Developers: Add Document Sharing to Your Product with Treaty

January 29, 2013

9:00 am

Code Together, the makers of Squad, are launching Treaty this week to help developers add document sharing to their app or website.

With just 15 lines of Javascript, developers can start offering document sharing to their users. This is suited to apps that already involve documents somehow, like social networks around education or project management applications (à la Basecamp).

Google Docs is probably the go-to destination for document sharing right now. But for app developers, it’s not ideal: users have to leave your application to work on their files, and then start sharing URLs. Instead, Treaty would keep users on your site, in a document editor with your own branding.

Treaty tracks revisions with colors, similar to Google Docs. And, according to CEO Hillary Cage, you see other users’ changes immediately, with no perceivable lag time.

The cost varies depending on your number of users: $250/month for up to 500, $475/month for up to 1,000, and $900/month for up to 2,000. Custom plans are available for over 2,000 users.

The Bloomington startup, founded in 2009, developed Squad to help programmers collaborate remotely – hence the name Code Together. But as Cage spent more and more time in Squad, coding with developer Ben Serrette – elegantly, using Squad to build Squad – she realized that non-programmers could use a similar tool.

Treaty discounts are available for students and for startups going through accelerators – contact the team at Treaty will launch publicly on February 25.

Treaty screenshot

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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