There’s an interesting piece of collaborative software available for the Mac called SubEthaEdit. SubEthaetic works together with the Rendezvouz program to (free as part of OS X) to allow real-time collaborative writing by users on a network or the Internet. SubEthaEdit is downloadable for free from the Applie Website.
Here’s a picture of what SubEthaEdit looks like in practice. As you can see, multiple people can all work on editing the same document at the same time, in real time. They can delete each other’s work, add to it, revise it, etc. Their own contribution is highlighted in their own particular color. They can also jot notes for each other at the bottom if they wish (no special area for this, but the bottom of the screen is a good place for that.) Whoever starts the document can then save it at the end.
People are using SubEthaEdit for collaboratively writing software code or for collaboratively taking notes at conferences or meetings. I saw SubEthaEdit used for collaborative writing in a classroom in Maine, with small groups of students working together to compose an alternate ending to a story.
Anybody ever use this?