Simul streamlines the document authoring process for Microsoft Word. It provides a platform to resolve the complexities introduced when multiple authors collaborate on a document.
Traditional document management solutions often resort to locking (or checking out) files before any edits can be made. Simul allows authors to simultaneously edit a document and merge their changes together.
Simul takes an innovative approach to document versioning which supports branches. A document can have multiple branches being worked on simultaneously which are kept separate until merged.
For example; if the following document exists in Simul:
If two users, let's call them Peter and Paul, edit this document at the same time; Simul will create a branch for each of them.
This document now has two versions with Peter and Paul's changes kept separate until one of them decides to merge their changes.
If Paul now decides to merge his changes with Peter's; a new version will be produced containing both their changes.
Both changes will appear in Microsoft Word as tracked changes which can then be accepted or rejected.
Any changes made to a document, regardless of whether "Track Changes" is turned on, will be shown in the Simul application. In addtion, Simul lets you compare any two versions of a document to see what's changed.
The Simul platform simplifies collaborating around a Microsoft Word document. Documents can be easily shared with anyone via an email address. Conversations can then take place around specific changes to a document:
In addition to the above, the Simul platform adds a host of collaboration and governance tools to Microsoft Word.