Why does collaboration have to be so difficult?
All I want to do is easily collaborate with my coworkers in creating and updating Articulate content. I want to be able to say things like "Hey Terry, go into that powerpoint slide and update some quiz questions", or "record some voiceovers and attach them to the Presenter slides".
Reasonable requests, no?
For several years I've been trying to figure out how to accomplish this short of endlessly repeating the work-around that is inevitably posted as a response to this question:
(1) Create and Articulate 'Package'
(2) Send it using a variety of third party tools that will handle huge files in email
(3) Stop production on your end (this is the real killer) while you await the edit
(4) Have your coworker unzip the "package" and use it to make the edits you need him/her to make
(5) When done, package everything back up
(6) Send it back to the originator using the third party email tool (if it's too big to go through your smtp)
(7) unzip and use the packaged files
(8) Unfreeze your editing process
For years now I've been saying to myself "it can't really be this convoluted... there's got to be something I'm missing." But I read post after post and nobody has an effective, simple solution such as just installing Articulate Presenter and it's application to a network drive or dropbox...
One of the reason's I switched to Articulate was because of the robust user-community. But as helpful as everyone is, it doesn't seem like anyone's figured out an elegant simple solution to this. The 8 steps I've outlined above isn't that. The biggest issue is that it may take my employee 3 weeks to finish their work, and my work on the same project is suspended while that happens.
Is anyone further along in finding a solution to this issue? I"m going to get an old computer (actually two of them), install dropbox and then install articulate to the dropbox directories and experiment. But I don't think that's going to work.
To sum up:
(1) Why is this so complicated? Is this Microsoft's fault? (Because of these roaming directories?
(2) Does anyone have a simple, elegant fix that doesn't involve emailing or ftp'ing files back and forth each time you want someone to help you.