A year ago I was working on a pretty large project with a buddy. We were hundreds of miles apart, but since we both had iPads, we figured, hey, no problem — collaboration will be easy.
But it wasn’t. Despite the wealth of iPad apps, none of them were quite the collaboration tool we wanted; too expensive, or lacking a particular feature, or not easy enough to use. I wish Moxtra had been around a year ago.
I’ve just messed around with the app briefly, but it seems like a great way for a group to collaborate with media as a centerpiece — even in realtime.
The concept is simple and elegant. You create binders (yes, go ahead and insert your Romney joke here), which are shareable bins that you can add media like images, PDFs or videos to. The media can be annotated in a variety of different ways: with drawing tools, or you can record you voice or capture a screencast. Then each binder can be shared with a group of people, shared on Facebook or kept completely private.
There’s even a way to collaborate in realtime with a group of people — not surprising, since Moxtra shares genes from Cisco’s Webex virtual-meeting platform.
There are holes, like the fact that you can’t collaborate on documents as you might with something like Google Docs. Otherwise, it’s a slick, shockingly easy-to-use, unique little tool and a fun app to boot. Check it out.