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[Resolved] Feel like helping? Try version 5.0 release candidate 1…
Version 5.0 is a major update, with a lot of changes to improve NGFB’s object-oriented design.
If you’d like to download and install the pre-release, you can get release candidate 1 from here http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/nextgen-facebook.5.0rc1.zip.
I don’t expect any problems with this new version – in fact, it should be even more robust than v4.3 (which is already very solid). 😉
FYI – It’s already passed QA on 3 production websites without any errors. 🙂
FYI – I ended up adding functionality to include social buttons in the excerpt text as well. Here’s the new zip file:
5.0rc3 fixes a small recursion issue in the (new) excerpt social buttons filter:
Well, it turns out I couldn’t resist adding a little more functionality — I added a new “Custom Post/Page Settings” options box for each Post and Page, though it will only be enabled by purchasing the Pro version.
As I review the code, I was also able to tweek a few sections here and there to improve performance even more.
The changelog so far is:
= Version 5.0 =
Complete code review with an improved object-oriented design and several new classes.
Version 4.3 : 4108 lines in 9 files, with 8 classes and 114 functions. Version 5.0 : 5153 lines in 29 files, with 34 classes and 176 functions.
* Added the ability to include social sharing buttons in the excerpt as well.
* Added a new “Custom Post/Page Settings” options box for each Post and Page (enabled by purchasing the Pro version).
* Added transient caching to the url shortening method.
* Modified the image discovery methods to improve performance.
* Removed support for the “Exclude Pages” plugin (social sharing buttons were not added to excluded pages). Social sharing buttons can now be disabled for individual Posts and Pages on the new “Custom Post/Page Settings” options box.
Download it from here: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/nextgen-facebook.5.0rc4.zip
FYI – 5.0rc5 is now available: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/nextgen-facebook.5.0rc5.zip
The changes and new features are detailed in the Changelog: http://wordpress.org/plugins/nextgen-facebook/changelog/
FYI – 5.0rc6 is now available: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/nextgen-facebook.5.0rc6.zip
This is likely to be the last DEV version before 5.0 is released.
I’d really appreciate your feed back on the new setting menus, and the (new) Pro options on the Post and Page entry webpages.
Just a thought…
You develop a new version, announce beta testing, publish the new version. Then I install supposedly already refined code and within 30 sec… blast! I find this bug. Nothing serious, but something did not work here and you are probably not happy either, right?
And especially I would be more than willing to beta test your plugin. We had a few exchanges in the past, you’ve been always listening to suggestions, I owe you that. But frankly speaking, as a user I had no incentive to check the forums daily. I did it only after I found the bug.
If you would make x.x.x+1 minor version update and announce next major version’s “release candidate testing” in the “what’s new” section – that would be the thing I (and I guess other caring users too) would read, respond and definitely try to help.
That would be a better channel to announce such things to your users, in my opinion.
I announced a 5.0 pre-release candidate over a week ago — in fact, I announced a few over the past week as I was inspired (and had the time) to code some additional features. I didn’t expect more than just a few people to see, and then download / test, the pre-releases.
This morning I spent a few hours looking at, fixing, and then testing some minor bugs. I made the DEV versions available as I went, so people could fix their issues quickly.
It’s always difficult to hang on to updates while there exists an issue in the stable version. This morning I released 5.0.1 quickly because I will not have time later today.
I don’t (yet) have a group of beta/pre-release testers, but that’s certainly something I’d like to setup. I may even offer “bug bounties” on the pre-release versions. 😉
Thanks for your comment – I always appreciate feedback to help improve my work.
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