MAJOR RELEASE: Etherpad Lite v1

Introduction

Etherpad Lite’s goal is to make it easy to integrate real time editing into your website or publishing platform. This major release is a complete rewrite of Etherpad, it is a culmination of roughly 2 years work funded mostly by Primary Technology and supported by the Etherpad Foundation.

Motivation

Etherpad is currently being used in Libya, Egypt and various other places of conflict to rewrite constitutions and policies. Etherpad Lite’s “portableness” and simplicity to deploy make it a perfect choice for these types of environments where it is not an option to rely on third party services to ensure internet connectivity/data privacy/protection.

Every day we are seeing new creative ways the community is using Etherpad Lite. Because the community is such a huge part of Etherpad Lite we have released all of the code open source so developers can be sure they are maintaining privacy, security and data ownership.

Introduction Video

Key points

  • Dramatic hardware resource savings over original Etherpad
  • Windows, Mac and *nix deployment options
  • Beautified interface
  • Fully documented API
  • Better parameter support
  • Infinite colour options
  • Super simple to embed into your own website/CMS with jQuery and PHP examples

Screen shots

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Links

Etherpad Lite Project on Github, source code, wiki, bug tracker etc.
Etherpad Lite jQuery plugin on Github
Etherpad Lite PHP Class on Github

Installing Etherpad Lite on Windows

Installing Etherpad Lite on Debian

Sandbox environment for testing and experimenting

We have a Sandbox deployment available for API testing and general playing around here. The API key is EtherpadFTW

Example Pad

Note: The Etherpad Foundation is not responsible for any contents placed on this pad.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
      Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
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      Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
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    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
      Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
      For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
      This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
      Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
      For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
      This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

  1. Fantastic! Thank you for your great and important work, and a hearty congratulations on your release!

    Immediate thoughts:

    1) Looks very, very nice. Smooth animations even in IE9. But I wish there where a button to make it not fill the whole window.

    2) I love import/export! But why no import from ODF, only export?

    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
      Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
      For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
      This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

        • Anonymous says:

          I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
          Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
          Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
          Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
          For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
          This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

          • Anonymous says:

            I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
            Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
            Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
            Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
            For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
            This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

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  6. tne says:

    Fantastic! As a long time fan of Etherpad, I’d like to see either a detailed tutorial for running Etherpad on Mac OS X, or even a DMG package for easy installation.

  7. tne says:

    Fantastic! As a long time fan of Etherpad, I’d like to see either a detailed tutorial for running Etherpad on Mac OS X, or even a DMG package for easy installation.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
      Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
      For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
      This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

  8. Lars Scheithauer says:

    I dig it – is there any way of defining structural information (read: headers and Table-of-Content) to a pad?

    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
      Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
      Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
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      For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
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        • Anonymous says:

          I am currently on holiday away from work with no access to any internet enabled devices.
          Please forward any Technical support queries to adammc@primaryt.co.uk
          Please forward any installation/projector maintinance queries/av to dally@primaryt.co.uk
          Please forward any PrimaryEmail/School Email or any other service queries to josh@primaryt.co.uk
          For all urgent enquiries use contact@primaryt.co.uk
          This email and its attachments may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation from which this email originated. If you are not the intended recipient of this email and its attachments, you must take no action based upon them, nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. This email was sent by School Email – Safe Webmail and Hosted Email for Schools

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  10. Bozzie says:

    the etherpad lite site is inaccessable as are my etherpads that i have been using very successfully with my students. where can i get help and is this an issue that will be solved soon?

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