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What happened to E-quill?

E-quill was one of the coolest and most useful web-based products I had seen in years but Microsoft snatched it up and it's been gone for over a year now. Does anyone know what's going on with it? I presume they'll bundle it in to IE or Office or Docs at some point. It basically allowed you to mark-up a web page but not inanely like with ThirdVoice. It was terrific for reviewing web content in a group.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Intriguing.  Can anyone with E-quill experience tell us about the trade-offs between E-quill and something like a Wiki?

Brent P. Newhall
Thursday, October 24, 2002

EQuill is/was a small small browser plugin for Internet Explorer that allowed you to add annotations to any web page not just pages on a site designed for the purpose.

Using buttons on the EQuill toolbar you could highlight parts of the text on a page, add virtual post-it notes on top of the page where you could type comments and use basic drawing tools to mark sections of a page, add diagrams etc.

You could then send a link via email which was to a page on the EQuill servers which would allow the recipient to view the annotated copy of the page without requiring the EQuill plugin.

IIRC if the recipient *did* have the plugin they could edit the annotations, add further ones and then send a link to the updated version back to the original sender.

The original web page of course remains unmodified so it wasn't intended for creating colaborative spaces like a Wiki, it was inteded for reviewing designs, pointing people to specific parts of a page etc.


Michael Josephson
Thursday, October 24, 2002

With e-quill you could easily envision some simple workflow capabilities for use in a design group or legal staff to review and annotate.

And as Micahel pointed out, their approach was brilliant in enabling users without the plug-in to view the annotations but needing the plug-in to annotate. Quite viral.

Friday, October 25, 2002

Isn't this functionality now in Office (or indeed has been since Office 2000)?

Duncan Smart
Sunday, October 27, 2002

I suppose it's possible this is the e-quill technology but it doesn't resemble e-quill even remotely.

Monday, October 28, 2002

That specific stuff from Microsoft is not EQuill related.

Until something similar to EQuill appears from Microsoft or elsewhere, you might try iMarkup, which has a similar client-side functionality to EQuill, but doesn't have our server-side technologies. (

Dave (ex-EQuillian)

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

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