Imagine if your next project took advantage of the same editing experience trusted by companies like IBM, who use Ephox’s content creation solutions in their leading social business application IBM Connections.
IBMers all over the world know how Textbox.io improves user adoption and decreases user frustration. Plus, it’s backed by Ephox’s legendary support.
But what a lot of people don’t know is that Textbox.io is available to almost any business creating content.
Today marks a major milestone for Textbox.io, as we announce the release of version 2.0. Over the week ahead we’ll take a look what’s new and improved in Textbox.io. Join us on the blog as we look at how Textbox.io 2.0 can deliver a competitive advantage to your business.
A mobile UI for everyone
Over the past six months, we spent hundreds of developer hours improving Textbox.io’s handling of mobile environments, from mobile browsers to native applications.
We delivered improved mobile UI stability and consistency, especially on small screen phones. Textbox.io has been the go-to editor for tablets for some time. But phones present unique challenges.
So we discarded preconceived ideas about how editor UIs should work on phones, and created a new, innovative user interface.
On phone-sized devices, the editor now flattens menus into the toolbar. It also enables horizontal scrolling of the toolbar, instead of using a “more drawer.” Features and dialogs that do not fit on the screen are automatically disabled.
Check it out for yourself. Go to textbox.io on your mobile device and tap inside the editor at the top of the page.
We encourage you to attend one of our regular webinars to not only learn more about this improvement but see it in action. Check our events page for the next Textbox.io webinar.
Image editing, right inside the editor
We added a new Image Editing tool in the 2.0 update. It lets users perform common editing tasks within the editor, including flip, rotate, crop and the resampling of images. This feature represents a massive productivity boost for users who don’t have basic Photoshop skills.
Best of all, it works. When a user selects an image, editing tools appear in the toolbar, and on the context menu associated with the image.
New flexible theming has your UI covered
You can now change Textbox.io’s theme CSS with your choice of colors. We included a tool to build custom stylesheets with the SDK in the theme folder. For more information see our Customizing the User Interface Colors article.
Later this week on the blog, Ephox’s lead UX designer Anna Harrison will discuss how she designed the most advanced skin creator in the editor market.
Accessibility checking for everyone
In addition to the new image editing features, we added a new accessibility checking tool in Textbox.io 2.0.
This service is big news for businesses where accessibility is critical to engaging with their customers. The new service makes checking for common accessibility issues easy for content creators. It uses an interface that steps through each error and in most cases also recommends a solution.
The checker operates in a similar fashion to running a spell check in Word, where a dialog walks the user through identified errors. It is a familiar experience for most people that needs little to no training.
Before, users had to manually check for errors, requiring an advanced knowledge of accessibility and an understanding of HTML. Most people don’t have these skills, and if they do fixing errors can be a time-consuming task.
Common accessibility issues include:
- Usage of paragraphs as headings
- Sequential headings
- Adjacent links
- Ordered list structure
- Unordered list structure
- Contrast ratio of the text
- Image ALT text
- Alt text filename
- Table caption
- Complex table summary
- Table caption and summary
- Table heading scope
- Table markup
- Table headers
Reduced download size gets it delivered faster
We reduced the core editor download size (by over 50%). We achieved this by extracting packaged resources into separate files. The minified, GZIP package is now around 264kb.
The advantages of a reduced payload on page load times are well understood. Reduced package size is an area of continuous improvement for us and we work on it every day to bring you and your users the best editing experience on mobile and desktop.
Edge and Android support put Textbox.io in more places than ever before
We’re excited to announce that Textbox.io now likes Android. The minimum supported version 5, but Textbox.io will work on version 4 using the current release of Chrome.
Textbox.io now supports Microsoft Edge too, benefiting businesses with a large number of users on the cutting edge of Microsoft’s browser technologies.
Website updates and docs improvements
For everything else related to this release, the Textbox.io changelog delves into the details. Please visit the blog regularly to see what’s new in the Textbox.io ecosystem.
Download & purchase Textbox.io
If you’d like to use Textbox.io in your next project—or perhaps you already need its advanced content creation features—you have two easy choices to get started. Download the SDK here, or check out our third party integration options.
If you’d like to know more about pricing and licensing options, please reach out to our sales team via our contact form or call +1 650 292-9659 ext 800.