As a full-time developer that works remotely, finding the right web collaboration tools is an ongoing concern. I’m very fussy when it comes to productivity tools, and I won’t settle until I’ve found something that’s perfect. So if, like me, you’re still on the hunt of the perfect document sharing/conferencing/collaboration tool, LiveMinutes is worth a crack.
The HTML5-powered service is currently free to use with no catches — at least for the time being. The site does stipulate that it plans to eventually offer a premium service for corporate users.
Until then, you have two options. You can create an account and get access to reporting features, document storage and the rather important ability to save your work. Or you can hit the “Start Sharing” button on the main page and jump straight in. You’ll be given a URL you can give to other participants, who can then get in on the sharing action too. Note you can’t play around with it solo this way — you’ll get stuck waiting for others to join. So find yourself a friend first.
Initial impressions are that it’s slick, fast and fairly straightforward to use. I’ll have to give it a more serious look during the week, but it’s definitely much better than the other free collaboration tools I’ve tried, both hosted and self-hosted.