Redactor Review

The best jQuery WYSIWYG editor out there?

Created by Imperavi, Redactor is a lightweight (45kb) jQuery WYSIWYG editor. In their own words:

Redactor is the most fantastic yet beautiful and easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor on jQuery. It is lightning fast, small, scalable, and powerful.

A bold claim, and initially I was skeptical.

Initial Thoughts

I first discovered Redactor back in August, just before v8.0 was released. I was impressed with its features and clean API, but it still had a few issues.

The glaring omission of an underline button on the toolbar was the first thing I noticed. Bold, italic, but no underline? Luckily, it was easy enough to add one in.

Another issue was the lack of ability to disable keyboard shortcuts. This could be hacked in, but it wasn't nice.

Over time, however, these (and more) points have been addressed in some feature packed updates. (v8.1.0 and 8.0.3 respectively, see the changelog for a complete list.)

Since v8 was released on August 7th, 2012, the updates have come at a steady rate, and the product has gone from strength to strength.

Extensive but well thought out settings, an easy to use plugins API, image and file uploads, as well as countless, easy to follow examples help show why everyone should be using Redactor.

There's always a but…

The only downside? The price may put some people off, but it shouldn't.

At only $99 (£62) for a Developer license, it won't break the bank. And it you fancy giving it a whirl first, try an earlier version on GitHub.

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