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We've just begun a beta test period for our new text capsule editor. In order to participate, select Text Editor Version 3 on your profile settings (you can always go back to version 2 if you have problems with version 3).
In addition to being based on a bit faster and more stable version of tinymce, we've added several new features:
HTML Editor - This won't let you use any tags or script that you couldn't use before, but you can now directly edit the HTML in your capsules. For those of you that are a bit familiar with HTML, this should make it easier to get the formatting exactly the way you want it.
Enhanced Linking - In the link popup you can now easily link to any of your own hubs by just selecting from a drop down list.
Auto save - The current state of your capsule will be saved every couple of minutes. If your browser crashes or some other disaster strikes, you should be able to recover without losing too much of what you've written.
Network Status Light - There is a green light that indicates whether your connection to the HubPages servers appears to be intact. If this goes red, you may want to cut and paste any of your work out of the capsule in case it can't be saved.
Please let us know if you have any problems using the new editor (include the browser and version you are using please), or suggestions. If you think it's just fantastic, you should let Larry know, he did most of the work on this.
Liking the sound of this! autosave is a great idea and the drop menu on the linking feature is a godsend! (but does it insert the monitize token?)
No it doesn't. We've never explicitly prohibited using tokens in links within hubs, but the intent of those is to reward people that help bring in new visitors from outside of HubPages or that help convert casual visitors to publishers. Therefore we're not going build them into features that are for internal linking.
yea! Preformatted text such as code snippets had been a nightmare.
What I really hate is that extra window to paste text. Has that gone away yet? That is a dog!
Ooooooooohhhhh, can't wait to play with all the new toys!
Good. I will try this new text capsule editor Version 3 and compare with the text capsule editor Version 2.
And is there any possibility that one day we shall have an editor that will handle simple tables?
Ooops Sorry for that.
Now this is a smart move and a nice change for all us hubbers. HTML was badly needed.
You rock. I'm especially excited about linking to my own other Hubs. I'll be curious to see the order in which that list pops up!
Cool. does that mean we can add color to the text? or center it within the capsule? what exactly are the html limitations?
Cool, I just switched over to the 3 and can't wait to play with it. thanks
I just posted a blog entry that includes screen shots and details about the new text editor:
You got to love new things. Especially when they're an improvement. And to think, It cost me NOTHING !!!! OMGAWD, it's a royal "win-win-win" kind of thing. So yea, give it here, and thanks.
Thanks! I wanna go play! I'm really excited about the link/dropdown menu.
I really wanted to like the new text editor but found it way too buggy. (I'm on a Mac using Firefox 3). The editor wouldn't allow me to bold anything. Sometimes it would freeze up and not let me type. The cut and/or paste sometimes didn't work. When I tried to highlight text to make a bullet list it bulleted the first and list lines but not the middle ones.
I really like the new features. I'm going back to the old editor and will try the new one again once some of the kinks are worked out.
Good luck with it!
Hi SpotCoolStuff.com, I wanted to let you know that we fixed your issue this morning. Selection across paragraphs should now work.
When you have a chance, please try it out and let us know if your issue is fixed.
Wow! I never expected you/hubpages to be so responsive. Could you please start working in the customer service department of, well, every company I'm a customer of?
As for the new editor:
* The selecting across multiple paragraphs now seems to work! Thanks.
* Like others, I'm still not able to bold. It initially seems like I can but if I leave the hub (ie. click "done editing") and then return to editing the bold is gone.
* The problems I had with the freezing happened infrequently. I'll have to do more than play around with the editor for a few minutes to see if it is fixed. That problem seemed to be tied to the cut & paste so hopefully it was fixed with the muliple paragraph issues.
Thanks for reporting this issue. I investigated the issue and you are correct, there seems to a problem with the selection across multiple paragraphs.
We will work to get the issue fixed as soon as we can.
Cool! I am off to bed at the moment, but will look forward to playing around with these tomorrow!
"Enhanced Linking - In the link popup you can now easily link to any of your own hubs by just selecting from a drop down list."
Ok so I have probs here.
There is a drop down or pop up for linking in the text editor, but it is shaded and unresponsive.
I am using Firefox 2 I guess.
What am I doing wrong?
Based on your description, it doesn't sound like you are doing anything wrong. If there is a green circle at the bottom and you don't have too many browser windows open, then I would try a shift+refresh.
If that doesn't work, please let me know.
The only problem that I have found with the new editor is trying to make words bold. It changes them to "bold" when you select them, but when you use "Done editing", the words revert back to normal. I was just trying to make the beginning word bold and not the entire hub. I am using Firefox 2. I switched back to the old editor and it worked fine.
Thanks very much for reporting this. I will look into the issue to see what's up.
A few other thoughts on the new editor:
I'd love not to see that "All pasted content will be automatically cleaned up. Click OK to proceed." message every time I paste. Could you give a "Don't display this message again" option on that? Maybe it is the scatter shot way I write but I'm constantly cutting and pasting. Usually, I'm cutting from one capsule and pasting that text into another (so there's nothing to clean up). Maybe the PC people are used to having to manually approve such little actions but it makes the Mac person in me a little crazy.
What do you think of adding a simple line capsule? A lot of the hubs I write (and I'm not alone in this) are multi-part. It is useful to be able to have a line separating them. Current I do this by uploading a line graphic (see an example in the hub linked below) but that's not so efficient.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Sexual--Erotic- … us-Museums
Just my two cents. Thanks again,
Thanks for the comments. I agree with you that the cut-and-paste alert is a bit much. I'll add it to our queue to make it optional or remove it.
I agree that it might be useful to have a horizontal line that can be added into text. I'll add this to our list of features that we are considering.
Thanks for all the hard work, Larry!
I have run into a couple of issues:
1. Like others, I cannot get "bold" or "strong" to work.
2. Italics won't work from the toolbar, and are not listed among the permitted HTML codes.
These features are always a work in progress. Thanks for making them happen.
Can I use a copyscape icon on my pages? Is it possible and permitted?
Why would you use copy-scape icons? When the pages can`t be protected ?
So far, I really enjoy the new text editor. I especially like that I can see whether or not the server is responding. I haven't run into any bugs, yet, and I'm thrilled that even with the bug-latent Firefox 3.0, it seems to work a lot better than the glitchy old text editor.
Aaaahh, so that's it. (So many browsers ...) Looking forward to the fix, when it can happen. Many thanks!
I wanted to let you know that bold and italics have now been fixed for Firefox. The fix went out last night.
Please keep the comments and feedback coming on the new text editor. :-)
Thanks Larry!!!! Bold seems to work fine now in Firefox 3.
I'm still having a few issues involving cutting & pasting text. Usually these seem random but I just found one I was able to replicate:
When I have a text capsule open, then copy some text from the capsule, then paste it onto the end of the capsule, then push the space bar the cursor suddly flies up to the top of the text box.
Does that make sense?
I've experienced the cursor flying to the top of the text capsule other times, too, but not in ways I was able to reproduce.
Hope that helps,
Not knowing the technical differences between all those browsers and platforms available, I was wondering if it's possible to optimize HubPages for a generic standard? I have used Apple Safari on a PC and currently am using Google Chrome on a PC, but in order to publish new hubs or edit existing ones, I am forced to revert to IE, because editing in the other browsers simply doesn't work.
As for the new version of the text editor, I have changed my profile settings and am looking forward to using this new functionality. From what I read it seems like a real improvement. Nice work!
Thanks for the comments on the text editor. :-)
We do not yet support Safari or Chrome but we are actively looking into it. For now, it is recommended that you use IE or Firefox with the text editor.
Hats off for those internet 'standards' Why do we even have this W3C html-standard if everybody seems to want to deviate from it anyway? Not that you can do anything about that, Larry, I know
If you have to set priorities, might I suggest to support Chrome first?
Yes, this is great work, i have just switched to the text editor 3 and done some experiments
I hope you have no plans to eliminate Version 2, which I have no trouble using. I may never be able to use the new HTML feature. The Enhanced Linking and AutoSave features seem easy to handle. Is it possible to use the Enhanced Linking and Auto Save from Version 3 and then go back to using Version 2?
Hi William F. Torpey,
You can switch back and forth between Version 3 and Version 2 so it will work fine to do enhanced linking in version 3 and then switch to Version 2.
Autosave will only work when you are using Version 3. The new HTML feature is optional so even with Version 3 you don't have to use it if you don't want.
Version 3 right now is an early release. The long term goal is to replace Version 2 but we won't do this until we feel that Version 3 works as well or better than Version 2.
I'm not sure if you realize this, but you are not forced to use HTML on Version 3. You can still format the normal way. For those who do wish to use HTML, you can actually hit the "HTML editor" button on the text capsule and input your code (supported tags only) there.
Thank you kindly, as I have been surfing, learning and pondering the best 'hub' material to write on, I found this exciting for my endeavors.
sharing the light,
Miss Erica Hidvegi
Thank you Larry and Maddie for your very helpful information. It's very reassuring. I commend all of you in management for the rapid-fire improvements you've been making on HubPages.
I try spell checking my coments in the new text editor but a box keep popping up requesting that I type in the url of the spell checker but I cannot find the area to type it in.I thing the other one was easier will some one please help I am a lousy speller
Thanks for reporting this.
The fix for the spelling checker should be out by the end of the week. I will send out a post here when the fix has been pushed out to HubPages.
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