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​User survey: Which editor functions would you like us to implement?

What’s happened so far

Hi, this is Björn writing, I’m the programmer of monkkee. As you may already have noticed, we have recently updated monkkee’s editor. By ‘editor’ we mean the large input field in which you edit your texts, and which also contains the toolbar. The toolbar features the formatting buttons that allow you to select a particular font size, insert images, etc.

With the latest update we have further improved the toolbar. Now you have the freedom to determine which buttons you want to see in your toolbar. To ensure that all editor functions are accessible to you, however, a small arrow icon allows you to display all available buttons.


Greetings from snowy Berlin! For you, we’ll go to any length, fearing neither cold nor snow 😉

The update is a step forward, but certainly not a revolution. This brings us to our main point: We would like to offer you a bigger selection of toolbar functions. Judging from the feedback we have been getting, many of you will probably be happy to hear this.

Why only now?

We didn’t add any new editor functions in the past because we didn’t want to overload the toolbar. One of the most praised aspects of monkkee is its clean and simple design, and we didn’t want to compromise on that. But now with the new option of hiding icons, this is no longer a problem. Users can now decide for themselves which icons they want to display in their toolbar. If you are using monkkee on both a computer and a mobile device, you can even configure your icons separately for each device type.

Which functions would you like us to implement?

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to hear from you which functions you would like to see in the future version of the toolbar. If you have any ideas/suggestions, please leave a comment below. We will collect all your comments and get down to work.

To get an idea of what is possible, please check out this demo of CKEditor. CKEditor is the editor software monkkee is based on. The ‘full featured’ demo offers numerous functions for you to try out. Please let us know if you particularly like a certain function. If someone else has already suggested your idea, just add your reply to their comment instead.

Have fun and thanks in advance!

P.S.: Your ideas will be much appreciated, as would be a small contribution to help us feed the monkkee and finance the tasks ahead.

Comments ( 13 )

      • bill says:

        I’m just a bit confused about the “save” function. There appears to be a “save” button but it is disabled, so I am uncomfortable not being able to save as I go. I realize that Monkkee autosaves but I’d have a lot more peace of mind with the freedom to save when I want, as often as I want. Thanks.

      • Roger says:

        Just found this today and really like the simplicity. The only thing at the moment I would ask for might be the ability to change the date format to mm/dd/yyyy.
        Really think you are doing a great job.

      • Robson says:

        Hi guys… do you have an app for Android? Because I’ve searched but I have found not a thing. I’d really appreciate an app to work on my cellphone and sync with the web.
        Take care.
        Big hug from Brasil.

      • Monica says:

        I would like to be able to insert tables – it would definitely be a very useful tool to organise my goals and achievements .

        And perhaps be able to choose from different fonts…(?)

        Apart from that emoticons would be fun 🙂 but not necessary.

        Nothing else as the simple design is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

        Thanks! M

      • Mandy says:


        The option to add a table, checkboxes, a horizontal line, find, and special characters would be awesome!
        Thanks so much for all your hard work! 😀


      • Sten says:

        I think it is sufficient as-is, personally, but two features I could see being useful are tables and blockquotes.

      • Alpha says:

        I just stumbled across your site this morning and I must say, I am very IMPRESSED!!!! I use the default notes app on my iPad for journaling everyday. It’s not password protected and sometimes operates on a sluggish level. I searched many different downloadable journal/diary apps from iTunes, but nothing seemed to suffice. I had made mention in my prayers to find the ideal solution for my electronic journaling needs, and well….prayers get answered!

        Your site is perfect! Perfect is an understatement. I am very pleased to have found an easy-to-use, straightforward no nonsense site for journaling purposes that is safe, secure and password protected. It has all of the formatting tools to fit my writing needs. I love the name too! “Monkkee” ? I will continue to donate. My hopes are that You have plans to keep the site operational and my data is never lost.

        Thank You and God bless you!!!

      • udo says:

        It may be a lot to ask.. but I could certainly do with a Dutch spelling checker: Nederlandse spellingcontrole. It would really help me to log in more often.

      • Madison says:

        @Udo. Just edit your Chrome Settings. Go to Chrome -> Settings -> Show advanced settings -> Languages -> Language and input settings -> Add -> Now choose Dutch -> OK -> Done ….. and you’re good to go 🙂

      • Madison says:

        I’d love “Font” and “Size”.

      • John says:

        I I would like
        _ Have the possibility of justifying the text
        _ Cut, copy, stick of the text
        _ Be able to make a search(research) for word in the page
        _pouvoir put a quotation
        _ Be able to put a picture(board)
        _ Be able to put emoticons
        __ Be able to change the police of writing _pouvoir change the size of the police with figures
        I use a translator because I do not speak well enough English!
        Thank you for this really brilliant site

      • Björn Weinbrenner says:

        Thanks for your ideas. Copy, paste and cut are functions which are already provided by the browser (even mobile ones). On computers you can use the shortcuts Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V and Ctrl+X.

      • Felipe says:

        For me it is already good, because I just want to write about my days.

        I only have suggestions as global features:
        – Hashtags/tags
        – Alternative visualization of posts
        * Kind of Calendar visualization with the first words only
        * Kind of Grid visualization, like cards in a table
        * Word cloud linking to posts… which word could link to theirs posts… this cloud could be filtered by year, month, etc.
        * Simplification of the current timeline view… like collapsing posts (hide them) and show only the month name.. the years.. etc. and the user select what month/year he wants to expand.

        etc. etc
        Basically I am saying that… better than the ability to write good posts… is the ability to go back in the past and analyse yourselves. And to do that, we could jump from post to post, or we could analyse a big picture, seeing an overview, than, picking some area of this overview to go deeper and read the posts of this area. This is an abstract idea. Even others visualization techniques to analyse texts, or compare texts, could be implemented.

        I am not asking you guys to implement all of it, I am just giving you ideas to be considered (or not) in the future of the system.

        Thanks a lot for your great job

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