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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Collaboration Tools

As I mentioned in Real-Time Collaborative Editing, I had a fantastic experience participating in group editing of a Mind Map of collaborative tools during a session at Learn Trends. You can see the result below. But it was interesting to see the results exported which I've embedded below. I would expect the document to continue to grow and change, but thought it would be worth having it available in a text format as well (so I can find it when I need it).


GoToMeeting (link)

eBLVD (link)

ConnectNow (link)

Microsoft Shared View

Crossloop (link)

Yuuguu (link)

WebExNow (link)

LiveLook (link)

Vyew (link)

Glance (link)

Yugma (link)

Teamviewer (link)

BeamYourScreen (link)

Remote Control

GoToAssist (link)



GoToMyPC (link)

logmein (link)

Teamviewer (link)


Gatherplace (link)

GoToWebinar (link)

Ozity (link)

VoIP - Audio Conferencing

Skype (link)

ooVoo (link)

Voxox (link)

JahJah (link)

Gizmo (link)

REBTEL (link)

GTalk (link)

Ozity (link)

Video Conferencing


Skype (link)

TokBox (link)

Oovoo (link)

Sightspeed (link)

VSee (link)

Mebeam (link)

Flashmeeting (link)

EyeJot (link)

Qik (link)


iVocalize (link)

PageShare (link)

Showdocument (link)

Flowgram (link)

Web Conferencing

WebEx (link)

Elluminate (link)

Wimba Classroom (link)

DigitalSamba (free for 3) (link)

Elluminate VRoom (free for 3) (link)

Adobe Connect Now (free for 3) (link)

WebTrain (free for 2) (link)

iVocalize (link)

DimDim (link)

Spreed (link)

WebHuddle (link)

Convenos (link)

Zoho Meeting (link)

Ozity (link)

Web Presenting

Slideshare (link)

SlideRocket (link) (link) (link)

InstantPresenter (link)

Vcasmo (link)

280 Slides (link)

Multimedia Presentations

Vuvox (link)

Animoto (link)

OneTrueMedia (link)

Scrapblog (link)

bubbleshare (link)

Voice Thread (link)

Flowgram (link)


Ning (link)

Googlegroups (link)

YahooGroups (link)

meetup (link)

grouply (link)

Broadchoice Workspace (link)

WebOffice (link)

Yammer (link)

BarCamps (link)

Comindwork (link)

pbwiki (link)

WetPaint (link)



for teachers (link)


Socialtext (link)

Zoho (link)

mindtouch Deki


Scribd (link)

File Sharing

Microsoft Live Mesh (link) (link) (link)

youSendIt (link) (link) (link) (link)

dropbox (link)

senduit (link) (link)

Virtual desktops

Jooce (link)

Clip2Net (link)

Spider Oak (link)

Collaborative Reviewing

Cozimo (link)

A.nnotate (link)

Diigo (link)

uptogo (link)

ReviewBasics (link)

ConceptShare (link)

Octopz (link)

Buzzword (link)

Note taking

evernote (link)

Textflow (link)

Event Scheduling

eventbrite (link)


Timebridge (link)

any iCal app

Chandler (link)

Schedgit (link)

Amiando (link)


mindmeister (link) (link)


Spinscape (link)

Mindomo (link) (link)

downloadable software


Mindnode (link)
freemind (link)


X Mind (link)
freemind (link)



the brain (link)

Gliffy (link)

Project Management


Basecamp (link)


Comindwork (link)

Zoho planner (link)

Projjex (link)

Google Spreadsheet

Wrike (link)

Remember the Milk (link)


VeoProject (link)

Collanos (link)

Projectinsight (link)

Trac (link)

Instant Messaging

Skype (link)

AOL IM (link)

Meebo (link)

Yahoo Messenger (link)

Digsby (link)

Google chat and video (link)

ICQ (link)

Jabber (link)

Windows Live Messenger (link)

Lotus Notes

Adium (link)


Jeff O'Hara said...

You need to add Edmodo to the list :) I am the co-founder. Followed your link from twitter, I am @zemote on twitter.

Tony Karrer said...

Jeff - thanks for stopping by. You can probably get in and modify the original mind map.

Anonymous said...

Wow, nice round-up. Please consider adding Nefsis, it would go in the web conferencing and video conferencing sections. It's unique in its server-cloud approach, adding fast video, very helful in tutoring or interactive seminar applications.

A Touryst said...

I would like to draw attention to the provider of this collborative mind-mapping service at mindmeister. I am not in any way related to the site or its providers except as a appreciative user who was able to add Ozity to this list of collaborative technologies.

Ozity is a service of World Tutor Exchange of which I am a co-founder.

Anonymous said...

NovaMind is listed without a link - it is at , and it's both Windows and Mac.

Andrew_Mikogo said...

Hi Tony,
Quite an extensive list there! You might like to consider checking out Mikogo which is a free desktop sharing tool provided by BeamYourScreen for online meetings, Web presentations, remote support, and group collaboration.
We just released the next version with many new features including whiteboard, recording, scheduler, back monitor, and more. Further details available on the Mikogo Blog


The Mikogo Team

Anonymous said...

Hi Tony,
it is great to see Collanos Workplace listed under Project Management. It is a positioning we love to see since intercompany project teams are a user group we focus our development on.
Still it would be interesting why you do not position Collanos in Workgrouping, File Sharing or Instant Messaging, since these are very obvious use scenarios for the solution.
BTW we are going to launch Collanos 1.4 next week, it is available for Collanos beta user Ambassadors via It will have VoIP Audio Conferencing transparently integrated in Collanos Workplace. Please contact us any time for more information.
Cheers Peter

Anonymous said...

some well known tools from HyperOffice, which would certainly make the cut in your list are the HyperOffice Collaboration Suite and HyperMeeting Web Conferencing. These two solutions are seamlessly integrable and perhaps the only integrated messaging, collaboration and conferencing solution in the market.

Anonymous said...

This is a great map. Definitely something to keep and watch into the future.

Another tool that was recently added is a Collaborative Review and Workflow tool for creative content.

It's called inMotion,

Cool stuff. Thanks again for sharing.

Paul said...

Microsoft LiveMeeting (formerly Placeware) must be added as well. And is anyone still using NetMeeting? Old I know, but it meets some criteria. LiveMeeting can go under web conferencing or webinars. NetMeeting can go under collaboration

Anonymous said...

Visitng your post resulted to be very beneficial for me because not only your list but also the refrences given by the commentors here were great.

Tony Karrer said...

These comments are great. Certainly there are other things we can add. I see that Jeff has added edmodo to the mindmap. I'd recommend going to MindMeister and adding the other tools that you see missing. I'll re-export in a while and update this.

Anonymous said...

if you had used mindmanager 8 to create your map, we could have collapsed and expanded the topics to view it more clearly. the latest release of MM comes with a Player that lets you save maps off as .swf files that are postable, sharable and fully interactive. the only thing you can't do with a player file is edit it. pretty cool stuff.

Tony Karrer said...

There's an export function. Do you want to do that and show us what would result in MM8?

sahil said...

Thanks for the list. We use DeskAway for project collaboration. They even have a twitter-like "what are you working on?" update. Pretty cool.

Kevin Micalizzi said...

Tony, thanks for this list. Last week, Dimdim also introduced co-browswing.

Kevin Micalizzi, Community Manager
Dimdim Web Conferencing /
e: / twitter: @meetdimdim

Anonymous said...

Great list.

You could add Central Desktop to Project Management and ProofHQ to Collaborative Reviewing.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know that a new videoconference solution VISIOKONTAKT is going to be launched on the market on January 2009 by Strius, a french startup. Focused on real time sharing and true interactivity, Visiokontakt has a different approach of videoconferencing. Up to 20 simultaneous webcams in the standard edition (much more in the Pro version), high quality video and sound, multifunction whiteboard are some of the key features of this unique tool. The best of all the professional videoconferencing tools.
If you want to get a demonstration to see by yourself the difference, just send me an email at with your contact details, and I'll will get in touch with you to schedule a demo.

Daria said...

Thanks for putting Wrike on your list. We appreciate that!
Have a happy holiday season!

Iain said...

What a great list - thanks. As an eLearning specialist in a company that is watchisng its spend (as most are nowadays) this list is very valuable. Thanks for all the great posts.

Anonymous said...

Nice list of collaboration tools. You missed Mindjet's MindManager Web & Mindjet Connect service which enable both Web & desktop users to collaborate together on mind maps.

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Yoav Kali said...

A rather specific collaboration tool, in the "Collaborative Reviewing" section
is VizCollab (
for collaborative design.
It is used for developing architectural/engineering designs and for remote design classes as well.

Kat Palacios said...

Hello! I came across your blog and thought I should mention one particular remote support application: ScreenConnect. It's self-hosted, fully-customizable, cross-platform compatible, and even includes an Android app. Even better, it costs a fraction of the price of other software, like GoToAssist. I see it's in the mind map, but I just wanted to let you know. :)

Simona said...

Great list. Please consider adding OffBureau (, an online workspace that fuses online collaboration, document management and a social network.

Brian Forter said...

One free simple application adds to the list

Anonymous said...

For file sharing, please consider adding ShareFile

Unknown said...

Great list here, one of the best I've seen. I typically use or ScreenConnect for collaboration and meetings. Two great tools!

Anonymous said...

Another site to add to your list is Examtime -

We provide free online study tools for students such as mind maps, flashcards, study quizzes, study goals and more....for free!

Our mind mapping tool is also great for brainstorming sessions!