Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
It's been some time since the last update to ConstEdit v1. The forthcoming version will be numbered as version 2. In version 2, we concentrate on the performance with large documents and the compatibility with Windows 7. Here is a preview of what's coming in this new version :
- The underlying rendering engine of the editor will be changed to XULRunner which is the same technology that drives Firefox, instead of Internet Explorer. As a result, you can expect obvious improvements on performance with large documents and much better compatibility with Windows 7. All functionality will be equally available in various Windows versions from Windows 7 upwards. This change of the rendering engine also provides the design framework with much more flexibility to future enhancements.
- A new set of icon graphics will be used; but do not expect a brand new look here.
- The pdf format will be supported in the Export option. This facilitates document sharing by using the most popular format.
- You will be able to select multiple table cells by dragging while holding the left mouse button, much like working with a spreadsheet application.
- Numerous bug-fixing and minor improvements.
With the present progress, it is expected that the new version be ready in about three months' time. For the time being, please have a test drive with the current version of the editor.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
- It has been verified that there is no impact of Windows 8.1 Update to ConstEdit.
- ConstEdit is now signed with a Verisign Certificate. You should not see any Windows SmartScreen warning anymore.
- You can now mid-button click (besides double-click) on the unused space of the main menu bar to create a new file tab or mid-button-click (besides double-click) on a file tab to close it.
- A "Check For Updates" item is added to the Settings Menu.
- The new item allows you to perform an on-request checking for updates. An internet connection is required.
- If you enable the "Automatic" checkbox on the item, a checking for updates will be done automatically at each application startup. This option is enabled by default.
- The Document Properties dialog function on the Document Toolbar is enhanced.
- The Html Title is now shown and can be changed in the Dialog. The "Title" button is removed from the Document Toolbar.
- The dialog now shows the html Base Element in the document, if any.
- The Open Recent Files actions have been enhanced.
- You can specify to open any of the recent-files as read-only selectively.
- ConstEdit now stores the last viewing/editing positions of documents. The next time the document is opened, it is brought back to the same position so that you can start working immediately from where you stopped. The last position is stored only for files in the recent-files list. The restored position may not be correct if the application window has been resized. Note that this functionality is applicable only to standards mode html documents as well as plain text files.
- Relative links are now supported for both read and write actions.
- Using relative links is a better option in a company environment where documents are shared by users on different machines. In this case relative links remain the same to all users, as long as the relative structure of the file system remains the same across these machines. Absolute links to the same resources however can be different in different machines. Using relative links increases the portability of documents.
- A "Use Relative Links" item is added to the File Menu, which is enabled by default. When this option is enabled, all links to local resources in the document are converted to relative during save. When it is disabled, no conversion will be done (note that in this case any relative links pre-existing in the document will not be converted back to absolute during save).
- A "Use Relative Links" item is added to the Actions Menu of the Design Html StyleSheet Dialog, which is enabled by default. When this option is enabled, all links to local resources in the stylesheet are converted to relative during save. When it is disabled, all links to local resources will be saved as absolute in the saved stylesheet.
- Links to the internet are not converted in all cases.
- ConstEdit no longer supports opening html documents with Base elements to edit.
- This is because Base element causes confusion in the interpretation of relative links.
- When an html file containing a Base element is opened for editing, a dialog will be prompted for the user to make a decision : EITHER to remove the Base element automatically from the file and then reopen to edit OR to reopen the file as read-only.
- There are minor changes in wordings in some tooltips and menu-items.
- There are minor cosmetic changes to the user interface.
- These bugs are fixed.
- Some links are rejected in the Hyperlink dialog even though they are valid.
- Go To Bookmark function in the Find And Replace Toolbar now shows all bookmarks as well as all element id's within the document, instead of just showing bookmarks.
- Line-breaks are now removed from the text produced from the Copy Html function, which are causing unnecessary line-breaks when the html code is pasted to some blog authoring tools.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
|feature||ConstEdit*||Common word processors|
|Single-window multi-tabbed (each file is opened under its own file tab in a single app window so that the taskbar won't get over-crowded)||✔||✔✘ supported by some word processors but not all; many are using the multi-window approach with one window per file|
|Conventional menu and toolbars||✔ toolbar button size is automatically adjusted to fit window width; there is no unused space in the toolbars||✔ some uses the more sophisticated ribbons in place of toolbars, but which occupies more screen space than toolbars|
|File formats supported for editing||Html, plain text (both of these formats are supported by common web-browsers in all platforms)||odt, rtf, doc, docx, html, plain text are the commonly supported file formats (only html and plain text formats are directly supported by common web-browsers; all other formats are viewable only by using dedicated web-browser add-ons or using dedicated viewers or with the word processor itself)|
|Privacy-related metadata such as author and company name||✘ ConstEdit does not store any metadata regarding privacy||✔ you have the choice whether or not to store such metadata in the document, though the data can be passed on unnoticed and unintentionally|
|Recent-files list||✔ You can select multiple files from the recent-files list. The selected files are restored to the last editing/viewing position upon opening (this feature requires ConstEdit v1.11.2000 or above)||✔|
|Export as pdf||✘ ConstEdit supports only exporting to the web-archive .mht format or the complete html format||✔|
|Print Preview / Print / Page Setup||✔||✔|
|Create blog post||✘ you can copy the html code of the selection to the clipboard to facilitate blog authoring||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Fax||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Print/Page layout view||✘||✔|
|Web layout view||✔||✔|
|Show / hide toolbars||✔||✔|
|Support of "section" (this is the common understanding of section in a document, i.e. a portion of the document content, not the section that defines the beginning of some page formatting style as is quoted in many word processors)||✔ ConstEdit uses the common understanding of section, which is independent of the styles formatting of its content.|
✔ The scope and the level of a section in most word processors is implied from the heading style that is applied to some text.
|Insert section||✔ In ConstEdit, the action is very intuitive : select the "Insert Section" item.||✔ Not intuitive : you choose the heading style that corresponds to the section level.|
|Automatic and multi-level numbering of section headings||✔ The numbering is done automatically for the section level according to the stylesheet applied to the document. No user action is required.||✔ you need to specify the numbering style|
|Section demote / promote / move up / move down||✔ drag-and-drop is also supported in the Sections Outline View||✔|
|Generate Table Of Content||✔||✔|
|Visualization of document structure||✔ the Sections Outline View supports drag-and-drop for you to change the structure easily||✔|
|Spell-Checker||✔ not available in Windows 7||✔|
|Auto-correct for spelling||✔ not available in Windows 7||✔|
|Auto-convert from abbreviations||✔||✔|
|Grammar checker||✘||✔ you'd better be the one to judge the reliability of such checking|
|Bibliography||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Graphics editing||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Math/Equation||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Mark changes while editing||✘||✔|
|Text direction (ltr / rtl)||✔||✔|
|Paragraph move-up / move-down / indent / outdent / align||✔||✔|
|Bulleted list / numbered list||✔||✔|
|Figure / diagram||✔||✔|
|Auto-numbering of table / figure / footnote||✔||✔|
|Audio / Video||✔ The attached audio and video can be played back directly in ConstEdit when the file is opened as read-only, or when the file is opened in Internet Explorer, or in other web browsers depending on their compatibility.||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Endnote||✔ the "footnote" as in ConstEdit is actually endnote with cross-reference||✔|
|Cross-referencing||✘ but you can achieve similar result by inserting a link to bookmark||✔|
|Comment / annotation||✔||✔|
|Link (hyperlinks, links to files, links to bookmarks)||✔||✔|
|Multi-column layout||✔ may not be supported by some web-browsers||✔|
|Insert quick text (inserting a string of predefined text)||✔||✘ not difficult to implement but not available in most word processors; or maybe this is a useless feature to most users except me|
|Insert fields, such as date||✘supports inserting current date text only; no variable field is supported||✔|
|Find and Replace through all opened documents||✔||✘ Not supported in most word processors.|
|Go to a particular section / bookmark / link in the doc||✔||✔ you may need to set up a cross-reference in order to achieve this|
|Separation of content and layout / styles formatting||✔ The styles formatting of the whole document can be changed by simply applying a different stylesheet. The content and document structure are not affected in any way. Styles formatting is not "burnt" into the document content.||✘ The styles formatting is "burnt" into the document content. Changing the styles of the content can even affect the document structure.|
|Automatic styles formatting||✔ Styles formatting is done automatically according to the stylesheet that is applied to the document. Element types (section, sub-section, heading, paragraph, bulleted list, numbered list, etc) are styled to the desired look on-the-fly automatically while these element types are inserted into the document. You can concentrate on the content authoring part.||✘ In most conventional word processors, styles formatting must be done at the same time of content authoring. You need to specify the styles explicitly and repeatedly to give the document the desired look because content is not separated from styles formatting. A large portion of the effort of writing a document is spent on styles formatting.|
|Document, section, paragraph, object, table, text "inline" styles formatting||✔ when there is a need to override the stylesheet styling, you can still choose to apply styles that are burnt into the content||✔|
|Text highlight marker||✔||✔|
|Designing customized stylesheets||✔ you can design your own stylesheets to be used for your documents with the Design Html Stylesheet option in Settings||✘|
|Translate||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Data binding||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
|Macro||✘||✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors|
* the mentioned features of ConstEdit are mostly applicable only to html documents, not plain text.