This is a collaboration tool with the latest web 2.o features, design, and programming.
Writely is basically a text editor or word processer (similar to a web-based version or Word)…also has some wiki, web editor, and tagging features…most of all it’s social (collaborative editing, VIP viewing).
You can create a new document or upload a document from Word.
The toolbar is the standard word processing type toolbar, above it are tabs: edit, authors, viewers, history, html, preview, etc…
So you can edit a document, see the HTML version, and preview the document as a webpage.
Once you have revised (re-edited the document) several times you can check the history tab for the different versions (this is the wiki like feature).
You can also flag or star a document (I suppose it acts as a favourites tab…there is also a tab for active documents (I guess a space for one’s you are working on), you can also tag your documents…or view all documents.
In the document index it also shows who changed the document and time/date.
This obviously leads to the fact that you can make your documents shareable (collaborate)…invite by email…this is done by clicking on the Authors tab (you can also see the list of authors).
On the bottom of each document is a box that tells you if anyone is editing the document at the same time as you…read the website for more.
There is also a Viewers tab, where you can allow all or select people to see your published version (if you still have to make some edits it won’t show until you publish it again).
Other collaboration tools:
Chalk (not yet released)
Writeboard (not yet released)
Ta-da lists (to-do)
Jot Spot Live (real time)
Gobby (real time)
Tudu lists (notes)
Remember the milk (notes)
Planzo (calendar, notes)
Gobby (real-time) [ADDED 26/10/05]
JotSpot Tracker [ADDED 16/12/05]
Rally Point [ADDED 16/12/05]
Synchro-Edit (real-time) [ADDED 16/12/05]
…and of course all the wiki’s out there
That is of course unless you use an offlines blog editor such as Qumana, blogger for word and the rest…this tool isn’t focused for that type of thing but it can be used this way (very versitile)…best thing for me anyway is that I don’t have to download anything.