Working Center Stage

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts …."

(William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1623)

Working in a collaborative online-environment has some resemblance with a stage play. Here´s the observation:

Refinder is Project of the Month at INiTS

We are project-of-the-month at INiTS and were interviewed. Here is the full interview (in German). The full post is over at the INiTS startup incubator here.

Search makes the difference

Lot of buzz this week around the arrival of Google Drive. The battle for cloud synch and filesharing heats up. While some commentators missed new functionality in Google Drive (compared to other contenders), others pointed to the fundamental difference between Google Drive and services like Dropbox: search.

We are pitching at NEXT Berlin!

We are one of the twelve finalists for the NEXT Startup Event! 

As announced before, we wanted to present your favorite cloud search tool Refinder at the NEXT Berlin conference, to be the NEXT rocking startup.

New bulk function "Relate to a thing"

A while ago I presented you the initial set of Refinder´s bulk operations functionality. In the meantime, the range of bulk operations got extended. In this post I´m going to focus on the new bulk function "Relate to a thing".

Bulk operations summarize all activities, which you can apply to multiple Things, like deletion or the assignment of multiple Things into a collection. 

To quickly recap how this is done:

The body language of online communication

When we participate in a meeting, our brain registers much more than just the spoken conversation. Next to verbal expressions, a good, often significant part of the communication happens in nonverbal manner. We have learnt to draw conclusions from the body language of our counterparts, their facial expression, posture, gestures or the signals sent through mere eye-contact. We decode a smile and flushing cheeks, the tone and volume of voice and plenty of other signals, through which we "read" others. In a meeting, everybody communicates, even without saying a single word.

Stowe Boyd has done some experimenting with tools that integrate with Dropbox - calling the class a "work media tool". In a report he summarized his view on Chatbox , Pandadesk, and Refinder

Media management with Refinder and Dropbox

In previous posts we told you about the interaction between Refinder and Dropbox. In short: once you connect a Dropbox folder with Refinder, all your Dropbox files become Things in a collection of your choice. From here, you can share, link and comment them. Beyond that, you can not only search for Dropbox files, but even search within your Dropbox files through the Refinder search functionality. 

But what about non-textual files, like images?

About filesharing and collaboration

With Google Drive a further contender is entering the market for cloud-based storage. The appeal of carefree data custody and ubiquitous, multi-device access attracts consumers, not just for their private needs, but increasingly in their business roles. Services like Dropbox have lowered the "save-to-cloud" barrier dramatically. 

Meet Refinder at the NEXT Berlin Conference 8-9th May

NEXT Berlin logo

The Refinder team will be at the NEXT Berlin conference to spread the word about Refinder and to get feedback from the web community. The NEXT Berlin is the leading European conference for the digital industry. 

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