Thursday, November 9th, 2006
TechCrunch reports on two products in the growing category of real-time collaboration. These products let two or more people create a shared workspace, mark it up, manipulate images, and chat together. Kind of a real-time wiki for a limited set of contributors, and not too different from the sort of collaboration available in Google Docs and Spreadsheets.
Thinkature works best for communicating thought processes visually. You can resize images but you cannot zoom as you can in Conceptshare. The companyâ€™s business model wasnâ€™t something they were willing to discuss with me, but they said that they were looking beyond the subscription and storage model. Thinkatureâ€™s target users are anyone who appreciates wikis, the company told me. Education and product design are among the different uses they have seen so far.
If youâ€™re looking for a fast and free way to collaborate around a design proccess, Thinkature may serve you well.
ConceptShare is a similar app, due to launch soon, but is apparently Flash-based. Presumably, this means the synchronization is achieved with XML or binary sockets.
Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:25 am