It has been a long time, but these days I'm going to try to push a new stable release of Write Area. It will be mostly an upgrade to the current CKEditor 3.6.1, but at the same time I'm gonna try to finish some code that it's available in the betas and provide a simplified version.
The main change will be the removal of the option to select whether to open the editor in a bottom pane or in a dialog. My plan is to finish the behavior of the new "integrated" mode, so that whenever you select to use Write Area with a normal textarea then it will be replaced by a CKEditor instance integrated in the same page. This is similar to what the "bottom pane" provides, but with the advantage of being able to create more than one instance, and the rest of the scripts of the page can get direct access to the contents as if nothing had happened.
If you try to use instead an existing editor that isn't too compatible with the current Firefox or it's missing features, then the editor will be launched in dialog mode. The plan is to do this automatically without the need to select a preference.
First: Simplify options.
More options means more testing, harder for the user as he has to think about what's better. I can't claim that I know better than him what's better for him, but I know what's more job for me.
Second: Try to avoid future problems due to changes in Firefox.
The bottom pane is a "XUL overlay", that means that it's somehow quite integrated with Firefox, and in the future the plan is to try to move as much extensions as possible to the Addons-SDK. That means that such integrations might be harder or just impossible. If I start removing these blocks I can try to test if it's possible to port the extension to this new world. Anyway that goal is quite far away as I've stated previously that I won't start using the Addons SDK as long as they require to install Python or any other third party libreary/compiler/whatever.
Third: Other browsers.
By using a simpler approach it's possible to create a Write Area version for Chrome, and although I don't use it I understand that other people do, so if there are just a few differences then I can provide a port of the extension. It won't be as feature rich as the Firefox version, but at least is something that people can use.
If you have a strong reason to believe that I'm making a mistake the I would like to hear your concerns. Otherwise I'll go ahead and release the update when it's ready