New UI Customization

Editus and the demo has been updated with the new Toolbar UI. The color of the toolbar and the dialogs are now customizable.

If you prefer the older UI you can turn this feature off from the settings menu.

New UI Modes and Embed Features

The new major release (0.10.0.0) brings major new features to Editus.

New Embed Functionality

First of all, now the “Insert HTML” button is as versatile as ever. In addition to being able to process shortcodes, now you can insert a URL to embed. The URL can be from Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, among other things.

Here is an example of embedding a Youtube Video by simply copying and pasting the URL.

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New, “Medium.com Like” UI

And now there are different UI modes you can use. Before, to insert a component, you needed to drag and drop from the toolbar. Now you can insert using a simple click. (from the Editus settings page from the dashboard.) Or you can enable the auto-button feature similar to Medium.com.

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With the above option, the component insert button will be auto-generated when you are on an empty paragraph.

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Subtitles and Post Dates

The latest version 0.9.17 supports Subtitles plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/subtitles/) as well as the subtitles features of the Aesop themes. You can use Editus to edit and save subtitles as well as titles if the WordPress REST API is enabled.

You can also add Post Date option to the Post Settings dialog.

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This option can be enabled from the Editus settings menu.

More New Customization Features

The latest version (0.9.16.3) support the following customization options have been added:

Working with Advanced Custom Fields
Save Content Filter

Support for 3rd Party shortcodes

Editus v0.9.15.1 allows you to enter shortcodes into the HTML dialog box. This gives you a lot of flexibility in editing posts from the frontend.

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Editus Features Update 0.9.15

Support for Post Types, including Custom Post Types

Editus version 0.9.15 implements an easier way to manage post types and post categories/tags. You can simply go to Editus->Settings to choose which post types (including custom post types) to enable.

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This option does not alter user privileges. Enabling “page” will only enable page editing to those users who have rights to edit pages.

This option also controls what post types you can browse using the Editus post list dialog box.

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Category Editing Made Easier

New dropdown menu on the Post Settings dialog box lists the existing categories. You can use this to edit categories easily.

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A Short Tutorial for Adding a Custom Field Tab

Editus allows you to add custom settings tabs to the front end. This can be useful when using Advance Custom Fields plugin or other plugins that rely on custom meta fields. Check the example codes here.

More REST API

The version 0.9.14.0 now uses WP REST API to save posts. This improves compatibility with websites that use security features. This feature can be turned off from the settings menu and reverted to using the older method of AJAX.

Many changes have been made to Editus to improve its usability. Now Editus should be compatible with more themes and servers out of the box. Moving forward I will try to add more features.

Year End Update

Editus Version 0.9.13.0 now supports WordPress built-in REST API. (Introduced with WordPress v. 4.7)

Editus now checks if any other user has the post opened for editing, and will prevent you from editing in that case.

Also, in addition to “Ignored Items” you can also specify “Read Only” items that are parts of the post content but should not be edited. You can also show the “Ignored Items” and keep them read only instead of removing them from the view while editing.

More work is ongoing to improve interoperability and usability. Happy Holidays!

Recent Updates and Roadmap

You have not heard from us for a while but many updates have been happening to Editus. I would like to present some recent Editus features found in v0.9.12.0. I would like to also present a roadmap for future.

Text Color and Alignment

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Editus now lets you set text color and text alignment. These buttons can be activated from the Editus Settings menu at the backend.

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Here is what the editing toolbar looks like with all the buttons enabled.

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Gallery and Aesop Components Using AJAX

Previously, making changes to a Gallery Component required you to save and reload the page. Now using AJAX, galleries update without having you to reload the page. Several other components, such as Parallax and Image, have been updated to use AJAX.

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The Video Component still requires reloading the page for updates. This issue is being worked on.

 

Link Option

An overdue feature that lets you insert a link that opens in a new tab.

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Mobile Support

Editus has been updated to support both phones and tablets.

Future Roadmap

 

Many people have been asking about the requirement for the REST API plugin. The plan was to get rid of this dependency once WordPress introduces built-in REST API support. Unfortunately, WordPress has been delaying this feature since 2015. As of this writing, WordPress is planned to release v4.7 on December 2016 that includes this feature. Once this happens, Editus will be updated to use the built-in WordPress REST API.

While the emphasis has been to improve and fix the core capability of Editus, we will look into better integration and compatibility with 3rd party plugins and themes. It won’t be possible to support 100% of all 3rd party plugins and themes, but I will work toward supporting more popular ones.

Also in the wish list is to support more non Aesop components. There has been a request to be able to add videos without using Aesop Story Engine. Features like this would be worked on going forward.

Feel free to let me know what you think!

 

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