July 29, 2010
UPDATE: We have acted upon your feedback by addressing some pressing issues with the new composer and have now released it to 5% of all TypePad users, continuing to rollout the composer over the course of the next 1-2 weeks.
EDIT: Thanks to everyone for the initial feedback. We rolled out fixes to several annoying bugs today around link URLs and special characters in other languages. Additionally we've made the 'full justify' option available again. We know you're missing the 'image edit' pop-up and will have that available in the next release.
Today we launched a new Compose Editor in Beta that is powered by a more reliable, open-sourced editor*, one that is widely used around the social web. When we launched the revised Compose Editor two years ago, we introduced many great features such as text and photo justification and font and paragraph break controls (exciting!). With today's release, those features you know and love will remain unchanged. Benefits of the new editor include improved reliability, more responsiveness, and in fact, just plain better formatting. Can we say no to more font discrepancies?
The new Compose Editor has gone through several rounds of internal testing and is now ready for our Beta members. We're looking to you to provide feedback on what works and doesn't work. Remember, you can switch in and out of Beta at any time by going to Account > Summary > Join the Beta Team (at the bottom of the page - don't forget to hit Save Changes). And when you switch to Beta, you'll likely see some other awesome changes.
There are some known issues with the Compose Editor that we'll be ironing out over the next few weeks. Anything you spot out of the ordinary, please let us know in the comments – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The TypePad Team
* For those of you that enjoy the geeky details, the editor of choice that we've swapped in is the tinyMCE editor