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Hey guys! Welcome to what will eventually our wiki page! There will be a lot to do for our wiki, but I know all 11 of us can accomplish this as a team. Our wiki will be about the application Live Documents. The application website is http://www.live-documents.com/. In general, our application is a hybrid between Microsoft Office and Google Documents, where you can access your documents either on or offline. Go to the website and check it out!

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  1. Unknown User (asmyers)

    So, our work due by the end of the week (by 11/01) is to make at least three comments on our wiki research page about information on LiveDocuments. These comments need to be about different facts and information that you have found out about the application. For example who the creator is, why the application was created, what can the application be used for, etc. These can come from our application's website or other information on the internet. It would be great if we could get information from as many different reliable sources as possible. Make sure you add where you found your information so we can revisit it later if needed (but the web address next to your comment). Also, if you quote from a website, cite the quotation and remember to always put quotations around the information you have taken from it. We do not want to violate copyright laws!

    Please read other group member's comments and do not repeat comments! If you repeat a comment then it does not count towards the 3 that are due since these comments need to be unique. So first come, first serve with comments. We want to find out as much information about Live Documents as possible, so make your comments detailed and put as many comments as you can now! Finding information about our app is 80% of this project, so the more we do now the less that will need to be done later. 

    -Anne

    P.S. If you do not complete your 3 comments by the end of the week, you will have to take the final exam. Remember: you must recieve a score of 66 or higher to not take the exam. This one assignment is worth 6 points.

  2. Unknown User (asmyers)

    Here's an example of what I am looking for in your comments.

    1. When I went to the application website, http://www.live-documents.com/, I learned that Live Documents can be used as computer software or as "a service in your browser," thus allowing it to be used on or offline. This allows documents to be edited from your desktop or from your browser.
    The application includes applications for word processing, and spreadsheets and presentations.

    2. It is stated on the Live Documents webpage, "Multiple people can work on a document simultaneously without worrying about manual overheads like checkin/checkout." This minimizes or can completely eliminate having to email documents to and from person to person. http://www.live-documents.com/compare.html

    3. The wikipedia page for Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of Hotmail, makes a note that he released Live Documents in November of 2007. This does not include the company InstaColl, which is the company listed on the Live Documents webpage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabeer_Bhatia

  3. Unknown User (mmlong)

    1.  You can use this on or offline on a desktop or in a browser.

    2. Used to create and edit documents.  It is like a mix of Microsoft Office and Google Docs.

    3. "cross platform" - which means it works on all systems

    4. Live Presentations, Live Spreadsheets, and Live Writer are all different parts to Live Documents

    5. Multiple people can work on the same project at the same time.

    -All of this information was from the Live Documents website

  4. Unknown User (tjrosenb)

    1. Live Documents gives you a choice and flexibility of creating and editing documents on the desktop or the browser.

    2. It includes features such as granular revision history, seemless coediting, and playback.

    3. If you are a user of Microsoft office, there is not much more to learn about in order to use Microsoft office.

    4. Saves files locally and can share those files through email.

    -Info from Live Documents site

  5. Unknown User (tpawlak)

    1.  This can incorporate web services like Flickr, Yahoo Maps and others to make your documents better. (Live Document Website)

    2. Every person in a group can work on the same project so they don't have revision complicatiosn and can see what people did on projects so they all know whats going on. (Live Document website)

    3. People can take their word documents and put them into Live Writer and give them the Live Writer makeover. (Live Document Website)

    4. People can work bother online and offline, and they will merch together next time you connect to the internet. (Live Document Website)

  6. Unknown User (lehmans)

    1) "Currently, it's available in English only. We plan to add more languages in the future."

    http://www.live-documents.com/faq.html

    2) "Live Documents offers almost all the features of Microsoft Office but rather than blindly copy Microsoft Office feature for feature, we have rigorously evaluated common use cases and attempted to provision for these - so it is unlikely that you will miss any feature that you normally use. " http://www.live-documents.com/faq.html

    3) "Anyone who uses Microsoft Office, Open Office or a browser-based Office suite such as Google docs can benefit from this service. Live Documents gives you the choice and flexibility of working on the desktop or on the browser without having to do anything manually to manage your documents across both platforms." http://www.live-documents.com/faq.html

  7. Unknown User (aissleib)

    http://www.live-documents.com/basics.html

    Presenting Live Documents - a service office office productivity suite that merges the strengths of the desktop and the web into a synchronized solution that goes way beyond the sum of its parts.

    Live Documents gives you the powerful productivity features of Microsoft Office coupled with the collaboration and mobility of Google Docs at a price point that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket.

    You can use Live Documents as a service within your browser or run it as a software on your desktop.

    The Best of Software:

    • Powerful functionality
    • Rich user experience
    • Responsive and performant
    • Store content locally
    • Leverage local computing resources
    • Works even when you are offline

    http://www.live-documents.com/what.html

    Live Documents is Office for the Internet Generation - a hybrid Office suite that allows you to work on your documents on the desktop or on the browser and whether you are online or offline.

    Live Documents offers almost all the features of Microsoft Office but rather than blindly copy Microsoft Office feature for feature

    Live Documents protects your documents on the browser as well as on the desktop. You control who can view, and edit your documents. You manage permissions and decide whether someone has access to a document and can modify or remove permissions at any point of time. You also have the option of hosting Live Documents within your own premises.

    Microsoft is not involved in Live Documents in any way.

    The browser version gives you the flexibility of accessing your documents from anywhere at any time without requiring Microsoft Office. The desktop version is also collaborative and lets you view and edit documents even when you are offline.

    http://www.live-documents.com/faq.html

  8. Unknown User (lehmans)

      It only took 30 people to create this application. 

  9. Unknown User (medevine)

    1. Live Documents has a dashboard at the bottom of the page you are working on in order to easily navigate.

    2. You can download your documents to your desktop, upload a document from you local computer, or create a new document online.

    http://www.online-tech-tips.com/software-reviews/review-of-live-documents-office-2007-online-replacement/

    3. Live Documents replicates Microsoft Office very well, the ribbon interface is exactly the same and it is exceptionally responsive.

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    1. Built on Flash <http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/11/23/live-documents-to-break-microsoftwell-see/> instead of AJAX so it should be somewhat more stable/reliable in addition to being available offline.

    2. The basic version is free, and the only difference between the free version and the paid version is more storage and e-mail tech support.<http://www.live-documents.com/live_spreadsheets_pricing.htmlhttp://www.live-documents.com/faq.html>

    3.  All data is stored on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage platform <http://www.live-documents.com/live_presentations_faq.html> so the data is pretty secure & reliable.

  11. Unknown User (mmlong)

    "This is a powerful application that addresses one of the primary benefit of wikis and online Word clones like Zoho Writer and Writely – collaboration via the Internet. The functionality from the user perspective is very similar to Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Server, which allows business users to collaborate on documents via a centralized Windows server. Unlike Sharepoint, Live Documents doesn’t store any documents on a server, and therefore doesn’t require you to have your own (very expensive) Windows server."

    --http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/09/08/live-documents-is-powerful-stuff/

  12. Unknown User (lehmans)

    Writers and Project Manager,

    I started a list of headings and began putting info under the headings.  I am waiting for the researchers to give us their info which we may not receive until Sunday evening.  Writers, if you can go through the comments and start putting under headings later we can make the words more fluid.  Any questions, comment back or send me an email lehmans@purdue.edu

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    Live Documents is Office for the Internet Generation - a hybrid Office suite that allows you to work on your documents on the desktop or on the browser and whether you are online or offline.

    With Live Documents, you can:

    - Work on your documents on the web or on the desktop

    - View and edit your documents from anywhere at any time in your browser in a rich user interface that provides &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;the functionality and responsiveness that you expect in your familiar desktop applications.

    - Share your documents securely with others and edit documents simultaneously

    Live Documents is an office productivity suite that offers you the best of both worlds - the desktop and the browser - rather than force you to choose between one or the other.

    Live Documents gives you an online Office suite that you can access on the browser or on the desktop. The browser version gives you the flexibility of accessing your documents from anywhere at any time without requiring Microsoft Office.

    &amp;nbsp;The desktop version is also collaborative and lets you view and edit documents even when you are offline. All changes that you make to your document on either platform are automatically synchronized to the other side without requiring any manual actions like check-in/check-out or import/export.

    Our goal is not to replicate Microsoft Office in a browser

    we want to give users the best attributes of the desktop and web worlds - the richness and responsiveness of desktop applications merged with the collaborative capabilities of the web - without forcing an either-or choice.

    COMPITITION (MICROSOFT OFFICE) Unlike Microsoft Office, Live Documents gives you the choice and flexibility of working with your documents on the desktop or in the browser without having to worry about operating systems, document formats or version compatibility.

    Live Documents offersalmost all the features of Microsoft Office but rather than blindly copy Microsoft Office feature for feature, we have rigorously evaluated common use cases and attempted to provision for these - so it is unlikely that you will miss any feature that you normally use.

    Live Documents ensuresthat document fidelity is preserved even if a specific feature/aspect of the uploaded document is not provided in our application. For instance, if you upload a PowerPoint presentation with an embedded OLE object into Live Documents, the OLE object might not be visible (or might appear as an image) inside our application but when you export the presentation back to Microsoft PowerPoint, you will see the original object in your document.

    Live Documents is more powerful that Microsoft Office in that it facilitates higher productivity and helps you achieve your objectives quicker and more easily. For instance, Live Spreadsheets handles cross-currency calculations intelligently unlike Microsoft Excel.

    Microsoft is notinvolved in Live Documents in any way.

    Offer all the capabilities that Google docs offers in terms of being able to view and edit your documents in your browser.

    Not only are our applications more feature-rich than Google and other online Office suites, we also allow full access to your applications on the desktop even when you are offline. Also, we give you the option of hosting our application inside your premises.

    It’s for anyone who uses Microsoft Office, Open Office or a browser-based Office suite such as Google docs can benefit from this service. Live Documents gives you the choice and flexibility of working on the desktop or on the browser without having to do anything manually to manage your documents across both platforms.

    Live Documents protects your documents on the browser as well as on the desktop. You control who can view, and edit your documents. You manage permissions and decide whether someone has access to a document and can modify or remove permissions at any point of time. You also have the option of hosting Live Documents within your own premises.

    If all you are looking for accessing your documents in the browser, no downloads are required. There&#39;s nothing to install, so just sign up and go. All you need is an Internet connection and a web browser that supports Flash.

    On the other hand, if you would like to have a copy of your documents stored locally on your desktop and access them even when you are offline, you have the option to download our desktop version here.

    To access the browser version of Live Documents, you only need an Internet connection and a Web browser. Live Documents works on any system and browser that supports Flash (Flash 9 is required).

    To access your Live Documents on the desktop, you can download and install our software version on any operating system that supports Adobe AIR. It also facilitates offline access to your documents - any changes that you make to your documents when offline are recorded locally and automatically pushed to the server the next time you go online.

    Live Documents can be installed on both Microsoft Windows or Macs. The only system requirement is to have the Adobe AIR runtime.

    AIR support on Linux is currently in beta and is expected to be released to production shortly. At that point of time, you can install Live Documents on Linux systems too. If you are okay with trying out the beta version of the AIR runtime for Linux, you can install Live Documents right now without having to wait for the production version.

    You can upload Microsoft Office documents as well as ODF formats.

    Currently, it&#39;s available in English only. We plan to add more languages in the future.

    Live Documents is available in multiple versions including one that is completely free. The free version has no functionality limitations compared to the paid version but has limits in terms of the number of documents that you can create and the total space that you can utilize on the Live Documents server.

    If you would to continue your account under a paid subscription that offers greater storage space and functionality, you will be able to do that any point of time. Alternatively, you can delete some documents from your account and continue using the free account.

    If you would like to discontinue your account at any point of time, you can send us a note at info@instacoll.com and if you would like to archive your documents, you can publish each document back into a normal Office document format at any point of time from the browser.

    LiveDocuments has a lot of collaboration features - documents can be shared with other users, there&#39;s a good permissions system in place (users or groups of users can be allowed to read, print, copy, or edit a document), and each document has a to-do list and a log of changes associated with it.&amp;nbsp; At the moment, these features only appear to be 100% working in the Writer program.

    As far as the programs go, other than the collaboration stuff it&#39;s pretty much exactly like working in Word/Excel/Powerpoint.

  14. Unknown User (medevine)

    How is Live Documents unique?

    Live Documents is an office productivity suite that offers you the best of both worlds - the desktop and the browser - rather than force you to choose between one or the other. Other web Office suites are browser-centric and allow you to interact with your documents only through the browser when you are online. Live Documents gives you an online Office suite that you can access on the browser or on the desktop. The browser version gives you the flexibility of accessing your documents from anywhere at any time without requiring Microsoft Office. The desktop version is also collaborative and lets you view and edit documents even when you are offline. All changes that you make to your document on either platform are automatically synchronized to the other side without requiring any manual actions like check-in/check-out or import/export.
    Our goal is not to replicate Microsoft Office in a browser - rather, we want to give users the best attributes of the desktop and web worlds - the richness and responsiveness of desktop applications merged with the collaborative capabilities of the web - without forcing an either-or choice. Our browser-based applications, therefore, look and feel like your familiar desktop productivity applications and our desktop client brings the collaborative capabilities of browser-based online Office applications (like Google docs) to your familiar productivity applications. So, the application experience spectrum ranges from a pure browser-based experience with nothing to download or install to a pure desktop experience where you can use our software versions as both a productivity and collaboration hub without ever having to fire up a browser. The critical aspect here is that you can seamlessly switch between either modes at any point of time and you can continue working on your documents without having to do anything manually to maintain versions or updates.

    If Live Documents doesn't offer all the features of Microsoft Office, won't the fidelity of the documents that I upload be lost when I export them back to Microsoft Office formats?

    If you use any other online Office application such as Google Docs, this would indeed be the case - "round tripping" a Microsoft Office document - importing it into the online office application and then exporting it back to Microsoft Office - would be a "lossy" exercise where the fidelity of the original document is not preserved. The primary reason why this happens it that other online office applications convert Microsoft Office documents to html for viewing and editing in the browser.
    Unlike this approach, Live Documents ensures that document fidelity is preserved even if a specific feature/aspect of the uploaded document is not provided in our application. For instance, if you upload a PowerPoint presentation with an embedded OLE object into Live Documents, the OLE object might not be visible (or might appear as an image) inside our application but when you export the presentation back to Microsoft PowerPoint, you will see the original object in your document.
    If Live Documents does not offer all the features of Microsoft Office, how can you claim that it is more powerful?
    We don't believe that blindly adding features make an application more powerful - rather, it often adds to unnecessary complexity and bloat. Live Documents is more powerful that Microsoft Office in that it facilitates higher productivity and helps you achieve your objectives quicker and more easily. For instance, Live Spreadsheets handles cross-currency calculations intelligently unlike Microsoft Excel.

    Who is it for?

    Anyone who uses Microsoft Office, Open Office or a browser-based Office suite such as Google docs can benefit from this service. Live Documents gives you the choice and flexibility of working on the desktop or on the browser without having

    Do I have to download anything?

    If all you are looking for accessing your documents in the browser, no downloads are required. There's nothing to install, so just sign up and go. All you need is an Internet connection and a web browser that supports Flash.
    On the other hand, if you would like to have a copy of your documents stored locally on your desktop and access them even when you are offline, you have the option to download our desktop version here.

    What are the system requirements?

    To access the browser version of Live Documents, you only need an Internet connection and a Web browser. Live Documents works on any system and browser that supports Flash (Flash 9 is required).
    To access your Live Documents on the desktop, you can download and install our software version on any operating system that supports Adobe AIR. It also facilitates offline access to your documents - any changes that you make to your documents when offline are recorded locally and automatically pushed to the server the next time you go online.

    Can the desktop version of Live Documents work on the Mac?

    Yes, Live Documents can be installed on both Microsoft Windows or Macs. The only system requirement is to have the Adobe AIR runtime.
    do anything manually to manage your documents across both platforms.

    Is Live Documents available in other languages?

    Currently, it's available in English only. We plan to add more languages in the future.

    Do I have to pay to use Live Documents?

    Live Documents is available in multiple versions including one that is completely free. The free version has no functionality limitations compared to the paid version but has limits in terms of the number of documents that you can create and the total space that you can utilize on the Live Documents server.

    What happens once my free account reaches the maximum document count/space threshold?

    If you would to continue your account under a paid subscription that offers greater storage space and functionality, you will be able to do that any point of time. Alternatively, you can delete some documents from your account and continue using the free account.
    If you would like to discontinue your account at any point of time, you can send us a note at info@instacoll.com and if you would like to archive your documents, you can publish each document back into a normal Office document format at any point of time from the browser.

    How much does the paid version of Live Documents cost ? What do I get?

    If you would like to convert your free account to a paid account, you can do so at any point of time. The paid version of Live Documents lets you create unlimited number of documents and use up to 1 GB of space on our servers. This plan tentatively cost $99 per year. Custom plans are also available for groups of users and for those with specific requirements for additional storage space.

    Is Live Documents available only as a hosted service?

    A free hosted version of Live Documents is available for personal use. Commercial versions of the product are available for enterprises in multiple modes - as a hosted service, as an on-premise server and as a plug-and-play appliance. For detailed information, please write to us at sales@instacoll.com.
    We also offer OEM options - If you are an application provider and seek potential in embedding Live Documents within your solution, do drop us a line at partners@instacoll.com.

  15. Unknown User (mmlong)

    For the marketing assignment for the week:

    1. Since I wasn't in lab last week, I don't know what people thought of the two images for the poster, but if we don't want to pay to have this professionally done, we can use a science fair board to make a poster for our booth area.

    2. Connectors: Is there any way you can get permission for us to use the homepage from Live Documents?  If not, do you know who I need to connect to get this information?

    3. Handouts can be placed in front of the poster providing more information to interested people.  There can be a computer on each side of the poster with the video, a power point, our wiki, or the LiveDocuments page.

    4. To make it more visually appealing, we could purchase one of those cheap plastic tablecloths in a color matching our poster.

    Let me know if anyone else has any ideas that you think would work better.

  16. Unknown User (lehmans)

    Instructional designers:  I think the webpage is looking good.  Is there anyway we can add an actual table around the contents?  Maybe also adding links to the Live Documents webpage when Live Documents stated.