Re: The Swiss Army Knife of Collaborative Writing

Subject: Re: The Swiss Army Knife of Collaborative Writing
From: Shawn C <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:22:00 -0700

First time responding to a techwr thread... hope this works.

I think the least expensive and least amount of learning curve is Google
Apps (aka Google Docs). Atlassian's Confluence is a great choice as it is
quite a bit more robust and expandable than Google Docs but there is a bit
of work in setting it up and learning the tool.

I had a similar requirement and choose a more expensive tool with a much
higher learning curve...namely, MadCap Flare with Contributor.

Shawn


On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Yesterday the my client's (a startup) young product manager asked me which
> software I'd recommend to use for collaborative "living" documents that
> would serve multiple purposes. Inputs would come from her and a team of
> company SW engineers, with outputs ranging from internal spec sheets to
> client-facing who knows what (read: undefined marketing collateral).
>
> She was initially thinking M$ Word, but in the same breath hinted that
> she's aware of its limitations/nuances. (Personally, I don't think she has
> any idea what she really needs.) She asked me if the user manual template
> I've created in InDesign is exportable, but I can't imagine it lending
> itself to all of these other purposes.
>
> I was attempting to be helpful/polite and told her I'd do some research.
> I'm thinking Confluence might be a useful tool in this environment, but
> don't know enough about it to really make a claim.
>
> Your input?
>
> Thanks!
>
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