Commons 1.14.2

I’ve just released version 1.14.2 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a maintenance release, which addresses the following bugs:

  • Fix escaped quotes on Public Portfolio widgets
  • Increase performance when deleting bbPress topics and replies
  • Increase performance of activity queries with respect to Social Paper filtering
  • Fix bug in BuddyPress that could cause incorrect metadata to be stored for post items in some cases
  • Remove Simple CSS metabox from front-end interface, especially in Events
  • Fix bug preventing the creation of groups in some cases
  • Fix bug that caused Submit button to be inaccessible in some cases when previewing forum post
  • Fix bug in Site Layout tool that prevented site privacy settings from being saved properly
  • Add notice when leaving site creation process (as to visit a demo site) without saving changes

For complete details, visit the 1.14.2 milestone.

Commons 1.9.31

I’ve just released version 1.9.31 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major-theme-and-plugin release, and also contains the following:

  • Update to Events Calendar to allow group calendar embedding on a WP site (more information to come alongside the 1.10 release)
  • Fixed bug that caused group blog post edits to be reflected in the activity stream

For complete details, visit the 1.9.31 milestone.

Commons 1.9.14

I’ve just released version 1.9.14 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release features a number of fixes:

  • Social Paper author avatars now link to their profiles
  • cuny.is shortlinks are now case-insensitive when entered into the browser
  • Improved appearance of long event titles on the Upcoming list
  • Fixed bug that allowed incorrect access to event venues in the Dashboard

For complete details, see the 1.9.14 milestone.

Commons 1.9.12

I’ve just released version 1.9.12 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release addresses a number of issues:

  • Fixed a bug that caused certain kinds of line breaks to be stripped when saving a Portfolio text field
  • Added the ability to create/update an Event “silently” (ie, without group notifications being sent)
  • Improved logic related to the way that comments are approved on Social Papers

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.9.12 milestone.

Commons 1.9

I’ve just released version 1.9 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a major release for the Commons; we aim for two feature-based releases each year, and this is our first one since 1.8 in May of 2015.

Major releases often coincide with the introduction of a brand-new major project for the Commons. For 1.9, our focus has been on the new Social Paper feature. With Social Paper, we hope to provide a space where Commons members can do their academic writing in a context that is natively connected with the other social spaces on the Commons, a tool that is as beautiful to use as it is powerful and flexible.

Social Paper is a heavily customized writing and reading environment for WordPress, powered in part by the WP Front End Editor and Inline Comments plugins, and integrating tightly with BuddyPress. In the future, we hope to make Social Paper available as a one-click installation package. But for the time being, you are welcome to experiment with this beta tool on your own WordPress site. Documentation and code is available on our public Github repo.

Commons 1.9 also features a number of critical improvements to BP Event Organiser, the BuddyPress calendar plugin that was the focus of our 1.8 release. For 1.9, we built the ability for users to subscribe, via their native calendaring applications, to group and user event feeds – whether public or private. We also made the BuddyPress integration tighter, by allowing group administrators to control who is allowed to attach events to their groups. In addition, we’re moving forward with plans to make BP Event Organiser content available outside of the BuddyPress context; sites in a WordPress Multisite network can now take advantage of a widget that embeds a calendar from any of their groups.

Version 1.9 includes dozens more small (and not-so-small) enhancements to the functionality and design of the Commons. For complete details on the release, visit the 1.9 milestone.

Commons 1.8.11

I’ve just released version 1.8.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major-theme-and-plugin release, which includes a major version upgrade to WordPress (4.3.x).

A number of notable fixes in the release:

  • Improved Quick Link flow so that users automatically receive links
  • Fixed bug that prevented users from downloading iCal file related to non-public events
  • Fixed incorrect event permalinks in activity streams

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.8.11 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for August 21, 2014

The following plugins will receive major upgrades during the maintenance release on August 21, 2014. The numbers in parentheses represent the major version series for each plugin; on the 21st, the plugin will be upgraded to the latest available version in that series, but no later.

  1. Category Posts Widget (4.0)
  2. Custom Sidebars (2.0)
  3. FeedWordPress (2014.0805)
  4. Jetpack (3.1)
  5. List Category Posts (0.50)
  6. News announcement scroll (8.2)
  7. Ninja Forms (2.7)
  8. Subscribe2 (10.13)
  9. Events Calendar (3.7)
  10. Widget Context (1.0)
  11. WP Document Revisions (2.0)
  12. WPTouch (3.4)
  13. Wysija Newsletters Premium (2.6)
  14. xili-language (2.15)

Question or concerns about these releases? Leave a comment below, or contact our team at commons@gc.cuny.edu.

(This post is in the series of “major update release warning posts”, announced in https://dev.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/09/05/new-release-schedule-and-procedures-document-available/ and described in detail at https://dev.commons.gc.cuny.edu/release-schedule-and-procedures/#major-update-releases.)