Are you ready for real-time collaborative writing?
Though writing in collaboration with multiple teams and contributors has been in practice for quite some time now, but the tools and techniques for creating collaborative environment have started gaining popularity and wide-spread implementation recently. Technical Writers are now adopting this new paradigm and learning to work in virtual teams where people from multiple locations, different departments and various hierarchies can work together. This saves a lot of time and effort as compared to traditional writing, review and editing process.
Google is one of the early providers of online collaborative writing services via Google Docs. The latest updates have made Google Docs a more convenient platform for collaborative writing. Now you can do a lot with your documents in an online, realtime environment from anywhere, anytime. The latest enhancements in Google Docs include:
- Real-time collaborative highlighting in documents
- Document translation
- Auto-linking in documents
- More page sizes
- Add words to dictionary
- Draggable rows and columns in document tables
- Optical character recognition (OCR) to convert PDF or image to text
- Themes, Improved Drawing Tools, Format Painter for spread sheets… and a lot more.
If you are a technical writer and have not worked in collaborative writing environments yet, I suggest that you start exploring it today? Start with Google Docs; it is free!