While we tend to focus on creating spaces that support and encourage collaboration, we also know that collaboration goes way beyond the office walls.
With the wide choice of online collaborative technologies, location no longer limits your imagination or innovation. Here are 12 of the top online tools that make collaboration easy no matter where you, your team or your clients happen to be.
Allows you to create and share folders containing images, videos and nearly any other documents It’s secure and real time. Dropbox installs as an app on your computer and mobile devices, all of which automatically sync.
Google Docs allow you to share and collaboratively work on documents saved to a Google Drive in real time.
It’s similar to Dropbox, but designed more for content documents, slideshows and spreadsheets. Google Docs is accessible via your own personal Google account.
A great tool for team communication! You can sort your various team chats into specific channels and integrate a number of other software apps with it including Dropbox Paper, Google Drive, Zoom, various office management apps and even PayPal. Click here to explore all the options.
Skype has been around for a long time and there’s a reason for that. It’s probably the easiest way to instant message, VOIP phone or video conference globally with up to 10 people simultaneously. It’s very stable and simple to use on both a computer or a mobile device. You can also send documents and images via Skype directly into the chat window where the recipient can simply click to download to their device.
Allows you to video conference with up to 100 people simultaneously. The resultant video can be saved to YouTube and the whole thing takes place via a YouTube interface. And it integrates with Gmail!
A management tool that facilitates task management, prioritizing and tracking for both individuals and teams on both a computer and mobile interface.
A web and mobile based app perfect for design projects, Invision facilitates turning designs into prototypes and allows clients to provide feedback on the designs. Allows you to build actionable To- Do lists.
This is a great tool for team collaboration because it allows colleagues to privately communicate and collaborate with each other. You can form groups and extend the collaboration to contractors, customers and sister companies. Photos, videos and documents can also be shared using the mobile app.
Perfect for when sharing design ideas and getting feedback from colleagues or customers. RedPen has an easy drag and drop interface and works in real time by displaying comments as they are made. Easily keeps track of updated versions.
Works in a similar way to RedPen with a Pinterest-like ability to gather and organize your ideas while inviting anyone to collaborate. This brainstorming tool is optimized for digital visualization and collaboration on any device.
Evernote encourages you to get organized and work smarter by allowing you to gather your ideas, save snippets from the web, attach and annotate PDFs and connect to a Google Drive or Outlook. Collaborate with others using Evernote Business.
Hipchat is a privately hosted business chat service. As with Skype, you can create groups, save conversations, upload and share documents and video chat.