WordCounter for Chrome—App to extension migration

New: WordCounter editor available in WordCounter Chrome extension

The WordCounter editor app is now available directly in the WordCounter chrome extension. Click on the extension button in the toolbar to open the editor. The editor is also available using they keyboard shortcut ‘Cmd/Ctrl + ​.‘, but this may require resetting if another extension is using this shortcut.

Key features of WordCounter editor:

  • Set word or character limit and it shows live count, including warning colour when close to the limit.
  • Optionally set a hard limit and the editor prevents typing beyond the word limit.
  • Markdown support
    • Write in markdown
    • Counts words in converted markdown, not base text
    • Use preview button (or ‘Cmd/Ctrl+r‘) to preview formatted markdown
  • Print content directly from editor

 

End of support for WordCounter Chrome app

Google has announced end of life for Chrome Apps. As a result the WordCounter Chrome app will not receive any more updates. It will stop working when Google ends support on your platform.

I request you to switch to the Chrome extension instead. The editor in WordCounter Chrome extension supports nearly all features1 of the app, and includes more useful features for word counts on the web.

WordCounter extension is available here.


  1. Chrome extensions do not have access to the computer’s file system. So the WordCounter extension cannot save files directly from the editor. 

Todo.txt for Chrome – Updates to the task editor, and more

version 2017.0703.4.22

Task editing updates

Changes made to task editor to add date selectors, support completed tasks, and more:

Edit dates using date selector

You may now edit task dates – due dates & completion dates – using a date selector, instead of typing them in. The original method of just typing them works too.

Add completed tasks

Add completed tasks by starting them with ‘x‘. E.g.:

x Added new filtering options to filter by dates, completion status, and (no) priority

If no date is specified after ‘x’, the completion date is set as today. You may also use the date selector to choose another completion date.

Edit completed tasks

You may now edit completed tasks, including completion dates, priority, projects, etc.

Also, the tag for priorities on completed tasks now uses a lowercase ‘pri:‘, instead of the earlier title case ‘Pri:‘.

Use cleaner, multiple task editor by default

If you like keeping your task editor clean, you can set up the multiple task editor as your default task adding screen. This setting is available under Options > Other Settings.

This setting only changes the behaviour of Add Task button. The keyboard shortcuts still open the single add task editor (a​), and multiple add task editor (m).

Task list changes

Confirm task delete

Deleting a task – from button or keyboard shortcut (#) – will now create a confirm prompt. This is a safety precaution to prevent data loss, since task deletion is irreversible.

Changed order of dates for task lists

The order in which dates are listed below a task in the list has been updated to:

  1. Task creation date, followed by
  2. Due date (if any), and
  3. Task completion date (if complete)

If you encounter any bugs/issues, or have suggestions for changes, please do let me know using the feedback form.


Get Todo.txt for Chrome on the Chrome Web Store.

New idea: minimalist blog editor app

Yet another Chrome1 app idea:

A minimal, no-frills blogging app with markdown editing2, inline tagging support3, and draft auto-sync4 to WordPress and Medium

I find WordPress‘ editor too cluttered (despite the distraction-free mode), and Medium‘s too fiddly-gimmicky. In fact, I write most of my posts these days in another Automattic product – Simplenote, and then copy it to my WordPress blogs, or Medium for final editing, formatting, etc.

My WordCounter Chrome app already supports Markdown Extra. Reusing that code, adding Medium & WordPress API support, and adding a #tag parser shouldn’t take long. The only question is do I care about it enough to prioritise it over all the other stuff that’s on the backlog?

For the last couple of months that I’ve had this idea, the answer has been no.

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