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Parallel Word Processing With Textflow

Posted by Sravan | February 10, 2009 .

There is a lot of interest on document collaboration today. Microsoft Document Workspace, Google Docs and Adobe Acrobat allow real-time collaboration. But Textflow is the kid in the block that has been winning accolades from all over the web.

TextFlowLogo Dubbing itself as a “parallel word processor” Textflow is an Adobe AIR app that makes document collaboration easier. Its features including revision controls make it all the more endearing to Information Developers collaborating on long projects. Watch the 1 minute video and the getting started flow diagram and you will know what I mean.

More than anything else, it is the ease of use and elegance of the app that wins you over. To get a better idea of what it can do, try its online test drive built using Flex.

Right now, documents need to be analyzed at Textflow’s own servers to display all the possible edits that allow merging and editing easier. I think it will be worthwhile for the team to consider two more directions: one where an enterprise can buy and install the Textflow service on its own server so that the final analysis and merger of documents can be done without leaving a copy online, and another entirely online (Flex instead of AIR) for those who are more comfortable.

Still in public beta, Textflow is concentrating on text for now. Documents of types .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, .TFX (textflow) are accepted. It doesn’t handle images and tables yet, which is a severe limitation, but they promise to get them done in the future. Textflow is the first app developed by Nordic River Software AB, a privately held company located by the banks of the Umea river in northern Sweden.

Is Adobe planning to use AIR for Acrobat? Or eyeing to acquire Nordic River? How good a move could that be?

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