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Basically just remote desktop limited to one program.
There would be a system similar to online game
matchmaking to connect users with one another easily.
I can think of two ways that this could be implemented -
either have the applications themselves have
matchmaking systems, or have it
be a general
program wherein you would find a peer and then select a
program that you both have.
It would be especially useful in creative applications like
Photoshop or FLStudio (music synth/sequencer program)
as you could have direct collaboration remotely.
There would also have support for more than two users
time which could be a huge help for offices.
||//Basically just remote desktop limited to one program.// Nice idea, except that these days, the lines between one program and the next are pretty blurry, what with APIs, various shared Operating System layers and whatnot. On the opposite side of the fence, just because two people have the same program, it doesn't mean they share the same plug-ins, default settings (language and regional settings can be amazingly complicated when working across standards) or window arrangements. I think that's why most collaborative systems offer a sort of generalised whole-sort-of-mish-mash type thing that handles lots of "simple" things like text, pictures and vector-based drawing.
||Hmm.. good points - perhaps the solution would be
building new software specifically around the
collaborative aspect. Companies could release
alternate, collaborative versions of their software
just for that purpose.