Online storage options are numerous and plentiful. If you want to store your files in the cloud, you have many options that are very inexpensive and highly-useful. Box.Net, an established player in the cloud-based storage market, recently released a feature to help further differentiate themselves from the competition.
With a new user interface called Web Documents, Box.net users can now create and edit documents directly on the Box.net website.
Before this announcement, users would have to create a document on their local computer and upload it into their Box.net storage space. However, with Web Documents, users can now create documents in Box using a standard document editor.
Users have the ability enter text, format it and even edit HTML code, if they wish. Photos can be implemented into a document via upload from your computer or by specifying a URL to an existing image on the website.
As Web Worker Daily stated, don't think of Box.Net's Web Document as a replacement for Microsoft Word, rather an online replacement for a utility such as WordPad on Windows or TextEdit on Apple's OS X.
Sharing Is Fun
To encourage document sharing, any Web Document created in the wiki-style editor is shared with everyone already collaborating inside the containing folder -- no additional configuration.
After a Web Document is created inside an existing folder, the document creator can specify more granular permissions such as who can view and/or edit the document.
Box.Net Web Documents
Unlike Google Docs or Zoho Writer, two users cannot simultaneously edit a Web Document. Box does, however, include basic document versioning, allowing users to save and roll back to a prior version in case a mistake was made.
Furthering Differentiating Themselves
After recently adding capabilities to Box.net that add more social features to their online storage service, including activity streams and twitter-like messaging, it's great to see the company further responding to customer feedback by implementing this small but very useful feature.