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What is the best collaborative writing app?

Looking for an app that works well with Markdown, lets editors suggest edits to copy that writers can add or reject, and ideally has built-in proofing tools. Any favorites?

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revitup's avatar
11 months ago
Google docs

There is something to be said for familiarity. There has been more than one occasion when I have tried something new, but couldn’t get my team on board. Since I work with folks from many different organizations, google docs is one of the top 2 or 3 most familiar writing apps out there.

9 points
maccaw's avatar
11 months ago
Notion

Simple, beautiful, with great tools for adding structure.

8 points
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@awwstn (replying to @maccaw )
11 months ago

^ I trust @maccaw because he just wrote a book, which I ordered today. :)

@maccaw did the lack of a GDocs-style suggested edits/track changes feature bug you or you're ok without it?

3 points
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@max_hodges (replying to @maccaw )
11 months ago

are you tried Slite? We started with Notion but switched to Slite for the pricing (free for teams with unlimited members at 50 new articles per month)

1 point
dharmesh's avatar
11 months ago
Google Docs

Not as cool as the cool kids, but it works and it's helpful when collaborating with folks outside the org as well (pretty much everyone has access to Google Docs in some way).

8 points
SteveMathew's avatar
11 months ago
Google Docs

I know it doesn't support markup directly - but it ticks all the other boxes in your requirements list. There's also a Google Docs to Markup extension for the final step of exporting: https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace/app/docs_to_markdown/700168918607

5 points
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@andrelimahere (replying to @SteveMathew )
11 months ago

Wow! Thanks for letting me know about the Docs to Markdown extension . Very cool!

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @SteveMathew )
11 months ago

Google Doc's Suggested Edits are the best—that's the core reason that several editorial teams I've worked on used Google Docs. That extension looks handy!

1 point
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@max_hodges (replying to @maguay )
11 months ago

Grammarly's writing suggestions are better, in my opinion.

1 point
max_hodges's avatar
11 months ago
Google Docs

We also use Slite and Basecamp, but in terms of collaboration features, Google Docs works the best. Doesn't support markdown, but you can use keyboard shortcuts for headings, bold, ordered and unordered lists, etc.

4 points
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anonymous
11 months ago
Google Docs

I guess this depends on whether you're looking for a free or premium solution. Full Disclosure: I've never used paid services for this use case. Google Docs has great collaborative functionality. The comments/assign feature is incredibly useful and being able to review historical changes saves a lot of time. Plus it's included in Google's business suite, which I'm assuming 99.99% of companies use for corporate matters.

4 points
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@secondfret (via Twitter)
11 months ago
Dropbox Paper

4 points
maguay's avatar
11 months ago
Draft

Draft is a writing app that's a bit more like the individual focused writing apps like iA Writer and Ulysses, only its a web app with an incredibly simple interface. If you want to write without distraction, it's great.

Then, when you need edits, you can edit words and sentences—and include a comment to say why you made the change, Google Docs style. You can share the doc with others to get them to edit it. And you can preview document versions side-by-side with a diff view that shows what changed.

And despite being a small, indie app, it's still alive and maintained—and used daily by its founder, @natekontny.

I still use Google Docs most often for collaborative writing, because it's something almost everyone uses and understands. But if your writing team is looking for a more writing-focused collaboration app, it's worth considering.

2 points
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