How do you collaborate with others? If you’re not collaborating in the cloud, then you’re missing out on an incredible opportunity to be more productive and develop ideas more effectively. Just launched cloud collaboration tool Dispatch is making the entire process easier with integrated cloud resources and a dead simple interface.
Dispatch is still in beta, but is already more convenient than other collaboration tools we’ve used. The cloud makes things possible on a scale that wasn’t imagined years ago. Now there are numerous services, including our own, which enhance everyday tasks through the cloud. Dispatch grabs onto those cloud services and harnesses their power to provide a single interface for collaboration.
Cloud services such as Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs can be connected to Dispatch accounts in order to share files, notes and documents with a collaboration team or group of individuals. Thus pooling all the information into a single location for convenient access to all members.
Dispatch members or collaborators are added by the dispatch creator and all that’s needed is an email address to add members. Dispatches are another way of saying projects or tasks. Once a dispatch has been created, collaborators can add a title, notes, links and other items from connected cloud accounts.
Dispatch uses soft blue tones to provide a visually appealing look. The design is clean with a toolbar across the top for dispatch creation and account information.
Existing dispatches have their own set of options and again, the placement and color make the choices easy to identify and become accustomed to.
As Dispatch acknowledges, they are still in beta and should be treated as such. Some items are likely to be sketchy in terms of operation while new features are likely to pop up unexpectedly as they’re released.
Dispatch’s simplicity makes it very attractive and is something we’d like to see Dispatch developers maintain as they move forward. The one thing that would elevate Dispatch above others is further integration and connectivity with more cloud services. As an example, Dropbox is a leader in cloud storage and having them connected is convenient, but cloud storage has exploded with a great many players now in the market. Those players offer varied storage size and security which may be a more appropriate option for businesses thus integration with them makes sense.
We can’t say enough about the ease of use from Dispatch and the lack of interface clutter is a welcome change from other cloud options. Don’t let the beta tag discourage sign-up, Dispatch is ready to go and although there will be some bumps in the road as they perfect the service, there’s no reason not to try them out now.
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