Monday, November 26, 2007


Now, over the past year or so there has been a real move to push applications that live on the desktop into the online world.

Adobe made news a few months back by announcing that a basic version of Photoshop is to exist as an online application.

And now they have bought a company which has developed a sophisticated online word processor.

And it is creating quite a buzz as its name would suggest.

Buzzword is a flash-based application which - as it lives on the web - does not require any download onto your PC, apart from the basic Flash player that is.

In its look and feel it is definitely way ahead of Google docs. The menu system is in the form of toolbars which whizz across the screen once you have selected one.

It looks great and while it does not have the functionality of, say, Microsoft Word, you can do things like automatic spell checking as you type as well as insert tables, images, and lists.

And while a few basic features are notable by their absence, like word count and copying and pasting to and from the desktop applications, support for new features are being added all the time.

Once you have finished your document, you can save it in a regular .doc or .rtf format and import it into your desktop word processor.