Online Collaboration has never been easier than it is right now. You can chat with someone across the world and get important work done with just a few button clicks. Just like with other aspects of business, choosing the right online collaboration tools will make or break your efforts. Use this list of 15 Online collaboration tools to help you make the right choice.
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Built with the visual person in mind. Trello helps you stay organized with visual cards that you can drag and drop to show progress or communicate with your team. With the free plan, you can add as many collaborators as you want and manage as many boards as you want. The only thing is a limit of 10Mb for card attachments. With the next plan up, you can create cards with attachments of up to 250MB
Slack has gotten a lot of publicity over the last few months because it’s simple and does its job very well. The team is constantly working to provide extra integrations to make the experience with slack seamless. The slack bot is a cheeky fella too. Slack is the type of solution that works well for teams that need to be in constant communication.
Yammer is a social media network built to help teams and entire organizations collaborate online.The registration is as simple as any other social network, the only stipulation being a registered company email address. The only people you can communicate with are people in your company’s email domain. Other than that, it feels a lot like Facebook. A nice solution to the tedious nature of corporate communication.
The super simple interface of Redpen is a welcome change from a lot of the other programs out there. It’s built for teams sharing Visual content that need straight to the point feedback and rapid iteration. Versioning is also a powerful feature here that allows you to look back at exactly how the project evolved over time.
Mural is another tool for teams that rely heavily on visual creation. Even though it’s interface isn’t as simple as Redpen, it more than gets the job done by allowing you to share almost anything with your extended team. They have a fun feature that makes your comments appear as different colored sticky notes
At its core, GoVisually is a tool that allows teams and clients to work on projects faster and more efficiently. You can choose between a number of shapes to represent elements you want changed as well as changing the actual color of those elements to suit your needs. When multiple users are on a page, they’re assigned a layer which you can mute which will allow you to view comments and elements created by the person who matters most.
GroupZap is remote brainstorming at its finest. As soon as you sign up, you’re presented with a whiteboard that you and your team can fill up with your latest ideas. After the brainstorming session, your board is open for seven more days in which team members can make additional changes. After which, it’s locked to keep your idea intact. You can also playback brainstorming sessions to figure out how an idea was decided on or even who came up with the winning pitch.
The most endearing feature of Binfire is the ability to easily integrate with tools like Dropbox and Google drive to get a hold of your documents. They have inbuilt messaging, commenting, and collaboration tools that let you create templates of your most used projects and communicate with clients.
Basecamp underwent an overhaul in 2012 and unlike other online collaboration apps, it focuses on dialing down the chatter and making your workflow more efficient. With Basecamp, you can actually define your work hours. Unlike Slack and other communication apps, Basecamp allows you to join in the conversational free for all or create a message board for more important projects and tasks. A great option for more structured communication.
ProofHub delivers everything you’d expect from a project management and team collaboration app. To get the most out of it, I suggest you go for the highest tier at $99/month. Here, you can get huge amounts of storage, team chatting, and custom roles.
Concept Inbox allows you to take control of your product with prototyping software built right into the platform. You can quickly annotate the parts that catch your eye whether it’s a video or a mockup for a product you’re developing. Finally, everything happens in real time saving you lots of it.
With a name like Cage, you’d think this app was anything but collaboration friendly. After you get set up with the app, you can create projects and pick specific team members for each one leaving room for a little privacy. It has the fundamentals covered well with the ability to give team members tasks and set due dates for them. Lastly, you can annotate all over the place making sure changes and opinions are made and heard.
The whole interface of Draftboard channels you into doing exactly one thing, having a better experience while collaborating on mockups. It comes with the features you’d expect in a collaboration tool such as versioning, real time feedback, and annotations you can put all over the place.
MarQueed is an app for sharing and collaborating on images you want to make amazing. From the very beginning, the interface is easy to use and allows you to get up and running in just a few minutes. Like other collaboration tools, you can annotate on the work and make changes as you see fit as long as you own the collection or were invited to edit.
Hipchat has been around for a few years and is here to stay. It allows you to collaborate with your extended team using a messenger interface. Share pictures, files, or just shoot the breeze with a colleague while waiting for the next leg of your project to start. The search limit is set at 25,000 and cloud storage at 5GB for the free plan. It’s a very good deal for unlimited team members.