Features

Simplicity

ConstEdit is a word processor designed for ease of use. Unlike cloud apps and online html editors, you do not work with an online external server. It runs entirely within your Chrome web browser in your own desktop device, for better performance, convenience and data security.

By omitting functionality that is unnecessary for the average user requirements, the user interface is kept clean and simple. The editing functions are sensibly arranged across the toolbars and the right-click menu, making them directly and quickly accessible. Extensive pop-up tips are provided to help you start up quickly. Document authoring becomes intuitive with ConstEdit.

Because the created documents are of the standard internet webpage format, you are in effect writing your own webpages without any prior knowledge of html coding.


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Features comparison between ConstEdit and regular word processors
User Interface
Single-window multi-tabbed✔ each file is normally opened under its own tab in a single window so that the operating system taskbar won't get over-crowded; the single-window feature is controlled and supported from Google Chrome web browser✔✘ supported by most modern word processors but not all; some are still using the old multi-window approach with one window per file
Conventional toolbar✔ an auto-wrapping toolbar is used to automatically adjust to fit available window width; all user interface controls are directly accessible at the same time from the toolbar✔ some uses the more sophisticated ribbons in place of toolbars, but that which requires the additional effort to switch between different categories of ribbons
Context menu
Shortcut keys
File
File formats supported for editingHtml (supported by all common web-browsers in all platforms in all devices)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); html is very rarely the default doc format; the html doc generated usually does not make the full use of modern Html features
Privacy-related metadata such as author and company name✘ no metadata regarding privacy is stored in documents generated from ConstEdit
✔ you have the choice whether or not to store such metadata in the document; metadata can be passed over easily to someone else unnoticed and unintentionally, because these data are not normally shown on screen during editing
Word count
Auto-save✔ Recovery is totally manual though
Compare documents
Recent-files list✔ Documents opened from Recent-Files list are restored back to the last editing position upon opening.
Print Preview / Print / Page Setup / Export as pdf✔ These are built-in features of Google Chrome web browser. 
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
Email✔✘ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Fax✔✘ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
View
Print/Page layout view
Web layout view
Full-screen mode✔ This is a built-in feature of Google Chrome web browser. 
Zoom✔ This is a built-in feature of Google Chrome web browser.
Show / hide toolbars✘ The toolbar of the ConstEdit editing panel cannot be hidden. 
Document  Sections Structure
Support of real "section" (the common understanding of document section is used here, i.e. a portion of the document content, not the section that is defined as the beginning of some page formatting style as is used 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 : you just select the "Insert Section" item.✔✘ Not intuitive : you may need to 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.✔✘ Not intuitive : you may need to choose the heading style that corresponds to the section level.
Visualization of document structure✔ This is the main feature of the Sections Structure Dialog. ✔✘ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Section restructuring ✔ Restructuring with direction keys, as well as with drag-and-drop, is supported in the Sections Structure Dialog✔✘ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Generate Table Of Content
Editing
Spell-Checker✔ This is a built-in feature of Google Chrome web browser.
Auto-capitalization
Auto-convert from abbreviations✔ Only 50 records of mapping can be configured.  
Grammar checker✔ the reliability of such checking is highly questionable
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
Table
Figure / diagram
Auto-numbering of table / figure / footnote
Audio / Video✔ The attached audio and video can be played back directly within the document. ✔✘ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Smart quote
Endnote✔ the "footnote" as mentioned in ConstEdit is actually endnote with cross-references
Footnote
Cross-referencing✔✘ but you can achieve similar result by inserting a link to a bookmark
Comment / annotation
Bookmark
Link (hyperlinks, links to files, links to bookmarks)
Multi-column layout
Change text case
Insert symbol
Insert fields, such as date✔✘ supports inserting date text only; no variable field is supported
Insert pagebreak
Find and Replace through all opened documents✔✘ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Formatting
Format copying
Separation of content and 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 affect the document structure.
Automatic styles formatting✔ Styles formatting is done automatically according to the stylesheet that is applied to the document. Elements (section, sub-section, heading, paragraph, bulleted list, numbered list, etc) are styled to the desired look on-the-fly automatically while these elements are inserted into the document. You can concentrate on content authoring.✘ 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.
"inline" styles formatting✔ when there is a need to override the external stylesheet styling, you can still choose to apply styles that are burnt into the content
Text highlight marker
Design customized stylesheets✔ you can design your own stylesheets to be used for your documents with the Design Html Stylesheets option
Tools
Thesaurus
Translate✔✘ This is done through opening a new tab to Google Translate. ✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Mail-merge
Data binding✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors
Macro ✔ only available in the more sophisticated word processors