Free Online Word Processor and Chat Application

Free, fun, fast and friendly online word processor and chat – using PrimaryPad

Create documents, share ideas, and collaborate with others by simply copying and pasting the webpage URL and sending an email. The text is synchronized as you type, everyone viewing the pages sees the same text in ‘real-time’. The app also includes a chat option to exchange ideas and information with others without cluttering up the document and you also can track document revisions.  Once you are finished, select to export as word, plain text, PDF, and others. Your created documents are saved for 30 days and any updates are accessible through the original page link so no need to send emails to collaborators each time. Originally developed and designed by a teacher, this app is great for interactive teacher-student sessions but works just as well with your business colleagues and team/group members. The application does not provide a lot of rich features and is limited to a word processing application, you cannot upload or insert images, etc.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • Real-time text synchronization
  • Documents available for 30 days
  • Up to 50 people can collaborate
  • Chat functionality
  • Up to 50 automatic revision saves
  • Forever free version

Summary Review and Grade

  • No Registration Required
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows, Android)

Basic version is a ‘forever free’ version and no free trial periods and you do not even need to register to begin using. The application does also offer a Pro account in which you can add features that include creating passwords to secure your documents and keeping a stored copy forever… We had to deduct a little in the grade because the features are limited but this is still a great and easy-to-use application that works very fast for collaborating with others on simple word processing projects.

To give it a try, visit the App Home Page

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Free online mind mapping right from your browser- great for brainstorming sessions – add notes, pictures, links and more

Web-based free mind mapping app to create, save, edit & collaborate with others from any browser using – Mind42

Mind mapping is a useful visual method for brainstorming. This app offers the ability to conduct mind mapping (collecting ideas arranged in a tree-like diagram) to assist with visualizing and identifying potential issues while planing your next project. Typically, such use of graphical design processing requires the use of expensive software programs that would need to be installed on the developers and any collaborators systems. Thanks to advances with current web-browsers, this process can be conducted as a pure web application – which requires no user to need to install or download anything and can be shared and accessed from anywhere!

This app provides many great features and add-ons and promotes the idea that brainstorming is not a single user exercise and that the more people involved in the process, the better the results.  Every invited participant of a brainstorming session has an immediately updated view on all the collected ideas and the app auto-saves every couple of minutes (you can adjust these settings also) for you. It would be nice if the app provided start-up templates or a library of icons and pictures (although you can insert your own images and search for and insert any images, ions, etc from Google, Yahoo or Flickr) and the app does provide extensive documentation to get you started or to learn more about all the features and options available. The app interface is very clean (no ads) and includes such options as keyboard shortcuts, copy, paste, drag and drop, zooming, and more…. The application also integrates with Skype. You can provide your account information and can connect with Skype conferencing to conduct your brainstorming session.

Review of Basic App Features:

  • No installation
  • Accessible everywhere
  • Node attributes (icons, colors, images, text styles, links)
  • Collaboration (simultaneous editing)
  • Easy publishing and distribution
  • Skype integration

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Save and upload your projects
  • Easy collaborate and get other involved

We had to deduct a little due to the lack of visual tutorials and would have liked to see some built-in templates but this is still a great tool to have at your disposal (can also be a lot of fun) to help plan on your own or while collaborating with others, from small teams to very large groups… All accessible at any time you want and from any browser… and for free!

To give it a try, visit the Mind42 Home Page

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Create a Wall (web-page) of “sticky notes”

Collect ideas, suggestions and information with Wallwisher.

Create your own noticeboard of ‘Wall” in just a few clicks. The sticky notes are basic in nature but very simple to use, just type some text (you can also link to image, videos and other websites.

Use to collect ideas before meetings (brainstorming), to solicit ideas from friends and co-workers, offer a fun and creative way to express ideas, etc.  Your Wall also produces an RSS feed which helps keep track of topics that get added to your Wall.

Wallwisher Summary Features:

  • Upload images
  • Choose colors
  • Create titles and subtitles
  • Password protected
  • Decide the level or users to access and see your wall

Summary Review and Grade

  • Registration Required – to Create but not for others to read or post
  • No Downloads
  • No Installation Required
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works on All Web-browsers
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms  – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Able to Embed Wall on Website or Blog
  • Site pages pages tend to run a little slow
  • System seems to ‘crash’ often and you may be prompted about such a crash by their default message, “Oh no, there is a glitch in the Matrix, the agents are on their way to fix it…”

We had to deduct from the grade because of the number and frequency of pages not opening but this can be a fun application to use to collect some ideas with friends and colleges with some of your ‘lighter tasks and activities’.

To give it a try, check out the Wallwisher home page

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