Web Platform Updates June 2016
This platform release brings you two exciting changes. These are a new, streamlined text editor and a redesigned media manager. Keep reading to learn more about these great new features.
The new text editor gives you the same important features you’re accustomed to with a streamlined design, yet familiar approach to WYSIWYG editing. Here are some important highlights of the editor.
Previously, Design view and Code view were accessed by clicking the corresponding button at the bottom of the text editor. These view are now controlled by a single button on the toolbar. Clicking the code view button once toggles the editor to code view. Clicking the button again returns it to the WYSIWYG view. Code view comes with other awesome new features: syntax highlighting and line numbers.
No More Show More
With the old text editor, the show more/show less button enabled you to expand the toolbar to display all available tools. The new text editor displays all tools from a single toolbar.
The new text editor displays context related toolbars in the editor depending upon the context of the task you are performing. For example, if your document includes an image, when you click the image a small toolbar with image related tools is displayed in the editor.
When you click a link in your text, the link manager toolbar is displayed below the text. This toolbar lets you edit the link or remove it. You still add a new link by clicking the link manager button on the main toolbar.
You can insert a table by clicking the table button on the toolbar and selecting the number of columns and rows. By selecting a cell or cells in the table, you can reveal the table options toolbar.
The Media Manager
The new media manager has a vastly different appearance from the old media manager, while providing you with the same important features, plus some exciting new ones.
As before, the media manager is accessed by clicking one of the media buttons on the text editor toolbar, these include the Image Manager button or the Document Manager button.
More Elbow Room
At first look, you see that the most noticeable change with the media manager is that the window is much larger than the old media manager. This makes for easier navigation and image management. The window layout is familiar with folders on the left side of the window, files in the middle, and file properties on the right side of the window.
Show File Types
One exciting new addition to the media manager, is the option to display files of specified types. With the old manager, the displayed file types were dependent upon how you accessed the media manager. For example, if you clicked the insert image button on the toolbar, then the media manager showed only the image files. The new media manager lets you choose the file types to display by selecting them from the dropdown list at the top of the window.
- Show: All
- Show: Audio
- Show: Documents
- Show: Video
- Show: Images
Drag and Drop to Add Files
To add files with the media manager, you can click the add button and browse to the images you want to upload. This method is similar to the old media manager, but now you have another option for uploading images. Drag and drop! Simply select one or more images on your computer then drag and drop them on the media manager window. This uploads them all to the currently selected folder in the media manager.
To add an image to your text, click the image in the media manager to select it, and the right pane displays the image properties and lets you set the attributes, including SEO related attributes such as title and description and formatting attributes such as height, width, and alignment.
After you set the image properties, simply click the insert button to insert it into your text.
See the following release notes to see what other changes this release includes..
2016.4 Release Notes
- Updated the text editor.
- Updated the media manager.
- Modified iCal feed updates to not overwrite thumbnails and featured images.
- RSS feeds now correctly update.
- The PayPal payment option for the store no longer requires the email address.