Big Changes Coming Soon! (please read)

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  1. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    ****The release has been delayed till next Tuesday (9/3).

    The Huddler platform (the software ChefTalk.com runs on) is being upgraded to include the newest version of CK Editor which powers the Rich Text Editor here. If that did not make sense basically the list white box with all the buttons at the top that you use to post your replies is being updated. This upgrade brings a new look and some awesome new features. 

    Let's jump into what's new!



     
         Quick Links:  What's Changing? 

        Toolbar Basics

        New Functions

        Right Click Tools Menu
     


    Toolbar Basics


    The first thing you'll notice is that the default toolbar is more compact. Frequently-used items are displayed in a streamlined toolbar that saves you vertical space and makes the most commonly needed buttons easier to find at a glance. If you need something you don't see, just click "More" to expose the full kit.

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    Here's the fully expanded toolbar. 

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    You may find this extra click annoying if you want the full toolbar all the time. Don't worry! The Editor will remember how you last left it. Expand the toolbar once, and the next time you come back, it will still be expanded. Compact it, and it'll stay compacted until you expand it again. You don't need to set any preference checkboxes for this. It'll just work. 

    Note that you can expand and contract the toolbar at any time without losing the post you're working on. 



    New Functions


    You've probably noticed some new toolbar buttons, especially in the expanded view. Here's the rundown what they do:


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    Bold, italic, and underline and strikethrough but also superscript and subscript for mathematical expressions & footnote annotations.


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    Link, Unlink, and Anchor. You probably know all about links. Placing an anchor allows you to link directly to a specific place within a post. When you link to an anchor, people who click that link will scroll directly to your anchor point. This is especially handy in long posts. For example, the table of contents in this post was constructed with the insert anchor button. 

    To insert an anchor:

    1. Highlight the text you want to be the anchor, or just place your cursor where you want the anchor point to be.

    2. Click the anchor button and give your anchor a name (spaces are not allowed!).

    3. Link to the page URL where your anchor appears, like so:"#user_[anchorname]"

    The system adds "user_" as a prefix to your anchors to make sure they don't collide with other anchors already in the page (like post permalinks). 


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    You know about lists: numbered and bulleted. Finally, there's a button for "indent" that allows you to create multi-level lists. Like so:
    1. Fruits
      • Apples
        1. Fuji
        2. Pink Lady
        3. Granny Smith
      • Bananas
      • Grapes
    2. Vegetables
      • Potatoes
      • Carrots
      • Celery
    The Increase/Decrease  Indent buttons allow you to manage the levels. You can also mix & match bulleted & numbered lists however you like. 


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    Insert: Image, Video, Table, Horizontal Rule, Special Character, Smiley, Quote Block, Attachment, Spoiler

    The new function here is "Insert special character." It's handy for a few things like accented characters like ñ ö é and some symbols ? © ½ » 

    For some odd reason... it doesn't actually offer an Omega symbol  -_-


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    The icon with the "T" is Paste as Plain Text. If you've copied formatted text from somewhere and you don't want any of the formatting to come through, this button will do a complete reduction-to-text before pasting. Just paste into the dialog that pops up and click "OK."

    The icon with the "W" is Paste from Microsoft Word  and will make a best attempt to preserve formatting intelligently when you paste from Microsoft Word.  Just paste into the dialog that pops up and click "OK."

    The Undo and Redo arrows should be familiar already. 


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    These two are:

    Search for text

    and

    Find / Replace text


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    Last but not least is Maximize, which will allow the editor to take over your entire window. This is really helpful when editing a big post as it gives you a large, resizable canvas to work on. Very cool. 

    You can maximize and minimize without worrying about losing the post you're working on.

    REMEMBER: when you're ready to submit your post, you need to first Minimize to exit the fullscreen view, and then press the "Submit" button!



    Right Click "Tools" Menu

    You may not always get what you expect when you right-click inside CK Editor. When you right-click inside the editor's textarea, you may see the editor's tools menu instead of your browser's own context menu. 


    Here's an example of trying to right-click on a misspelled word. You may have seen this happen:

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    Good news. When the toolbar is collapsed, and the editor is in its compact mode, this will no longer occur. You will be able to use your browser's built-in spellchecker, as shown below, by right-clicking in the textarea. 

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    However, when the toolbar is expanded, and the editor is in kitchen-sink mode, CK Editor will still show its tools menu when you right-click.

    That's because this menu is the only way that CK Editor can expose some important function, such as table editing. For example, as shown below, the only way to add a row to a table is to right-click and select "Insert Row" from the CK Menu. 

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    Summary:
    1. toolbar collapsed: you can use your browser's right click menu freely
    2. toolbar expanded: CK Editor will show its tools menu instead when you right-click
    [​IMG]  TIP: You can always disable the CK Editor context menu by holding down the Control key when you right-click (use the Command key on a Mac). 

    Happy Editing!


    This up to date version of CK Editor also comes with many small bug fixes and optimizations. We hope you find it an improvement. 

    Just one last point, the BBCode editor is not changing or going away! If you have set your preference to BBCode, it will stay that way :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
  2. durangojo

    durangojo

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    Hi Nicko
    How is bb code different from the editor?...can huddler do something about deleting trash from mail any sooner? My trash box is overflowing! Even when I put new or sent mail into trash nothing moves out of trash.....drives me nuts to have all that old trash just sitting around.
    Thanks, nicko...hope you had a great summer!.....sure went fast didn't it?

    joey
     
  3. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    Hey D,

    So the bb editor is simplified like this:


    The rich text editor really gives you a ton of options and it is mostly useful when your posting articles, how-tos etc. A simpler editor works just fine for forum discussions.

    This is the rich editor.


    You can change all this in your profile page under edit profile then Site Preferences.


    One of the biggest and most frustrating issues with the current rich text editor is that it over rides the browser. So.... when you right click on a mis-spelled word you can use the native browser spell check instead you have to hold down the control key then right click. Painful actually especially because the browser spell check (such as google chrome) is so much better.

    As for your trash in your private messages folder think of them as silver coins every time you get one and delete it. The more you collect the richer you get. There is no way to delete all that and I to find it frustrating. Maybe some day they will give us that option.
     
  4. butzy

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    Hi Nicko,I don't get a toolbar anymore when trying to reply to a message or when starting a new thread.I also lose the formatting (Everything just becomes one big sentence)Any idea what causes this and how I can sort it?
     
  5. butzy

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    Today, suddenly, my toolbar came back!