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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Online Collaboration Tools - New Technologies And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jun10 08

The best, coolest and newest online collaboration tools are back again with a new basket full of goodies personally selected for you by Robin Good and me, Nico Canali De Rossi. In this issue we have selected new tools for video conferencing, collaborative project management, VoIP, and file sharing.

Photo credit: Natalia Lukiyanova

Here our online collaborative toolkit selection for this week:

  1. VZO Chat: Free Windows software lets you have video calls with your friends
  2. Talkvue: Get your private video conferencing room and have meetings with up to six people
  3. Wamily: Create groups, start sharing files, communicating and managing projects
  4. Middlepost: Create documents and let other people review them for you
  5. FileURLs: Upload a file, pick how many days it will stay online for, protect it, and share it via a URL
  6. FreeportVM: Record and send video messages to other people
  7. ParaChatCreate an embeddable chat room for your web-site and interact with your visitors
  8. Trutap: Connect to all major instant messaging services from your mobile phone for free




  1. VZO Chat
    VZO Chat is a free downloadable software for Windows machine that allows you to have free video conferences with your friends. Coming in a small setup package (just 3MB), VZO Chat makes it easy to find all of your friends and have video calls from any PC with an Internet connection. Plus, it also allows you to text-chat with people while you are video conferencing. Free to download and use.

  2. Talkvue
    Talkvue is a multi-user video conferencing system designed to work completely within your web browser. You can have unlimited voice and video conferencing from your desktop with up to six people in each video conference room. It costs $30/year, and it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

  3. Wamily
    Wamily is a free social collaboration service that you can use to create groups online. After you create a group, you can invite as many people as you want to join you, and start sharing files, communicating via text chat or organize project in wikis: all this in a secure, private and online space. Wamily is free to use, still in alpha stage.

  4. Middlepost
    Middlepost is a service that offers a full suite of tools for online document sharing, revision, and electronic signing. You can create and store documents online, invite people to collaborate with you and see reviews as they are made by your collaborators, keeping track of each editor's input so you know who modified what and when.

  5. FileURLs
    FileURLs is an easy-to-use online file sharing system. With three simple clicks, you can upload any type of file on the internet, and get a unique, password-protected URL that you can share with anyone to allow them get the file. Just select any file from your computer (up to 250 MB), select how many days it should be available for, pick whether you want to protect it with a password, and click the button. Free to use, no registration needed.

  6. FreeportVM
    FreeportVM is a Windows-only software which lets you record and send video messages. After you install the application and login, you can record any message with your webcam, add recipients email addresses and click send. Your video will then be uploaded, re-encoded, and share via email through a link that people can use to watch your message. FreeportVM is free to download and use.

  7. ParaChat
    ParaChat is a free online service that you can use to create a chat room for your web-site. Without signing up, you can immediately create a room by typing the dimensions of the widget, select a name, language, background and foreground color. When done, you'll be given four codes: an embedding code, a pop-up code, text link code, and also a standard URL to join the room. Free to use.

  8. Trutap
    Trutap is a mobile instant messaging service that allows you to take your online social life wherever. You can send group messages, SMS and email from your mobile phone for free. You can chat with your friends on IM services (MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and ICQ), and share files. It is completely free to download and use, but you might be charged for connection by your provider. Check the supported phones.

Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi for Master New Media and first published on June 8th 2008 as "Online Collaboration Technologies - New Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Picnic Jun08"

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posted by Nicolo' Canali De Rossi on Tuesday, June 10 2008, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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