I have just started to use TextFlow as a parallel word processor. I had become frustrated with collating the edited changes from 5 separate editors collaborating on the second edition of the toxicology textbook – using google docs and email.
On the advice of Vijay I gave TextFlow a trial (currently in beta), with fantastic results. The Adobe AIR-based word processor truly is an innovative take on document collaboration. The real-time editing was becoming cumbersome, but using an ‘import-analysis’ technique, the master document is now incredibly simple to manage. Currently there is no support for images and tables – but given the rapid evolution of the first upgrade, I am sure it will only be a matter of time before this issue is fixed.
Here is a short step-by-step guide on one way to integrate TextFlow into your collaborative work process. By allowing your colleagues to work how they want, when they want, TextFlow lets you do the most with your team. Check out the TextFlow Blog for more details.
TextFlow’s certainly not the first company to help users collaborate on documents, and like other similarly-focused startups, it faces an uphill against Google and Microsoft. But it sure looks pretty, doesn’t it? TechCrunch