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collaboration, editable, shared resources
Distant collaboration and sharing of ideas has become an imperative need in the modern word and for work and education.Some of the simplest online tools that allow this come in a document sharing format. This involves creating a document onlineand then sharing it with multiple online users who can add or edit the content synchronously
with ability to see the changes
(each user’s addition is highlighted in a different colour) and finally store it in the cloud for immediate access and futur
is a very user-friendly document sharing tool which requires little technical expertise and offers ease of access,since there is no registration process to go through. Once the user is connected to
, a new document canbe created immediately, as shown on the right:
features a basic word processing tool, on top of the text window and various editing, exporting and savingoptions on the top bar. Sharing the document is very easy through the sidebar: a unique URL is created to sent to contributorsvia e-mail or instant messaging or by using the inbuilt e-mail form if you so wish. On the sidebar there is also a chat window,for further synchronous communication.One of its most useful features is that it highlights the content added by each separate user, assigning a different colour toeach contributor. In this way, one can view what has been contributed and by whom at a glance, which facilitates pinpointingnecessary changes in content and avoiding repetition, while working on the document synchronously.
All that is needed is a basic functional Internet connection. This tool is very user-friendly and suitable for less experiencedtechnology users.
Desktop computer or laptop
Internet connection (not necessarily broadband)
Active e-mail account
CostCompletely freeSetup and Configuration
Minimal action is required, as demonstrated in the
section. After clicking on Create a New Document, all that isneeded is typing a name for each contributor in the box provided on the sidebar. This step is not necessary if you have usedTypewithme before, since it automatically saves the name you have used in your previous documents.
There are the options of hiding the sidebar and viewing the text in Full Window mode, both of which provide morescreen space for the actual text and are accessible by clicking on the corresponding buttons at the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen.
Basic text format options are accessible through the word processing tool, but there are no font options offered.
By clicking on the
tab on the top bar, automatic line numbering and authorship colours may be deactivated,if so preferred.
Finally, each user may choose the colour their content will be highlighted in from a limited selection of eight colours.