Etherpad and Ethercalc are collaborative applications for multi-user real-time document edition. You can reach them directly from your browser at: https://pad.disroot.org and https://calc.disroot.org. No user account is needed to make use of them. However our cloud comes with very handy plugin that helps you keep track of all your pads, just as if they are one of your files.
Note! "Pads" and "calcs" aren't files containing your data but are links to your work stored on either https://pad.disroot.org or https://calc.disroot.org.
The idea behind this software is very simple. It's a text/spreadsheet editor that lives in the web. Everything you type in gets written to your pad automatically. You can work on a document with multiple people at the same time without a need to save and pass copies of the documents to each other. Once your work is done, you can export the pad to a format of your choice. To read more of the general guide through the interface you can check this page ( page under construction).
Below you can read how to make use of ownpad - a plugin for disroot cloud instance.
Creating new pad works the same as creating new file. Click on "+" icon and choose to create either pad (text editor) or calc (spreadsheet). Once you give it a name a new file with .pad/.calc extension will be created. You can move, share that file just like any other file you have on your cloud account.
To open the newly created pad, just click on it's name. The application will open up your pad using pad.disroot.org/calc.disroot.org within the cloud interface. You can now easily work on your document and once you're done, use the red icon on your right to close it. All changes are written the moment you start typing so there is no need to save the file before hand. Since the file lives in the web, you can come back to it any time you want.
Sharing pads with other disroot users is the same as sharing normal files. Click on "sharing" icon and select with whom you want to share the file with. Note: Using public link will not work as easy since these are not normal files.
In order to share with someone outside disroot cloud, you should share the actual link to the pad. You can do it by opening your pad in the browser and hovering above it's name. You will see the actual link to the pad, which you can then copy and send it to anyone you wish to share the pad with.
It is impossible to delete pads. Once created they stay online. In fact anyone who could guess the url could look it up. That's why disroot cloud's plugin creates links to your pads using random strings instead of the name you specify when creating the file. In that way the links to the pads are impossible to guess making them safe from anyone but you and users you share the pads with.