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How to use Part 4

Groups, View, Export in

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The first 3 articles of this series showed some basic operations of, how one could go about finding the friend you want to collaborate with and then how to setup a real time collaboration.

In this post I will talk about the Groups, View and Export features of


One often has a collection of colleagues, friends and co-workers with similar interests who need to work together on documents. The webservice makes it easy to allow collections of people to form a group and to work together on common documents.

For testing purposes I've created a number of identities for myself and I'll use these to show how one creates such a group.

Simply click on the "my groups" link.

You see the list of groups for which you have membership.

To view the documents held by the group or the membership click on “view documents” or “view members”. The screen shot below shows the membership of the “abicollab” group. We’re the group that directly codes and tests the webservice. Marc and I are administrators of the group. Either of us can approve whether an applicant can join the “abicollab” group. Applicants to the group are shown in the “Aspiring members list”.

To create a new group, click on the “create a group” link, type in the name you wish and click “save group”.

The new group is created with you as the administrator.

Here I’ve created a group called “MartinSeviors”. Now suppose another user called “M. Edmund Sevior” wants to join this group. He navigates to “my groups”, searches for the group by typing in it's name, then clicks “Join a group”.

Now the administrator of the group receives an email of this request which also shows up as a message in his “message central” region.

I can now accept or decline the request. After accepting the request, navigating to “my groups” and clicking the member list shows the updated member list.

Any group administrator can promote any other member to become an administrator too.


The “view” link associated with every document shows the contents of your document in your browser. What you see is what you would get if you exported the document to html. With this one one can quickly tell if you have selected the right document to edit, without having to download it into AbiWord.


Every document on can be exported into a number of common word processing formats. This is accomplished via the “export” link. One chooses the preferred format then clicks “export".

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