Lawyers love the “track changes” feature in Microsoft Word. I suspect weâ€™re the primary people that feature was intended to help. Itâ€™s one of the many benefits of the rich feature set of the fully developed products offered by Microsoft (some call it “fully developed”; others call it “bloat”).
The lack of a track changes equivalent in Google Docs has made some lawyers reluctant to shift over to the cloud for creating documents. That has been a shame because itâ€™s so easy to share and collaborate on documents stored on Google Docs. The Google Apps platform is all about collaboration.
TextFlow is a new product from Nordic River for tracking edits in Google Docs. You can get it in the Google Apps Marketplace. Iâ€™ve tried it, and it works. Itâ€™s free for light users and $29 for a premium license.
Nordic River is a Swedish company doing innovative things with text. Its products are also available for use with Microsoft Word and with Box.net. Interesting, innovative, progressive—thatâ€™s good stuff for us.