WP Super Edit 1.1 – Updated with Interesting Feature / Bug

WP Super Edit Arrange Editor ButtonsWP Super Edit was updated today.

In case you don’t know, WP Super Edit is a WordPress plugin for the visual or WYSIWYG editor used to edit posts and pages. WP Super Edit is designed to enhance the editor by adding features and buttons. It also gives control of the editor by allowing the buttons to be arranged using a simple drag and drop interface.

I’ll briefly outline the changes, and add notes about a very interesting bug feature.

  • Streamlined settings and bug fixes: Should allow folks to make changes to the configuration text files without having to completely deactivate and reactivate the plugin. Although you may want to deactivate and reactivate WP Super Edit if you want a nice default editor to start with. Hopefully these changes will also fix some bugs and increase performance a bit.
  • Additional Buttons: I received requests for some additional buttons, so I added them. All were default WordPress buttons that were not added in the beginning, but some made for an interesting feature… See below.

Advanced Toolbar – Interesting Feature or Bug?

I happily added some buttons requested via e-mail and cleaned up the standard configuration files to match the default WordPress editor buttons. I knew some things on that list were not buttons, but I thought they should be added or WP Super Edit would probably explode like a Mythbusters excuse for pyrotechnics.

In case you missed it, “START – Advanced toolbar” and “END – Advanced toolbar” are not buttons. They are placeholders used for the super-secret (ctrl-alt-v alt-v ) feature of the Default WordPress Editor that shows extra buttons like underline, paste as text, clean up, headings / paragraphs, etc. A very cool Easter Egg.

Once they were added I started testing and hammering trying to catch more bugs when I noticed that you could place the “START – Advanced toolbar” and “END – Advanced toolbar” anywhere in WP Super Edit. This will hide all buttons between them. Of course you have to be careful since it does not like to split rows in half and will give you some nasty effects. If you place them in the same row, or place them so they don’t split a row in half you can get a nice effect like this:

Crazy Advanced Toolbar - Before

This is before you press the Advanced Toolbar button. I arranged my editor to hide everything from half of row 1 to the end of row 3.

Crazy Advanced Toolbar - After

This is after you press the Advanced Toolbar button. See the new rows. Beware though this can get weird looking if you try to split the button rows like placing “END – Advanced toolbar” in the middle of row 3. Trust me it’s not fun and smashes everything on the end of row 1 making it really long and unusable.

Of course I really don’t know what to think of it, and you can try it out by downloading the latest release.