Top 3 Etherpad alternatives
Last updated: December 06, 2009
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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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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. Because Google's strategy - is to attract people and businesses to the Internet and to increase the advertising budgets. SaaS - is a major focus of this strategy. But if businesses will be afraid to use SaaS services because Google can buy and close them, then Google will lose. So, today the new plan appeared in the EtherPad blog. The users will be able to create new documents, and the service will not be closed until the new owners publish its source code, so that customers could install it in-house.
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. The new feature is called Time-slider and performs like a player with a timeline. Besides movie playback it enables to set bookmarks at the most important moments of the document history. Here you can whatch it in action: It's interesting that EtherPad was created by ex-Google employees, so they could know about Google Wave long ago before its appearance.