It is with much sadness (well… not really) that Ephox has today officially moved EditLive! for Windows into End Of Live status.  This is the product that really got the company started; back before JavaScript editors existed, at a time when Internet Explorer 4 was taking over the world.

I spent my first 4 years at Ephox working on it, but eventually the value offering of the free editors started growing exponentially (mostly because more browsers offered free editor components) and our little ActiveX product, while an awesome editor, wasn’t making very many friends.

Here’s a bit of trivia – the naming history of ELW:

  • Ezesite – original product back before the company was called Ephox
  • EditLive! – A better product name chosen when the company name changed
  • EditLive! for PC – when EditLive! for Java started to take off we didn’t want the old editor sounding like our main product
  • EditLive! for Windows – because EditLive! for PC wasn’t technically correct as Macs became more popular.  It held this name for so long that we still call it ELW.
  • EditLive! ActiveX SDK – when ELJ took over as primary product and inherited the “EditLive!” name, it was time to start hiding the old editor in the corner πŸ˜‰

It is a little bit sad because the first commercial product I ever worked on has now been EOL’d and in 18 months (end of 2008) it will no longer be supported.  On the other hand it’s been over two years since the last release, and later this year will mark 2 years since I migrated to ELJ development (which was the end of development activity on ELW).

In some ways we should have done this a long time ago, but we’ve been slowly migrating customers for a while and still fully supporting the product.  The biggest holdup was actually finding the time for me to write the migration documentation – which I’m quite proud of, it took many hours and dug up all the old corners of my codebase knowledge πŸ™‚

For a bit of nostalgia, try the demo – note that lately the browser support has shrunk to IE only and it doesn’t work on Vista πŸ˜‰


[update] Andrew Roberts, now our CEO, pointed out that EditLive! started back in 1999 and the original name was actually Ezesite πŸ™‚