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Collaboration Tools

Collaborative Editors

EtherPad ( – Great for editing plaintext documents (or latex).
CollabEdit ( – Great for editing source code. Has syntax highlighting for several common languages.

Collaborative Whiteboards

Imagination Cubed ( – Great for just sketching ideas
Dabble Board ( – Great for working collaboratively on diagrams, etc.

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For a class I’m taking next quarter, I was looking for a lightweight repository I could host on my shared host which would replace SVN.  I came across Mercurial and after playing around with it a bit, I think it may prove to be a very powerful tool.  This tool will work well for this project because there will only be two people working on the project and the complications of using SVN will only inhibit productivity.  The big idea for Mercurial is getting rid fo the central repository.  Instead, each client “clones” the repository and works off their own local repository.  When they’re done making changes, they “push” their work back to the central repository.  When changes have been made by other users, you “pull” those changes.  see the quick start.

Mercurial Quick Start


Quick Start Guide

The key feature I really like about Mercurial for this project is the fact that it is very lightweight.  It works without having to modify Apache!  This allows me to use my shared host to host my repository!  Something you can’t do with SVN.  All it is is a CGI script.  See our repository:

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