I want to introduce you to our young, but interesting project - DocMe.ru , which is now undergoing a public beta test. The service is intended for the publication of documents of various text formats. I will not list foreign counterparts, I am sure that the audience of Habr faced them.
Instead of going into the description of opportunities in which anyone will understand during the first minute of being on the site, I'd rather tell you a few facts related to the work of the project:
The project is currently deployed on three servers. On the first, the front end and backend work, on the second, converters (and this is an Amazon instance, which automatically increases to another instance when the load increases), and the third is a document repository, which in turn backs up to Amazon S3.
The main modules of the project are written in java. Viewer is written in flash.
The project employs five people: one flasher, two programmers, one sysadmin, one manager and no designer.
Currently supported formats: virtually all office documents (ms + odf) + djvu + fb2 + chm + pdf (including protected).
After a month of beta-testing of the project, during which we almost did not engage in advertising, the results are as follows: ~ 500 visitors per day on the site and more than 2000 per day external views (in the embedded viewers), 50-80 downloaded documents every day and about a thousand registered users.
In our near future plans:
Infinitely improve converters that are not perfect yet.
Implement a mechanism for selling documents through DocMe.ru.
Solve the issue with devices that do not support Flash. Of course, first of all with apple products. The development of a viewer for js + svg + etc is also underway, which will allow people to use our project who have no flash installed for one reason or another.
Find finally a designer and redo everything. If you are a good designer who can cope with the development of modern web interfaces and you have time, write us at email@example.com. Perhaps you can help us in this project.
I will be glad to answer any questions and suggestions in the comments. ')
Update: Unfortunately, habraeffekt was not in vain. New instances with converters do not have time to be loaded under the pressure of thousands of manual programming manuals. With all the proletarian responsibility, I declare that usually the time of converting an average document is up to one minute, in contrast to the current 20-30 minutes.