Snaplive is a brand-new web editor that you can use to create and edit great-looking websites without knowing any programming.
Snaplive lets you edit your page without going to a separate admin page: instead, all content is edited directly on the actual website. Creating pages, and adding and editing content is super-intuitive, and you can see the finished product as you change things around, saving you lots of time.
You can add any kind of content, including formatted text, images, and more. Snaplive is also highly extensible, so basically you can make it anything you want.
Snaplive can be installed on top of any existing website or theme, by simply adding a HTML5 attribute to the area of the page that you want to make editable.
If you use WordPress, you can install Snaplive on top of it, and use Snaplive's cool features—like editing from the front page—while at the same time keeping WordPress. Since Snaplive keeps everything syncronized, you can switch between using WordPress and Snaplive as you please, and even use both at the same time.
Once complete, Snaplive will be released as free and open source software, under the very permissive MIT license.Snaplive features in-context editing , meaning that adding pages and editing content happens on top of the actual website. This avoids having to keep an admin panel open in another window, and most importantly it lets you see the finished product as you’re working on it.
↑ editing content with Snaplive (toolbar closed)
↑ editing content with Snaplive (toolbar open)
In addition to in-context editing, there are many innovative features that will make your life easier. You can drag&drop content such as images, text and more directly onto the page. Snaplive will automatically generate and integrate the content for you: it will create a picture if you dropped a single image, a gallery if you dropped multiple images, and a text block if you dropped selected text or a text file.
Snaplive was designed to make life easier for developers and designers. It’s easy to transform any existing website or theme into a Snaplive-powered site: it only takes a couple of minutes to install, and integrating it into any template or layout is a matter of adding a few HTML5 attributes, a 2-minutes job.
One of Snaplive’s coolest features is WordPress integration. If you have a WordPress website you can install Snaplive on top of it and use the two simultaneously. You can use Snaplive to edit WordPress pages using in-context editing. Since Snaplive keeps all pages and content synchronized, you or other editors can even switch between using the two as you please, as well as use both of them at the same time.
↑ using Snaplive to edit content on a WordPress blog
It has been a lot of work during the past 7 months, and currently there is a working proof of concept. A restricted group of testers has already tried it, and they loved it!
Now, we need to go from proof of concept to a bug-free open source application that anyone can use.
To reach this goal, we have identified two phases.
The first phase is to debug what we currently have, and build a working demo for anyone to try. This is what we are focusing on right now and what we need your help with!
The next phase will be to perfect it, and build the infrastructure to release it open source.
Phase 1 is important, as besides debugging and cleaning up the code we would implement a few awesome features that didn't make it into the software, yet.
Help us fund development
We need your help to be able to work on Snaplive full time for a few months.
After that we will publish a demo on our website, to show everyone what Snaplive can do, as well as gather feedback.
In this phase, funders will also get a copy of the source code to play with.
You can help bring Snaplive to life, so that everyone can use it when it's released open source.
The goal of this campaign is being able to support 2 months of development, with a team of at least 2 freelance developers. In addition, we would put some resources into promotion and keeping the service up until January.
Here is a breakdown of the expenses—$9,500
- $8,500: freelance developers x 2 months
- $500: marketing and promotion x 5 months (until January)
- $500: hosting expenses x 5 months (until January)
Clearly, most of the money would go towards development.
Niccolò Brogi is a web developer and entrepreneur based in Florence, Italy, and is the founder and lead developer of Snaplive.
Although having a business administration background—acquired at an American college—he's been focusing on web software for almost 10 years, with his first client website completed while attending college.
He has worked as a freelance web consultant since 2004, and and has curated or lead a variety of projects for mid-sized to big Italian and foreign companies.
As a web consultant, he has developed three website editors, for three different design firms, that are still used by some of the most important companies in Italy. His software is also found in government projects, including one for the Italian Parliament.
If successful, the campaign will allow hiring top-notch developers that will have make Snaplive great.
In this few months there has been a growing interest in the project, and many developers have expressed their desire to participate. Unfortunately, many things need to be done before any software is released open source and/or people can participate, which in our case will be done right after our public demo. Once open source, we expect many developers to join the project and contribute with their skills and ideas.
We are very grateful to anyone who will help, and even the smallest contribution is greately appreciated.
Of course, there are some cool perks for those who contribute, including our favorite "Illuminati" package, which includes exclusive access to our secret development blog, with pictures and articles of programming the releases and—most importantly—access to the software before everyone else.
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