Re: Simultaneous Author Access to files

Subject: Re: Simultaneous Author Access to files
From: Scott Turner <sturner -at- mail -dot- airmail -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 09:32:29 -0500

I have five writers in my group, and we're constantly tripping each other up
when we try to access our files for updating. Currently we're using Word 97
(Word 2000 just doesn't cut it) and ForeHelp. Neither of these tools lets us
work efficiently as a group since only one person can have read/write access
to any one file at a time.

Are there ANY tools and/or Document Management Systems that will let us have
free rein to open and edit whatever needs editing, regardless of whether
someone else is using it or not? Or am I asking for the Holy Grail here?

Thanks ... and I'd also like to hear how many of you are running into the
same problem. If it's a big deal, perhaps the tool vendors will take notice
and add more DMS capabilities to their applications.


There are several types and makes of programs that will allow you to maintain version control or revision control of a document.

However, from what you told us, I suspect that you will continue to have problems procedurally. All of the problems you state will continue to happen with a version control system, since the last saved version is what will be available for check-out. It can prevent people from working on checked-out documents, so that you can edit serially, but it will not help you if you want parallel writing on the same file.

Scott Turner
CSI, Inc.
Engineering Services, Senior Technical Writer
scott_turner -at- csicontrols -dot- com

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