The quote of the day yesterday:
In a world too full of very ordinary software products, its nice to find one occasionally that just does its job very well, with a feature set that has all the stuff you want and is not cluttered up with stuff you don’t, and perhaps most importantly, an interface that is intuitive and clean so that it can be used without any real learning curve.
These kind words about Buzzword are from Chris Betcher, a teacher based in Australia, who submitted a noteworthy post yesterday. Chris says everything we’d want to say, but it’s particularly meaningful coming from a teacher who sees the value of collaborative authoring in an appealing environment (Chris apparently started out as an art teacher).
Chris is also an experience Google Docs user, and spends some time comparing that application to Buzzword.
The problem with Google Docs … is that from an interface point of view, it’s not the prettiest way to interact with your words. It’s certainly not a true WYSIWYG interface, so that when you add tables and graphics to the document you really have no idea what it will look like when printed.
Although I have a lot of documents stored on Google Docs I can see myself migrating most of them over to Buzzword, not only for the improved collaborative environment but just because it’s so much darn nicer to use!
Thanks for the support, Chris!