Includes advanced Image/Media, File and Link handling, plugin support, and an Administration interface for editor configuration.
One favorite feature that I think is the best is that you can create tables and customize them as you want. This makes it easy present structured data in tables.
There are soem quirks to it. The text may show up as non-justified, when the source actually show it as justify-ed. takes some using to ..
that said, this is an indispensable component
JCE has no such trouble and it's HTML editor is excellent -even down to line numbers.
Top work and Joomla would do well to take note of this and add it to their Tiny MCE.
One of the biggest problems with Joomla is that is integration of stylesheets is exceedingly poor. JCE allows you to create a stylesheet for editing purposes...but it doesn't have any effect on the actual output, forcing you to rely on guesswork and inline styles. Its only utility is if your template makes the editing window hard to read.
Some of its functions (such as the ability to upload an image via the image menu item) simply don't work at all.
It tends to strip tags and formatting from pre-formatted text, regardless of its settings. And while it lets you paste text from Word, the code that results is extremely ugly.
Many of its functions, particularly the HTML editor, are sluggish, and tend to freeze repeatedly.
I spend so much time working around JCE's limitations and adding inline styles that posting content takes as long or longer than if I simply wrote pages in straight HTML.
I cannot recommend this program for any reason.
"One of the biggest problems with Joomla is that is integration of stylesheets is exceedingly poor. JCE allows you to create a stylesheet for editing purposes...but it doesn't have any effect on the actual output, forcing you to rely on guesswork and inline styles. Its only utility is if your template makes the editing window hard to read."
I think you misunderstand the purpose of the custom editor stylesheet. By default, JCE is configured to use your template stylesheet to provide a preview of what some element and class styling may look like when viewed by visitors in the frontend. This is usually adequate, but for a few reasons creating a custom stylesheet for the editor may be appropriate, ie: to remove css classes that don't apply to content layout, or if text visibility is impaired by the default styling. The actual template css file is still responsible for the layout and styling of your site, as it should be, JCE's use is contained within the editing process only.
"Some of its functions (such as the ability to upload an image via the image menu item) simply don't work at all."
Admittedly a bug in the current version has broken the Joomla! editor buttons that appear at the bottom of all editors (Readmore, Pagebreak, Image) but JCE provides its own buttons in its layout that perform similar task, arguably more effectively and with better results, hence the appeal.
"Many of its functions, particularly the HTML editor, are sluggish, and tend to freeze repeatedly."
"I spend so much time working around JCE's limitations and adding inline styles that posting content takes as long or longer than if I simply wrote pages in straight HTML."
It sounds like you need to learn a bit more about the interaction of content and the template stylesheet and experiment a bit more with the use of these styles through the Styles and Format lists.
This gives me all the flexibility I was looking for. Given that the whole point of a CMS like Joomla is to make it easy to update the content (hopefully without breaking or ruining the design!), this should be the first extension you install on any site created, IMHO.
Very useful editor with meny features. Thank you for the good work.
I had only one problem with the layout display. Starting from the buttons (image, read more...) everything was out of the main container.
The work around is simple.
In the file plugins/editors/jce.php the line "$return .= "\n";" (at the end of the document) was inside the "foreach". You have to move it outside, just before the "return".
Good luck with the further developments of JCE, i am looking forward to them.
Upgrading to the latest version (easy with the new package installation) fixes the layout problem.
It simply is way above the standard editor and the image manager extended plugin is to me a must have.
I am not a coder just a self taught learner. Thankyou Ryan for a great extension.
I've tried many over time and some editor developers stay flat lined with no advancements while others who did well no longer do well and of course on the flip side I have seen others not do well before but do better now.
Overall, I just moved from a paid editor extension (no names to be mentioned here) for the JCE one. I have to say it's been over a year since I last used JCE but took another look yesterday and decided I like this version a lot better. Well done on this one and thanks Ryan.
This extension must be upgrade with the ability to playback .mp4 files with flash and the ability to playback streaming flash video, both .mp4 and flv.
Sorry, I have to watch for another editor. That sad, because most other things will work.
(If the video thing had work, it had been and Excelent! extension, but standard support is a must to get a grade average and above in my view.).
mp4 files are supported by the Media Manager plugin and are set for playback by Quicktime by default. The bundled FLV player does not yet support mp4, but a custom player can be specified in the Media Manager parameters.
Also, the developer is constantly making improvements to an already incredible editing system. JCE Extensions make the entire front-end Joomla! content publishing experience very intuitive. Very easy to use, once you know the administration style (ie- modifying the crowded JCE default editor layout, defining permissions on uploads, etc.).
The developer to JCE is active in the forums, and responds to bugs via email!
Worth supporting for $20/year
JCE is still under constant development, and bugs don't last long with this group. Routine releases correct any reported issues, with nary a hiccup.
And if you're still using just the free component/plugin, you are missing the true value of JCE. Fork over the measly subscription ($20 per year right now) and get hold of some awesome plugins. Pay these guys to keep up the development, because this extension is worth so much more.
In the end, you and your users/clients will be much, much happier with your end product if you integrate JCE. Thanks to the developers on this one!!!
I tried some of the others (which do a fair job) but recently returned to JCE after struggling to find a decent way to incorporate flash and create image popups.
The small charge for a subscription to the extra add-ons is well worth it as it really is all in one (Image Manager, Utilities, Media Manager etc) and will save a lot of time.
Just a note on the media manager; if using, you must initially 'activate' it (JCE>Config>Groups>layout) besides that; an essential, well thought-out, and intuitively developed extension.