Thursday, January 24, 2008

Top 60 Collaborative Tools for Groups

With businesses and families spread out more and more, we've dug up 60+ sites that will help everyone be on the same page.

Business Productivity - Maker of collaboration tools including Basecamp (others listed below). - A mixture of social network and productivity applications. - Online collaboration directed towards small and medium sized businesses. - Centralized cash flow, documents, calendars and more for a team or small business. - A full work suite for project teams including spreadsheets, file sharing, calendar and more. - Allows you to work on projects off-line and then sync them when you can login. - Share concept designs and allow invited workers to mark-up, comment, and give feedback.

Confluence - An enterprise-class wiki with features such as PDF exporting. - Allows groups to share documents, calandars, contacts, and files. They can then access them from a number of different mobile devices. - Upload your documents, share, and allow others to highlight portions or edit. - Share projects, tasks, documents and timelines with your entire team. - Allows two computers to connect securely to share their desktops for collaborative work and transfer of files. - Share files, calenders, projects, and then create RSS feeds to share your public ones. - Allows for communication over projects, and centralizes work to make sure version is always current.

Glide - Facilitates group meetings to review projects together.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets - From the behemoth known as Google, collaborative documents and spreadsheets. - Allows you to share lists, databases, file sharing, and wikis for your team. - Designed for collaborative work in the fields of PR, advertising, marketing, design and more. - Allows real-time sharing of documents to work on them with colleagues. - Get collaborative software and backup services in one package. - Offers standard collaboration, but also the ability to build new applications for your team to use and even market. - Work on projects online or off-line, then synchronize as soon as you are back. - Build wikis, blogs,create documents for your team to work on, and have the ability to sell your content and expertise. - Share files and notes amongst your company, or even with other companies you invite. - Allows your team to work a wide range of documents including video, audio, and flash animations. - Allows your team to create cPages of your project. - A collaborative tool from Intuit, the makers of Quicken. - Specifically for groups working on business plans. - Share and work on documents, notify team members via RSS and email. - Create, access, edit, share, and collaborate on documents & projects. - Track tasks, centralize communication, share documents and files, then collaborate with clients and remote teams. - Create multiple workspaces with multiple documents, then share them for group editing. - Collaborative workspace with voice chat and numerous drawing tools. - Workspace for your group that features versioning, IM, VoIP ad more. - Focuses on working on goals, estimates, client feedback and more. - Your team can work on a project and then publish it directly to where you choose on the web. - Work on documents and more with live web meetings. - Project management that allows you to assign tasks and then let people work in teams on them. - Create documents and invite others to edit and chat while you do so. - A catch-all collaboration site for files, tech support, presentations and more. - Email service with collaboration tools. - Create documents and grant permissions for others to work on an entire page or just one portion or object.

Creative Collaboration - Site for musicians to collaborate on compositions together. - Specifically for computer program development and allows storage of code to be worked on from anywhere. - Site for group writing of fictional stories. - Collaborative writing of non-linear stories in any language.

WebBrush - Focuses more on graphical sharing and includes drawing tools. - From 37signals, perfect for collaborative writing, journalists, bloggers and more. - Designed specifically for creating and sharing sitemaps amongst web teams.

Family and Social Collaboration - Helps families organize and communicate in a web based method. - Built for families or small groups to organize and share contacts, calendars, and projects. - Uses email to start a group discussion on any subject of your choice. - Create to do lists and share them with whomever you choose. - Post your goals in life, get suggestions on how to achieve them. - Share documents, photos, to do lists and more with family and friends.

Wamily - For teams, families, clubs and everything in-between. Share photos, run a wiki, have conversations.

Mindmapping -Create and share your mind map with your team, also embed in to your website or blog. - Mind mapping for everyone from students working together to project management. - Draw & share mind mapping diagrams. - Mind mapping for individuals or organizations. - Mind mapping for one, or multiple users. - Has both free and premium accounts for mind mapping. - A mind mapping tool you can share with an unlimited number of simultaneous users. (via)