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Monday, July 7, 2008

Online Collaboration Tools - New Technologies And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jul07 08

Looking for online collaboration tools? Whether you need to share your very large files with someone else, manage your on-going projects with your team, or simply collaboratively sketch and annotate together the same diagram, we have got some interesting tools for you to check out.

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Here the eight collaboration tools I and Robin have selected for you this time:

  1. ProjectForum: Wiki software lets you create workspaces for groups of people
  2. Exvo Get it Done: Project management system lets you monitor on-going projects and assign tasks
  3. Intodit: Create groups and start creating discussion pages, sharing file and adding videos
  4. GroupBoard: Online whiteboarding application lets you draw, share images and chat with people
  5. Seesmic: Post a video message and receive video replies from other people
  6. Kaltura: Create videos together with other people in real-time
  7. Openomy: Online file sharing service gives you 1GB to share your files
  8. ManyCam: Use your webcam with multiple source software applications at once




  1. ProjectForum
    ProjectForum is a wiki software that runs as a server application on a central server or your own computer, running any operating system. Once installed, it allows you to easily create workspaces where your team can share files, discuss and review ideas, documents, schedules and project status. The service is completely free to download and use, with paid versions also available.

  2. Exvo Get it Done
    Get it Done is a project management system that anyone can use to manage on-going projects with his/her team. You can easily create spaces, where unlimited numbers of people can message with each other, assign tasks and share files. The free version offers you 2 spaces and 25MB for file sharing. Paid versions offer you up to 20GB of sharing space and up to 150 spaces.

  3. Intodit
    Intodit is a web service for creating Wiki groups. After you create an account and start a group, you can invite people to join you, and start creating pages, sharing files, add YouTube videos, engage in discussions and more. The service is completely free to use and requires registration.

  4. GroupBoard
    GroupBoard is a web-based application that you can use to create whiteboarding sessions. You can create hosted whiteboards, which you can embed on your website or use on a public URL, where people can draw, add images and shapes and instant message with each other. The free version is limited to 5 users per session, but you can check the other plans.

  5. Seesmic
    Seesmic is an asynchronous video messaging system founded by Loic Le Meur, that you can use pretty much like Twitter. Anyone who is registered, can post a video message about anything, and people can then start adding video replies to it. You can choose whether to follow all public videos, or subscribe to the ones you are interested in. The cool collaborative feature is that you can use Seesmic to power your own blog site comments, allowing people to comment back with their own video clips. Free to use.

  6. Kaltura
    Kaltura is an online service that you can use to create videos collaborating with other people. Users can choose topic, pick a look for the Kaltura page, and invite friends to contribute video, music and photos to it, and even edit, remix and annotate it together. The collaborative result can be viewed on, downloaded for later use, or easily embedded on any site. Free and paid versions available.

  7. Openomy
    Openomy is an online file hosting system that lets you store files and access them from any computer. After you sign-up for the service, you can upload any file, with a total size limitation of 1GB, and create a permalink for any file you add, so that anyone can access and download them. Openomy is completely free to use.

  8. ManyCam
    ManyCam is a free software for Windows that lets you use your webcam with multiple collaboration applications. ManyCam is able to create virtual webcams that stream data from the real camera, so that it can redistribute it on more instant messaging or videoconferencing tools, so that you can have more conversation, in multiple places, at once. Free to downlaod and use.

Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi for Master New Media and first published on July 7th 2008 as "Online Collaboration Technologies - New Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jul07"

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