TypeWith.Me is an application that lets groups of users collaborate on text files in real time. Without any signups, logins, or email addresses required, users can get started typing documents within the web-based system with one simple click. Each document has its own automatically generated URL, which can be distributed to friends and coworkers to collaborate on the creation and editing process. And because TypeWith.Me is a real time application, groups of users can type simultaneously and see their contributions included without fear of saving over anyone else’s work.
Unlike applications like Google Documents—which allows multiple users to collaborate on documents so long as they aren’t doing so at the same time—any number of TypeWith.Me users can partake in the editing process of a text file all at once. To work on a preexisting document, simply follow the link and type your name into the box on the upper right hand corner of the screen. Each collaborator is assigned a unique color that any text he or she contributes will be highlighted in, making it easy to tell who has contributed what to any given document. When a question does arise, the chat room feature facilitates quick communication between collaborators without the need for multiple instant messages or group emails.
When the document you’re working on has reached completion, just click save and select the type of file to export it as—TypeWith.Me lets you export files as HTML, plain text, Word, PDF, OpenDocument, or as a bookmarked file. Exported files lack the highlighted coloring from the online version, but retain any indentation, bulleting, and font details that were added during the collaboration process. For groups of students or business associates who need a fast, cheap way to collaborate on an upcoming project, TypeWith.Me is most definitely the simplest text collaboration tool of its kind.
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