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-====== CodiMD ====== 
-CodiMD (https://​pad.gwdg.de) is an alternative solution to Etherpad, providing the possibility to collaboratively edit documents in real time. 
-This allows users to create so called notes and to share and edit them via a web browser. 
-The '​MD'​ in the name stands for MarkDown - a beginner friendly language for formatting (web) documents. 
-Some importants hints and functionality concerning the use of CodiMD are listed on this page.  
-In case of further questions or issues, don't hesitate to contact us via codimd@gwdg.de or support@gwdg.de. 
-==== Important information ==== 
-Per default, all notes in CodiMD are readable and writeable for each user if they have the link to it.  
-As soon as a person knows the URL to a note, whose permissions are set to '​FREELY',​ he or she can read and edit/delete the contents of it. 
-Sensitive data should, therefore, not be stored in CodiMD. 
-However, the permissions can be changed by selecting the dropdown menu with the text '​FREELY'​ on the top right of the preview window. 
-A detailed description of the permissions can be found at https://​pad.gwdg.de/​features#​Permissions. 
-**Deletion of all notes:** 
-All notes will be deleted after 6 months of inactivity! ​ 
-Therefore, CodiMD is not meant to be a long term storage for data. 
-This is a precaution to prevent the number of inactive pads increasing massively over time. 
-==== Conditions of use ==== 
-In order to use CodiMD you need a web browser with an internet connection. 
-Additionally,​ everyone who wants to create notes needs a user account at the GWDG. 
-If you want to create a new account to be able to use CodiMD, you can register for free via https://​www.gwdg.de/​registration. 
-Before creating a note one needs to log in by clicking on 'Sign in' and then on 'Sign in via SAML'. 
-Editing notes, if the URL to it is known, is possible without a user account. 
-==== Functionality ==== 
-CodiMD provide a large variety of different useful functionalities. 
-A current listing can be found at https://​pad.gwdg.de/​features - example code can easily be copied and modified for your own projects. 
-Some of the most important features at a glance: 
-  * MarkDown: allows text formatting using simple commands, a small cheat sheet can be found at the '?'​ button on the top left, CodiMD also uses     auto completion to assist you further 
-  * Different views: only text field, text field and preview, and only preview 
-  * Permissions:​ per default, everyone can read and write to notes if he or she knows the URL (!), but this setting can be changed by clicking '​FREELY'​ on the top right of the preview window (more details to the permissions at https://​pad.gwdg.de/​features#​Permissions) 
-  * Export of documents: select the desired format in the menu bar on the top right below '​Download'​ 
-  * Embedding resources: images, PDFs, slides, videos, mathematical formulas, many types of diagrams and much more can be embedded (see /features) 
-  * Slide Mode: Editing of slide shows, visit https://​pad.gwdg.de/​slide-example?​both for an example 
-  * Publishing notes: independently of the permissions,​ one can publish a note and create a new link to a read only preview version 
-==== Differences to Etherpad ==== 
-Here is a small comparison between Etherpad and CodiMD in case you used Etherpad before: 
-  * CodiMD only allows to create new notes (equivalent of pads in Etherpad) with a GWDG user account 
-  * Setting the permissions of notes allows to set read/write access individually for each note 
-  * Support of Markdown for formatting