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Published on September 1st, 2016 | by Nicholas

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WordPress 5.4 Beta For Android Finally Introduces An Effective Visual Editor

WordPress 5.4 Beta For Android Finally Introduces An Effective Visual Editor
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This publish is meta, as Android Police is a WordPress-powered site. But anybody who uses WordPress will understand the massive, much-needed feature introduced within the beta form of the Android application today: finally, a real visual editor.

The thing is, previous versions from the WordPress Android application have offered a semi-functional visual editor when posting or editing content, however this editor was very fundamental. Certain formatting and content like bolding, italicizing, underlining, strikethrough, quote blocks, hyperlinks, and pictures might be previewed reside in the editor – only when posting a brand new publish. When editing a current publish, the cutting corners of these tools remained as on the plugin at the end from the screen, however they placed the naked HTML markup in to the editor, since the editor was, to make use of the technical term, janky as hell. The Android app’s editing interface was essentially a for-emergencies tool that may be used should you really needed to coupled with no use of your personal computer. The WordPress web interface in most its gluttonous bloat was frequently more functional compared to Android application on mobile.

So, essentially, we move from this awfulness:

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To this quite-tolerable…ness:

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New options within the editor itself incorporated bulleted and purchased lists, plus an HTML view toggle rather than the HTML-limbo-land look at that old application.

The Five.4 beta application also makes various tweaks towards the editing UI to really make it look a little less, well, old, and small additional features include support for Wise Lock sign-in and the opportunity to improve your Gravatar photo by tapping your profile picture around the “me” screen. That’s all fine and dandy, but it is clearly the visual editor this is the star of the show. You will get the up-to-date form of the beta – again, this can be a beta – on APK Mirror the following, or through the Play Store if you are signed up for the WordPress beta. The changelog follows.

5.4-rc-1:
* New visual editor.
* You can now update your Gravatar by tapping your profile picture on the Me screen.
* Enabling Smart Lock for Password, to pre-fill username and password fields on the Sign In screen.
* Minor fixes in the Reader.


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