4 Articles for 'openmaru'

  1. 2008/04/16 Taewoo Danny Kim will speak at Web 2.0 Expo
  2. 2007/11/29 Lemonpen is web highlighting and social annotation service (1)
  3. 2007/11/20 Rollinglist.com brings people around shared lists
  4. 2007/03/26 Springnote from Openmaru (7)

Taewoo Danny Kim will speak at Web 2.0 Expo

Other | 2008/04/16 00:20 | Web 2.0 Asia
Taewoo Danny Kim, a blogger/book author who also happens to be my friend, will speak at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco. Between blogging and speaking engagements, Taewoo is also helping a Korean web company Openmaru as a part-time consultant. His talk at Web 2.0 Expo will probably center around Openmaru software. The planned title of his talk: "Web 2.0 Killed the Moleskine Star". Let's see what he has to say.

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Picture from Taewoo's blog

TAG openmaru, Taewoo Danny Kim, Web 2.0 Expo
Lemonpen, Openmaru's new service, is a web highlighting, clipping, and social annotation tool. (Again Openmaru is the open source web service arm of NC Soft.) I guess the name "Lemonpen" comes from those lemon-colored highlighting pens, which come really handy in real life.

Like other services from Openmaru, the service is beautifully designed and pleasantly easy on the eyes. They must have something in the water there ;)

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On web pages where Lemonpen script is embedded, visitors can highlight a certain part of the website (which then gets automatically clipped onto an online archive), put sticky notes, comment on other people's sticky notes, etc.

Installing Lemonpen on the webpage is as easy as embedding a single line of script code.

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Featurewise, the service looks similar to Diigo, Fleck (which I've used for quite a while as a Firefox extension), and Stickis. And the way site owners can embed a script to enable a value-adding feature for visitors somehow reminds me of Blue Organizer (I love its clean interface). But since there has not been a Korean service similar to those, Lemonpen might gain some traction in Korean market. And the beauty of the web app is, of course, Lemonpen can add more interesting features as it goes along. Lemonpen is now in closed beta, and they are receving customer feedbacks on, of course, a Springnote page (another web app from Openmaru).
Openmaru is a company best known for its wiki solution, Springnote, which was recently featured on Read/write web.

Openmaru is actually a subsidiary of NC Soft, the company behind the massively popular Lineage game. For those of you who don't play games, Lineage is the world's second most popular online game, only behind World of Warcraft.

NC Soft, though hugely popular in gaming industry, probably wanted to dabble at other areas of web service, so the company has set up an independent biz unit - hence the beginning of Openmaru. NC Soft has pretty deep pocket anyway.

As well as Springnote, Openmaru is churning out interesting web apps. One of such apps is Rolling List. Rolling List, in essence, is something similar to 43things.com, where someone starts a conversation thread and others chime in with their own entries, thereby creating social network around a specific topic or "list".

With Rolling List, for example, a user can start a conversation titled "Things to make sure about before having her in your room", where others can add "lists" such as: "Clean up the space but don't be too clean and make yourself look like a germ freak", "Get rid of your porn DVDs", "Get some munch-ons ready", etc. The service has social networking elements - for example, the people who participated in the same list can view others' profile.

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Services like Rolling List has a certain appeal as people naturally like to have conversations around a single topic and share differnet views/opinions. Looks like Openmaru is poised to introduce many more interesting web apps down the road. I'll take them for a spin and share the experience here.

Springnote from Openmaru

Web 2.0 | 2007/03/26 19:45 | Web 2.0 Asia
OpenMaru, a subsidiary of NC Soft (the #1 online gaming company in Korea that's famous for the Lineage series), is doing a closed beta of a service called Springnote. Springnote is, in essence, an online document composing and sharing service.

The service is well designed - everything's very easy on the eyes. Folks at Openmaru successfully created an online document composing environment that highly resembles the real-world notetaking experience. You can either write directly on the editor that just looks like a paper note, or import documents into Springnote. The document can be tagged (even the tags visually resemble those Post-it page markers) and shared for collective editing.

After taking the service for a spin, I liked it and I can say the application is well-built. But I am perhaps too addicted to the Google Docs and Spreadsheets that's sitting right in my IE7 shortcut icons and providing the comfort of not having to login when I'm logged in Google (which I always am). But that's just me - There could be a lot more people who'll prefer what looks and works like a good old notebook over the geeky Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

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TAG openmaru, SpringNote