The Technology Behind the Editor
Update : After a mail from us pointing out this change , Marijn Haverbeke ( The person behind CodeMirror ) has added Blogger to the list of Real World Use Cases of CodeMirror.
The New Features
The New Editor is aimed at making Creation & Editing Blogger Template a lot easier for user with less experience in coding HTML/CSS/JS . Some of the specific additions are
1. Jump To Widget
Finding code related to a specific widget has become very easy , Just open the Jump To Widget Dropdown and select the widget of your choice. By making jumping to specific Widget Code block, it becomes easier for users to add code to render widget on specific page (Earlier it was a bit overwhelming to go through a lot of code to add those conditional tags )
2. Expandable Code Segments
The ability to exapand code makes the Template Editor look less cluttered and more clean.
Update : As Samantha Schaffer , one of the Google Intern responsible for creating this new Editor has mentioned in the comments , after expanding the code block ,the triangle disappears but if that specific area is clicked again then the code collapses and the triangle reappears
3. Inline Preview Template
Giving a option to preview the template in the same window is well thought UX move , keeping the continuity of the Google UI and not at all compromising with the testing of the template. It will surely improve the workflow of many template designers.
4. Format Template
If you are like me , trying to squish every whitespace out of your template to hyper-optimize for the smallest HTTP request size , then this might not be a feature for you. Jokes apart as you can see in the above image it can be a nightmare to edit a Template like that. A click of Format Template will indent your code in the most human readable form as seen in the image below . Just a word of caution though , for heavily modified template this might cause some problems , so Preview before saving any changes.
5. Find , Replace and Replace All functions
The Editor has its own Find , Replace and Replace All functions. This might seem a little off in the beginning as the Browsers Own Search will not work in the Editor but once you get used to it , it will come naturally. Especially the addition of Replace (CTRL+SHIFT+F) and Replace All (CTRL+SHIFT+R) , a must in code editors, will come really handy if you fiddling with the template a lot ( Especially with multiple similar items ) .
Here is a video demonstrating all the features (No sound but background music)
This will give many people a reason to shift their Blog on Blogger and make editing templates for current users much easier and more welcoming. This also fizzles out all the rumors going around after Google's Readers close-down about Blogger being next in the line to be closed down - HELL , if that was the case then these array of new developments would not be happening. Blogger is one of the oldest blogging platform and is here to stay for a long time. Also don't forget to check the official announcement
Update : This update appears to be rolled out for all the users and there seems to be no option to revert back to the old Template Editor