TEXTman 2.0 beta has arrived

Last May we released TEXTman 1.0 and took a first stab at trying to make writing articles in Joomla simpler and more fun for content editors.

In the past months we have been hard at work improving TEXTman by introducing many of the features you have asked about.

We did so much work that we decided to jump right to 2.0. Among many other features and improvements TEXTman 2.0 introduces content authoring and workflow features to Joomla.

Let us do a recap of what is new in TEXTman 2.0

Authoring and Workflow

Versioning control

Versioning control

Versioning control

Every change made to an article is now tracked as a version in TEXTman. Versions can be easily managed. For instance, you can select to view the differences between two versions, or you can opt to restore a previous version with a single click.

Share a draft

Share a draft

Share a draft

Articles can be shared via the preview link you can generate from the article editor. If the recipient of the preview link has editing rights, the TEXTman editing sticky toolbar will be shown.

You can use the article preview to discuss changes to articles or have them reviewed by other content editors.

Automatic trash purging

Automatic trash purging

TEXTman will automatically remove trashed articles from your site after 30 days. The trash view has been extended to show you how many days an article has left in the trash before it becomes permanently deleted. You no longer need to worry about cleaning up your trash yourself!

Article scheduling

Article scheduling

TEXTman aims to make the scheduling of your posts smarter and simpler. Publish on and Archive on have replaced Publish start and Published end, and we introduced the following publishing states:

  • Published… the article has been published to the site
  • Scheduled… the article is scheduled to be published on a specific date or scheduled to be archived on a specific date
  • Drafted… the article is being drafted and is only accessible to content editors
  • Archived… the article has been archived and is no longer available

We’ve also exposed this information via Open Graph og:article tags and the x-robot tag unavailable after for improved SEO support. Google and Facebook will now know when your article expires and remove it from search results.

Never lose any changes

With TEXTman 2.0 we have renamed the confusing unpublished Joomla article state to draft. After all, an unpublished article is always a draft article until you publish it.

If you start a new draft and forget to explicitly save it before navigating away from the article editor, TEXTman will display a friendly warning the next time you access this draft. This warning will prompt you to either save the draft, and thus create a new article, or discard the draft altogether.

If you are editing an existing article and forget to explicitly save it before navigating away from the article editor, the article will remain published in its unedited state. When you come back to re-edit this article, TEXTman will display a friendly warning to let you know that you have unsaved changes to the article.

Configuration

Configuration

Like DOCman and FILEman, you can now control all aspects of TEXTman globally via TEXTman’s settings page. The settings page is available from the frontend and can be accessed by users that have configuration permissions.

Automatic intro text

Automatic intro text

Manually adding readmore links is now a thing of the past! You can set the read more limit through the TEXTman settings and a readmore link will automatically be inserted for all your articles.

When you configure this setting the traditional ‘Readmore’ editor button is removed. You can of course still rely on the traditional ‘Readmore’ behaviour by selecting ‘Manual’ from the settings page.

Image resizing

Image resizing

When a user drags an image into the TEXTman editor, or when a user uploads a new featured image, the system will automatically resize the image as per TEXTman’s configuration.

Stock images

You can now easily insert gorgeous featured images from the Unsplash community into TEXTman. Just search by keyword, find a beautiful image, insert it, and done!

Unsplash offers a beautiful, royalty free photography collection from the world’s most generous community of photographers.

LOGman integration

LOGman integration

TEXTman 2.0 brings article impression logging to LOGman. If you have TEXTman 2.0 installed LOGman will be able to log each time a user or a guest (if you enable Log activities from guest users within LOGman) visits one of your articles.

This new feature allows you to see if a user has read a specific article or see how popular an article is.

Drag and drop file uploading

Drag and drop file uploading

You can now insert images and create links to files via drag and drop. All you have to do is drag and drop a file into the editor. That’s it!

Files are stored in the images folder or in the folder you specified in the Joomla media manager settings. If you decide to change the default path of images, TEXTman will create these folders for you on the fly.

Article date handling

In an effort to make dealing with articles easier, the article’s created_on and modified_on dates have been combined. The article date is now either the created date for a new article or the last modified date for an updated article.

Article date handling

This makes it much simpler to see the recently created or recently modified articles. Less information to manage and increased ease of sorting new articles makes managing your articles easier all round!

Article impressions

Article views

You can now sort your articles by how popular they are. You’ll notice the Views column in the TEXTman admin list view. You can sort by ASC and DSC and you can also get this information from each article’s edit view.

Article impressions

Changelog

Check the changelog to see what changed in TEXTman 2.0.

Get started

Supercharge your Joomla article editing process with TEXTman. Go ahead and try TEXTman on our demo or download it from our Support Center. Not yet a member? Get a subscription and start using TEXTman today!

We love to hear your feedback on how we can make TEXTman even better.

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