The main issue with Rich Text Editors is the support provided by their development team and the size of the community behind them. It is one of the main reasons I decided to go with tinyMCE (http://tinymce.moxiecode.com).
All browser-based RTE solutions share the same major pitfull–and that’s image uploading. Users want to be to just cut-n-paste images into the canvas like they do with Word. They want to be able to cut-n-paste a Word document and just have it work. This is limitation you’re never be able to get around without using a 3rd party plug-in.
I’d never pay $1300 for a browser-based solution (especially when there are just as many good solutions that are much cheaper or free)–especially since it’ll never be able to address the issue above. That’s why on the last project I worked on that needed a RTE control we went with XStandard.
While not perfect, it’s ability to upload images in the background via a webservice has drastically improved the experience we can provide users. If they need to publish a Word document that contains a lot of screenshots, it’s no problem. The XStandard plug-in automatically uploads those binary images via a webservice. There’s no need for users to have to manually export and then import images via some separate interface.
I keep hoping that Flash will eventually do something similar with their text control. Flash already has some really powerful binary image capabilities. Allowing users to past images into a text control and then have the ability to push that to the server via remoting (or for AIR save it locally) would be a huge benefit to the user.
Obviously, there’s some security concerns, but those could be worked out.
Yeah, we were using FCKEditor, but lately, I’m starting to look elsewhere. I’ve had some weird issues on 2.4.3+ that I’ve not been able to explain. 2 internal domains, one runs FCKEditor just fine, the other one doesn’t. Even copying the same libraries to both machines. The main editor works fine, just don’t open anything that has to do with the filebrowser that they have. Not to mention, they’re moving their filebrowser from open-source to a paid solution (CKFinder) now.
I’m having the same problems with FCK as Todd Rafferty. While it’s a great editor, it has some annoying limitations – the greater one is the file browser, which doesn’t allow deletion of folders and files. You have to pay to get that and that’s really annoying when you get something like FCK ’cause it’s free to use.
RTE seems quite amazing but, what the heck, 1299?!? Adding some US$ 300 I can get all CF functionality!…
I checked out rtePad and although the price tag for an unlimited license is 1299, most people wont need this particular license, the cheaper licenses are very much inline with other commercial editors pricing, i was looking at tinymce (and am currently using fckeditor) and the main reason im considering something else is their weight and loading time, rtepad seems to be 1/10th the size of any other full featured editors ive looked at. Has anyone here actually purchased rtePad, i would be very keen to hear peoples experiences on this product.
The example page is almost 300KB to download before compression. Definitely not 1/10th of the size of other editors.
I was under the impression it was smaller due to the loading times, not the physical file sizes (for me tinymce takes a long time to load and fckeditor is only marginally better, and rtepad was almost instantaneous), but even zipped up, fckeditor and tinymce are still more then twice the size. Out of curiosity are there any other editors worth checking out that dont need php or .net to work?
I’ve been using CFFM as my file manager with FCKEditor and it works well. I can upload, rename, delete, etc and it integrates easily.
I’m with Dan on this one – we switched to XStandard a few years back and have no regrets.