The Gutenberg Editor is here with its new version, Gutenberg 1.0.0. The newest version was released over the weekend. New releases are shipping out on a weekly basis. Design lead Tammie Lister said the team decided “not let numbers set expectations” and will carry on at the same pace with weekly releases.
This time, the changelog had a full list of more than 35 improvements included in Gutenberg 1.0.0. However, one of the most visible UI updates this time was the new drag and drop option for adding image blocks.
The new feature lets you add image blocks by dragging and dropping them into the editor. They can be placed directly within the content (between blocks) and also onto the image block placeholder. Gutenberg has also included a blue line indicator for drop zones where users can place an image.
Testers of Gutenberg said that the feature works smoothly but is a bit slow. The slight delay of uploading the image after placing it may leave the user confused about what is happening. However, the feedback on this particular pull request indicates that the team is working on displaying an immediate reaction to the image having been dropped, instead of waiting for the upload to finish.
Gutenberg 1.0.0 also merges the paragraph and cover text blocks. Contributors agreed that the two blocks could be easily combined and the colors and font size options from the previous cover block have also been added to the block settings sidebar this time.
Version 1.0.0 has also made several other improvements as well. Some of them are listed below:
- Reworked color palette picker with a clear and custom color option
- Further improvements to inline pasting and fixing errant empty blocks
- Added thumbnail size selector to image blocks
- Added support for URL input and align and edit buttons to audio block
- Restored keyboard navigation with more robust implementation, addressing previous browser issues
- Added align and edit buttons to video block
- Show “add new term” in hierarchical taxonomies (including categories)
- Improved accessibility of sidebar modes
The editor is getting better at staying out of the way when the user is writing but even the slightest mouse movement within the paragraph block slides all of the block’s surrounding controls into view. This experience can be a bit annoying, however, it may be inevitable unless more of the UI can be buried under the inspector. The paragraph blocks currently display the most commonly used controls for writing text content, but users say that plugins hooking into this to create different types of writing experiences, either added more controls or cut it back to something more minimalist.
We really like where Gutenberg editor is going. The way it works and connects with your content is amazing, leaving the user focused on creating cool posts. There is a lot of space for improvement for it and we’re sure new things will follow but we can only wish the guys behind it will keep getting it better and better.