Latest features roundup: Spreadsheets, voice chat, event-planning, calendars, & video upload

PBwiki has become a full-fledged platform with amazing third-party widgets that you can drop into your wikis. Here’s a demo video of how it works:

Just last week, we announced these new features.

Spreadsheets directly on your wiki (more info here)

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Video upload to your wiki, or embedded from YouTube (more info here)

Event planning with the Eventbrite plugin (More info here)

Voice chat with the YackPack plugin (more info here)

Shared calendars on PBwiki (more info here) (scroll to the middle of the video)

And finally, the new beta of the PBwiki Installer, which lets you share Word documents right from MS Word. Phew.

Third-party widgetmakers and companies: We want you!
We’re now accepting submissions from third-party vendors to offer great widgets and apps for the PBwiki community. More information here.

For our users: Tell us what you want to see
We’re working to make PBwiki better and better for you. If there’s something you want to see, leave a comment here!

61 thoughts on “Latest features roundup: Spreadsheets, voice chat, event-planning, calendars, & video upload

  1. You guys (males and females) are the just the best things since, well, eatable PB sandwhiches. I think the new stuff is so cool and I can’t wait until school starts to really get this word out. I am still learning, but you guys make it really easy. Thanks! It is real world changing work that you are doing and I hope you realize it!

  2. A voting chart. We have a group with 12 members and it would be great to have a system to record votes on various proposals. I am using a spreadsheet, but it seems too much for a simple yes/no vote. If the voting chart could tally the totals, all the better.

  3. I’m just beginning to use PBWiki. I appreciate all the new features you’re adding.

    I’m wondering if there is any way to make image maps using the editing tools in PBWiki. I often use image maps to link from group photos of students to their individual work.

    Best,
    Michael

  4. This is AWESOME!

    I have to tell you that I absolutely love your product. I am a professor of learning and early childhood education at Georgia State University. I’ve been using pbwiki for my Ed.S. program–that’s a program for Educational Specialists–and I have found the students to be very responsive to the wiki. In just four weeks, we’ve gone from about 10 pages that I created to more than 50, mostly student-created. They use the wiki for everything from conducting group work, online discussions, webquests, sharing written products, and uploading news articles, videos, etc. It’s been an important component to all the courses across the program.

    Thanks!

  5. I am not really good at this, you guys are making it possible for me to learn without feeling like a total fool. Thanks!
    If someone is searching for something on the net, do our pages come up in the results?

  6. Addition of shared calendar is a great feature. How about adding the ability to import appointments from MS Outlook??!!

  7. –I’d like to be able to SEARCH the blog for specific topics. You guys are doing so much so fast that we need an easier way to keep up.
    –My users want an easy way to see history of changes on edited documents — is there a way to embed a Versions button to show history of document-specific deletions/adds? Is it just a question of instituting user protocols (highlight if you add, strike-thru if you delete)?
    –Importing a .pdf as an image rather than a link?

  8. Duh, I just realized that YUMMY is the searchable wiki for the Daily Peanut blog — but it takes a minute to figure that out. A few clicks away…
    Also, looking at the beta for Word — using existing Word editing might solve the version problem as long as group users can import their revised versions onto new pages — thoughts on how to make this EASY? Can a page have tabs so it’s easier to see the history?

    Thanks,
    you guys are DA BOM

  9. It’d be great to be able to make graphs. I had to make one in powerpoint and then insert it as an image for my website. It looks okay– I’m not the most talented pie graph creator. I’d rather do it right in the wiki. But all the great things you have on this so far are fantastic. I can actually say I created a website. 🙂

  10. Could we have the comments appear in a “comments section” right at the bottom of each page, similar to how it’s done for blogs (like this one)? I think it would make it friendlier for “wikiphobes” if they could see everyone else’s comments instead of having to click the Comments button which takes them to the comments page.

  11. Is there a comments or questions gadget that will collect/organize feedback without having users post it directly into the content?

  12. What would really be helpful in group/collaborative Wikis would be some sort of Flow Chart feature. This would be great for brainstorming and project planning.

  13. I second the idea of Rene for a “comments section”, that would really be handy for groupwork. A forum to exchange and archive ideas as they develop is also very high on my wish-list.

  14. More than anything, we need a way that the PBWiki Identity log-in will be more intuitive. We really need to keep control over individual users, so we need to use the PBID. However, the wiki-wide password log-in is HUGE, while there’s this itty-bitty print on the PBID login. Please do something so that the average user doesn’t get lost. Make the two log-in alternatives the same size. Offer the PBID as an alternative when the wiki-wide password fails. Even better, allow us the option to set the PBID log-in as the default log-in page instead of the wiki-wide password page.

  15. I’m just beginning to use PBWiki. I appreciate all the new features you’re adding.

    I’m wondering if there is any way to create automatically mind maps from the structure of a wiki

    Best,

    Roberto

  16. I love PB wiki, but I really, really need some way to have discussions. My users don’t really like the comments feature – it’s not that visible to them. I need something like a discussion forum, but built in so that it will be limited to members.

    For the moment, I guess I will create a separate Yahoo group, but I really don’ like that because then people can go directly there without looking at all the information that’s on the wiki.

  17. I would appreciate a backup system. We were able to backup all of our files whenever we wanted at a touch of a button with the wiki you bought out. It would be great to add that feature again.

  18. Thanks for an extraordinary PBWiki Year!

    Over the past 12 months I’ve watched the PBWiki Team grow and creat a truly extraordinary product – especially for education. The addition of your latest features, as well as those I’m sure you will be implementing in the coming year, will certainly keep you are the fore of the technology.

    Thank you so much for the support you provide to the education community.

    Sincerely and Respectfully,

    A. P. Suess
    Director of Instructional Design and Delivery of Online Instruction
    Gwinnett Technical College
    Lawrenceville, GA

  19. Great work PBwiki staff! I setup a PBwiki to collaboratively plan a ski trip. And setup another one as a family website for our extended family spread out across the globe.
    A voting widget is a great idea.
    The YackPack voice chat has been very popular on our PBwiki.
    I have plugged-in a third party web messages gadget and it is also popular but would be nice to have it better integrated into PB like a private chat area with quick refresh.
    I have been looking for two-player game gadgets to play while voice and text chatting, so you can play chess, checkers, etc. with the person you are chatting with.
    Would like to see PBwiki support for third party gadgets that need google desktop 4, or for MS gadgets.
    THANKS!

  20. I would appreciate a backup system. We were able to backup all of our files whenever we wanted at a touch of a button with the wiki you bought out. It would be great to add that feature again.

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    knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment
    form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m
    having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

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