Thanksgiving Development Update
Tuesday, November 24 2009 @ 10:52 PM CST
Contributed by: Mark
While we are busy working on the next major release of glFusion, we are making sure we are not neglecting the current stable release. We’ll be rolling out v1.1.7 soon with a few new features and tweaks, as well as, a few bug fixes. We are running the latest development code here to ensure we work out all the kinks before final release. You’ll notice a few new features as you browse the site. Read on for more details…
In my opinion the most exciting feature in glFusion v1.1.7 is direct integration with Lee Garner’s . What this means is that you can install Lee’s plugin and that is all you have to do to get the ability to add custom fields to the registration and profile screens. Working with Lee, we tweaked some plugin APIs to allow his plugin to completely integrate into the registration process. We have also included the necessary template variables in all the templates so you don’t have too. Lee’s Profile plugin is very powerful and gives you a ton of new flexibility for collecting and managing data about your users.
I ran into a need for our local Cub Scout group where some of the parents wanted to ‘subscribe’ to the event calendar. So, I added the ability to have an ICS syndication feed so you can now publish your calendars to clients that support .ics imports (Outlook, Thunderbird, Google Calendar, etc.).
Our CAPTCHA support has been pretty good, but one feature that has always been missing is the ability to have an audio prompt for those who are visually impaired. We have integrated support for the reCAPCHA system into the glFusion CAPTCHA plugin. reCAPCHA is an external service that provides CAPTCHA strings and also supports audio prompts if needed. The cool thing about reCAPTCHA is the words you enter help them digitize books and newspapers. Please visit their site for more details.
We discovered a pretty nasty bug in the Media Gallery rating code where the rating values could become corrupt. While fixing this, we decided to strip this code out of Media Gallery and place it in the core code. Now we have a rating library that can be used by other plugins. We’ve added the ability to now have rating on stories. We updated the FileMgmt rating to use the new star rating system and obviously updated Media Gallery to use the new glFusion core code for rating.
Mark Howard is working on a new Flash based upload system for Media Gallery that will replace the old and no longer maintained Jupload function. Mark’s new Flash based uploader is a welcome replacement to the old, antiquated Jupload. I think everyone will be very pleased with this new addition.
Finally, we’ll be rolling out a new plugin when we release glFusion v1.1.7. The AddThis plugin is a social bookmarking plugin that makes it very simple to allow your stories to be added to social networking sites. You can see it in action here, check out the + icon on each story.
If you run into any anomalies on the site, please let us know and we’ll try to get them take care of as soon as possible.