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    Collaboration solutions (Any Version)

    I'm collaborating with someone on the other side of the planet, and looking for a sensible way to manage the files we are working on. At the least, what I would like is some way to check-in and check out Word and Excel documents so that we don't make changes to the same document at the same time. Can anyone suggest any simple solutions? Is Office2000 plus a WebDAV server a viable solution?

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    Re: Collaboration solutions (Any Version)

    Hello, BruceBrad!

    Actually, Office XP offers a collaboration feature utilizing e-mail. You create the document. She/He reviews and edits then sends back to you. Word 2002 offers a merge changes feature.

    I'm unfamiliar with WebDAV servers so possibly somone else could discuss that option with you.
    Karen

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    Re: Collaboration solutions (Any Version)

    Hi Bruce

    You may want to check out <A target="_blank" HREF=http://projectplace.com/main.htm>Project Place</A> which is an internet based collaboration server. It's designed for large projects and costs bucks if you want to use it on a multi-project scale, but they advertise that your first project is absolutely <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>, so if you only intend to use it for one "project" it offers all the features you're looking for (plus) and doesn't cost a thing.

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    Re: Collaboration solutions (Any Version)

    The email collaboration feature doesn't sound that useful. If I'm making changes several times a day, this means I have to be sending a lot of email - even if the other person is not working on the project this week. Merge changes also sounds messy. I'm amazed that MS hasn't come up with a simple check-in check-out system after all this time.
    I will have a look at the projectplace site (see other post) - but it seems to be offering much more than I need (and more expensive).

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    Re: Collaboration solutions (Any Version)

    Microsoft came up with something quite a while ago--Visual Source Safe. However, it isn't built into Office, it's part of Visual Studio and also, I believe, a stand-alone product. However, it relies on a single instance of VSS running on a server before you can use it the way you want. It is also resource intensive and takes quite a while to retrieve a new instance of the project.
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    Re: Collaboration solutions (Any Version)

    OK -- Another place to look is www.workshare.net -- they have a collaboration product called Synergy. I haven't looked into it personally, but we use their DeltaView product at work.
    Karen

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