It's really hard to surprise me with software. I rarely let go a sonic "wow" when I see something new, unless it's really amazing. The iPhone and its Application Store made me say "wow". Pencil, the extension to Firefox that won the Extend Firefox 3 prize, made me say "wow". A web site allowing to see a remote windows desktop and share data made me say "wow".

I spent most of the last eighteen years of my life working on editors. Markup editors, content editors, source editors. Editors. And a few days ago came Bespin. So I looked at it with a sharp eye, took my time to forge an opinion. And that opinion is the following one : WOW.

A text editor entirely built on canvas is not only a true piece of art, but also a breakthrough in our UI world. If you think you heard me think "disruptive innovation", you are right. Bespin and its canvas-based editor are going to change the way we see editors on one hand, canvas and HTML on the other. I hope the canvas-based text editor in Bespin is going to become a standalone "embeddable" component of its own, with a clean and complete API. In other words, a Mozilla product, Bespin being another Mozilla product built ontop of it.

Ok, ok, it's only a 0.1.1 :-) But it's so promising that I have to repeat it: WOW.

So my sincere congrats to the authors. You rock.


1. On Wednesday 18 February 2009, 10:59 by pse

https://bespin.mozilla.com ?

2. On Wednesday 18 February 2009, 13:21 by Mike

A web site allowing to see a remote windows desktop and share data made me say "It is not secure"!

3. On Wednesday 18 February 2009, 17:09 by Ben Galbraith

Daniel, thanks very much for the kind words. We actually wanted to reach out to you pre-launch to talk about how Bespin might dovetail with some of your work... we should talk soon!



4. On Wednesday 18 February 2009, 17:10 by Dion Almaer


We are keen followers of your blog and work over the years and highly respect you.

Thus, when we saw your thoughts here we felt very humbled indeed.

It is definitely a 0.1.1 and has a long way to go, but we are very jazzed to see the response from the community and see people participate.



5. On Wednesday 18 February 2009, 17:10 by Ben Galbraith

Oh, and yes, we very much want to facilitate folks embedding just the canvas editor into other projects.