Saturday, September 28, 2019

ConstEdit Word Processor update 1.3.6 is available

Changes with this update :

  • Added : a new option in the Text Menu to get the font, font size, font color and font background color of the text at the current input position. These font styles values are then saved as the last-used values in the corresponding buttons of the Text Menu, for more convenience of reusing the styles at a later time in the same editing session. This is similar to the copy-and-paste of text formatting in traditional word processors.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

ConstEdit Word Processor is updated to 1.3.5

This is a bug-fixing release with some cosmetic changes.

  • Fixed : the extension popup from the web-browser toolbar did not function correctly for certain uri's of the website in the current tab.
  • Changed : background color of the main editing toolbar and of the Inline Styles Dialog toolbar are changed to better match with the black theme of Chrome.
  • Fixed : the width of the text input area in Comment Dialog could be dragged beyond the maximum width of the dialog itself.
  • Issue : a document opened in ConstEdit for editing, can be rendered with a different Font and Font Size from those when the same document is opened in a tab for normal browsing.
    • This issue is caused by a bug of the web-browser, in which a font style is injected into an html document unnecessarily by Chrome, when the document is opened in an extension.
      • Note that this bug does not affect the normal ConstEdit editing actions and does not have any impact on the document content.
      • If Font Family and Font Size are not specified in the document and also not specified in the external stylesheets used in the document (which means that the default web-browser font-size should be used), the injected font style will override the default font settings at Chrome Settings > Appearance > Font.
      • In Windows, the injected font style is always Segoe UI with Font Size 75%.
      • No font style is injected by Chrome when the same document is opened in a web-browser tab for normal browsing.
    • Work-around. While we haven't found any means to stop the web-browser from injecting the font style, the rendering of documents can be made the same in the extension and in normal browsing.
      • This is done by specifying a Font Family and a Font Size in the external stylesheets used by the documents. The Font Family and Font Size specified in external stylesheets will override the injected font style.
      • Changed :  the Startup Base Stylesheet and Stylesheets 1 to 4 in the Design Html Stylesheets function of ConstEdit now sets the Font Size of "Document" element to 1em, i.e. to use the default Font Size. Font Family is not set though.
        • In Windows, when you use Design Html Stylesheets to design new stylesheets, if your desired Font Family is not Segoe UI, you have to specify explicitly the font for the "Document" element, even though it may have already been set in Chrome Settings > Appearance > Font.
      • Recommended actions if you have already generated some external stylesheets from Design Html Stylesheets and if you have not specified any Font Family or Font Size for the "Document" element in the stylesheets : 
        • ConstEdit > Design Style Sheet > Import and select your stylesheet > select "Document" element > Font > specify the desired Font and the Font Size (1em to use the web-browser default size) > Save.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

ConstEdit Word Processor 1.3.4 is available

Changes in this update :

  • Added : validation to ensure that "Allow Access To File URLs" is enabled for the extension (right-click on Chrome main toolbar extension button > Manage Extensions).
  • Changed : minor enhancement to auto-capitalization to handle some more cases.
  • Fixed : a single mouse click at the extension button on the main toolbar is now able to pop up the options items successfully in all cases. Formerly, a second click was necessary to bring up the popup when the extension was suspended after a certain period of inactivity.
  • Fixed : a minor bug.

Monday, February 25, 2019

ConstEdit Word Processor is updated to 1.3.3

This is an error-fixing release.

  • Fixed : Fixed an error in the popup when the extension icon is clicked. The Recent Files list was erased in some cases.
  • Fixed : Spell-checking was not enabled successfully in some cases.
  • Fixed : Options Page of the extension failed to set up the standard css stylesheet successfully into the Download Folder of the browser. This issue was found since a recent update of Chrome web-browser.

Monday, January 7, 2019

ConstEdit Word Processor is updated to 1.3.2

This update includes the following changes :

  • Changed : in Remove All Paragraph Styles, all inline styles of the current paragraph and its sub-paragraphs are now removed, instead of just the currently selected paragraph. 
  • Changed : auto-capitalization is now able to capitalize compound words such as up-to-date and long-term. 
  • Changed : "mr" and "mrs" are added to auto-convert-from in Options Page mapping to "Mr." and "Mrs." respectively. Note that this only applies to new users of the extension. The Options Page of current users are not affected. 
  • Removed : the function with the shortcut key ctrl+shift+F3 to cycle through title-, upper- and lower-case for the current word is removed. 
  • Added : a new function to capitalize the first word of the current sentence is provided with the shortcut key ctrl+shift+F3, in the Text drop-down menu. 
  • Fixed : some shortcut keys were incorrectly disabled if auto-capitalization and auto-convert were both disabled. 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

ConstEdit Word Processor 1.3.1 is available

Changes of current version since last update :

  • Changed : chrome.notifications api is no longer used to show notification messages. Window.alert() and window.confirm() are used instead. This is to ensure that the end user is notified successfully in all cases, regardless of the setting of Windows 10 Focus Assist and the length of the message. 
  • Changed : the extension no longer requires the "notifications" permission. 
  • Fixed : the extension Options page showed double scroll bars where in fact only one scroll bar is required.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Using ConstEdit As A WYSIWYG Html Source Code Editor

This is in response to a review which was done earlier this year in the Chrome Web Store page of ConstEdit. The review mentioned the lack of html source code viewing / editing capability with the word processor. 

ConstEdit is a word processor designed solely for editing regular documents in the html format, not as an html source code editor. No previous knowledge of html coding is required for using ConstEdit. There is no future plan to add such capabilities into the extension. But this doesn't mean that it cannot be used for html source code editing. The trick is to enable the Developer Tools which is a built-in feature of the Google Chrome web-browser. This page shows you how to edit the DOM of any html file opened in Chrome with its Developer Tools. 

To edit the source code of an html file, you can firstly open the file with ConstEdit to quickly type in its full content. The Developer Tools can then be activated to add in any required formatting not supported by ConstEdit. When Developer Tools is active, ConstEdit serves as a WYSIWYG preview of what you have changed in the Tools. When you have finished with all the changes, you can save your html file with the Save function of ConstEdit. You now have a WYSIWYG html source code editor. 

While this ConstEdit + Developer Tools approach may not have all the complex features of a regular html source code editor, it does provide a simple and handy means to get the job done quickly. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

ConstEdit Word Processor 1.3 is Launched

Changes since the last update :

  • Changed : The user interface has undergone a major overhaul. Auto-drop-down auto-hide sub-menus are implemented to allow for more working space. 
  • Removed : All previous context menu items of ConstEdit have been relocated to the above auto-drop-down sub-menus. The word processor no longer puts any customized items into the default web-browser context menu. 
  • Added : New options to move up/down of section/table/figure through other paragraphs. 
  • Changed : Select Document / Paragraph options are enhanced to Select And Copy Document / Paragraph. 
  • Fixed : Formerly, subscript / superscript text styles options were sometimes ignored.
  • Fixed : Erase All Text Styles option can now remove subscript and superscript text styles correctly. 
  • Changed : Style property for "width" now allows changes in 1% steps instead of 5% in Design Html Stylesheets and in Inline Styles Dialog. 
  • Changed : Font-size is no longer set for "document" and "figures" in Design Html Stylesheets for the start-up and for the bundled stylesheets1 to 4. 
  • Added : A new selector "images in figures" is added in Design Html Stylesheets, so that these images can be styled independently from generic images. 
  • Fixed : few bugs.