Following my last post, I registered to and tried out Writely. Well, what can I say. I am not impressed.
Yes, Writely does basic word processing. Very basic...
Oh sure, the ability to export to a variety of formats is nice and I suppose the ability to collaborate is cool. But before you export something or collaborate on something, you need content - and the current feature set of Writely takes me back to Word, circa Windows 3.11. Heck, IIRC even that version of Word had more features then the current Writely does.
- Want to change the spacing of letters? No can do.
- Want to create and use your own text/paragraph styles? Nope.
- Want to insert formulas? Can't.
- Selection of fonts or special symbols - sadly lacking.
- Built-in library of images - none.
If Writely were a one-man project by a student or single developer, I'd be impressed by it's current state - but I'd still think it needs more work.
As it is, while I have no idea how much Google paid for Writely, I have to wonder at their reasoning. As a very simple and basic text editing Widget, Writely is fantastic, and if all Google want to do is use it to enhance Gmail and Blogger - more power to them. But if they really think they can get people to work on this instead of a real word processing application, they are in for a rude awakening...