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  • jasray

    Hmmm . . . Adobe Connect (free); Zoho can be relatively painless; EyeOS? (don’t know); Groove–in short, good question–Mikogo, Glide, Yugma. I’ve tried these, but I find it difficult getting others to realize the potential in such online meetings.

  • fbartels

    My choice is Alfresco.
    Ist is an Enterprise Content Management System that you can install on your own hardware (tomcat required) or you can host on Amazon EC3.
    You can acces your files over httpd (Portal), ftp, smbfs, cifs, sharepoint, imap…
    You can create groups that users can join and with the right permission of the user he can invite outside users.
    next pro would be the version control system of alfresco.
    In my opinion a very powerful and free (in the labs version) system.

  • @jasray

    A lot of these I hadn’t tried, brief skim at Wikipedia:

    • Adobe Connect
    • payware, not a fan of Adobe products;

    • Zoho
    • interesting, they are mentioned a lot as competitior to Google stuff, extensive list of apps;

    • EyeOS
    • interesting and hostable but need deeper look to determine how suitable it is for the task;

    • Groove
    • payware, too document-centric;

    • Mikogo
    • had a post on Mikogo, purely screen sharing, doesn’t fit;

    • Glide
    • 3rd party hosted, six accounts may not be enough;

    • Yugma
    • conferencing again, too specialized (offtopic – bookmarked their plugin for Skype, may replace RemoteX that died).

    So from your list I see best candidates for building blocks are Zoho and eyeOS. Thanks for suggestions! :)

    On topic overall – slept on issue and currently best possible structure seems to be WordPress+P2+wiki front-end and DC++ for file transfer. P2 seems very tasty for social part, like private Twitter on WP steroids. And DC++ hub might be easy enough to integrate into site, it supports links for files. Need to check if it supports links for searches and such.

  • @fbartels

    Very interesting one, bookmarked to check it out. Thanks!

  • jasray

    Didn’t drop.io just start a beta conferencing interface–simple as almond juice. I use Adobe Connect for free–in fact, Buzz, Photoshop, Present all provide simplistic services.

  • jasray

    Alfresco–yes, but I already see looks of disbelief in users’ eyes. DimDim? Maybe too simple. I’ll wait for the results–quite interested.

  • @jasray

    Will go over them, but overall I see your sggestions leaning towards conferencing. Based on previous experience (see list of failed things) I think it should be closer to wiki.

    I suspect wiki failed because there was little reason to visit except to make updates or look at others’ updates. So I guess it must retain wiki part but add much more useful stuff.

    I am messing a looooot with WordPress lately so it would make sense to try and use it. Will post on specialized forum today asking for options and advice.

  • Jacob106106

    I’ve never personnaly used them… Looks interesting
    http://www.clockingit.com/
    – Chandler
    – timesheetxpress (Take the tour)

  • @Jacob106106

    Thanks, will go over those. But your set seems more into time management. Ouch, just how many flavors of collaboration stuff there is?.. :)

  • Jacob106106

    Are you trying to find 1 tool ?
    Or a mix of tools for best results ?

    You should take a look at this: (if you have’nt already)
    – List of collaborative software
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collaborative_software

    You have a really good topic going on and I’m very interested to see the end results.

    Thx

  • @Jacob106106

    As in post. I highly doubt there is a tool that fits what needed exactly.

    So best case is two tools: filesharing back-end, and front-end that is nice to use and can easily integrate back-end into it.

  • Jacob106106

    An interesting collaboration software would have features similar to facebook… Just an ideal…

  • @Jacob106106

    I am thinking about giving BuddyPress a try on my test server. It is extension to WordPress (engine this very blog runs on if you are nto acquainted with it) for building community sites with user profiles and such in facebook/myspace/whatever style.

    Might fit, too early to say.

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