We wanted to let you know about a big new Basecamp feature we're rolling out shortly. Now you'll be able to use visual formatting tools when you post messages or comments. We wanted to give you a heads up so you know it's coming. It should be any day now.
We've been testing this new feature with about 100 customers for the past six weeks or so. While it looks simple, it was surprisingly challenging to get it just right across browsers. We also had to fine tune the display quite a bit to accept copy/paste from other programs without destroying the formatting.
The new editor (a WYSIWYG - "What You See Is What You Get" - editor) lets you turn text bold or italic without having to know the special "Textile" formatting codes you used to have to use. You can also create bullet lists and numbered lists by just clicking a button. No more battling with Basecamp just to make a bullet list or some bold text in a message.
The new editor is starting out very simple. Bold, italic, bullet list, and numbered list. We wanted to get the basics right first. In time we'll be adding additional functionality. Blockquotes and "code mode" will probably be next.
What about Textile?
If you're a Textile fan, you may be wondering if you can still use Textile/HTML in your messages. The answer is yes. Just click the "Switch to Textile/HTML" link in the lower right corner below the editor to switch into Textile/HTML mode. Then you can use the same codes you used to use. Note: You can't use Textile or HTML in the WYSIWYG mode.
Thanks for your patience
This feature has been a top request for a while. We've been working on it on and off for a while. We're excited to finally bring it to you. It'll only get better, too.
Thanks again for using Basecamp.