While you’re waiting to get your hands on the new collaborative service from Google, you can check out similar types of features in ShareFlow. Here we will take a look at the free service and what it has to offer.
ShareFlow from Zenbe is a web based collaboration tool for teams and groups to work on more easily together. A free account allows up to 25MB of storage space for 5 different projects or “flows”. If you want more space they do have upgrades you can purchase for a monthly fee.
The first thing to do is sign up for the free service and enter in your log-in credentials.
Invite others to join the flow by sending them an email invitation.
Create an event with the time and date that all collaborators can view and comment on.
Each flow has a specific email address and you can email messages directly to the flow for other members of the team to see.
Create a unique avatar in your ShareFlow profile.
You can upload documents for other members to view, download and leave comments on. With a paid account you can upload any files up to 100MB in size.
Double click on a document to download or view in a pop up in a separate window.
You can preview audio and video files as well.
if you want to keep up with the changes in a flow you can have a daily digest emailed to you.
If you decide you need more storage space and extra work flows you can upgrade at any time.
ShareFlow may not be as cost effective or include the same options as Google Wave, but it is similar and gets the job done. If you want a web based collaboration tool and are tired of waiting for a Wave invite, you might want to check out a ShareFlow free account. If nothing else you can get an idea of what the web based collaboration model is all about.
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- Published 10/12/09