Buzzword: Streamlined Word Processing With Flash

November 5th, 2008

BuzzWord LogoThis is the third review in our series of online word processing applications. For an introduction to this category please see: Word Processing Online With Web 2.0.

With the design sensibility of Adobe and a streamlined function bar, Buzzword is a visually attractive word processor with the requisite number of features to create, edit, and save documents online.

BuzzWord Screenshot

Documents can be easily created, duplicated, and deleted from a dashboard where users can also manage their files. Sort by author, size, role, or date changed, and change shared settings all through the dashboard. Once a file has been created the text editing options common to word processors appear in a gray feature bar that expands as the user rolls over it to expose new options. With pull down menus Buzzword has options to annotate text with headers, footers, line and page breaks, and the ability to insert tables and images.

BuzzWord Options

The strength of the application is in its presentation and user interface – a clean, uncomplicated feel is conducive to productivity – and working on Buzzword is a pleasure. Drop down menus are animated so the rollover quickly shows what features are available, and tabs such as the bullet lists and image tab slide out quickly to reveal their options. Enlarging the view is also a pleasure; a slider bar at the bottom of the screen slides out once rolled over, and allows users to get the exact magnification they like.

BuzzWord Workspace

The weakness of Buzzword is that the features have been as streamlined as the application itself, and though there are enough features to create an engaging document, some elements such as frames, rulers, and tags are not present. Even with the streamlined feature set, however, the Flash-based application offers a dynamic and attactive word processor. To find Buzzword or applications like it there is the Listio search: create+documents.

Previously in this series: Springnote: Word Processing Application
Next in this series: Writer: Word Processor With No Distraction

Application: Buzzword
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Adobe Buzzword is an online word processor, perfect for writing reports, proposals, and anything else you need to access online or work on with others. It looks and behaves like your normal desktop word processor, but it operates inside a web browser, so there's no installation required.... Learn more

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