NextPage Inc. has announced the beta version of NextPage 1.5, a subscription service that is designed to enable real-time feedback, tracking, and notifications about document versions using email and Microsoft Office applications.
NextPage-tracked documents contains a "silver thread," connecting different document versions together to ensure that users always have access to the latest information, whether the document is saved as an email attachment, stored on a shared drive, or stored on a personal hard drive. The service keeps track of status and versioning information, even when documents are emailed outside an organization, renamed, or sent to non-subscribers. With NextPage 1.5, team members receive notifications about the status of documents, such as who is currently editing a document and who has worked on different versions in the past. A real-time notification to users who begin to edit an outdated version prevents inconsistencies. The service also tracks documents, whether users are online or offline.
Initial implementations of NextPage 1.5 include management consultants, bids and proposal groups, and marketing teams and agencies. Users subscribe to NextPage's service by downloading a lightweight client that initiates tracking and status of document versions. NextPage 1.5 will be generally available in the first quarter of 2005.