February 1, 2008

WriteWith – Group Writing Made Easy

If you’ve had to collaborate with a group of people on a document via email, you know how difficult and cumbersome this task can be. Edits tend to come in from a variety of people at once making the reconciliation process between different document versions complex and error prone. WriteWith is a webapp that offers a central location for your working team to review the latest drafts, make real-time edits, see past revisions, and save a local copy in a variety of formats. The interface is simple, sign-up takes under a minute, and there is no cost to use WriteWith.

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Practical Uses:

  • Share your latest contract with legal, marketing, and sales at the same time
  • Create a to-do list for your project team and ask each member to make real-time updates
  • Solicit input on your resume from friends and family
  • Save $100 on Microsoft Word by using an online word processor such as WriteWith

Insider Tips:

  • When adding reviewers to your document, be sure to let them know to watch for an email from WriteWith – sometimes the invites are sent to the spam folders
  • You can use the Print Doc button to print a physical copy or create a PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro or similar PDF creation software

What we liked:

  • Fast, lightweight application
  • Includes spell check and auto-save
  • Integrated chat log for posting messages to other people
  • Provides alerts when other users are working on the same document
  • Ability to assign tasks to other users
  • Free service

What we didn’t like:

  • Compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox only
  • Text formatting options are somewhat limited
  • Encountered some issues with sending registration invites to other users


Company Info:

  • Launched in: April, 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA
  • Founders: Martin Goldman, Eric Eldon, Phillip Kast, Jessica Wolfe
  • Web site:


  • Free


  • 4 out of 5 (superb) Home Screenshot Login Screenshot Dashboard Screenshot Document Editing Screenshot Preferences Screenshot


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