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Feedback request: core plugin and open source plugin changes

October 25th, 2021

3 min read

TinyMCE, the open source rich text editors , has plugin changes.

Written by

Joe Robinson


World of WYSIWYG

TinyMCE has and always will be open source, and provides the best possible content creation experience in the TinyMCE open source WYSIWYG editor.

In the upcoming TinyMCE 6 release, we’re making changes to two of our plugins that are currently available in the open source plugin group. These two plugins are moving from the open source group into the premium plugin group – thereby changing what plugins are freely available when using our open source WYSIWYG editor.

We’re currently seeking feedback on the intention to transition these plugins. You can let us know what you think on our new GitHub discussions page.

These features and plugins are continuing to be supported, and will remain open source within the TinyMCE 5 series, with changes expected to take effect in the soon to be announced TinyMCE 6 release.

Open source plugins transitioning to paid tiers

It’s a very hard decision to change something from our open source core, to our paid versions. These decisions are not made lightly. However, we’ve decided to move the following two plugins to paid plans. This decision better aligns engineering investment, and allows us to truly make them the best features possible, and maximizing their potential.

  1. Image Tools

    The image tools plugin has potential, and in order to realise it, we’re moving the plugin to a paid tier. This allows our resources to contribute towards improving and updating the image handling capabilities of this plugin.

  2. Table of Contents

    New features are planned in the long term for this plugin. However, in order to allocate resources to realise additions such as pagination and auto-updating the plugin is moving to a paid tier. This allows the plugin to ultimately provide more tools for users who need tables of contents in their rich text editor feature set.

We understand the decision to move these plugins to a paid tier, including having a paid tier at all, may attract some controversy. It is important that in order to sustain innovation, development, and support for the leading, enterprise-grade, open source rich text editor core, we make these hard decisions. Please provide any feedback you have relating to these changes in our GitHub Community

Premium plugin transitioning to open source tiers

We've made the decision to keep the preimum plugins as they currently are for the TinyMCE 6 release.

While some discussion regarding the Case Change plugin (the plugin enables the ability to switch words between uppercase, lowercase, and title case) was held, this plugin will remain in the premium category.

Open source plugin additions to the core rich text editor

The following plugins are core features we believe are better suited to sit directly within the core editor itself, and not as separate plugins. These changes are about making our open source core more developer focused, and allows us to pay better attention to the features that developers know and love.

Remember, with these plugins now reside in the core editor, and you will no longer need to include them in plugin lists in TinyMCE 6.0.

Removing explicit Word support for the Paste plugin

Three options will be removed from the Paste plugin when pasting content into the editor from Microsoft Word:

  • paste_convert_word_fake_lists
  • paste_retain_style_properties
  • paste_word_valid_elements

These changes take effect in TinyMCE version 6. For those looking for clean copy and paste functionality we would recommend PowerPaste within our paid tiers. 

Have feedback? Let us know! 

You can read about the TinyMCE 5.9 release, the TinyMCE 5.10 release, and the improvements made to the TinyMCE language capabilities. 

Were the two open source plugins helping you in your work? Have any additional thoughts or concerns about this announcement? We want to hear from you. Please reach out to us directly at team@tiny.cloud to let us know your thoughts.

Join in the conversation in our new TinyMCE GitHub discussion space! Your feedback helps to make TinyMCE a powerful and flexible open source rich text editor.

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byJoe Robinson

Technical and creative writer, editor, and a TinyMCE advocate. An enthusiast for teamwork, open source software projects, and baking. Can often be found puzzling over obscure history, cryptic words, and lucid writing.

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