Here?s something useful which could actually stop many of you from breaking the law, as opposed to a few of my previous posts which may be on the boundaries of legality. I know many people who when they?ve got their new PC have found that there wasn?t a decent word processing programme on it, and have then got themselves a copy of Microsoft Word, because that?s what everyone else uses. This is where Writely.com steps in.
Writely brands itself as ?The Web Word Processor?, and that?s what it does. Instead of installing software to your PC just visit the website and do all your work there. Cool eh?
Share documents instantly & collaborate real-time.
Pick exactly who can access your documents.
Edit your documents from anywhere.
Nothing to download ? your browser is all you need.
Store your documents securely online.
Offsite storage plus data backup every 10 seconds.
Easy to use.
Clean, uncluttered screens with a familiar, desktop feel.
Signing up was simple, all I had to do was fill in my email and choose a password, and then go to my email inbox and verify it by visiting the link they sent me.
I was pointed to Writely.com by my good friend Chris who has been dealing with solicitors who insist on sending him info in word documents. Chris doesn?t have Word and doesn?t want it and so something like this is the ideal thing. By simply clicking on the upload button it is possible to upload Word documents, along with many other types of document files.
Writely is currently in beta mode and I?m sure there are some functions that will be altered at a later date such as saving to PDF [this may be part of a subsciption service, running alongside a free service], so it will be changing in the future. Oh and did I tell you that Writey is owned by Google??
One of the best features is the ability to save to either the desktop or online. I?ve had many times when I?ve had to email a document to myself just so that I could edit it at another location. This also means that if my computer breaks, gets a virus, blows up, whatever, I?ll still have access to my documents online, instead of having to try and salvage my hard-drive. It automatically saves but also keeps all the past revisions and lets you revert to these if you like [or if you've accidently deleted some important info].
Writely will work wherever you have access to the Internet via a Windows or Macintosh computer with one of these browsers:
- IE 5.5+ (Windows)
- Mozilla 1.4+, not including SeaMonkey (Mac & Windows)
- Firefox 188.8.131.52+ (Mac & Windows ? except for 1.5b1 on the Mac!)
Writely is not supported, and probably won?t run on:
- IE 5 (Mac) or IE 4 (Windows)
- Netscape 4
Why don?t you give it a go?