ScudCloud: unofficial Linux Slack client

Update: Slack now has an official client for registered teams.

If you haven’t heard about it, Slack is an online collaboration service for running the daily activities in a company. It has messaging, chat rooms, tagging and other collaborative features to work as a team. Everything can be searched from a single search box. Continue reading ScudCloud: unofficial Linux Slack client

Flock: remote daily standups

Development teams following the Agile or Scrum model of software development go through the daily standup procedure to quickly sync-up individual status between team members. However, there’s no easy way to do the same from remote locations. Flock is a new online service that tries to make the situation simpler – communicate with remote team members easily and share relevant information interactively.

Features

  • Document daily standups in a central place
  • Store standup history
  • Easy to use interface
  • Updates in 3 sections (as per the Scrum model)
    > what did you do yesterday?
    > what will you do today?
    > any impediments?
  • Ask questions, reply to all via mail or to our team chat app
  • Free sign-up

Webpage: Flock

Ethersheet: private spreadsheet

ethersheet_compCollaborative spreadsheets can be created and shared in Google Drive. Collaborative rich text editors like Framapad are also available. When I saw the Ethersheet project, I was wondering why someone would spend time on a similar service. However, soon I found out that Ethersheet respects privacy. It doesn’t track you by your IP address and encourages Tor usage for complete anonymity.

Ethersheet is a project under development and written using node.js. It is fast and easy to use.

Webpage: Ethersheet

Framapad Lite: collaborative rich editor

Framapad Lite is the online deployment of the collaborative editor Etherpad. It is possible to install Etherpad locally but an online service makes collaborative editing with your friends or colleagues super easy. Framapad Lite is not as feature rich as Microsoft Word but it is more powerful than Word Pad. Features:

  • On-screen chat
  • Changes made by each author is shown in different colors to easily identify
  • Import documents from or export to different formats like HTML, PDF etc.
  • Use Timeslider to play the version history and get back to any past version
  • In case the interface is showing in French for you, change it from the Setings button. The last entry is the Language.
  • Share and embed a pad

I couldn’t find any way to password protect a document and the software silently takes auto-backups. So be careful about entering sensitive data.

Webpage: Framapad Lite, PiratePad, MoPad

Framebench: work (or party) together online

Framebench is an online solution to help people working together in real-time. Framebench is highly feature packed and has a stunning workspace that looks way cooler than any such tool we have used. (Possibly you can already guess that by the number of images we have used to explore Framebench below.) And yet it is simple and unobtrusive to use. Let’s take a look at what Framebench can do:

  • Work on anything! Presentations, videos, interior layouts, PDFs, other documents, floorplans, website designs, showreels, fashion sketches, marketing brochures… you name it and Framebench probably covers it!
  • TableTop Sync: Synchronized views to keep everybody on the same page and avoid ambiguity.
  • Interact with files, draw over them, leave comments, mark pages and scribble.
  • Smart version management: Flip through your versions like magazine pages.
  • Upload and store any visual file format and Framebench viewer can render it.
  • Collaborate on videos: With everyone in sync, you can give your feedback on each frame of the video and discuss every detail.
  • Text and voice messenger integrated.
  • File permissions: public or private.
  • Fully SSL communication.
  • Data encryption.
  • Reliable servers wit best uptime.

Next time you want to try anything online in a group, be it a party or a project, try Framebench!

Webpage: Framebench

Web apps to organize, share, plan and collaborate

We just came up with the idea of sharing some free tools that help in organizing and managing daily activities both at home and workplace. While the idea is great, it was rather difficult to compare and choose a set of specific set of apps (because hundreds of them are out there) and on what activities to focus on. So we decided to have a few broad categories: sharing things, task planning, collaboration and project planning. For things to be collaborative and usable by all irrespective of the operating systems they use we started looking at web apps. And some relatively unknown but highly useful ones at that. Here are the applications that made to the list:

Dropmark
Drag and drop literally anything and share with your friends right away.

  • Drop photos, videos, URLs, documents, maps, chat records and more…
  • Drag and drop directly from desktop apps or browser
  • Support for collections and privacy
  • Share collections
  • Team collaboration
  • Fullscreen presentation
  • Slideshows
  • Collaborative playlists and podcasts

ClockingIT
Collaborate and organize tasks, projects and your round the clock activities.

  • Plan your projects and your schedule and track why you slipped
  • One click time tracking
  • Flexible reporting
  • Interactive gantt chart and scheduling
  • Multiple ways to communicate
  • track your changes
  • Notifications via mail, RSS or iCal
  • Drag and drop support

Gantter
Project management tool that can closely integrate with Google apps.

  • Set schedule baselines and compare to project actual
  • Manage risks including probability, severity and impact
  • View and update on the go even from mobile devices using Gantter VU
  • Real-time editing and chat with Google Drive and Google chat integration
  • Easily import or export Excel and MS-Project files
  • Community powered templates

Tom’s Planner
Online Gantt chart software that allows anyone to create, collaborate and share Gantt Charts online with drag and drop simplicity.

  • Collaborative
  • Work directly in the Gantt Chart
  • Easily import or export Excel and MS-Project files
  • A powerful toolbar
  • Per user rights to view or edit schedules and plans
  • Keep project plan updated with easy drag and drop

Redmine
This is a bit different. Redmine runs as a local web application. Which means that you have to install the software on a machine locally. Available for Unix based operating systems and Windows. But we have included it in the list because it is far more powerful that the other project planners in this article.

  • Multiple projects support
  • Flexible role based access control
  • Flexible issue tracking system
  • Gantt chart and calendar
  • News, documents & files management
  • Feeds & email notifications
  • Per project wiki
  • Per project forums
  • Time tracking
  • Custom fields for issues, time-entries, projects and users
  • SCM integration (SVN, CVS, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar and Darcs)
  • Issue creation via email
  • Multiple LDAP authentication support
  • User self-registration support
  • Multiple databases support

Trello
Simple and easy to use organizer.

  • Uses small cards with loads of features
  • Attach files to the cards
  • Use labels to search you cards
  • You can organize the cards any way you want
  • The front of the card shows highlights, you can edit everything at the back
  • Keeps track of activities
  • Collaborative in real-time
  • Email notifications
  • Assign tasks and gather opinions
  • Cute and clean interface

[Courtesy: Jester Raiin]