We built CircleDoc on the idea of “instant collaboration” : like instant messaging, this is collaboration that is fast, timely and contains just the information you need. Unlike IM it isn’t irritating and doesn’t get in the way of you doing your work…

There are several other tools out there that fit in with this same philosophy and I wanted to highlight a few of them here on the blog from time to time.

Today I’d like to give a shout out to two services that I have enjoyed using. Unlike CircleDoc these apps don’t run inside your existing work tools, but they are both lightweight and speedy.

  1. Mindmeister: How often have you moved a meeting to a room that has the best whiteboard? And how much do you miss that whiteboard now you are working with a virtual team. This is a mind mapping tool that doesn’t go for feature overload but which is fast and flexible.

http://blog.mindmeister.com/

  1. Conceptshare: Doing creative reviews over standard web-conferencing ALMOST works. Adobe’s new CS5 suite has robust review tools for creative work, but if you are not on a CS5 workflow, take a look at Conceptshare. Conceptshare is a great example of software that focuses on doing one task well: sitting around a piece of design and ripping it to shreds… 🙂

http://www.thoughtballoons.net/

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