For several years Ephox provided our enterprise HTML text editor Textbox.io Cloud API to beta users for free. It was a wonderful opportunity for developers to use an enterprise-grade editor in their applications while we learned whether there was enough interest to accelerate investment in a cloud solution.
At the same time we also continued to deliver our Open Source editor TinyMCE to thousands of developers freely via our CDN. In fact, since updating and re-launching the CDN last year we’ve seen massively increased adoption of the service. We’re already receiving billions of hits per annum and the growth isn’t slowing down.
Textbox.io Cloud API End of Life
Which is why we decided to deprecate the beta Textbox.io Cloud API and focus our attention on building a version of TinyMCE in the cloud. (We’ll make a lot of noise about this exciting TinyMCE development closer to launch.)
With delivery of TinyMCE via our CDN rapidly growing, with TinyMCE gaining more of Textbox.io’s features over time and with TinyMCE Cloud on the horizon, the Textbox.io Cloud API will be shut down, effective June 8th.
Textbox.io Cloud to TinyMCE migration
We have three simple migration options for all of our Textbox.io Cloud API beta users:
- If you’re happy with Textbox.io you can easily download the Textbox.io SDK to host the files on your own servers.
- If you prefer a cloud-type deployment, you can integrate a world-class rich-text editor with minimal hassle by switching to TinyMCE hosted on a content delivery network.
- TinyMCE Cloud will be released soon with a range of enterprise features including paste from Word with images, advanced table creation, spell check as-you-type and our updated accessibility checker. See our enterprise page for more information about advanced TinyMCE features and/or reach out to our sales team via the links on the same page.
No impact on Textbox.io SDK customers
This change relates to Textbox.io’s Cloud API only. Textbox.io SDK customers will not be impacted in any way. In fact, development of Textbox.io continues as we port many of the most popular EditLive! features to Textbox.io.
Textbox.io Cloud v. TinyMCE Cloud
We acknowledge there are some features in Textbox.io that aren’t yet available in TinyMCE. Over time TinyMCE will gain Textbox.io Cloud API’s best features and will ultimately greatly exceed the current features in either product.
Our development team has already made significant progress in this task and work continues in our R&D centers in Sweden and Australia. TinyMCE keeps on getting better: more stable, better documented with advanced features released regularly.
So there really isn’t a “versus” here. Delivery of TinyMCE via a cloud offering is the future for seamless, global delivery of content editing solutions to developers around the world.
The Textbox.io Cloud team thank all of our Cloud API beta users for your support and we look forward to welcoming you to the TinyMCE family.