In Google Docs, you can collaborate with other people when you are working online. Making edits to a document while offline can be an issue as the syncing capabilities get a bit tricky when you reconnect.
The DocVerse team knows the challenges of working on deeply collaborative technologies. The founders came from Microsoft where they worked on Sharepoint and SQL.
They left Microsoft to solve two problems:
Make it simple to share documents.
And provide the capability for multiple people to edit documents without having to go through the tedious process of tracking multiple versions of a document.
DocVerse does this by installing a lightweight plug-in that is installed in the background of the user's machine. The plug-in opens a widget in the document sidebar that includes a unique link. Any time a user makes an update, the plug-in syncs the web page that is associated with the document. Every modification gets synced. When multiple people work on a document, the updates are made through the plug-in and versions are stored online.
With DocVerse, a document can be edited when a user is working offline. When the user connects again, the plug-in syncs and makes the update.
Comments may be updated in a similar fashion. The plug-in has the capability to comment on a particular aspect of a document. When a comment is made, everyone who is working on the document also sees it.
This is a feature similar to what CubeTree provides.
DocVerse offers an on-premise solution as well as an online version.
Jive Software is using the DocVerse functionality for their product add-on: Jive Connects for Microsoft Office. This is an enterprise product that works behind the firewall.
Pricing for DocVerse starts at $6 per month for an individual and $49.99 for teams.