Sticky: Main changes in co-ment version 2

If you have used the former version of co-ment®, be prepared for much improvements and going through a discovery phase. To ease your way in this discovery here is a summary of what’s new in co-ment 2:

  • Co-ment 2 PRO is group or organisation-oriented. An instance of the co-ment service is a workspace, where texts can be produced, annotated, revised, and where user rights can be managed globally (for all texts) or text by text. An instance of the service has its own domain name such as instance.co-ment.com.
  • Simple and structured text! The pivot format of co-ment 2 is the simple markdown format, in its extended version pandoc markdown. If you produced text directly on co-ment, you will need to learn to use this very simple format. You will gain a lot from doing so:
    • clean exports to many formats such as OpenDocument, RTF, PDF, HTML or latex, thanks to the pandoc software,
    • better resilience of comments when modifying texts, more informative diffs to compare versions, etc.
      Thanks to this co-ment becomes a credible professional text production tool. However, you are not losing your ability to [link to import text from text processing formats section in FAQ] such as OpenDocument or MSWord, with a much cleaner result than on co-ment 1.
    • Moreover, if you use any text format that can be translated to HTML by software, all you need to integrate it in co-ment is a simple plug-in. We already have included support for the RST format.
  • Simplified interfaces: we have done a great effort to simplify co-ment’s user interfaces for rights management, annotation and revision.
  • A step closer to marginal annotations: in co-ment 1, comments were not displayed in front of the segments of the text to which they apply. This was a break from the relationship between text and annotations that we have found excessive, and we have gone back to this spatial relationship. The consequence is that at a given time only the comments that apply to a segment of the text are displayed. However,to ease the systematic processing of comments, we have made possible to display all comments or to navigate from one comment to another (for instance ordered by recency).
  • A much cleaner relationship between the Web service and the distributed free software. COMT, the free software that powers co-ment is what you need to run one instance of the co-ment service (with adequate libraries installed). This provides you with a stronger guarantee of independence and ability to move your contents to a service which you control.
  • Where has my free-of-charge service gone? In co-ment 1, the free-of-charge service was implemented on the same site than the PRO service, as a quantitatively limited service (limits on number of texts and number of collaborators for private work). In co-ment 2, the free-of-charge service will be operated on a different site. It will not limit your ability to collaborate with as many people as you wish, but rather the limit the time during which you can work on a text. If you want a more perennial, group-oriented service, you will have to subscribe to co-ment 2 Pro, the service operated here. Until the new free-of-charge service is operational, you can still use the free-of-charge facilities of co-ment 1. Migration of contents from co-ment 1 or the new free-of-charge service to co-ment 2 PRO will of course be possible.
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