The new Box Notes editor lets groups of people work on the same document together, at the same time.
What do you do if you need to work together on a document with one of more colleagues in different places - brainstorming a new project, or settling the exact form of words needed in an important document?
Google Drive already offers this ability, but Box thinks it has come up with something better.
Box started out as a cloud storage/syncing service. It allows users to share documents and sync any changes made to them, but that's not the same as simultaneously working on the same document with someone else.
The latest development is Box Notes, a collaborative text editor that lets groups of people work on the same document together.
Box Notes has two distinctive features.
- Firstly, it presents each collaborator's photo in the left margin to indicate their cursor position. This helps draw attention to the part of the document they are working on or talking about.
- Secondly, Box Notes avoids the feature overload found in many word processors which still assume the goal is to produce a paper document. Instead, it focuses on capturing and editing text in a collaborative way.
Sharing the documents is relatively straightforward - when you create a new note in a particular folder, anyone you are sharing the folder with can automatically share the note.
Box Notes is in private beta, and you can request an invitation here.
But what if you want to collaborate at a distance using handwriting and sketches rather than text? Citrix last week released Talkboard http://talkboardapp.com/ , a free iPad that lets you do just that.