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Today we unveil the first little Writeboard preview — simple time-based version tracking.
So, we’ll be talking more about exactly what Writeboard is and what it does shortly, but for now let’s just say it’s a simple web-based collaborative text editor that’s tailored for editing smaller “chunks” of text and not complex multi-page documents. Most of the collaborative writing people do is just on a paragraph or two of text. And often times it’s just a few lines or even just a one or two word product name.
Now, if you collaborated on text with others, or if you edit your own text alot, you’ve probably run into the situation where you’ve wanted to jump back a few versions. Sure, you can hit Undo a bunch of times, but then you have to hit Redo a bunch of times to get back to where you were. And, then if you only want to jump back a few versions, and then ahead a version, it’s easy to lose track of where you were and what your latest version was. You know this.
Sure, you could save different versions of the document as separate files with separate version numbers, but you know how much of a hassle that is. Opening multiple files, figuring out what’s different between them, and then keeping track of verison numbers isn’t something you should have to worry about when you are writing. Writing and editing text shouldn’t require file management skills.
In with Writeboard. Writeboard lets you save as many versions of a document as you want and they are always listed right there in the sidebar. The one you are on is highlighted and they are automatically sorted by relative times (with the most recent version on top). This lets you quickly jump back to that version you did “two days ago” without having to remember if that was version 1.07 or version 1.11. Further, if you are collaborating with multiple people, their names are attached to the versions so you can quickly see who’s written what.
Writeboard also provides an easy way to move through the different versions of a document without having to go to the sidebar. The header of each Writeboard document has a little area that says how many versions are newer and older than the one you are currently viewing. Click “newer” to move forward in time, and “older” to move back in time. It’s really simple and fast.
We’ll have a lot more to share shortly so stay tuned. And Writeboard will be available really soon. Sign up for the announcement list to be notified the second we launch.
Until next time…