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Principal function(s): Collaborative writing
yopad.eu is a highly customisable open-source, collaborative editing tool. It allows users to edit a text document simultaneously and see all the participants' edits in real time. There is also a chat box in the sidebar to allow communication. A pad can be joined through a URL as a viewer or editor.
Evaluation: yopad.eu is an easy-to-use, intuitive and simple text editor. It is free and allows for collaborative writing without setting up an account. Users can access pads through a URL in either edit or read-only mode. It can be a suitable and more privacy-friendly alternative to Google Docs.
Cost: Free + premium options available
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Simple, intuitive, easy to navigate
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
A pad can be operational for up to 1 year, hence work can be saved for future use.
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
yopad.eu has many functions, making it a rich text editor. It thus has a high degree of tailorability.
No installation is required for the website version.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, Android.
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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