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October 12, 2006

Formerly Writely

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

I liked the online word processor Writely quite a lot back when it was still Writely. I found it very handy to have access to all my word processing documents from any computer (so long as it's connected to the web, of course). I had some reservations about the way that tags are superseding folders as a standard way of organizing and finding files. How many paradigm shifts can one person adjust to in a lifetime, after all? But Writely was a more-than-adequate word processor, it was pleasant to use, and it was free.

Will I like the webapp's new incarnation? We'll see. Google bought Writely some months ago, and has just now re-launched it. Bundled together with a Google spreadsheet, it has a new name: Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

First impressions: It's still free -- that's good. Microsoft ought to be worried -- that's beyond-excellent. The interface has been tweaked -- hmmm, was that necessary? Tags, sigh. And the app now looks very Google, ie., it's all white and blue and barren. That's not so good.

You can read about Google Docs and Spreadsheets here, and you can try it out and / or sign up for it here.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at October 12, 2006




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Hi, I am Cliff from EditGrid. Actually long before Google Docs and Spreadsheets came out, EditGrid is already there competing the spreadsheet market with Google spreadsheets, up till now, it still support more languages, and many features than Google, like charts, publish spreadsheet to blog, remote stockquote and forex or even regularly fetch data from web to your own spreadsheet. I invite you to give it a try.

Posted by: Cliff on October 13, 2006 1:05 AM



Check out http://sheetster.com,you can upload/ download to Excel, connect to live data. We offer support for over 180 formula,and have the most robust api for reading in Excel files there is. Sheetster is the only online spreadsheet that allows you to subscribe to cells via RSS (for instance containing formulas that calculate live sales totals) and expose formula logic to any application without opening the spreadsheet at all. Coming soon; version control and realtime collaboration. Sorry for the shameless plug but when you're up against a juggernaut you gots to do what you gots to do. Feedback greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Kent Rosen on October 13, 2006 3:26 PM






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