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Collaborative Document Editing Application

Published 12/25/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

PiratePad is a simple tool that makes it easy for users to share information or something they creating on a basic notepad. Users can begin creating their pads right away. The tools available include all basic text editing functions, such as bold, italic, underline, strike out, left and right alignment, bullet points, redo and undo. Users can change the view size as well. PiratePad also allows users to import or export files and save revisions made to an existing file. The time slider lets users observe the editing history of the public pad exactly as it happened. A chat room is also included on the public pad so users can edit together and collaborate as they go. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The creators of PiratePad wanted to build a tool that was simple yet versatile. The idea of collaborating on a project is not a new one, but PiratePad offers a bare bones approach to performing the necessary tasks to create something with two or more people. Today, PiratePad includes many features that, simple as they are, work very well.

What are the differences to other apps?

PiratePad is unique for a few reasons. First, it is easy to access and allows multiple users to collaborate through a chat room as they edit the pad. The application also provides a slider history function that allows users to observe the evolution of their public pad. Additional features allow users to import or export files and select varying view sizes.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

At first, a new user may be a little confused by PiratePad. The homepage consists of a large, green frog that must be clicked to enter. After doing so, the user is then taken immediately to the editing tool with no further explanation. Most of the available functions require no explanation for someone who has worked with even the most basic text editor. However a novice computer user may be a little confused and will most likely need to do some exploration to discover the other features available on PiratePad.

How does the registration process work?

One of the best things about PiratePad is the fact that users can get right to editing a public pad without creating an account or signing in. Considering the collaborative potential of the application, this is helpful. Users can share their public pad with others and get their partners in to the chat room quickly and without talking them through a lengthy registration process. Users can access read only versions and import or export file right away. An invite feature also makes it easy to share the public pad with others directly.

What does it cost to use the application?

PiratePad offers a basic service that can be very effective in the right situation. That being said, there would need to be a little more going on to require a subscription fee from its users. The good news is that PiratePad is free for everyone. Users do not have to register and can begin using all features as soon as they arrive. This is great for encouraging participation in pad chat rooms and convincing users to return when they need to edit something together online.

Who would you recommend the application to?

PiratePad is a helpful tool for many different users. Those who just want to have some fun with a friend can pass the time with PiratePad. Other user scan collaborate in a simple, easy to use environment that saves time because of the no login access and free price tag that comes with it.

  • Work on a text file alone or with others
  • Collaborate through the public pad chat room
  • Import and export files through PiratePad
  • View saved revisions and the time slider history feature
  • Quickly invite other users to a public pad
  • Access PiratePad without logging in

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