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Comparing Collaboration Tools

Choosing a tool or set of tools to use when collaborating presents many challenges. Will my colleagues be willing to get yet another login? Will we use just email for communication, or should we make sure some IM or audio is available? How will we share documents?

All the systems included here allow you to store and share files of many types, including images, Stata files, video, etc. Here’s a summary of a few of the off-the-shelf options available to people looking for a new online collaboration tool. I’ll post more information about each system and how to tell which is right for you. Please feel free to email me if you’d like help planning for and setting up a new collaboration. I’m sure we can work something out.

System View/edit docs White-
board
Chat Video Wiki Platform Login Support Price
CTools     x (text)   X Any UMich Email, phone Free
Groove   X X (text, audio)     PC Groove Online part of Office 2007; $149.95 and up
Basecamp     X   X Any Basecamp or OpenID Email $24/month and up
Vyew   X X (text) X   Any Vyew Online Free/ $6.95/ $13.95 and up per month
Google (combine Docs/Sites/Groups) X   X (text) X   Any Google Online Free
Zoho X   X (text) X   Any Zoho Email/online Free/$50
Adobe Connect   X X (text, audio) X   Any Adobe Email/online $750/month

Honorable mention: eXpresso lets you upload and edit an Excel document together. Support for other Office documents is coming but no timeline is set.


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