Etherpad is #20 in Top 10 Wiki software

Etherpad is a highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time. Etherpad allows you to edit documents collaboratively in real-time, much like a live multi-player editor that runs in your browser.

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#20 in Top 10 Wiki software


The best alternative to Etherpad is Google Drive

Latest news about Etherpad

2009. Google aquired EtherPad and remembered about SaaS reputation

So, the online service for real-time document collaboration, EtherPad, created by ex-Googlers, now goes back home where it was born - to Google. The goal of this purchase - is to utilize some EtherPad technologies in Google Wave and attract talents back to the company to work on the project, which will change the world. Yesterday, as soon as the deal was finalized, EtherPad developers (probably prompted by the new owners) posted to their blog, that the service wouldn't allow to create new accounts and documents any more and on March 31 EtherPad will be closed. Of course, the users were disappointed with this decision (see the comments). And after that Google remembered about one thing, that is more important for them than this new purchase - the trust in SaaS. ***

2009. EtherPad imitates Google Wave's "playback" feature

On September 30th Google will start sending 100000 Google Wave invitations. Only three months have passed since this super-service presentation, but during this time third-party developers already implemented some of its original ideas. Not so long ago the team email service Zenbe copied the "wave" idea in its Shareflow, and today the real-time document collaboration tool, EtherPad announced "playback" feature, that is one of the most exciting Google Wave inventions. It allows you to watch the document creation and changing history just like watching a movie. ***

2009. EtherPad is ready to rival Google Docs

EtherPad, the real-time online text processor, has undergone an upgrade to enhance user-friendliness and collaborative capabilities. The redesigned version introduces a wider range of tools and functionalities. EtherPad now allows users to import and export Word, PDF, Plain Text, and HTML documents. Moreover, the writing experience has been improved to resemble note-taking in Word or Google Docs, incorporating rich text formatting options such as bold, underline, italics, and strikethrough tools. The organization of notes within a document has also been enhanced with the addition of bullet points. While the service is available for free, it does not provide password-protected document security. Alternatively, EtherPad Professional Edition offers secure cloud hosting, free for up to 3 users, and $8 per user per month for more than 3 users. For enterprises seeking a private network solution, the Private Network Edition is available for a one-time fee of $99 per seat, ensuring document protection behind a firewall.

2008. Etherpad Shows Google Docs How It’s Done

Etherpad, a new group productivity app developed by Appjet, has been launched with support from ex-Googlers, Y Combinator, and the founders of Friendfeed, among others. Despite its unattractive interface, Etherpad proves to be an incredibly useful tool. Similar to Google Docs or a wiki, it surpasses them in terms of functionality. To begin, users create a workspace and can freely type text on numbered lines. They can then invite others to join and collaborate in real time, with each user's edits highlighted in a different color. Etherpad's real-time editing capabilities surpass even Google Docs, which updates every fifteen seconds. The application also offers a chat feature in the sidebar, allows users to save versions, and provides options to customize settings such as removing line numbers. Additionally, Etherpad includes an optional feature that highlights JavaScript syntax, making it ideal for collaborative coding. Currently, the website has minimal design elements, but future plans include exporting documents to various formats like text files and Word documents. Premium features, such as controlled access and private URLs, will be offered to businesses for a fee, and a non-hosted version will be available for companies seeking higher security by installing it on their own servers. Etherpad has quickly become a must-use application due to its ability to enhance productivity during phone calls by allowing users to open a workspace and take real-time notes together.