This is our first incremental update since launch and it is a big one. Each of these points will be useful, but the one we are most excited about the drag-and-drop plugins. With better handling for plugins, we have now opened up the door to a world of possibilities for extending the system while at the same time keeping the user experience seamless.
Read on to find out more….
Drag and Drop Plugins:
Plugins just got a lot more fun. We are now enabling users to interact with plugins in a visual, drag-and-drop way. Inserting a plugin only requires that it is dropped into the desired place in the content. Just to give you a better idea of what this means, here are some examples:
- Insert a YouTube movie in your content just by dragging and dropping it into place.
- Insert a Google Map by just dragging it into your content.
- Want to offer e-commerce? Just drag and drop a PayPal button in place.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg.
We provided the above 3 plugins above as examples in the plugin documentation…if you are a developer and care to look, you can see they are very simple. Well, there are thousands of other systems and applications that can be integrated into TypeRoom as plugins, many taking only a few minutes.
Not only that, but plugins can also take the form of applications that run natively on the web server (such as calendars, comment systems, news systems and more), not just hosted services such as the examples above. To the end user, the functionality is the same: just drag and drop.
If you build something cool, definitely let us know! We would like to feature some examples of what people are doing with plugins in an upcoming blog post. Some of our own examples will be in there as well.
If you have ever spent time crafting a piece of beautiful content only to have your computer crash, or you hit “save” and your browser tells you that it “can’t find an internet connection”, you will appreciate this feature. Now, TypeRoom will auto-save your content periodically as you are making changes. If your internet connection drops on your computer, we will let you know. If your computer crashes, we will have a backup copy saved of your edited content from the last minute or so you were editing.
TypeRoom works better now in team editing environments. If one person is editing a page, TypeRoom will now alert the other person that this page is locked. One can be rest assured that they won’t be saving over someone else’s changes (or that someone else is saving over yours!)
A note to designers:
Designers, we want to let you know that we have been listening to you. The above features that we released were in progress since before our launch, so we wanted to wrap them up. However, the next features we are working on have been shaped by your feedback and requests. So keep an eye out for those. There are some exciting things on the horizon.