Video conferencing within Etherpad

If you are working with anything that requires and privacy or security it’s pretty clear doing this on a publicly facing web service is risky, everyone has been left shaken from Heartbleed.  We will get over this issue but until that point we wanted to remind people you can do local real time document editing sharing and video conferencing so we put up VEtherpad.  VEtherpad is Etherpad with a webrtc plugin installed.  The webrtc plugin introduces Video and Audio chat functionality to pad members.

Think to yourself next time you are using a Google/Microsoft service locally in your organization, do you really want to take the risk of your document/data being leaked?

VEtherpad empowers you and it’s free / open source and easy to deploy.  There is really no reason you wouldn’t have a bash!

Top 10 Etherpad Plugins 2014

Etherpad changed a lot in 2013, the new functionality funded by various companies has mostly been released open source and this has meant a lots of new jobs and work availability for plugin developers. Firstly let’s congratulate Etherpad on an amazing 2013, we’re really proud of everyones achievements so far and let’s hope 2014 can be yet another fantastic year.

Etherpad can do that?!?!?

1. Page View

Page View brings in Document / Page Setup style editing to Etherpad.
Top tip: You can insert page breaks using Control Enter.
To get Page View install ep_page_view and either enable by default by editing settings.json or enable on a per pad basis by clicking the Settings button then clicking Page View.
npm install ep_page_view

2. Print a pad

Printing a pad before used to leave the toolbar and chat icon on, with this plugin all other editor contents is removed leaving just the pad contents so you can get a lovely printable representation of your pad. Printing also supports page breaks so if you have the Page View plugin installed get breaking those pages up and printing them out.
Top tip: Printing is bad, don’t do it unless you really need to, it is 2014 after all!
npm install ep_print

3. Rich Text Editing

By using the Headings, Font Family, Font Color and Font Size, SuperScript and Subscript plugins you can add rich text editing to your pads. Spot the obvious mistake in the image..
npm install ep_headings2 ep_font_color ep_font_family ep_font_size ep_superscript ep_subscript

4. Page Ruler, Line Height

Add a page ruler so you can use a ruler type thing to indent lines of text from the left/right. Line Height functionality means you can change the height of um, a line..
Top tip: The page ruler plugin can be used with ep_image_preview or the image branch of Etherpad to resize images
npm install ep_page_ruler ep_line_height

5. File Menu Toolbar and Pad Title

Get a File Menu style edit bar that includes buttons to do stuff like File > New, Save etc..
Top tip: Are you a plugin developer? File Menu toolbar exposes an EEJS Block that you can write to.
npm install ep_aa_file_menu_toolbar ep_set_title_on_pad

6. Admin Pads

A way to admin and manage pads using Etherpad.
npm install ep_admin_pads

7. Markdown

Use Markup/Markdown stylee editing in Etherpad
npm install ep_markdown

8. Real Time Chat

Get real time chat updates.
npm install ep_real_time_chat

9. Table of Contents

Get a visible Table of contents of the contents of your pad.
Top Tip: Use headings to automatically create a table of contents
npm install ep_table_of_contents ep_headings2

10. Lots more..

I ran out of space but here are some more awesome plugins you should check out..
ep_clear_formatting – Clear the formatting/attributes on a selection
ep_sticky_attributes – See what attributes are applied to a selection
ep_copy_paste_select_all – Put a copy / paste / select all item in the file menu (requires file menu)
ep_special_characters – Insert Special characters into a pad
ep_define – Define and Research a selected word (requires file menu)
ep_text_to_speech – Speak a selection from a pad (requires file menu)
ep_comments – Apply comments to a pad

Etherpad USA Meetup 2013 videos

Intro and Etherpad status from Me.

Etherpad and MediaWiki from Mark Holmquist

Mozilla Etherpad and teampad work by Rob Helmer

Transforming Text by David Greenspan

Sketchpad by Ari Bader-Natal

New things in node.js 0.10 by Isaac Z. Schlueter (isaacs)

How Openwatch uses Etherpad by Rich Jones

Ethersheet by Cooper Quentin and Ted Young

Sharejs by Joseph Gentle

Etherpad-Lite history by Peter ‘Pita’ Martischka