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Content Editor like Microsoft Word!

  • Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    Hi,

    Josh Lobe here. Developer of the Ultimate Tinymce plugin for WordPress.

    I am working on a new interface for the content editor which mimics the Microsoft Word editor. It is not identical… by heavy Microsoft Word users should definitely see some similarities.

    Here is a link running the demo:
    http://tinysap.joshlobe.com/

    I’m wondering how this would be accepted into the WordPress community. If anyone cares to take a few moments, I would certainly appreciate some feedback and constructive criticism.

    Thanks!!

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  • I kind of like it. I am not a microsoft type of person but I can see this being a big hit for the normal user.

    I bet it’s a huge hit with non-technical users.

    Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    Would you still use it if you couldn’t re-arrange the buttons?

    A big hit of Ultimate Tinymce, is being able to select which buttons are shown, and which are not.

    In this example… everything would be hard-coded… so it would always look like that.

    But, there are a few advantages… such as working with the “Source” tab… it applies your changes “Real-Time”.

    Personally? I just do everything in the html tab.

    I don’t see being unable to rearrange the buttons being a big deal but the real time updates would be pretty cool.

    Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    Personally? I just do everything in the html tab.

    Me too. And yet, I develop a plugin only used on the visual side of the editor.. lol.

    Well, thanks for the feedback. I do agree with Justin as well, and think non-techies will like it. It also has node changes, which will activate a separate tab when certain elements are selected.

    Much work to do… but wanted to see if it was worth the time investment 🙂

    Thanks guys!!

    I had a cursory look. I like it very much though I generally and mainly use only HTML editors.

    I will leisurely have a look and see what more MS Word users may be looking for in such an editor. And also, if I find anything lacking as I have been using the MS product for long, again though for certain purposes only. So, I hope, if I revisit this page and post here, it will be helpful.

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    Wow – that is totally cool, Josh! (And I’m not a visual editor person at all either – and, in fact, not a huge fan of Word either – LOL!)

    But I agree that there are lots of people who would LOVE it – we’re forever getting people around here who can’t understand why they cannot use Word and claim that’s the only way they can do it, etc.

    Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    So, I hope, if I revisit this page and post here, it will be helpful.

    Yes, please. Thank you, Krishna!! I will certainly be monitoring this thread.. accepting as much feedback as I can get 🙂

    @wpyogi… Thanks!! Thank you very much 🙂 That’s what I was looking to hear. It’s hard to remember what it was like using the editor for the first time… lol.

    Hi Josh, I’m really excited about this! It’s such a good idea to resolve the very real conflict of UI components that inexperienced users endure when switching from Microsoft Word to WordPress.

    Are you planning to release this freely? Your contributions are already invaluable. Perhaps you’ll be knighted.

    Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    Lol… Andrew, my friend… you certainly know how to bring a smile to ones face!!

    Well, I’ve been kicking this around for a while…

    1. Do I release it completely open-source (free)
    2. Do I release a “stripped-down” version.. still very functional.. with an option to upgrade
    3. Do I only release it as a premium addon

    I don’t like option 3. It needs to be “accepted” first. Which leads me to option 2.

    But, the beauty of it is that it can be used in any environment. So, it’s not strictly “bound” to WP. Which would lead me towards option 1.

    It has a lot of potential across many different applications.

    What would you do??

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    How about a 4. make millions! LOL!

    I almost hate to ask, but are there any IP issues with MS?

    Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    Lol.. millions?? It has eluded me for years 😉

    I’m not sure I follow about IP issues with MS. What do you mean?

    I would usually go for option 1, but I have seen people’s lack of empathy for the hard work that goes into making a plugin. So there’s a risk you won’t get donations.

    2. Sounds feasible, but if you’re not going to bound it to WordPress, you’ll have to strip it down for other environments too. May take a bit of extra effort.

    I would go for option 1 because I’d want to be the owner of the most downloaded plugin on WordPress.

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    Just whether Microsoft has trademark, patents or copyrights on the “look” and “Word” that might be relevant – I dunno, but probably worth looking into it a bit. (Ugh…)

    Josh

    @josh401

    Moderator and Editor Customizer

    Just whether Microsoft has trademark, patents or copyrights on the “look” and “Word” that might be relevant – I dunno, but probably worth looking into it a bit. (Ugh…)

    Ahh yes. What, you think ‘ole Bill would want to hinder a competitors progress??

    I would go for option 1 because I’d want to be the owner of the most downloaded plugin on WordPress.

    🙂 Agreed. I think this is what I will do. However, it just occurred to me that this would be a direct competitor of my own PRO version of Ultimate Tinymce.. lol. It’s a conundrum 😉

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