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CollanosWorkplace

Collanos Workplace - making work groups much easier

Posted by ClifNotes, May 2008, permalink Info Management

 

Collanos Workplace does just what it says. It really can help people work together more easily on projects. The simple yet functional interface gives you more power to share files, notes, tasks, and hold chats or discussions. You can drag and drop your files to share them. It's easy to invite partipants to your project and hold chat sessions or leave them a note in a discussion log. This is a good solution for people who are separated by long distances and need to collaborate on a project.

 

There are only two things that I didn't consider helpful.

 

The application is Java based and this makes it very easy for the authors to port it from one operating system to another. It's available for Mac and Linux as well as Windows. Since it's Java based, it does take quite a bit longer than most desktop applications to get started. Once it's up and running I found it to be very responsive and far better looking than most other Java applets I've used in the past.

 

CW (Collanos Workplace) hooks you up with your co-workers by forming peer to peer connections. That means that both you and your buddies have to be online at the same time to see each other. I sometimes found it annoying that I could only get updates from fellow participants when they were online. This is a catch-22 situation. I may not want to wait on the others to get online, but I also may not like the alternative. The only way to get instant updates is if all our info is stored on someone else's server on the net. Maybe they could set up CW to work with Google Docs using their API? I'd be very happy with that but I'd understand if they don't like the sound of that suggestion. (Do you trust Google?)

 

All in all, I'd have to tell you that I really enjoyed trying out this app. The guys at Collanos are definitely on the right track as far as I can see.

 

Quote from the website

Every team project entails countless emails, messages, documents, tasks, comments, versions, revisions, approvals, etc.

 

With Collanos Workplace you can overcome this information clutter by having a single space to share, interact and collaborate with your team.


http://www.collanos.com/