Write as blocks in an encrypted collaborative environment

For WordCamp Europe Online Contributor Day, I’ve prepared a post to onboard new contributors. I’ve used notion.so for this. It’s great software, but a friend of mine rightfully commented about it being a missed opportunity to use Gutenberg.

What if you could

  • open your browser,
  • type a URL,
  • and immediately start typing in Gutenberg.

and when you’re ready to share your content, click a button and send the sharing link to your collaborators.

  • the content will be encrypted,
  • only your collaborators will be able to read it,
  • even the web application’s server can’t decrypt it

then, you can work on the content live with your collaborators and potentially persist it to the cloud once done.

This is exactly what my new side project is about. Try it for yourself: https://asblocks.com.

Supported features

It’s still a young project but already packed with features

  • End-2-end Encryption.
  • Live collaboration/editing.
  • Read-only link.
  • Dark Mode.
  • Supports almost 30 Gutenberg blocks.
  • Cloud persistence.

Next features on the roadmap include:

  • Comments.
  • Live Chat.
  • Selection/Caret indicators.
  • Document outline, counts.
  • Local save button.
  • Local storage persistence.

Notes

  • The live collaboration conflict may contain some small bugs for the moment.
  • This is inspired by excalidraw (Similar idea applied to diagrams).

And WordPress

As you might already know, one of the next phases of the WordPress Gutenberg project is to bring collaborative editing to Core. AsBlocks is an important step in our journey to understand live-collaboration and bring it to Core. A WordPress plugin based on AsBlocks’s technology is also on the radar.

Open-source

Last but not least, it’s GPL same as WordPress and you can help shape the project on the Github repository.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

One response to “Write as blocks in an encrypted collaborative environment”

  1. Jake Hawkes says:

    So amazing! I love Notion so much and Gutenberg can be Notion…The drag and drop directory/folders in Notion are AMAZEBALLZ as well.

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