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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Online Collaboration Technologies - New Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Dec30 07

If you are on the lookout for some new useful tools that can help you better manage your distributed virtual room or your vacationing class of students, here is Master New Media new weekly set of cool online collaboration tools that you may have recently missed on their launch date and that Nico Canali De Rossi has carefully hand-picked and summary-reviewed for you.

Photo credit: Daniel Gilbey - edited by Robin Good

This week online collaboration technologies selection includes these eight tools:

  1. Beam It Up: Compress your music, pictures or videos, and share them with a text message
  2. ScreenStream: Free downloadable software allows you to show your screen to other people
  3. Ulteo: Run OpenOffice online, and share your editing sessions in real time with anyone
  4. Centericq: Text mode multi-protocol instant messenger connects you to major IM services through a simple interface
  5. Easy Message: Smallest downloadable multi-protocol IM client allows you to connect to the major IM networks
  6. Mindomo: Online mind-mapping tool lets you create and share mind-maps with your team
  7. SmartSheet: Online task manager and spreadsheet editor allows you to collaborate with your colleagues
  8. Wippien: Multi-protocol instant messenger with VPN enables you to chat and collaborate with your friends



  1. Beam It Up
    Beam It Up is a free online service that you can use to compress files and send them on any mobile phone. It is really fast and easy to use: just select a file to upload(music, pictures, videos or docs), choose the compression settings, type the mobile number, and a download link will be automatically sent to that number via SMS text message so that your friend can pick the file up. Free to use, no registration needed.

  2. ScreenStream
    ScreenStream is a free downloadable software that lets others 'watch' your screen on their computers. After you have downloaded the small application and started the sharing session, you just have to give people a link that they will have to paste into their browser without installing anything. They can continue to watch your screen until turn off screen sharing. Free to use.

  3. Ulteo
    Ulteo is a web-based tool that lets you run OpenOffice 2.3 online. You can manage all of your documents online in various formats(OpenDocument, Microsoft, and PDF...), up to 1GB per account, and collaborate with people: all you need is a web-browser with Javascript and Sun Java Runtime 1.4+. OpenOffice sessions can be shared with anyone. Free to use, registration needed.

  4. Centericq
    Centericq is a text mode multi-protocol IM client that supports the ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols. Despite its old-style light interface, it fully supports all of the other clients' features, such as text-chat, file transfer, contact list groups, group chats, invisible mode, and more. Completely free, it is available for download and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

  5. Easy Message
    Easy Message is the smallest downloadable instant messenger, just 240 kb, that allows users to chat on multiple instant messaging networks from one place, supporting MSN, AOL, ICQ and Yahoo. Its main features are file transfer, group chat and mail notification. It is completely free and you can download it here.

  6. Mindomo
    Mindomo is an online mind-mapping tool that you can use to create and share mind-maps with any PC and browser. Mindomo free version lets you store up to 7 maps and invite as many people as you want to see and edit them. You can also check out other versions.

  7. SmartSheet
    SmartSheet is a web-based spreadsheet editor that lets you create and share spreadsheets with your team mates. With the free plan you can create and share up to five spreadsheets, with an unlimited number of people. You can use it for free or check the advanced plans.

  8. Wippien
    Wippien is a full featured instant messaging client that supports the major chat protocols, including AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, GTalk, Jabber, and ICQ. The unique feature of Wippien is that it has a VPN (Virtual Private Network) baked right in and can be used to manipulate your online buddies' network shares, printers, desktop, and more. Free to download

Originally written and prepared by Nico Canali De Rossi for Master New Media

Readers' Comments    
2007-12-30 09:59:18

Vic Gee

I've just done a review of all the free web-based mind mapping applications like Mindomo, over at

They all let you collaborate with others when making a mindmap.

The review details show what's free (and how much the subscriptions are for the others), what can import and export MindManager and FreeMind maps and, of course, where to find them.

The master list of mind mapping &
information management software

2007-12-30 06:44:40


Do we really need all this?

posted by Nicolo' Canali De Rossi on Sunday, December 30 2007, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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