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Out to Beta: A New Compose Experience

The most important thing that your blog does is create content through posts and Pages for you to share with your readers.  Without content, there's not much need for a blog, after all!

With that in mind, we're excited to announce that we've upgraded the Compose experience significantly and have just rolled it out to our Beta Team members.  The Compose editor has been updated and now sports this sleek new look:

While it's a little different, all of the functions that you used previously are still there, but we've added some new features.

What's new

Let's take a look at some of the new features in the Compose section.

First, you now have the option to add tables to your posts easily.  You no longer have to use a third-party editor or compose your own HTML to do so.  With just the a click of your mouse, you can set how many rows and columns your table has, different colors for rows or columns, add borders, and more.  Check out the Table menu option to add one to your own posts.

You also can now click the Source Code option (the <> button) to add HTML to your posts without switching tabs, making it a little faster to work on your posts.  We've also added a new option to put special characters into your post without the need to find the proper HTML code to do so.  Click the Ω button (See how easy it was to add the omega symbol?) to give it a try.

The Restore Content option has also been upgraded and now saves various versions of your post.  This should help you recover your post in the event that you have a computer crash or lose connectivity and are unable to post.

The Compose page itself has also been made responsive so that it will scale and fit your browser better.  This should make it easier for you to create your posts on any size browser.  We've also widened the Compose editor so that you have more room to type and it's easier to see more of your post as you create it.

Beta Only... For Now

The new Compose experience is currently out in Beta, so only members of the Beta Team will see it today.  Once we get their feedback on improvements or anything that might need tweaking, we'll start pushing it out to the rest of Typepad in a staggered rollout.  If you want to try it out now, you can join the Beta Team by going to the Account tab and checking the box.

We think you'll like this newer editor and we can't wait to hear what you think about it!


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