Forget tricky wikis, Papyrs makes building intranet pages a snap


Wikis are a handy way for teams to share information and collaborate. But the trouble with many traditional wiki products is that they tend to be a bit clunky and difficult to use, sometimes requiring users to learn a markup language, while the pages themselves often don’t look great. Papyrs is a slick drag-and-drop wiki app, made by Dutch firm Stunf, the team behind time-tracking app Thymer, that makes building and editing intranet pages incredibly easy. The resulting pages look nice, and as well as pure text content, Papyrs pages can contain other useful items such as forms, checklists, documents, discussion, tweets and images.

During sign-up, you’re asked to provide your website with a name, which is used as a subdomain of the Papyrs site for your wiki (for example, you could have Building pages is a matter of specifying the category and who can access the page — you can limit access to specific team members and people outside your company or open it up to the whole web — and then dragging and dropping widgets onto the page. Each widget has a little tool-tip explanation to explain what it does, which should prove handy for less-tech-savvy members of the team. The range of widgets means that you can build a variety of different pages using the app; there are some useful examples on the Papyrs website. Text and widgets can be edited by clicking on them, and they can be repositioned by dragging and dropping them.

The pages themselves look great, although as an admin it’s possible to customize the default theme, such as by changing the banner graphic or modifying the colors and fonts used.

Overall, Papyrs is incredibly easy to use, with virtually zero technical knowledge required. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a wiki-based intranet or collaboration product: It makes for a great alternative to Google Sites (s goog), and it is much simpler than most self-hosted wiki products. However, you should note that it is currently in beta, so you may come across the occasional problem, although I haven’t in my testing so far. Papyrs is currently free; unfortunately there’s no indication yet as to pricing when the product moves out of beta.

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