Commons 1.2

I’ve just finished tagging and releasing version 1.2 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.2 is a major feature release for the site. Notable new features and improvements:

  • The addition of BuddyPress Docs, a collaborative writing and editing plugin for BuddyPress, developed specifically for the CUNY Academic Commons. BuddyPress Docs gives groups a sort of private wiki space, where they can share their writing and get work done.
  • A number of parts of the BP Groupblog interface have been improved. Group blog privacy settings have been more closely integrated; blog author/group member sync has been made more reliable; information about groupblog connections is now displayed on the blog Dashboard; blogs and groups can now be properly unlinked in order to participate in further groupblog connections.
  • The display of pending group invitations (the Send Invites tab in each group) has been made less confusing.
  • The interface through which group administrators can change the group’s slug/URL has been better integrated into the group admin screens.
  • A new Reply button on each forum makes it possible to reply to a forum post without clicking through numerous pages of replies.
  • New WordPress themes: Clean Home, Antisnews

This release cycle has been our most extensive to date, with 69 bug and enhancement tickets opened and closed against the milestone. As usual, you can read the full details of the release at the 1.2 milestone.

Sincere thanks to the Commons Dev Team and the Commons Community Team for their hard work leading up to this major release.

Commons 1.1.11

I’ve just released version 1.1.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons. I’m hopeful that this will be the last release in the 1.1.x series – we’ve got some great new features coming in 1.2, and I want to get it out to the community as soon as I can.

Some of the fixes included in 1.1.11:

  • Better handling of certain Office files as forum attachments
  • Bug fixed that may have prevented some email invitations from being sent
  • Some cleanup in the email notifications for forum posts that have attachments

You can read more about what went into the release at 1.1.11 milestone.

Commons 1.1.7

Happy New Year! I have just released version 1.1.7 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This bugfix release contained a very important security release of WordPress (v3.0.4), as well as a few other small changes:

  • Bugfixes in the Google Calendar widget WP plugin
  • Bugfixes in the Cityscape WP theme
  • Installed the Meebo Me WP plugin

For complete details about the release, visit the 1.1.7 milestone.

Commons 1.1.5

I have just released version 1.1.5 of the CUNY Academic Commons. The main purpose for this release was to fix a recently introduced bug that was preventing users from inviting others to their BuddyPress groups. Several other issues were addresse as well:

  • A plugin WP Resume was included to allow the creation of resum├ęs and CVs on your Commons blog
  • PDF export for MediaWiki pages and categories was activated
  • Some bugs with the way that the Atahualpa theme handles custom headers were fixed
  • See the 1.1.5 milestone for full details on the release.
  • Commons 1.1.4

    I’ve just finished tagging and releasing version 1.1.4 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This bugfix release addresses several issues and requests from the member community, including:

    • Bugfixes in several WordPress plugins (Widgetize Google Gadgets, Media Element HTML 5)
    • Fixed bug that was causing a few members to get email notification from groups they used to be members of
    • Installed the Widget Context WP plugin, which allows blog owners greater control over the way that widgets display on different parts of their sites
    • Improved the layout of the group header and added a Post Topic button to the group forum interface for greater usability

    As always, you can get full details about the release from the 1.1.4 milestone

    Commons 1.1.3

    I just released version 1.1.3 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This version was timed to fix a critical bug that was making WordPress ignore the wildcard filters that the Commons uses to restrict membership to *.cuny.edu addresses. Several other small issues were addressed:

    • The new email notification system now sends emails to post authors by default (a setting you can change at Settings > Notifications)
    • Upgraded the popular Atahualpa theme and corrected an error that was making the plugin’s Dashboard menu unavailable. (Blogs using Atahualpa may find that they need to adjust their headers slightly after this upgrade.)
    • Upgraded a large number of plugins and themes to the latest versions

    For full details on the upgrade, see the 1.1.3 milestone.

    Commons 1.1.2

    Another quick release today, CUNY Academic Commons version 1.1.2. As with the previous maintenance release, there were a few issues that needed to be resolved quickly. To wit:

    • Problems with the way that forum attachments were being accessed and stored
    • A WordPress security release (3.0.3)

    I also took the opportunity to sneak in a few small fixes, related to Ron’s Post Gallery Widget and to the External Blogs plugin.

    See the 1.1.2 milestone for details on this release.

    Commons 1.1.1

    I just tagged and released the CUNY Academic Commons version 1.1.1. This is a quick follow-up release to Monday’s big 1.1 release and addresses some important bugs related to that release. A few highlights:

    • Cross-browser appearance of the front page slider improved
    • Email notifications of forum posts now have the full body text and improved formatting
    • Incorrect email notification settings have been cleaned up
    • The time window for the Who’s Online widget is increased

    For a full account of the release, please visit the 1.1.1 milestone

    Commons 1.1

    I just released version 1.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. 1.1 is our first big feature release since we’ve begun versioning the site, and there’s a lot of new stuff for users to check out. Stay tuned to the Commons news blog over the next few days for details about the new features. In the meantime, I hope this executive summary will tide you over:

    • Upgraded to WP 3.0.2, for an improved Dashboard experience
    • A new email notification system, which allows immediate or digest (daily or weekly) notifications of group activity (plugin)
    • A host of new, high quality blog themes from WooThemes
    • The ability for group admins to pull external RSS feeds into a group activity stream (plugin)
    • The ability for group admins to change the URL slug of a group (plugin)
    • Improvements in the way that the slider images on the site home page are managed, courtesy of a plugin custom developed for the Commons by Ron Rennick (plugin)
    • The ability for group admins to change the URL slug of a group (plugin)
    • Many UI bugs fixed

    For more on what was changed in 1.1, see the 1.1 milestone.