There was a spike in traffic to the blog yesterday, and a bunch of new users. A little investigating uncovered a great review of OpenTeams by Mike Gunderloy on the Web Worker Daily blog. A few of my favorite excerpts:
Web Worker Daily - OpenTeams Offers Wikis With StructureBy all means, please read the whole thing, which includes more details about how OpenTeams works, and a nice screenshot.
With their tagline of “work doesn’t have to suck” how can you not want to like OpenTeams? This new entrant in the Ajax application space has taken an idea that will already be familiar to most web workers - the now-venerable wiki - and reinvented with a more structured, drag-and-drop user interface.
The traditional wiki makes good sense to the sort of person who is at home with the command line, but I’ve heard the same objections over and over again from people whose main job does not revolve around technology:
OpenTeams addresses these objections by wrapping a GUI around the wiki. Individual wiki pages are still there, but they’re pushed into the right-hand pane of a three-pane user interface, and edited through a rich text interface instead of via a markup language.
- You want me to edit this markup soup?
- How do I tell what’s new?
- How can I find anything in this mess?
For distributed teams that include non-programmers working on projects with a lot of moving parts it looks worth a serious evaluation.