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Etherpad-lite performances – an ongoing saga

This all started with Julie writing to me to ask about collaborative editing software, and describing the project. She wanted to do a live projection and web broadcast of a collaborative editing session with several women. She had been thinking of piratepad but wanted a substantially different visuals.

I took a brief inventory of every collaborative editing software I knew of and had actually used:

I quickly wrote down my goals:

  1. It would be best to use a web based client to avoid having to install a client on multiple computers. This excluded gobby.
  2. I need to be able to run this thing on a laptop or on my puny little vserver.
  3. I need to be able to customize the look and feel of the interface for the performance.
  4. I would have to squeeze this project in around my regular working hours, so I needed to keep the number of new things to learn to a minimum.

After a couple of hours of cursory research, I quickly decided that etherpad-lite was the best candidate. I passed on my conclusions to Julie and we set a first meeting and test at the gallery, Skol.

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