The new Ephox Enterprise TinyMCE site has now gone live, a result of our new partnership with Moxiecode, the company behind everyone’s favorite open source editor TinyMCE. I’m really excited about the potential of this partnership and have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Moxiecode team so far.
What We’re Adding…
We think we can bring a lot to the TinyMCE community, the things below are just where we’re starting.
Enterprise Grade Support
We’re really proud of the level of support we’ve been able to offer for EditLive! and we’re bringing that over to TinyMCE. TinyMCE gets used in all kinds of mission critical systems where down time costs real money. Ephox’s support packages offer service level agreements to ensure you get help quickly and keep things running smoothly.
More Resources for TinyMCE
Ephox is dedicating resources to help develop TinyMCE, improve it’s quality, answer questions on the forums (even for the free LGPL version) and generally help make TinyMCE even better.
We’ve already had a number of patches accepted into the main TinyMCE branch and are using our build farm to run TinyMCE’s tests across a wide range of browsers and platforms to help the Moxiecode team keep quality levels high (check out the results here). You’ll also see Ephox folk popping up in places like the TinyMCE forums to answer TinyMCE questions.
Quick and Easy Commercial Licensing
If you don’t want to distribute changes you make to TinyMCE under the LGPL or prefer a more traditional commercial software license for whatever reason, you can quickly and easily buy one straight from our web store, with our without a support package.
We’re currently working to update our “Express Edit” feature of EditLive! to make it simple to integrate both EditLive! and TinyMCE with the same set of APIs and have the most appropriate editor for the situation load. Express Edit has been around for a while, but with the power of TinyMCE we think it’s time has really come to shine. With Express Edit you can offer all the advanced features of EditLive! but know that if Java isn’t available or you just need a lightning fast editor to make a quick change you’re users will have TinyMCE available too. Basically, you get the best possible editor for any situation.
In case you were worried there’s a few things that we’re absolutely committed to:
We still see EditLive! as being Microsoft Word for the web. It’s a full featured, enterprise editor that dramatically improves author productivity and assists them in creating higher quality content. EditLive! has been the leading online editor for many years now and we are going to continue improving it as fast as we can. There’s plenty of great stuff coming down the pipeline for EditLive! including of course an improved Express Edit.
Ephox as a company may not have had much to do with open source in the past, but most of the people working for Ephox have and we’re big fans. Now we get the privilege of working with the vast TinyMCE community and that’s really exciting.
Most importantly, TinyMCE is absolutely still available under the LGPL, Ephox is even providing a direct download link from our site to ensure everyone knows they are quite welcome to take TinyMCE and use it for free. The only difference between the LGPL community edition download and the commercially licensed options we’re providing is the license information.
Ephox and Moxiecode are working together closely on this venture. Ephox Enterprise TinyMCE is a distribution of TinyMCE, much like projects such as Debian include other open source products. Like Linux distributions we may find and need to fix problems with TinyMCE which causes our distribution to vary slightly until those changes can flow back upstream. To avoid any confusion, Ephox distributions of TinyMCE have an extra component to the version number, for example the current TinyMCE release is 3.3.6, so the current Ephox distribution is 3.3.6-170. This makes it clear which base version of TinyMCE is being used, that it’s been modified (even if only to add our naming) and which build from Ephox it is.
We’ve also called our distribution “Ephox Enterprise TinyMCE”, this is mostly a marketing thing but again it helps to avoid confusion in case there are fixes in our build that haven’t yet made it back upstream.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments feel free to post them below or get in touch with me directly at email@example.com or by phone on +44 7 525 806 170 and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.