Monday, March 12, 2018

Voice Typing is now available in ConstEdit 1.2

Voice Typing is the major feature of this upgrade. 

  • A new button is added to the editor toolbar to start / stop Voice Typing. You also select your spoken language here for the speech recognition. 
  • Note that you may be prompted with a message to grant permission to the extension for accessing your microphone. 
  • The Voice Typing capability is enabled by a speech recognition service of Google Inc, which requires an internet connection to work with. Voice Typing works only when your web-browser is connected to the internet.
  • The list of languages is retrieved from your setup in Chrome > Settings > Advanced > Languages. Make sure that you have set up your preferred languages properly so that your choice of spoken languages appears in the list.
  • The recognized text is inserted at the current input position of the document. Note that the maximum duration of a voice typing session is approximately 5 minutes. The session will end by itself when the maximum duration is reached or when no speech is detected. 

Other changes of this release :

  • Fixed : Remove Table Column now handles jagged tables correctly.
  • Fixed : Paste Plain Text no longer trims away leading and trailing white-spaces from the pasted text.
  • Fixed : Options Page of the extension is now scrollable in Chrome version 65.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Happy Chinese New Year and the next update

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous year of the dog. 祝所有人狗年進步。

Coming soon in the next update of ConstEdit is Voice Typing functionality. Please stay tuned if you are interested in this capability.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ConstEdit 1.1 is here

ConstEdit v1.1 is implemented earlier than initially expected, before instead of after Chinese New Year. Here is the changelog :

  • New : relative url's are now supported. An on-request conversion option is provided to convert all url's in the current document to absolute or relative selectively, with respect to the url of the document.
    • Only the "src" and "href" element attributes are converted; url's in inline styles and in <style> elements are ignored because ConstEdit does not support any functionality to input such url's. 
    • Note that new url's, e.g. url's in newly inserted images and links, are all inserted as absolute by ConstEdit. 
  • New : a new option to cycle through title-case, upper-case, and lower-case is added with shortcut key ctrl+shift+f3.
  • Changed : the performance of auto-convert actions during edit is improved. Note that when the auto-convert mapping is changed in the Options Page, the changes in the mapping are not reflected in already-opened documents immediately; the changes will become effective only after the document is reopened. 
  • Changed : the Sections Structure Dialog button is now more prominent; its tooltip is changed to make it more clear that it is used for adding and removing sections. 
  • Changed : shortcut keys ctrl+] and ctrl+[ are added for Paragraph Indent / Outdent. 
  • Changed : shortcut keys ctrl+shift+] and ctrl+shift+[ are added for Move Paragraph Down / Up.
  • Fixed : the first edit action after performing a Save did not trigger the display of the "modified" indicator on the web-browser tab; subsequent edit actions are all ok. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Next Update

The next update of ConstEdit is planned to be after the Lunar New Year, i.e. towards the end of February. The major change in this update will be the support of converting links in an html document to relative or absolute url's. Hope that the new feature will be useful to you.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Corrections To Our Claim About Compatible Devices

Compatibile Devices of ConstEdit

Formerly, we believed that Google Chrome extensions can be installed on all versions of Chrome, including the mobile version. We therefore claimed that ConstEdit is compatible with Android and other mobile devices operating systems. We made a big mistake here. Google Chrome extensions in fact cannot be installed on mobile devices. ConstEdit can be installed only if you have a desktop version of Google Chrome web browser. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our incorrect information.

All wordings in this website and in the ConstEdit User Guide have been corrected accordingly.

ConstEdit 1.0.1

A new version of ConstEdit, bundled with the corrected User Guide, is issued. You can download it for a trial at our page in the Chrome Web Store.

Monday, October 30, 2017

ConstEdit extension is launched

ConstEdit has been rewritten as a Google Chrome web browser extension. You can now use ConstEdit on almost all operating systems, whether it be Windows, Linux or Android, with almost any devices, as long as you have Google Chrome web browser already installed on your device. 

Free Trial PeriodConstEdit is no longer freeware. You have a 31-days free trial period, during which you have full access to all functionality provided by the word processor. After that, you have to pay for a Full License in order to continue to perform the Save action. Please go to the Download page to see more details on the arrangement, and for the links to the ConstEdit page in Chrome Web Store. The old standalone freeware version of the software is still available for download from the Download page. 

Function-wise the ConstEdit extension is not much different from the old version. A brief comparison is nevertheless shown here for your reference :

  • ConstEdit extension is not dependent on Windows operating system and on the Microsoft .Net Framework.
  • Editing of plain text files is no longer supported. Only html documents can be edited with ConstEdit extension. 
  • These html editing functions are no longer supported : word count, drag-and-drop-copy of section in Sections Structure Dialog, rectangular table cell selection, resizer to resize images/tables by dragging, relative links.
  • File IO is more clumsy due to more security & privacy restrictions, as a result of working on a web-browser platform; you actually have even more data security and privacy protection than before. Please see the Limitations page for more details. 
  • New style properties are supported (column-count, vertical text, max-width), while some are taken away (background image style properties); the bundled stylesheets are newly designed.
  • Technically the new ConstEdit has a much cleaner code base and much simpler design than before, which means hopefully less prone to programming errors.
  • The new ConstEdit is more responsive in terms of performance. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New ConstEdit Is Almost There

The rewriting of ConstEdit as a Google Chrome web browser extension is at its very final stage. Everything of the new editor is working well so far. Internally we are already using it for our own documentation. Hopefully, you will see ConstEdit appearing in the Chrome Web Store listing within one month's time. 

Thank you again for your very kind patience.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Progress Update

We are more or less working in accordance with our initial schedule for the rewriting of ConstEdit as a Google Chrome extension. In other words, it would take about two more months for us to deliver the new ConstEdit. Here is a screenshot of the work in progress.

ConstEdit extension in development within Google Chrome

In the mean time,  please have a test drive with the standalone version of ConstEdit which can be downloaded from the Download page.

Thank you for your kind patience.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ConstEdit Being Rewritten As An Extension of Google Chrome Web-Browser

Further to our decision to abandon the Firefox rendering engine of Mozilla Foundation, we have made up our mind to jump ship to the Google Chrome web browser. ConstEdit is now being re-written as a Chrome extension, rather than as a standalone program like it has been previously.

The goal of the initial implementation would be to preserve as much functionality and convenience as possible, when compared with the original standalone version. You can expect documents produced by the current version of the editor be fully supported in the future version, as both are using exactly the same html5 format, which is standard across all modern web browsers.

With the present progress, it may be expected that the extension be ready in about four months' time. For the time being, please have a test drive with the standalone version of ConstEdit which can be downloaded from the Download page above.