Mrs. Dvl and I occasionally need to simultaneously edit the same document (typically a rush project where we both need to be involved). Right now the process is fairly cumbersome. We make two snapshot copies of the document, turn off tracked changes, highlight everything we’re not going to edit (i.e., the half the other is working on), turn tracked changes back on, and edit away. When it’s time to stitch the documents back together, tracking gets turned off on a new copy of one of our files, the other’s sections are deleted, then the insert>file command brings in the other half (with tracked changes), and finally, tracked changes get turned back on for the rest of the edit.
Like I said, cumbersome. But with Briefcase, Online Collaboration, .Net, Master Documents, etc., it seems like there must be some easier way to do this. The main sticking point is that I’m on a Winbox running Word 2000, and she is on a Mac running Word X for Mac. Oh, and the client sends/expects tracked .doc files back, so switching programs isn’t a choice. We do both work off of a network attached storage device, if that helps.