ShowDocument is a document sharing and web meeting solution. Users can upload and share documents online. Documents can be discussed and annotated. ShowDocument supports Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF and PowerPoint as well as images and video clip files. A whiteboard is available so users can brainstorm with others on the web. The application supplies a number of tools so users can markup and supply comments. Whiteboards can be saved or printed. A screen sharing tool is available that lets users share their current view in real time through ShowDocument. Co-editing is provided so users can work with colleagues on the same document. Google Maps can be viewed and annotated. ShowDocument is equipped with a chat translator so user can work in multiple languages.
ShowDocument was developed by HBR Labs in 2007. The application was created to give users all the tools they need to host meetings and share documents online. The application has received positive reviews and ratings from users. Most were pleased with the level of functionality, although some were put off by fees charged for specific services. ShowDocument continues to provide a professional solution for anyone who needs to collaborate online.
ShowDocuments provides a range of features that go beyond simple web meetings. Users can communicate and accomplish things by sharing documents and hosting meetings online. The application provides a number of ways to communicate. Users can join a whiteboard discussion or co-edit the same document together. Markups and annotations can be placed right on documents. Users can share and save information to streamline collaboration when team members are unavailable.
ShowDocuments blends a light blue and gentle orange color scheme that gives it a touch of personality. The site is otherwise unremarkable. The simple design lends itself well to the professional nature of ShowDocument. Stylish square icons help users find each service, with paid services clearly marked. The application may not be a work of art, but it is practical and functional as well as user friendly.
A new user can create a ShowDocument account by clicking the blue “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The next page asks the user to select one of two subscription plans. After doing so, the user is asked to supply a first and last name, email address, password and phone number. Optional organization and website URL fields are also available. Users who choose a paid subscription must provide billing information to access the free trial.
ShowDocument provides two subscription options to new users. The first is a free account that allows access for three participants, 30 minute session times, 10 MBs of storage space, up to four concurrent apps and documents, email support with a four day response time and the last five session recordings. The Professional subscription costs $29.99 per month and includes unlimited participants, unlimited sessions, unlimited storage, unlimited audio and video, email support with a one day response time and is available for personal and commercial use.
ShowDocument is a helpful resource for users who frequently collaborate online. Anyone who works with files can share documents and provide comments, feedback and information to their fellow team members. The application is available for free or with a paid subscription so small businesses and startups can easily fit it into their budget (as long as they need access for fewer than three users).