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Real-time and all online, Etherpad is a great tool for smooth, remote collaborating. Last featured in the 09-14-2018 Scout Report, the platform was most recently updated in December 2019 to improve security and ease of use. Etherpad is a web-based real-time collaborative editor. Any user can create a collaborative document, called a "pad," each of which has a distinct URL. Anyone that has this URL can make edits to the pad, with every editor's changes appearing in their own color. Etherpad automatically saves changes periodically, but users may also checkpoint specific versions at any time. The editing history of each pad is also saved, with a slider allowing users to rewind a document to view previous versions. Pads can be downloaded in plain text, HTML, PDF, ODF, or Word format. A number of free, public Etherpad servers are available. These can be located in the "List of public instances" under the Links section of the Etherpad site. For users that wish to self-host an Etherpad instance, server installers are provided on the Etherpad site for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Etherpad is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, with source code available on GitHub.
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Date of Scout Publication
April 17th, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
September 11th, 2018 at 10:50am
Date Of Record Release
September 13th, 2018 at 10:30am
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