

http://gobby.0x539.de/trac/ [0x539.de] seems very cross-platform to me too. Who needs ctrl-z anyway if not using bash?

Re:Mmm... (0, Offtopic)

arth1 (260657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847599)

Who needs ctrl-z anyway if not using bash?

Um, is this a trick question? Everyone using job control. (Which, IME, are the people not using bash.)

Re:Mmm... (1)

Skinkie (815924) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847701)

(it refers to gobby not able to do undo's)

Re:Mmm... (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847929)

Ah. You youngsters use the CTRL keys differently. :-)

CTRL-C: Terminate (SIGTERM)
CTRL-Z: Suspend (SIGSTOP) (resume with "fg")

Undo? "u" does that. Followed by "." to undo again, or another "u" to undo the undo (redo).
And yes, it also allows multiple people to work on the same document.
(Ten points to anyone who can identify my editor).

Re:Mmm... (3, Funny)

abigor (540274) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848103)

Those darned youngsters you speak of simply lack vim! Not to mention vigour.

Re:Mmm... (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848145)

No, "vim" is for the youngsters. Pressing "u" twice in vim doesn't undo the undo. And it doesn't allow multiple people to work on the same document either.

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848285)

With emacs you can implement whatever behavior you want!

Re:Mmm... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848957)

You mean like... I could implement a complete... editor in it?

On a more serious note: I dislike emacs because it's a prime example of the "inner-platform effect [wikipedia.org]". It's nearly as wrong as implementing an e-mail application in HTTP+HTML+CSS+JS. ;)
This does not mean that I dislike the (default) UI of emacs, or the freedom to customize (in fact I love that freedom). Just please stop adding another useless but fat layer to it.

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847809)

The current version, which is a glorious reimplementation and a new protocol, has undo/redo support, although the server needs to be run separately (and on linux) from the client.

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847693)

NetBeans has had a plugin allowing collaborative editing for a while :/

Re:Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848879)

So is it like an upgraded version of mIRC? If so, what kind of buffs/nerfs have been implemented?

Looks great! (4, Interesting)

XTrollX (1398725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847383)

This looks like a very promising App. As a student, we are assigned group assignments which often involve a partner and an essay. It's always stressful to try and edit our assignments together because it involves emailing it every time we make a correction. This would completely eliminate that frustration, can't wait until this comes out!

Re:Looks great! (2, Informative)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847439)

Have you tried using a version control system such as Subversion or Mercurial? You don't all see the same screen in real time, but it automatically coordinates changes that need to be merged in.

Re:Looks great! (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847719)

99% of the population would have no idea where to set up a Subversion or Mercurial. Even in engineering this would have saved us a ton of time. My girlfriend (med student) often has to write reports with a partner. This would allow her to be on the computer anywhere and on AIM or even in the same room and start knocking out the same report instantly.

This is how 'merging' usually goes. Everyone works on their Word / Powerpoint presentation separately. Then you set up a group meeting and merge it together in a computer lab.

Re:Looks great! (2, Funny)

onefriedrice (1171917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848335)

So you think 1% of the population knows how to set up subversion or mercurial?

I think perhaps you give people too much credit.

Re:Looks great! (1)

slashnot007 (576103) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848033)

Pardon me if I'm wrong but isn't subversion entirely line based? And you can't actually see the changes in place and highlighted. It just lists them like diffs and you get to accept or reject them enmass.

perosnally I used writely (before it became the google app). And there's some even better ones now like Zoho, which is a ms word look-alike for collaborative writing.

Re:Looks great! (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848197)

Pardon me if I'm wrong but isn't subversion entirely line based?

Yes, it works with text files. (You can store binary files but they can't be merged automatically.) So that does make it unsuitable for documents saved from a word processor, unless you save in text format and add the formatting as the last step.

And you can't actually see the changes in place and highlighted.

Well, you can use all sorts of tools to show you the diffs. On Windows I use TortoiseSVN, which shows the two versions of a file with differences highlighted.

Re:Looks great! (1)

Locklin (1074657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848453)

So that does make it unsuitable for documents saved from a word processor, unless you save in text format and add the formatting as the last step.

No, actually, line-based diff is almost entirely useless with written documents. You either have "soft" or "dynamic" word wrap (one line per paragraph), or "static" word wrap (newline on the end of each line). In the first case, a single change in a paragraph marks the *whole* paragraph as changed, and in the second case, a single change causes the paragraph to need to be re-wrapped and again the whole thing is marked as a change.

For written text (latex, html, or plain text), you probably need to use something like wdiff.

Re:Looks great! (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848693)

No, actually, line-based diff is almost entirely useless with written documents. You either have "soft" or "dynamic" word wrap (one line per paragraph), or "static" word wrap (newline on the end of each line). In the first case, a single change in a paragraph marks the *whole* paragraph as changed, and in the second case, a single change causes the paragraph to need to be re-wrapped and again the whole thing is marked as a change.

This is a good point. Strangely, in practice I have never found this to be a problem, but then, most version controlled documents have either been computer code which doesn't have reflowable paragraphs, or have been edited by few people at once. I wonder if Subversion (or Mercurial, or Git or Bazaar, etc) lets you plug in a different merging engine that would be more appropriate for prose?

Re:Looks great! (1)

vruba (652537) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848383)

(Self-link.)

My startup, Draftastic [draftastic.com], provides VCS-like tools for ordinary text. We have a lot of stuff Etherpad doesn't, like Markdown formatting and a permissions system, and our paragraph granularity (instead of line or character) avoids a lot of annoying problems with writing over each other. Also, we work with JavaScript off. And our free demo isn't slashdotted ;).

Re:Looks great! (1)

reachinmark (536719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848087)

A similar product that I think is far more interesting is this one: http://www.textflow.com/ [textflow.com] - does away with the idea of a single central document that everyone has to connect to to work on and the inevitable locking and/or conflict avoidance that insues, and instead works on managing the merging of multiple versions of documents, which are pretty much inevitable no matter what app you use. Think MS Word's track changes on steroids.

Re:Looks great! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848355)

This looks like a very promising App. As a student, we are assigned group assignments which often involve a partner and an essay. It's always stressful to try and edit our assignments together because it involves emailing it every time we make a correction. This would completely eliminate that frustration, can't wait until this comes out!

I'm surprised no one's mentioned Google Documents [google.com] yet. I've been using it for group assignments since late 2005, when it was called Writely and hadn't been bought out by Google yet.

The first thing I thought when I saw this article was, "This is new?"

Re:Looks great! (2, Insightful)

MrMarket (983874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848379)

This looks like a very promising App. As a student, we are assigned group assignments which often involve a partner and an essay. It's always stressful to try and edit our assignments together because it involves emailing it every time we make a correction. This would completely eliminate that frustration, can't wait until this comes out!

We use Google docs for this.

Re:Looks great! (1)

priegog (1291820) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848461)

The easiest way to go for these kinds of projects seems to be google docs. Have you tried it?

Re:Looks great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848861)

Take a look at google docs and their sharing possibility. Might fit your needs.

re: Google Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848993)

To all of those saying Google Docs, no, just no.

Me and a friend were using Google Docs to edit a document together, or at least, try to.
It was terrible, update conflicts and so on.

THIS (Etherpad) is real-time, Google Docs is just horrible for real-time, in fact, any time, when editing with more than one person.
One person, it works brilliantly, but collaboration is where it falls massively short.

I had heard good things about it as well, but it is nowhere near good as people say.

Hopefully Google will learn something from this, because it would be much easier for me personally...

Handy for telecommuters and the like (3, Interesting)

Beyond Opinion (959609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847397)

I work for a web design company which has most of the employees working in one office, and a few employees (including myself) in a separate office in a different state. This could be very useful for making edits, teaching interns, etc. I'm definitely going to show this to the other team.

Re:Handy for telecommuters and the like (2, Interesting)

arth1 (260657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847755)

Keep in mind that you expose the documents to people not in your company. A careless remark about something that might affect future stock prices could very well be exploited by someone with access to the servers. Not to mention trade secrets.

Keep communication in-house if you can.

Re:Handy for telecommuters and the like (2, Insightful)

Beyond Opinion (959609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847855)

That is a good point. We probably shouldn't use phones either, now that you mention it, since they could be tapped. Maybe we should hire runners who would dash across rooftops with Parkour-inspired grace and agility, carrying our top-secret files back and forth. . . .

Re:Handy for telecommuters and the like (4, Insightful)

arth1 (260657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848021)

With phones, you have a contract with the phone company, who accept responsibility for keeping your transmissions private. It's even mandated by law. If someone at the phone company listens in on your talks and acts on the proprietary information, or by negligence allows others to do so, you have a legal claim to redress.

With a web server, no such protection is in place. In fact, most public web servers require that you abide by their EULA, which further reduces your legal status.

You don't have to be paranoid to use common sense. You just need to avoid unnecessary risks. And this is one.

What could make stocks possibly go lower? (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848169)

Look, here's the trade secret of the USA - we lost the free trade battle, we don't make anything the world wants, and we're bankrupt. Therefor, our stock market is cratering.

Who cares about company loyalty anyway, when they are just going to send your job to India. Only idiots believe that their work will be rewarded.

Re:What could make stocks possibly go lower? (1)

ThreeE (786934) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848677)

Funny how the US still has, by any reasonable measure, the largest, healthiest economy in the world.

There's also the Eclipse Communication Framework (4, Informative)

toby (759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847419)

ECF home [eclipse.org], articles at IBM DeveloperWorks [ibm.com], InfoQ [infoq.com].

From the latter: ECF is...

  • Real-time communication and collaboration features for teams using Eclipse such as peer-to-peer file sharing, remote opening of Eclipse views, screen capture sharing, and real-time shared editing.
  • A set of communications APIs and frameworks built upon existing protocols (like Google Talk, XMPP, SSH, HTTP/HTTPS, Rendevous, IRC, and others) for developers to add communications and messaging to their own Equinox-based plugins, or customize and extend the ECF applications.

Re:There's also the Eclipse Communication Framewor (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848263)

Niiiiccceee.... eXtreme Programming over XMPP or IRC.

And to think that thanks to Slashdot, I'm already using Eclipse, so I just need to install ECF and I'm ready to go... ;)

Interesting (1)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847425)

and pretty well-implemented. It doesn't handle deletions, though - something like Word's Track Changes for deletions might be nice.

There's a test room here: http://etherpad.com/as9F1Jh5cu [etherpad.com]

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848331)

Oh dear, i believe we have killed it...

try it out (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847427)

First!

join me here: http://etherpad.com/Azkob99ZYK

Re:try it out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848319)

I think we just slashdotted notepad. :D

Killer app for lecture notetaking (1)

(nil) (140773) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847451)

Always thought something like this would work amazingly for collectively taking notes on a lecture.

Re:Killer app for lecture notetaking (1)

adamengst (206161) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847505)

We use SubEthaEdit for taking notes during Steve Jobs keynotes. It's brilliant for that. Alas, EtherPad won't work there because Apple always blocks Internet access in the keynote room.

Re:Killer app for lecture notetaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847667)

How do we get live updates from keynotes then?

It's called slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847463)

We already have this. It's called slashdot.

It was a dark and stormy night...

screen -x (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847509)

I use `screen -x` for collaborating on anything.
And, to add to this flamebait, I use a good editor (i.e. vi or vim).

HUH? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847523)

So, essentially it's a chat window with fancy formatting tools. AOL, anyone?

Gobby (4, Informative)

kwalker (1383) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847533)

Linux and Windows users (And I think there's an OS X port too) can use Gobby [slashdot.org], which is like SubEthaEdit, but free, written in GTK+, includes a free server for collaboration over the net, and zeroconf support for finding users on the local network. Since it's based on GTK+, it has things like syntax highlighting, spellcheck, etc. already available. It should also be in most popular distros' repos already.

Re:Gobby (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847647)

If you're recommending gobby then you clearly haven't used gobby for any real work.

In the 2 minutes I played with etherpad it blows Gobby out of the water with it, first of all, this actually works.

Re:Gobby (2, Interesting)

kwalker (1383) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848031)

I don't know what kinda busted-ass network you run, but I have used Gobby over a local network and over the Internet to work on everything from documentation to source code to HTML and CSS files. It works like a champ. Several other admins and developers have started using it at my company for collaboration, both "extreme programming" type and "can you help me figure out the problem with X?" things.

The ONLY thing I want from Gobby at this point is an easy way to see who is where within the document.

No Internet? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848259)

In the 2 minutes I played with etherpad it blows Gobby out of the water

But which one works over a LAN that is not connected to the Internet, such as an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network or a Wi-Fi network whose access point/router has no ISP uplink? Not everybody can afford a 3G card and a tetherable data plan.

Google Docs, Abiword Collaboration,IRC, SVN etc. (1, Informative)

apathy maybe (922212) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847539)

I've seen it written that IRC is just multiplayer notepad before...

But anyway, Google Writer does this, Abiword is a non-web app freely available on all major platforms, and has a Collaboration plugin (never used it personally).

Oh, and this one still requires you to use their server... That rules it out for most use cases I can think of in a commercial setting.

Interestingly, they say on their FAQ
"One thing that Google Docs does not do is real-time collaborative text editing." Actually, yes it does...
"Google Docs are cumbersome to share with other people. It requires sending an email, and all collaborators must have a Google Docs account. With EtherPad, you just copy and paste a link, no emails or accounts required."
Wrong on the first point (you can just copy and paste the link, or just see it through your list of files).

Score, 4/10, interesting sorta, but actually rather boring. Give us the code, let us host it locally, force user accounts if desired.

Otherwise, not interested.

Everything it can do can already be done using some other tool.

Re:Google Docs, Abiword Collaboration,IRC, SVN etc (2, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847617)

And while it is true they need a "google docs" account, you can do that with any e-mail address, not just a gmail address...

Google Docs seems just as good, already in place, and better integrated with things like OpenOffice/MS Office, already has spreadsheet/powerpoint capability, etc. I fail to see the point or the hype.

And Google Docs allows you to have collaborators and just viewers...

Re:Google Docs, Abiword Collaboration,IRC, SVN etc (3, Insightful)

adamengst (206161) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847641)

Google Docs is great, but it doesn't update in real time. There's always a lag that gets in the way for quick collaboration.

Re:Google Docs, Abiword Collaboration,IRC, SVN etc (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847915)

> Give us the code, let us host it locally, force user accounts if desired.

In addition, please come mow my lawn, give me some of your famous home-made myrtleberry pie, and a copy of your house keys.

Re:Google Docs, Abiword Collaboration,IRC, SVN etc (1)

sherriw (794536) | more than 5 years ago | (#25849135)

I'm trying to share a google docs document by just sending the link, and no, it requires you to log in with a google account.

Limiting Participation (4, Interesting)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847565)

I've gone through and I haven't seen how one keeps anyone with the url from participating. If there is no mechanism to do this, how long before someone has a script out there that generates random urls and looks for matching documents? I can see how this could become somewhat entertaining or infuriating depending on ones point of view.

Re:Limiting Participation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847937)

Could be a new way to peddle Viagra!

Chat Logs (1)

yumyum (168683) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847567)

When I worked at Motorola, we would use an internal chat server (iChat) to communicate with each other while on a conference call. Worked pretty well, though we did have to sanitize and redact all of the "what a doofus!" comments caused by inane comments by clients on the conference call.

Though I have not used this or SubEthaEdit, I wonder how distracting it is while typing to see the text change due to others...

Drawing version? (2, Interesting)

pzs (857406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847577)

Does anybody know of a collaborative drawing tool in the same vein? This would be great for a play-by-IM roleplaying game, so I could draw a battle map for my players. I could draw the map and they would be able to move their characters when it was their turn. I could even use different background textures to give the maps more character.

Cross platform would be ideal so that I don't have to use Windows...

Re:Drawing version? (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848353)

Does anybody know of a collaborative drawing tool in the same vein?

You could start your research at Wikipedia: Oekaki [wikipedia.org] and Paint chat [wikipedia.org]

Slashdot EtherPad (1)

Viking Coder (102287) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847601)

Slashdot Etherpad [etherpad.com].

Re:Slashdot EtherPad (1)

Viking Coder (102287) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848037)

So, we're having a Slashdot discussion there. Full of "your mom" jokes and other mindless crap. And all of a sudden - BAM!

We're hit by an ASCII goatsex.

Ah, thank you internet for inventing another way to make me want to gouge my eyes out.

EtherPad is dead to me, as of 11:52 AM, CST. lolz.

Re:Slashdot EtherPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848129)

It's so much fun in there...fuckmaster flex!!!

Re:Slashdot EtherPad (1)

Viking Coder (102287) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848187)

Seems like they locked it down, at least the multi-user aspect. Or can other people get in to it?

Re:Slashdot EtherPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25848517)

I think we broke it.

emacs (1)

flynt (248848) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847649)

You can do real-time simultaneous editing with multi-tty mode in Emacs 23. I don't know how useful it is though.

Google Docs (1)

jbolden (176878) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847653)

Google Docs does this really well with shared version control. I've used it several times to do this sort of thing.

Already done....old news (1)

Digitalman65 (1352303) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847685)

QNX had this back in the 90's. I laughed at people shuffling a WordPerfect legal document around between 5 secretaries and having to combine their edits and get the document out before the end of the night. They could have done it in a fifth of the time had they used QNX and this awesome work process (who's name now escape me). It used QNX's message passing architecture to work it's magic. It was truly neat watching edits to a document occur in real-time - and this was back in 1991.

Google Docs (2)

agristin (750854) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847695)

I love sub-etha edit and used it for a long time.

But for almost all the same functionality and the ability to do presos, documents and spreadsheet collaboratively and simultaneously Google Docs is pretty awesome.

What could possibly go wrong (1)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847783)

For now, we offer the free version of EtherPad as a service, which is already useful in a number of use cases. In the free versions, pads are secured by creating unique and non-guessable URLs. Only people who know the URL to your pad will be able to access its contents. In this way, you can control access to a pad. You can think of the randomly-generated URL as a sort of password.

Boy, I hope some suckers use this for ultra secret stuff. I will be firing up my script soon enough to figure out those "non-guessable" URLs.

It needs password protection (1)

L0stm4n (322418) | more than 5 years ago | (#25847885)

at the very LEAST! maybe SSL + password protection. Right now anyone with the URL can hop on in and see/edit the document.

I fear for the future of literature.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847927)

I started a group writing project with it for fun...it became a gay cop romance with in two hours.

I fear for the future of literature.

Docs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25847977)

I have used Google Docs, it updates rather well and unless you want to see every single word being typed, also performs quite adequately

Pasting in text? (1)

mamono (706685) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848193)

I don't know if others have had better success, but I was unable to paste a moderate amount of text. A small amount of text pasted in worked, though. I guess it could be because they are slammed by Slashdot users.

Surely this has already been done! (0)

kno3 (1327725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848381)

Google Docs must have beaten them to this some way back, or does this offer important stuff that Docs doesn't?

Waiting (1)

Tolkien (664315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848397)

Heh, the first time I read the title I saw "..Collaborative Waiting".

One wonders how that'd work!

online + publishers == be careful (3, Interesting)

forevermore (582201) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848459)

For those of you intending to actually publish your work (but not having actually sold it yet), be very careful about what you do online. Many publishers will not even glance at a manuscript if it has been published in any part before, and online forums (even private ones) and document sharing services are still a very grey area.

Wow you missed out (1)

Tiber (613512) | more than 5 years ago | (#25848849)

There's this even newer project called SCOOP. It's collaborative media. You need a webserver to make it run but it works really well from what I've been testing with it. If you would like to try joining a SCOOP community, check out http://www.kuro5hin.org/ [kuro5hin.org]

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