Kohive is an online collaboration tool for teams to work together. They can create separate virtual desktop workspaces called hives where they can share and interact with each other in real time.
Kohive brings several services in a simplified form into one place and is heavily focused on design, usability and experience.
When we came across Ext JS we decided to scrap six months of previous work and redesign everything—it was the best decision we ever made.
After joining Kohive, the user is greeted with what looks like a computer desktop. They are shown a list of applications on the left and a tab panel at the bottom. Each of these custom tabs, or “hives”, provide the user with a completely separate workspace from which to invite people, communicate, share and work around the web apps.
A web designer could create a hive for each one of his projects, invite his clients and start sharing files, ideas, tasks, events, contacts etc.
A teacher could create a hive for their classrooms to communicate with students outside of school and allow them to share links, files, images, educational videos, essays, etc.
A family could create a hive to share photos, videos, recipes and communicate with each other.
Why did you choose Ext JS?
Ext JS allows Kohive to take the user from a page-driven reality back into the more well developed desktop window interface found in all of today’s operating systems. This means that content loads quicker, navigation is smoother and users have the flexibility to look at different information side by side instead of going back and forth different pages.
We initially had a completely different interface, it was still not page-driven but it was less than impressive. When we came across Ext JS we decided to scrap six months of previous work and redesign everything—but it was the best decision we ever made. Ext JS gave us a unique selling point in the online collaboration market.
What makes Kohive unique?
Design, usability and toolset is how we differentiate ourselves. We are also thinking about enabling developers to create and sell apps to our users. We're very excited about that.
We think Kohive follows a similar mentality to the iPhone. It repackages older web services in a new user interface to give functionality without sacrificing usability. The site mimics popular and familiar user interfaces and icons and follows the best technologies, practices and standards for user navigation. By doing so, we ensure that users can always get from A to B with a minimum amount of effort, increasing their productivity and reducing frustration.