Thursday, August 17, 2006

Google's FREE word processor returns - hail Writely!

I use Google's search, spreadsheet, mail, maps, and occasionally calendar, but I missed out on the original registration period for Writely, their free, web-based word processor. They re-opened registration today, so now you and I can go see what all the fuss is about. I just popped over a bit ago and noticed that I indeed can sign up, but it isn't very GOOGLE-like. I couldn't log in using my google name and password and the screens and feel are not much like the google experience. I know that they are going to integrate the login procedures soon and I can't help but believe that they will get Writely google-fied in its user interface soon as well.

Don't get me wrong. Writely looks good and seems to work well. It just isn't Googly enough to suit me.

qv: Writely registration is now open

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At 12:12 PM, --rj said...

Writely might "seem to work well" for trivial word-processing but it doesn't come close to making the grade for WYSIWYG blog editing. See

At 7:57 AM, Phil Yanov said...

Robert, It's funny you should say that. Just the other day I decided that I would start creating one of my posts for the blog in Writely. I continued for about one paragraph, found it to be a nuisance and then went back to Blogger's compose tool. It was just a goof for me, nothing like the comprehensive test you did at your blog. I just thought it might be easier to deal with the layout in Writely. It wasn't. I now only use it for very light duty word processing like taking notes during a conference call.

At 8:00 AM, Phil Yanov said...

Er, that would be Roger, not Robert. Doh!


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