We are pleased to announce that a new set of features has been released into our newsletter editor. These features give you more flexibility and freedom in your designs. Now you can design almost anything, keep it responsive and compatible with the most popular email clients, and do all of these faster than before.
Note: this article assumes that you are slightly familiar with the Moosend Campaign Editor and will be using the component names without explaining what they do.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at each individual feature and how it can make your life easier when designing newsletters.
Responsive and Non-Responsive Rows
When we initially built the editor we decided to provide the most cutting edge features in the market, one of which is newsletter responsiveness. Our newsletters respond to smaller screen sizes by forcing all slots to become full width slots. I.e. the left-most slot of each row remains at the top and becomes full width, and the next slot will go below, also becoming full width.
We do realize however, that you may want your newsletter layout to remain as it is even on devices capable of rendering responsive newsletters. That’s precisely why we’ve added a new property in the “Row Menu” called “Responsiveness”. You can change this property by clicking the little gear icon on the right side of the row you are hovering over as shown in the image below:
If you make a row non-responsive, the layout of the slots will not change for smaller devices. Have a look at the images below illustrating the difference between responsive and non-responsive rows (responsive top row and non-responsive bottom row).
Drag and Drop Images
Another exciting feature coming with the new release of our editor gives users the ability to drag and drop image files from their file system onto image components, articles, described images or empty slots. When you drag an image from your file system over a slot its border will turn green. If you drag it over a component that can accept image upload, its border and the image placeholder will become green. Both cases are demonstrated in the screenshot below.
Another new feature gives you the ability to crop images before they are included in your newsletters. We store the original image you uploaded so that if you crop it inaccurately you may re-crop your image as many times as you need. The cropping window pops up automatically every time you upload an image (using the upload button or dragging) as shown in the figure below.
By pressing the “Done” button you accept the cropping and the system creates the cropped image for you. If you press “Close” no cropping will take place. Regardless of whether you performed any initial cropping or not you may re-crop. You may open the cropping pop-up again if you click on the “re-crop” button found in the properties menu of any component that contains an image.
In this version of the editor, we’ve added the ability to resize images. You can resize an image by dragging its lower right corner. We have limited the maximum width to which you can grow an image so that it doesn’t take up more space than its parent slot. Because you may move an image from a larger slot to a smaller slot, we automatically resize the image to the slot’s maximum width every time you relocate the component. The figure below shows an image being resized. You may horizontally align images to the left, center or right using the property highlighted in the figure below.
A brand new component is being introduced in the new version of our editor. This component, called the HTML component, allows you to embed your own HTML code within the newsletter. The integrated HTML editor provides syntax highlighting and closes your tags automatically once you’ve entered the ‘>’ symbol to complete a valid HTML tag. Make sure to test your newsletter in your target email clients to ensure that the HTML you write maintains a consistent appearance.
To edit the HTML of an HTML component, simply double click within the component. Once you deactivate the component by clicking away, the HTML you wrote will be rendered so that you may observe its appearance while you continue designing the newsletter. The figure below shows the integrated HTML editor and what is rendered after the component is deactivated.
Global Text Properties
Using some excellent feedback from our customers, we discovered that users may want to change some generic text properties like font family, font size and font color on all of their text components at the same time. This is why in the newsletter settings, which is the rightmost button of the top toolbar (right after split view), we’ve added a section called “Common Text Properties” where you can manipulate the properties of all your text components in one place. You may see these properties in the figure below.
Newsletter Background Image
Besides just adding a background color, you might want to add a background image to make your newsletter pretty and more ladylike. You may use the top section of the newsletter settings called “Background Properties” to change the background color and the background image of the newsletter at any time. Once you’ve uploaded an image, the two buttons that appear on screen allow you to recrop and remove the image respectively.
Another exciting addition to our new features list is the ability to preview your newsletter from the perspective of a tablet or a mobile that is capable of rendering responsive newsletters. When you click on preview on the left menu of the editor, you can now switch between devices onto which your newsletter is previewed as shown in the figures below.
Finally, a feature for users who might want to view the code under the hood of the newsletter they are creating with the editor. The newsletter design area now has 3 views: the design view, the code view and the split view.
The design view is what you have already been using by dragging and dropping content and creating a newsletter through the editor’s interface. The code view fills your screen up with the HTML code being generated from the editor while you design.
The split view allows you to see both the design pane and the code pane at the same time. Any changes you make on the design pane are immediately reflected on the HTML code pane to your right. You may use the little arrow to enlarge or shrink the design and code panes respectively. The editor limits you from shrinking the design pane beyond the point where you won’t see the entire pane or a little bit of its background. The animation below illustrates the use of all three views.