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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

ConstEdit is now freeware

ConstEdit is updated to version 2.9.9 and is now free for all purposes of use. The License Agreement Dialog and the End User License Agreement are updated to reflect the change.

Final version of ConstEdit utilizing XULRunner

Because of the strategy of Mozilla Foundation to deprecate their XPCOM technology, we are facing a direct setback on the future availability of the interfaces with the underlying rendering engine of ConstEdit. We are therefore looking into migrating to another rendering engine. We haven't reached the final decision on the future direction yet. There are too many unknowns at present. Technologies are changing really fast.

To express our appreciation of your support since ConstEdit debuted in 2013, we are making the current version of the app totally free. You may use the app for whatever purposes as you like. Please note however that this will be the final version of ConstEdit that is based on XULRunner of Mozilla Foundation. There will be no more update to this version.

Future Version of ConstEdit

Please be assured that ConstEdit will rise again as an Html document word processor, though very likely with another web-browser as the rendering engine. We will still be sticking to using Html5 as the document format. It can be expected that the initial version of the future software will have very close resemblance to the current version, in terms of functionality and compatibility.

In the meantime, we sincerely hope that you are satisfied with using this free version of ConstEdit. Please stay tuned. This website will be kept updated with our decisions on the new version of the software.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

ConstEdit is updated to 2.6.1

ConstEdit is now at 2.6.1. The changelog is as follows :

  1. The "Open To Browse" option now opens the read-only copy at the same working position as the document that is being edited. This provides more convenience of making references to the read-only copy.
    • Note that if the current document that is being edited has unsaved changes, there may be discrepancy in the opening position due to the unsaved changes.
  2. Auto-capitalization is now able to handle the first word in quoted text (e.g. dialogues), which is at a sentence-begin.
    • Quoted text is identified by the app as text that immediately follows a double quotation mark " or an apostrophe '.
    • Note that the left and right double quotation marks “” are not handled by the app.

Monday, August 22, 2016

ConstEdit 2.6 is here

ConstEdit v2.6 is released. The changelog is as follows :

  • The bundled XULRunner is upgraded to v41.0.
  • Text on toolbars no longer look blurry and distorted. They are now rendered normally at all application window widths.
  • You can now click on the icon at the left hand side of any toolbar to hide it.
  • Translate button is removed from the Text toolbar, and placed into the context menu (right-click menu). The Translate Language is set up through a new item in the Settings Menu.
  • The title of the current section is now shown in the mouse-over tooltip of the Go-to-section button in the Find And Replace Toolbar.  
  • In previous versions, there is a limitation that links to resources, which are specified in element inline style properties (e.g. background image), are not converted to relative even though the Use Relative Links checkbox in File Menu is checked. Absolute links are always used for links within inline styles. This limitation is now fixed. Links in inline styles are converted in accordance with the Use Relative Links setting.
  • Resizing of objects such as tables, images and figures can now be undone and redone with one single step. Previously, numerous undo or redo steps must be taken in order to revert back to the desired state.
  • Bug fixed. The Font Size buttons on Text Toolbar have stopped working since v2.5. They are now replaced by a single Font Size button for you to apply a relative font size to the selected text.
  • Several minor bugs are also fixed.
  • The User Guide has been updated to reflect all the above changes.
  • The End User License Agreement EULA is changed to update on the download link of XULRunner.


New license fee

Starting from this version, the license fee for using the app for business purposes is revised to US$50 per computer.