We're two people collaborating on a large academic text at a distance, and can't find a service or app which fulfills our requirements. Please advise.
The simpler solution the better, but what we want is basically an efficient way of working with largish academic essays. It's within humanities, so no need for math equation support, but footnotes and references abound. We're both on Mac.
- Version rollback
- Compare changes / Highlight changes
- Comments which don't export with document (which could be easily missed when sending drafts to critics)
- Footnote support
- Export to Word format
- Keeping track of and inserting references.
- Live update of changes if we're working at the same time
I'd settle for something which handles references separately and insert them afterwards — those are not directly necessary for writing and editing the thing.
We've tried Google docs and that's our fallback option, but there's something wonky going on with the footnotes where they don't show up properly in Word. (Which, unfortunately, we can't get away from) Also, there's no simple way of highlighting the changes. The live editing and version tracking is excellent though.
Writeboard from Basecamp has nice compare edits & highlight but no doc export and no footnote support.
Mendeley Desktop is mostly for collborating on sets of data, not the text itself, if I understand it correctly?
There are plenty of apps and services out there, I just haven't found the one
. I figure plenty of others have come up with brilliant solutions to this un-original dilemma. Let's have at it!