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Monday, September 15, 2008

Online Collaboration Tools - New Technologies And Web Services - Sharewood Guide Sep15 08

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Sending large files is much less of an issue nowadays, thanks to a growing number of web services dedicated just to this, that we have also recently covered. But lo and behold, surprises never end for for us technology explorers: in this issue I have included a cool new service that lets you send files up to 10GB each, along new tools to share documents , hold web conferences and meetings, and more.

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Here eight new collaboration tools that I have selected for you this week:

  1. File Savr: Upload and get a sharing link for all of your files up to 10GB
  2. ZohoDocs: Create, edit and share documents of any format online
  3. OpenACircle: Meet other people in your private web meeting room
  4. PlanZone: Organize your team, assign tasks and manage your projects
  5. Zapproved: Let other people approve or deny your ideas
  6. BlastGroups: Invite people in a group,start sharing media files and organize events
  7. ClearWiki: Create wiki pages for your team at absolutely no cost
  8. BigString: Connect to multiple IM account on different networks


  1. File Savr

    File Savr is a free and easy service that you can use to send any type of file to other people. With no sign up required, you are able to upload files of any format and up to 10GB of size, and to get a direct public link to them that you can share via IM, email, or any other way in order to allow people to download the file. The service is completely free to use and requires no registration.

  2. ZohoDocs

    ZohoDocs is the latest addition of the online Zoho suite, and this one lets you create, edit and share documents of any type on the web. You can create or upload files online, and invite as many people as you want to collaborate with you in real-time: all this without installing and software on your machine. ZohoDocs is completely free to use, and offers you 1GB to store all of your documents.

  3. OpenACircle

    OpenACircle is a beta web meeting system that allows you to create your private room where you can meet other people. After you invite people, you can share documents, have video/audio calls, give live presentation sessions, share your screen, and more. Currently in free beta, the service is completely web based.

  4. PlanZone

    PlanZone is a new project management solution that lets small and medium businesses organize their on-going projects. You can easily create new projects and invite people to join you in our web based space, where you can create pages, manage activities, and also share files with all the other members of the group. The free trial gives you up to 2 projects, 5 users, and 25MB for your files. Else, you can check the paid versions.

  5. Zapproved

    Zapproved is a free system that makes it easy for people to approve or deny your ideas. You can write any type of message, to which you can also attach files, and wait for the other people, who will receive an email with two buttons, to approve or deny your proposal. During the approval process, everyone involved can monitor who has read the email and how each person has responded. Free to use during beta phase.

  6. BlastGroups

    BlastGroups is a free service that you can use to create groups of people. Just enter a name and a URL for your group, and you are ready to start: you can share photos (up to 5MB each) and videos (from major sharing sites), organize events, post messages, write blog posts and more. BlastGroups is completely web based and free to use.

  7. ClearWiki

    ClearWiki is a web app that lets you create wiki pages for free. You can create a new wiki for free, which will offer 10 pages, 256MB of storage and the possibility of having up to 10 users, where you can write whatever you want with other people and share files with them. Other versions can be checked here for more users and storage space.

  8. BigString ***DEAD

    BigString is a web based multi-protocol instant messaging application that enables you to log into all of your IM accounts from one single place. You can access your IM accounts from different services (AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo and MSN) and mix your contact lists into a new single one which will include all of your buddies. The service is free to use, with no registration requires, but you can also register to make BigString save your usernames and passwords.

Originally written by Nico Canali De Rossi and Robin Good for Master New Media and first published on September 15th 2008 as "Online Collaboration Technologies - New Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Guide Sept15 08"

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