Writely: a guided tour
by Giles Turnbull
You may have noticed that a week or so ago, Google announced yet another purchase - that of online word processor Writely. Then it promptly closed the service to new users, which was a bit of a disappointment if you wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.
Luckily for me, I had an existing Writely account, which means I could still log in and enjoy the service. So here's a guided tour (biased somewhat in favor of Mac users because, well, that's what I use).
|I think my biggest worry about such a service would be the terms-of-service agreement. I'd hate to store my work there only to find out that it had become property of Writely. I don't think Google is at that level yet but it's worth keeping an eye on.|
|Nice review! I've been wondering about Writely ever since OpenOffice got snubbed by Google ;> . (Still have my fingers crossed for something with those two.) I really like that Writely is simple--there's a lot of people who just need the 20% of features.|
The FAQ says explicitly that Writely won't work in Safari. They blame Safari's lack of "design mode", but Safari does support "contenteditable" (which I believe is the Mozilla name for the same thing, editable DOM elements.) There are a number of bugs in that feature in Safari 2.0, though.
i've been lovin writely ever since i got my mini back in sept! i think you're on the "money" in regards to keeping the baseline basic - a free version for the millions of users that don't use word for more than err - processing words!
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