As announced previously, xScape will soon get built-in support for bbPress plugin, and this 1.6.5 version of the framework is a one step closer to that, making changes that are needed to handle this discussion forum plugin. As always, there are couple of new features and minor changes.
If you are using Dev4Press Updater plugin, you will be able to update themes with new framework, and also, you can download it from your account dashboard download page: http://www.dev4press.com/user/download/.
Layout manager is improved and new option is added allowing to copy settings from one template to another as long as the templates are same type. Dialog displayed for settings copy will show compatible templates you ca copy settings from. Also, list of templates can show additional help info, so you see that some of the templates are marked as bbPress. Blue icon will open copy settings dialog.
Other changes are mostly behind the scenes to make it able to work with the upcoming bbPress module. Several bugs are fixed in this version including regression from 1.6.3 that caused Facebook widgets to disappear from the Widgets panel. There are also few fixes in handling the saving and loading of some xScape settings.
R8 theme is updated to 1.0.3 with few extra changes. I have also uploaded Beta versions of R8 1.0.9 and newsScape 1.2.9 that have inside bbPress module and additional templates needed for bbPress plugin. You can get current development version of bbPress and test it with xScape module (bbPress plugin branch SVN: http://svn.automattic.com/bbpress/branches/plugin). Styling for the module is not yet done, but it’s functional and usable even in current state. Both themes now add 13 new templates managed by bbPress module. Many bugs are to be expected, so use these beta version only on development and test installations.
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