Ultimate TinyMCE – Features Review
Ultimate TinyMCE plugin was created by Josh Lobe. His goal is to enable anyone the ability to write a great blog article and use the functionality and features of HTML, CSS, and similar features like Fonts, Sizing, and all that fun stuff!
I am curious, why did you chose a blog over getting an HTML editor?
My answer might be very common. It’s because I didn’t want to spend hours and hours writing code and checking the results and pulling my hair out trying to understand why something doesn’t line up right, or how I can get something to behave like I imagine it should. I did all that and very much disliked it. Then along comes Josh Lobe and he makes Ultimate TinyMCE, his predecessor to Simple TinyMCE and he got the open source code from TinyMCE and improved it, in my opinion and I am certain a lot of people agree with me.
Yes, a lot of acronyms.
- HTML = Hyper Text Markup Language. Yep, it’s a language for machines that uses words instead of numbers. It’s very sensitive about brackets, numbers, and placement. Get one bracket out-of-place and suddenly everything is all messed up. It’s fun if you know how to use the language because you are only bound to your skill with it. However, for those that do not know the code, they either have to hire someone who does know, or get themselves a blog with “What You See Is What You Get” or WYSIWYG, a visual editor .. like this WordPress blog.
- MCE = Moxiecode Content Editor. The word “Moxie” was added as an English slang meaning the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; aggressive energy; intuitive skill; know-how. The meaning fits because Josh does answer all his feedback and a lot of his work has been the result of ideas from people writing comments.
Why Design This Plugin?
Beyond the obvious reasons of being more useful and easier, the visual editor allows those of us unfamiliar with the coding aspect to actually have a lot more flexibility as if we had coding skills.
The following is a list of what was covered in the video:
- Font Family – The ability to change the font. Has all the fonts you need without up grading. Tahoma and Arial are my favorites!
- Font size. This I like a lot. Before I had this I would have to settle for whatever the editor allowed.
- Cut/copy/paste Buttons. These do not work with Mozilla brands, thus FireFox. There is coding available to get around this, but it’s not necessary with the keyboard shortcuts.
- Selecting background color. Words only. It is useful for those who want to really make a “POINT”!
- The Select Text Color. This has been greatly expanded to include more colors. Be careful, some client’s computers may not be able to show the funky colors and will revert to the closest “basic” color.
- Horizontal rule. You can chose the width, height and even create a shadow.
- Anchor text. Great for those long articles. Create a summary at the top with a list of headings and use this function to flash to that part of your article.
- Subscript and Superscript. Mainly used for math, but they can be creatively used for other things. Experiment with it!
x2y3 E=mc2 . x=y2 Johnmark copyright©
- Inserting the date and Time. Personally, I have not understood the need for these two other then to say when the article was made.
- Inserting None-breaking Space Character. Very useful for WordPress especially around pictures. Often, the HTML ignores spaces left by hitting return to push a row down or to push text over to give better appearance. This feature eliminates this headache!
- Leaving a “mailto” address is useful.
- Fourth Row: Styles – most of these are repeats of the above, but Josh has plans for this in the future. A few I don’t have any idea what they do, like “HiddenSuggestion”. I click on it and the path changes but nothing for me “to do” happens.
- Inserting a table. Easy with this function. The drop down list will activate when a table is created.
- Inserting an Image. Fast, easy, and it is loaded with a lot more options. Warning: It’s a bit buggy because of WordPress.
- The abbreviation and Insertion tabs. They are the same and I am not sure why Josh added both. I’ll show you in the video how they are used. Personally, this is a “decoration” thing!
- Insert/Edit Attributes. This is great for those extra “decorations” that help make your site spring to life with the skill of a coder.
- Edit CSS Style. If you are like me and really want FULL control of how something is to appear, then this is your solution!
- HTML Button. This feature is, in my opinion, a much better option then the WordPress HTML tab! The best part: All attributes are visually included and colored similar to advance HTML editors like CoffeeCup HTML Editor.
- Insert/embed media.
- YouTube Button. 19 & 20 are the same in terms of they insert video. Different it the fact that 19 is self hosting. Unless someone can point out a difference I missed?
- Insert/Edit Image is an improvement over the basic WP image insert Function.
- Shortcodes. These are codes that you can insert into your article that represent a “link” (kindda) to data created outside of the article. I believe these are Global codes and should only be used by those who know what the can do!
The Designer - Josh Lobe
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