Does an elegant solution for editing documents in Track Changes exist?
November 7, 2011 2:19 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for well-designed word processing software that lets me edit documents in Track Changes and is compatible with MS Word. Does it exist or am I dreaming?
A large part of my work involves managing edits to documents that are worked on by multiple people. Normally we use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word to do this.
But using Word is a pain because:
- It's bloated and crashy on both Windows and Mac.
- The implementation of Track Changes is poorly designed: with many changes and comments, revisions disappear into a separate window; it's not possible to comment cleanly on text that is removed (for example to give a justification for a deletion); previous history is lost as changes are accepted.
Software like IA Writer
made writing enjoyable again by cutting out the cruft. Assuming that formatting only happens when the text editing is finished, does a similar solution not exist for editing documents with Track Changes? Ideally something that is compatible with Word's implementation, as it's hard to get a ton of people to switch their system (so not GDocs or wikis). Bonus points for being cross-platform, particularly IOS.
Does anyone know of any software that could fit this requirement? Is there one in development I can support? Or just a halfway-house solution in the meantime?