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post #81 of 83
Originally Posted by BRussell View Post

AUnfortunately it's barely better than simply emailing or file-sharing documents and getting suggestions back via email, and nowhere near as powerful as google's and others' free services. I'm working on collaborative papers all the time, and I can't imagine ever using this, let alone paying for it.

If they improve it significantly in the future, great - we can talk about it then.

Have you tried it. Have you been reading the reviews?

I haven't read a review or anybody that has tried it that agrees with you.
post #82 of 83
iWork.com is a great start. It doesn't try to be too much. It's a great tool for collaboration, sharing and commenting on basic documents. But even at its simplest, which Im in agreement that, for now, it doesnt need to be a full bloated online app, it is flawed.

When comments are added to the online document, iWork, in my experience, doesnt auto-notify the contributors nor commenters. This requires the user to manually notify the other commenters with additional comments. Even worse, theres nothing in the online app that allows a simple Notify Of Your Comments, so to speak, option. So youre relegated to manually opening your email or the original iWork document to send a new update.

Unless, Im missing something.

Plus, I found myself going through my history and not sure how it happened, but I launched a URL and started adding comments. Though this time my comments were attributed to one of the other collaborators who I sent the document for review. That means that with that URL a commenter can comment under someone elses name. There needs to be some level or security or simply verification that the commenter is indeed authorized and so that comments can be attributed correctly.
post #83 of 83
Collaboration should include one's own WebDAV servers to allow for group collaboration.

They should sell vertical add-ons that are tied only to .Mac/MobileMe which actually require an OS X Server Infrastructure to do so and that the cost of doing it is less than the cost of buying OS X Server unlimited, Distributed Serving add-ons and more.

In other words, make use of the open standard and then when it comes to a completely seemless, multiple-peer-to-multiple-peer system come out with the option of buying that mid-size to enterprise solution for your own corporation or a corporate license to use that service inside Apple deployed solutions of the same product, for a monthly fee.

It would be a smart way to get Apple Enterprise into the Enterprise markets by offering that hardware/software combo and end-to-end solution for Enterprise customer communication/collaboration needs.
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