Today, I have had a high interest in Collaborative Editors because of the post I made earlier about the Web-based collaborative system, Chalk. So, I decided that I would take a look around and see what I can find. I now have a list of 5 Real-time Collaborative Editors:

SubEthaEditView SubEthaEdit – Available for Macintosh
“The idea of collaborative editing has been researched for years, with notable results. But now for the first time it has been implemented in a way you actually want to use: A sophisticated technique allows all users to type anywhere in the text without locking parts of the text for other users, making SubEthaEdit just as easy to use as a traditional text editor.” (Commercial Product: $35)

GobbyView Gobby – Available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux
“Gobby is a free collaborative editor based on libobby, a library which provides synced document buffers. It supports multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like platforms.”

MoonEditView MoonEdit – Available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux
“Cooperative multi-user text editing over the internet. Every co-author can edit the shared document at any time, from any place, and at the same time! There’s no need to send files via FTP or to compare documents when multiple users need to make changes to it independently.”

DocSynchView DocSynch – Available for various text-editors
“DocSynch is a collaborative editing system on top of IRC. By transforming single-user editors into multi-user editors, it allows to remotely edit text documents together. Implementations are targeted as extensions to many popular text editors and IDEs. A working version is available for jEdit.” There are also implementations for VIM, Eclipse, and MS Visual Studio available from the DocSynth website.

LivePadView LivePad – Web-Based Editor
“LivePad is the Final Year Project of Ming Hong Ng. It is a near real-time web-based collaborative editor for Mozilla and its derivatives, like Mozilla Firefox.

Its user interface is written as XUL, a fundamental XML language for defining user interfaces in Mozilla applications. The client-side processing is done with JavaScript while the server-side processing is done with PHP. The data storage is handle with SQLite, a zero-configuration ACID-compliant SQL database engine.

Other web standards in use include CSS for styling and positioning and DTD/properties for localization.”

This concludes my findings. Hope the listing was of some use. If you know of any others, I would gladly add them to the list.


13 Comments on “Real-time Collaborative Editing Applications”

  1. JotSpot Live - Real-time web-based collaboration » Solution Watch says:

    [...] w have released an amazing collaborative editor called, JotSpot Live. I have written about real-time applications in the past, but this one is all web-based [...]

  2. Matt Vance says:

    Wikipedia lists a few more under the heading Collaborative real-time editor.

  3. Justin T Ho - says:

    Realtime Collaborative Editing Applications

  4. re:dev » Blog Archive » Collaborative Note-taking says:

    [...] At the conference yesterday I was knocked out on discovering the concept of collaborative note-taking. Several laptops in my vicinity had SubEthaEdit sessions going, providing notes on the session in progress. Now, a version of that for windows would be nice (a plugin for Trillian maybe, since that already supports the underlying Rendevous/Bonjour protocol ?) but it seems all there is at the moment is a bunch of workalikes. Dream on … Technorati Tags: bonjour collaboration collaborative note taking conference futureofwebapps subethaedit trillian [...]

  5. Arto Stimms says:

    e – collaborative editor for windows is also a pretty cool collaborative editor. It uses a somewhat different paradigm than the others (more like a live revision control system) which makes it a bit more useful if you are not all working on the text simultaneously.

  6. David Chen says:

    CoWord is a real-time collaborative editing system that allows multiple users to edit the same MS Word document (using MS Word). It’s free! (for now)

  7. Shoob » Blog Archive » links for 2006-10-13 says:

    [...] Real-time Collaborative Editing Applications Liste de logiciels permettant une édition simultanée et collaborative. [...]

  8. armin torbecke says:

    I have lost my passwort – can someone help me?

  9. Simon’s Weblog » links for 2006-11-15 says:

    [...] Real-time Collaborative Editing Applications (tags: collaborative editor collaboration Tools programming software editors) [...]

  10. me says:

    Apart from SubEthaEdit and coedit, the other editors suck :)

  11. Jack Peterson says:

    Here’s another one:

  12. Gabor says:

    Me and a friend of mine are looking for a collaborative editor where we can create hypertexts, tags, filters, simple databases. We make a historical research about a manuscript. Could you advise something? thanks, Gabor

  13. Ben says:

    A browser based one