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This article was published on May 10, 2011

    Papyrs makes Intranets and Wikis cool again [Invites]

    Papyrs makes Intranets and Wikis cool again [Invites] Image by: Jean-François Schmitz
    Mike Vardy
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    Mike Vardy

    Mike Vardy is a husband, father, independent writer, speaker, podcaster and "productivityist". He is also the author of the book, The Front Mike Vardy is a husband, father, independent writer, speaker, podcaster and "productivityist". He is also the author of the book, The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books. You can learn more about his other work at his website,, visit his blog at, and you can follow him as @mikevardy on Twitter.

    If you and your team are looking for a way to compile, collaborate and organize your work, then Papyrs is worth looking into.

    Papyrs is a web app developed by Stunf (the team behind Thymer) that lets you build your own intranet pages featuring items such as attachments, images, checklists, discussions and more using a simple drag & drop interface. Pages can be shared within teams, through email or made public with ease. An alternative to Google Sites and 37signals’ Backpack, Papyrs requires very little technical knowledge for users to get pages up and running quickly and easily.

    Once you sign up for the service, you can create pages at will for different teams, projects or for any number of things. Page creation is a snap, with little to no technical knowledge required. All you need to do is decide what to name it, what people can view or contribute to it and what level of sharing you’d like. then save the page and you’re done. Additionally, you can edit the page’s settings later on if you decide to open or close things up a bit.

    Adding items to pages in Papyrs is also a breeze. Drag and drop whatever items you want into the page, and then begin customizing the items as you see fit. A Papyrs page can be as minimalistic or robust as you’d like; it can be a hub for your team where meeting minutes are kept and expense forms are kept or can be used as a form of wiki. It’s all up to you, and the scalability allows you to grow the page over time if that’s what you’d like to do.

    Papyrs is currently in private beta, but the developers have provided The Next Web with access to the first 200 of its readers. Just sign up for Papyrs using the beta code TNW and you and your team can get started using it right away. Pricing models will be released after Papyrs comes out of beta, but Stunf has indicated that there will be a free version available.