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Collaborative Editing with Rendezvous
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Notice that once you start editing your document the button turns blue (see Figure 11), signaling that you have gained control of the editing rights of the document. Meantime, other users will see a red button, which means the document is currently modified by someone (see Figure 12). To release the editing right of the document so that others can edit it, click on the blue button and it changes to green (see Figure 13), which means the document is free to be edited by others.

Figure 11. Blue--document currently edited by yourself

Figure 12. Red--document edited by someone

Figure 13. Green - available for edits

One cool feature of iStorm is the shared chalkboard. To activate the shared chalkboard, click the Chalkboard button (see Figure 14). (I noticed that window has some problems with the layout of the various controls, so you may need to do some adjustments before you can see the screenshot shown in Figure 14.)

Figure 14. Using the shared chalkboard

Another cool feature is the video grabber, which allows you to use a video camera (see my previous article on how to use a webcam in Panther) to take snapshots of yourself. To take a snapshot of yourself, just drag and drop the Grab Video window (its content) onto your shared document. You can even use the snapshot as the background of your chalkboard (see Figure 15).

Figure 15. Taking a snap shot using the Video Grabber

Finally, you can also do the usual chatting stuff on iStorm (see Figure 16).

Figure 16. Chatting in iStorm

Final Thoughts

The nice thing about using a Mac is that you always have an abundance of innovative software to make your life easier and more pleasant too. SubEthaEdit and iStorm are two applications that I am going to use to collaborate with coworkers. So give them a try and let me know what you think.

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.

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