TypeWith.me is a user friendly online text collaboration tool. Users can start a new public document in a second directly from the homepage. The online document includes basic editing tools, such as bold, underline, italic and strikeout as well as alignment options, bullet points, undo and redo functions. The user can enter a name and invite others to view their Type with Me document. Each document viewer sees the text change as it is being edited so everyone is viewing the most recent version of the document. Type with Me includes import and export features and allows users to save document revisions. The application comes with a built in chat as well so users can discuss the document while editing it.
TypeWith.me is a part of the Etherpad Foundation. The Etherpad Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the Etherpad project. The project includes a hosted web service that offers truly real time document collaboration among a group of users. Today, Type with Me provides that same service in a way that is extremely easy to use.
Type with Me stands out because of its simplicity. Anyone can understand how the application works in a matter of seconds. The user only has to click a button to access their document page and begin inviting others to view and edit it. The application also includes a built in chat function to encourage quick collaboration so users can come up with ideas or create something together.
TypeWith.me’s simplicity shows through its sparse web design. A new user is greeted by a black text header and a large dark blue button. There is little else on the page which helps keep the user moving in the right direction. Clicking the button takes the user to the document area which includes the large text editor on the left, a narrower user list on the right with a chat box below. Four buttons in the upper, right hand corner help the user perform tasks like exporting and importing documents while a row of smaller buttons along the left hand side of the text editor provide editing options.
Type with Me doesn’t offer an official registration form or any other log in option. The user only has to click the blue “Click to Create a New Document” button to being using the application. While editing the Type with Me document, the user has save options that are automatically available. The user can enter a name in the user list area, which automatically appears when typing in the chat box.
TypeWith.me is a very simple service that works really well. Users can start collaborating or sharing information in seconds. There are no official registration forms so there is no way to charge users for the service. In reality Type with Me would have to upgrade to include additional features to justify a subscription fee.
TypeWith.me can be useful in a number of situations. Anyone who needs to collaborate on an existing or new document can utilize TypeWith.me. The system is very easy to understand and allows the user to import and export documents.