Writely - a web word processor

How many times were you stuck on a machine that had no word processor installed, or at least not one with many options? This happens often, especially if you travel a lot. In any case, there's another tool I discovered that can make your work experience a lot more comfortable and familiar wherever you are.

I'm writing about Writely, a web word processor that provides simple and secure document collaboration and publishing on the Web using only the browser. OK, that's not entirely true, you do need a keyboard and a mouse comes in handy, but that's it.

First and foremost, I have to tell you that Writely is free and that should make you continue reading. It's interface, as you can see below (clik on the image for a bigger look), looks very familiar and if you've used other text editors before you'll be able to adapt do Writely in a snap.


The documents you create can be kept private or can be shared with other people. An e-mail with the link to the document can be sent right from Writely to the people you desire. If you don't make your documents public or reference them from elsewhere they will not be indexed by search engines and will stay private. This makes Writely a good choice for collaboration efforts that tie together people from different locations.

As regards browser support, there are some limitations, but since browsers are free that shouldn't be a problem. At the moment of writing, you can use the following: IE 5.5+ (Windows), Mozilla 1.4+ (Mac & Windows), Firefox 1.0.6+ (Mac & Windows - but NOT 1.5b1 on the Mac). As you can see, Opera and Safari are not supported but that's because of some of their limitations.

Fellow bloggers, do keep in mind that Writely is a good friend for users of Blogger since you can post on your blog right from Writely. metaWeblog or MovableType APIs are supported as well. Useful, ain't it? :)

I know that all this Web 2.0 stuff is coming in many forms and that we have to get used on being able to shift some of the workload we have onto applications and services available exclusively on the Internet, but still, something as handy and well done as this always comes as a surprise.
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5:48 PM

Just wanted to say I really like your blog, and have found many/all of your topics and links extremely useful and interesting. I ran across writely a while ago, and the only concern I would have is over privacy - but depending on content it may be of no concern. Please keep writing - thanks.    



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