Writely’s New Interface

Google-fied! Still doesn’t work on Safari, the main Mac browser. I’ve only had 2 minutes to give her a once over. When I went to bed, it was the old domain name and old interface. This morning it’s the customary simple blue and white that Google uses on a lot of its applications. It’s now part of docs.google.com. It’s main new feature is the integration with Google’s Spreadsheets, kind of like Excel online. You can view both set of documents, as well as collaborate on them both now. Some interface elements have been moved around, but I don’t really have anything more useful to report. You can read more here. I liked the old interface, but recognize the need for consistent branding and perceived integration.

Writely is an online word-processing application. For those who have Word, it’s not very impressive. It has collaborative editing; meaning multiple people can edit the same document at the same time, all from a web browser. It’s useful to me because my Mac has no decent programs on it. Writely is better than TextEdit for example. I used Writely last night to write the previous blog entry. What IS impressive is that all you need is a web browser (except Safari on Mac), you can access your documents anywhere, and have a nice application for word processing.