Happy 2019 to the Tiny community! We look forward to a full year of delivering excellent rich text editing to developers, designers and content creators.
We were busy at the end of 2018 and today, we’re happy to announce the addition of multiuser support and a maximum image dimension to Tiny Drive, the introduction of a Format Painter plugin, and the progression of TinyMCE 5 from Beta to Release Candidate. The TinyMCE 5 Release Candidate also includes two new premium plugins — Permanent Pen and Page Embed — and an update to the Word Count plugin.
Tiny Drive gets multiuser and maximum image size options
Drive is the easiest way to add image uploading to TinyMCE and it now has the option to define a custom rootpath. If you are implementing Drive in a setting where there are multiple end users or organizations to whom you wish to grant different levels of access, the custom root path configuration option enables you to do just that. For example, if you are a software company and you want each of your customers to be able to only access their own files.
This Drive update also introduces an option to set a maximum image dimension on any uploaded files. Setting a max image dimension will prevent large images from running on your application and introducing latency. Instead, those large images will be scaled down proportionally, and allow your application to run smoothly.
New Format Painter plugin
A popular word processor feature and long-standing request from the TinyMCE community, the Format Painter plugin is now available for TinyMCE v4. It is available as part of our Pro subscription.
If you are a current subscriber to our Pro plan, you now have access to Format Painter. Find out how to add Format Painter to your editor in the documentation. And if you’re not yet a Pro customer, you should learn about the benefits of the Pro subscription!
TinyMCE 5 Release Candidate
TinyMCE 5 has moved from Beta to first Release Candidate. The release notes have all the relevant updates, but we wanted to highlight that the TinyMCE 5 Release Candidate also enables you to preview two new premium plugins: Permanent Pen and Page Embed.
New Permanent Pen plugin
Permanent Pen enables you to add text in a different color or font from the default font settings so that it stands out from the rest of the document. For example, you would use Permanent Pen in collaborative projects where you want to markup a document with suggested changes or comments. The desired style is defined in the Permanent Pen properties, and then Permanent Pen is enabled via a toolbar button. When Permanent Pen has been toggled on, the style set in the properties will automatically be applied to all text entered in the document. This ability to store information for reuse saves the user time and ensures consistency across the content.
New Page Embed plugin
Page Embed enables an external web page to be embedded in content via an inline frame (
<iframe>) element. The iframe with the embedded webpage can be responsive or restricted to a specific size.
The Permanent Pen and Page Embed documentation contains demos for each plugin. If you’d like to try out these plugins in a development environment, visit the TinyMCE 5 product page to access the cloud code snippet. If you want to try out these premium plugins as part of the TinyMCE 5 download, please contact us.
Updated Word Count plugin
Are you writing a speaking proposal with only 750 characters? Do you need to reword an essay to under 1,000 words? The updated Word Count plugin in TinyMCE 5 now enables character counting (with and without spaces) and counting of words and characters in your selection.
When the Word Count plugin is enabled, a word count appears in the bottom right-hand corner of the status bar. To switch to a character count, simply click the word count. To switch back to a word count, simply click the character count.
A new Word Count dialog is also available to be included in the menu. The dialog shows both word and character counts in both the current selection and the entire document:
Get on board with TinyMCE 5
Thanks to everyone who has tried TinyMCE 5 so far, and if you haven’t tried it out yet, you can find information on how to access the cloud and self-hosted versions on our product page.
Please send us your bug reports, suggestions, or any thoughts about the release candidate via Github. Or if it’s easier, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with “TinyMCE 5 Release Candidate” in the subject line, and we’ll make sure your email gets to the right expert.
Coming in February: update for Comments and Mentions
February will bring an update to Comments with several improvements. Comments will ship with its own comment storage solution, saving the comment text within the content. This change should make Comments more straightforward to implement, as the previous version required users to build their own comment storage solution.
This built-in comment storage solution is the direct result of customer feedback, so thanks to those users who took the time to get in touch with us.
Users will also now see a timestamp on comments, and be able to edit comments, delete individual comments, or delete an individual threaded conversation without deleting all comments. Comments will also invoke a “Show More / Show Less” toggle for any comment text exceeding three lines.
And finally, Mentions will be available to Cloud users on our Pro plan, in addition to our self-hosted users.