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Happy Birthday, America!

Coincidentally, a little over a week after I describe my favorite editor to put in web apps, they folks over at Basecamp announce their new editor: Trix.

Trix Editor

Without actually integrating it yet, I feel like this is a safe bet on the next great editor for the web. Check it out at:

My awesome wife and daughter handle the swordplay by stoping to smell the candles.

The amazing thing is I edited this entirely on my phone. What a world we live in. It used to take me an hour to edit down a 60 second clip of Hi8 film!

Over the past few years we have seen a huge reversal in the amount of complexity we hand over to our users through our interfaces.  This is such a good thing.  One item that has always remained for me is finding a decent WYSIWYG editor.  There are quite a few good ones of late.

Medium’s editor interface is the gold standard these days.  Unfortunately, we don’t get to recreate that easily unless we have the huge capital investment they do 🙁

TinyMCE and FCKEditor (CKEditor now?) were the most powerful editors for some time.  But they brought complexity.

My new favorite is EpicEditor.  It’s syntax is in markdown which is really nice for the sweetspot of a newbie user vs a power user.  Check it out: