Archive | May, 2009

Courses and Resources

11 May

As you work on integrating collaboration into your daily workflow, it’s often helpful to get pointers.  Here at PBworks, we provide a ton of resources, including our much-praised Support & Services team, our free monthly webinars, and our free Support Center.  Be sure to watch for our upcoming Educators’ Summer Camp as well.

But we’re not the only ones who offer courses and consulting.  Stewart Mader of Future Changes has a thriving business in holding custom workshops for everyone from Fortune 500 companies to schools.

Another provider, Blue Oxen Associates, holds regular virtual courses as well.  Their upcoming course (May 19 – June 9) features Socialtext co-founder Peter Kaminski, who will be conducting a series of four teleconference workshops for a small group of 5 registrants.

If you’re interested, Blue Oxen is offering PBworks users a special deal–$50 off registration if you use the discount code “pbworks”.  Registration closes Thursday at 5 PM Pacific.

Whatever resources you turn to, whether from us or other parties, the important thing is to seek out the help you need. The best collaboration tool is not the one with the most features; it’s the one that your team uses!

PBworks, Passion, and Sarbanes Oxley

8 May

For those of you who missed it, the podcast of our founder David Weekly’s interview with Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte of This Week in Tech is now up on the Web.  You too can listen in and see if Amber is right in describing David as “passionate.”

But the passion doesn’t stop there, as Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal runs a piece on the launch of Legal Edition, complete with quotes and picture from our CEO, Jim Groff.

Hey Oprah, when are you going to start showing us some love?

New Feature: Document Import

7 May

Introducing a whole new way to create pages on your PBworks. Our newest feature – Document Import – allows you to convert your Microsoft Office files into pages on your PBworks space.

The recent document management release allowed you to upload and share your documents and files – but it was still tricky to copy information from word and paste it onto your workspace.

“I have about 50 multi-page MS Word files that I need to bring in to PBworks, retaining links and basic formatting… I’ve tried copy/paste, but none of the formatting is retained and it takes way too long to create bulleted lists, redo hyperlinks, add bold text, etc. I’ve tried exporting the Word file to HTML, but I get all the Word garbage. “

The new Document Import feature makes it unbelievably easy to import a document or spreadsheet to your PBworks, so that the document’s content is copied onto a page in your workspace.  Here’s how:

Create a new page: Title your page and choose document import

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Your new page will display all content – including images and color formatting – from your original word document.

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That’s it! This is now a live page in your workspace, you can edit and change the formatting of your page.

Here’s a quick Q&A about the new document import feature:

Q: What files can I convert to pages on my workspace?
A: You can convert MS Word (.doc, .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), Open Document Format (.odt), Plain text (.txt), MS Excel (.xls, .xlsx), Open Document Format (.ods), Comma-separated Values (.csv)

Q: Can I export my page as a word document?
The document import allows you to create workspace pages from your Microsoft office files, but you can not export them to Microsoft files just yet.

Q: How do I turn on this feature?

As always, there is nothing to download or turn on.  This feature is already available on all premium business workspaces – including the new legal edition PBworks. Try it today by creating a new page on your PBworks space.

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