We’ve replaced the text editor that we’ve used for several years with a newer product that should be more reliable and easy to use. The “skin” of the editor is now a gray rather than the blue that we’ve used, but that’s just the outside appearance. The real improvements come on the inside.
- Most operations remain exactly the same. For instance, adding font sizes and colors, bolding text, etc., are all basically handled in exactly the same way as they were before.
- Stability and reliability were generally very good in the old editor, except for Mac users, who sometimes suffered from being able to apply styles and other formatting to text. This new editor should solve those problems.
- Spell checking is now automatic and takes place as you type. Words that the spell checker believes to be spelled incorrectly will he underlined in red.
- Photos are still uploaded from the Find and Upload a File link. Navigate to photos using the File Manager.
- Links continue to be added using the Links icon (now on the third row of icons). Be sure to highlight the text to be turned into a link BEFORE you click the Links icon. Also, make sure that your link includes the http:// protocol at the beginning of the link if this is a link to another website.
- There are some new styling options available under “Formats”
Adding an Existing Photo
If a photo already exists on the website, i.e., you’ve uploaded it previously, follow these instructions to add the photo to your text.
- Click the Image icon in the top row of icons
- Click “Browser Server”
- In the new File Manager, you may choose to view the thumbnails of the photos or view the files as part of a list (file tree) using the icons in the upper right corner.
- Navigate to the image you wish to use and single click on the image name or icon
- Click “Select”
- Choose a new image size if you would like, set the border (if desired), add spacing around the image (10 pixels recommended), and set the alignment.
- Alignment notes: Setting the alignment to Left or Right will cause the text to flow around your image and create a nice appearance. If you want the image to appear with text above and/or below it (no text flowing around it) the leave the alignment as Not Set.
Uploading a Photo
If your photo has not already been uploaded to the website, you’ll need to do that. Browser and security settings still prevent the automatic uploading of images to a web server without special software (such as a blogging platform). However, uploading can is still handled from the Find and Upload a File link.
Resizing Tables or Photos
If you’ve already added a table or photo and need to resize it, right click on the element you wish to resize and choose the Image Properties or Table Properties option from the drop down list.
As always, if you have problems, please contact us for assistance.