Friday, December 24, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
ConstEdit has become very unresponsive for certain documents after the update to Google Chrome 96 (or Microsoft Edge 96). This could be due to the same issue caused by the update for many Twitter and Instagram users. From the bug post, it is apparent that Google has started to investigate into the problem. Hopefully we can expect a fix in the next update. Please be patient for the time being.
Update on 06Dec. I have found a temporary workaround for the issue until the fix from Google is delivered. If you are encountering the same issue, you may disable Spell Check from Settings > Languages. Performance of ConstEdit will be back to normal. The workaround works for both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Update on 08Dec. The latest Google Chrome update to version 96.0.4664.93 seems to give some improvement to the performance. But still it is obviously slower than it should be.
Update on 16Dec. The latest Google Chrome update to version 96.0.4664.110 still does not fix the issue. I have reported the issue to the Chromium support team, and waiting for their feedback.
Update on 31Dec. Hear from the Chromium support team that the issue is fixed in the upcoming verson Google Chrome 97.
Update on 05Jan. The slow-down is no longer observed with the latest Google Chrome update to 97.0.4692.71. The issue has been resolved with Google Chrome. As for Microsoft Edge, it can therefore be hopefully expected that the issue be fixed in the upcoming update to version 97.
Update on 08Jan. The slow-down is no longer observed with the latest Microsoft Edge update to 97.0.1072.55. The issue has also been resolved with Microsoft Edge.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
This is an emergency fix to deal with the change of the URL of the End User License Agreement EULA, due to a Google Drive security update recently. I overlooked this security update, and the relevant links in the extension were not changed accordingly. This update fixes these URLs.
This update also makes the message, which appears on the popup when the extension icon is clicked if "Allow access to local URLs" is not enabled, more instructive.
Please note that the fix is still pending review by Google and Microsoft. And the update will not be available from Google Web Store and from the Microsoft Edge Addons store, until the reviews are completed. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
ConstEdit is now fully compatible with Microsoft Edge web browser also. ConstEdit has passed all validations and is listed in both the Microsoft Edge Add-ons store and Chrome Web Store. You can install ConstEdit from its page in the Microsoft Edge store directly if you are using Microsoft Edge.
This is the changelog of the current update :
- Added. A new shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+F1 is added for toggling Voice Typing.
- Added. New shortcut keys Ctrl+F2/F3 are added for Lowercase/Uppercase.
- Changed. Shortcut keys for Numbered/Bulleted List, Outdent/Indent and Move Up/Down have been changed to Ctrl+Shift+F7/F8/F9/F10/F11/F12 respectively, to avoid clashing with keys in Windows.
- Changed. Voice Input language codes for Chinese languages have been changed so that they are fully compatible with both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
- Changed. End User License Agreement EULA has been updated accordingly.
Friday, July 23, 2021
- Changed. The extension is updated to Manifest V3, to conform with Google's policy to modernize the Chrome extensions platform. This should bring about some improvements in security and in performance.
- Changed. "File > Open" function in Editor now takes the default location from the last document opened through the dialog, or from your "documents" folder. Note that the last location of the dialog is not persisted across web-browser sessions.
- Changed. "File > Save As" function in Editor now takes the default location from the currently opened document, or from the last saved-as location, or from your "documents" folder; the filename is now defaulted from the currently opened document, or "newhtml.htm". Note that the last save-as location is not persisted across web-browser sessions.
- Changed. "Save Stylesheet" in Design Html Stylesheets now takes the default location from the last saved stylesheet location, or from your "documents" folder; the filename is now defaulted from the last saved stylesheet file, or "newStylesheet.css". Note that the last saved stylesheet location is not persisted across web-browser sessions.
- Changed. Minimum requirement of updating to this version of the extension is now Chrome 91 or above.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Changelog of this update :
- Fixed. The toolbar user interface ui was affected by the injected stylesheet issue of Chrome web-browser.
- As a result of the fix, the font size on the ui now looks bigger than before, but agrees with the web-browser settings.
- Fixed. Inline Styles Dialog position was shifted downward, obscuring some doc content.
- Fixed. Selecting "default" option in Paragraph > List Style did not have any effect.
- Changed. Text > Symbols Page is reorganized, and new symbols / emojis have been added.
- Note that the symbols / emojis may look different from font to font.
- Changed. Cosmetic changes to the user interface.
- Changed. References to the Background Page of the extension from other pages are removed. Startup performance of the extension is slightly improved.
- Added. Auto-Hyphenation for paragraphs is added to Design Html Stylesheets and Inline Styles Dialog.
- Note that the feature seems to be effective only with English.
- Added. New Paragraph menu options to set the style of the current list / list-item to the specified symbol / emoji, as illustrated in this list-item.
- Note that the symbols / emojis may look different from font to font.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
This is a bug-fixing update :
- Fixed. The previous printer symbol used in the ui is not found in certain non-Windows platforms.
- Changed. Use fixed width for the filename shown on the ui, so that the main menu item positions won't be shifted with different files.
- Fixed. Filenames without extension are now skipped and won't be included in Recent Files.
- Fixed. After performing Convert To Abs/Rel Url, the css pathname as shown in the Doc Stylesheet ui tooltip should be updated immediately.
- Fixed. Very minor cosmetic changes to the ui.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
In this upgrade, all file input / output actions are totally revamped. The "Downloads" api is no longer used and is replaced by the new File System Access api which enables saving files directly to the local disk without going through the Downloads Folder.
- Changed. Open File, Recent Files, Save File, Save As File, Close File options have been rewritten to use the File System Access api for input / output operations directly from / to the local disk.
- Ctrl+s shortcut key is provided to save the current document to the local disk immediately without going through any dialog.
- Changed. The extension now requires Chrome 86 or above. The latest version as of this time is 88. There will be no issue if you are following the upgrade of your web-browser normally.
- Changed. There can be only 1 editor tab with only 1 opened document, and only 1 Html Stylesheets Dialog tab.
- Changed. For security reasons, as a result of switching to the File System Access api, these aspects of working with the word processor is affected :
- You will be prompted by the web-browser to grant the permission for editing during the opening of all html documents.
- The word processor won't be able to extract any local URL info from the opened documents. This lacking of URL info results in the following limitations :
- Links with relative URLs are no longer supported; e.g. images with relative links won't be displayed successfully.
- But because all links as inserted by ConstEdit are absolute by default, this limitation would not cause any problem normally, unless you have performed some conversions to relative links deliberately.
- You may therefore need to make use of the "Convert URL to Absolute / Relative" function to convert all previously converted relative links back to absolute.
- At the first start up of ConstEdit after this upgrade, you will be prompted with the End User License Agreement notice and all Recent Files records from the previous version will be wiped out.
- Only file name info will be available in the new Recent Files list, not the full location path. Beware of files with duplicated file names. These files would be treated as the same file by the word processor.
- Changed. The "Convert URL to Absolute / Relative" function now requires the end user to specify a location URL which the conversion will be based on.
- Changed. Options Page in Manage Extension is replaced by Options Dialog from the File sub-menu.
- Removed. Auto-save at regular intervals.
- Removed. User template for new html documents.
- Fixed. Some code clean up to improve performance.
- Fixed. Several minor bugs.