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logoAfter a long period of development, the new major release of FCKEditor has shipped.

The most notable change is the new name: it went from FCKEditor, which many people didn’t like because of its similarity to an English bad word (it was made by the initials of the project founder, Frederico Caldeira Knabben) to CKEditor where CK stands for “content & knowledge”.

But obviously this is not the only change: it’s amazingly fast, it has a completely new UI, no more popup but only js modal dialogs, produces valid XHTML code (and hopefully it will not screw-up the code snippets written with WLW) and much more. Read the official release note to know more: CKEditor 3.0 is here!

And also I recommend playing with the demo for more complete experience. It’s impressive!

At the moment there is no server-side integration like it was with FCKEditor 2.x, but given the very easy Javascript API this is not a big deal. But the really missing feature is the lack of an integrated file/image browser: if you are building a closed source project you use the other product built by CKSource, CKFinder, which is a very powerful file browser. But unfortunately it doesn’t come with an opensource license: this prevents the usage of CKEditor in opensource projects like Subtext and DotNetNuke.

They say there will be a trimmed-down CKFinder with CKEditor 3.1 but until then, don’t expect to see CKEditor integrated with Subtext.

posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 12:17 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by Jef Claes at 8/26/2009 7:51 PM

Do you think the Editor in the AjaxControlToolkit will be a big competitor?

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by Simone at 8/27/2009 10:01 AM

I don't think the Editor in the ACT will be a very big threat to CKEditor... it's very small in features, and lack some kind of serverside integration (like the filebrowser)

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by Digicube at 8/27/2009 11:44 AM

Simone do you have any idea when the server side control will be available in .NET so I can easily swap out v2? v2 is good just I can't get EnterMode in config to behave correctly.

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by Simone at 8/27/2009 12:01 PM

I've no idea... they say after 3.0 is released

But you can use the JS API:
pretty much all you have to do is just write a textarea and then just call the JS API do transform the textarea in a CKEditor enabled editor:

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by Digicube at 8/27/2009 12:14 PM

OK thanks Simone, I guess I'll give it a whirl when I get chance.

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by cathal at 8/27/2009 2:44 PM

the lack of opensource licence in the ckfinder isn't an issue for DotNetNuke, it has it's own integrated filemanager (that uses it's fileAPI granular permissions), and link editor.

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by taicomjp at 8/30/2009 6:16 PM

It's a little confusing. That mean CKEditor is still opensource, but CKFinder isn't. So base on opensource license, we can still use CKEditor on our project without CKFinder.

# re: CKEditor 3.0 is out

Left by Simone at 8/30/2009 7:50 PM

CKEditor and CKFinder are two different products. CKEditor is opensource, CKFinder is not

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