New collaboration features give ThinkFree Online users expanded options for document and content sharing
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 25, 2006 -- ThinkFree, Inc., developer of the first online office productivity suite, today announced new collaboration features that make the free ThinkFree Online(R) service more valuable for families, friends and colleagues who want to share content and documents over the Web. Publishing and collaborating on documents has become even more powerful with Creative Commons licensing and del.icio.us bookmarks. Doc Exchange, ThinkFree's new Web 2.0 feature, including enhanced search capabilities and a new rating system, allows people to find the exact information they need faster and easier. For more details on the latest changes, please visit the ThinkFree Blog at blog.thinkfree.com .
ThinkFree Online (http://www.thinkfree.com ) is the only complete Internet-based office productivity suite to blend the best of the Internet's collaboration features with complex Microsoft Office suite compatibility. Novice users and IT enthusiasts alike will find the three applications -- ThinkFree Write for word processing, ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheet management and ThinkFree Show for presentation creation -- intuitive to learn and use for family schedules, business projects and other communications tasks in which timely group access to content is important.
Consumers worldwide can now take advantage of Creative Commons licensing in ThinkFree Online, which provides a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists and educators. ThinkFree Online now delivers an added level of security for published intellectual property, ensuring that others are using publicly posted documents in the way that they were intended to be used. ThinkFree Online integration with del.icio.us, the popular online tool for sharing lists of favorite Web sites, music and now office documents, improves collaboration by allowing users to share stories, research papers, agendas, schedules and presentations with just a click of a button. Writers and editors can also easily insert links from their del.icio.us list of favorites into their word processing documents -- a great tool for creating bibliographies or listing a number of references within your article.
"We're particularly excited to see Creative Commons features integrated throughout ThinkFree Online's workflow. Creators using ThinkFree Office can offer certain rights to the public while retaining their copyright by choosing a Creative Commons license. Users can also reuse others' licensed content through ThinkFree Online's innovative advanced search and Flickr photo integration," commented Mike Linksvayer, CTO of Creative Commons. "ThinkFree Online has opened up new possibilities, and we look forward to seeing how it develops in the future."
In addition, new ThinkFree Online search tools allow users to easily locate keywords within their personal documents, as well as within all publicly published document types, including word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. With ThinkFree Advanced Search, users can refine their search by file format, author, tags, date and even Creative Commons license type.
ThinkFree's new rating system lets users speak their minds about documents they find compelling. Users can visit ThinkFree's Cool Docs page to check out exciting and worthwhile documents, its Hot Docs page to view the most downloaded files with the highest number of comments, and its New Docs page, which features the latest documents to be uploaded. Additional feature enhancements include RSS alerts, so that users won't miss the latest published documents, and the ability to sort documents by popularity, rating, date, publisher, file name, number of views, number of copies or number of comments.
"Expanding our Web 2.0 vision is an ongoing process, with a goal to deliver tools that consumers and businesses alike can use to do real, everyday work," said TJ Kang, founder and CEO of ThinkFree, Inc. "With today's announcement, we have made the ThinkFree Online service an even more compelling office productivity choice, surpassing the limited sharing capabilities of traditional desktop-bound applications and continuing to stand out among online offerings for our breadth of function and ease of use."
Growing Subscriber Base, New User Incentives
Since it launched in final beta form in April 2006, ThinkFree Online has seen its subscriber base nearly triple. Users can register at http://www.thinkfree.com to begin experiencing the suite's set of creativity and communications tools for connecting with family, friends and business colleagues. As part of today's announcement, the company introduced an incentive program in which users can receive an iPod or free iTunes credits by inviting friends, family and others to join ThinkFree. Each time a user's invitation is accepted, his or her name is entered into a drawing for a 30GB video iPod, and he or she becomes eligible to receive a free song on iTunes. For more information, please visit http://www.thinkfree.com/ipod_contest .
ThinkFree Online has been tested on most computers and browsers, including Internet Explorer 6.0, FireFox 1.5 and Safari 2.0. Macintosh G4/G5 systems are recommended for Apple users. Operating systems supported include Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.4, Linux Fedora Core 3 and Haansoft Linux Workstation 2005. The Web interface is localized for U.S. English. Built-in multi-lingual application support is included for UK English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Japanese.
About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works -- whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists and educators that build upon the "all rights reserved" concept of traditional copyrights to offer a voluntary "some rights reserved" approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org .
ThinkFree, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, Calif., is a leading developer of platform-independent office productivity solutions. A division of Haansoft Inc., a publicly held company on the Korean KOSDAQ stock market, ThinkFree's mission is to offer market-leading software solutions that leverage the power of the Internet and provide users with a consistent, unified and productive experience regardless of computing platform. For more information, please contact ThinkFree at +1 (408) 432-5074, or go to http://www.thinkfree.com .
NOTE: ThinkFree and ThinkFree Online are registered trademarks of ThinkFree, Corp. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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