Wednesday, January 25
Rough: InnovaEditor, the standard editor we've been using on mee.nu since the beginning, has been end-of-lifed.
Smooth: It's being replaced by InnovaStudio's new Live Editor, which looks awesome.
Smoother: Existing customers get a free license for the new editor.
Rough: The new editor doesn't come with source code, where the old one did.
Rougher: A source code license is $1099.
Roughest: Which goes up to $1500 after Saturday.
Smoothest: They're already working on the features I need, so I don't need to buy the source code license.
InnovaStudio Live Editor and InnovaStudio tech support get the coveted doesn't suck award. Recommended. Just $70 for an unlimited site single developer license.
Updates after the jump.
Update: There are five functions I want to include that require modification:
- Use simple <i> <b> <u> etc rather than <span style=...>. I can implement this server-side with a parser/rewriter routing; ugly, but feasible.
- A real blockquote function. Not sure quite how to do that one.
- Embed pictures from your uploaded files, using the new file browser and formatter, which natively only supports Flickr. This can be done without modifying the editor - they provide sample code.
- The same for videos - it natively supports only Youtube. Harder.
- The same for fonts as well - since we have a nice library of fonts already on mee.nu.
- Switch the standard JQuery lightbox out for a preferred one. That can also be done by fussing with the HTML server-side.
So 1, 3 and 6 can be done without the source. 4 and 5 are nice-to-haves. 2 I really want, and it's supported by the alternate editor (from the Dojo toolkit), but I'm not sure how to achieve it.Update: Ah, they still provide source for the asset managers - the image, video, and font selection popups. That means that the only one I seem to need source for is 2.
Since we already have a [blockquote] tag, I'm not that fussed about this feature, and it may be that I can work out how to implement it based on the font selector - since I have that source and it applies styles to selected text.
Update 3: I got an email back from InnovaStudio. They say no dice on the simple markup (kind of expected; the editor is aimed at producing clean XHTML rather than the lazy semi-valid HTML I generate) , but they will be adding a blockquote button. They're already working on expanding the video selector too. That saves me a thousand bucks, so I'm going to renew my license for another year even though it's not expired yet.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, January 25 2012 10:47 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 25 2012 11:12 AM (PiXy!)
I never use that editor when posting. Just always hit "<>" and type HTML in. Works much better.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wednesday, January 25 2012 12:53 PM (G2mwb)
The new editor gives you a live preview of your HTML as you type, which is pretty neat.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 25 2012 01:22 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Old Grouch at Friday, January 27 2012 06:48 AM (nk1QN)
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