Summer break is over and time has come to start working on the next major version for GD bbPress Toolbox Pro. Version 4.0 will be a big release with a lot of new features, and I am still finalizing the list based on your suggestions and previous plans and discussions.
So far, there are more than 15 new (or expanded) features planned for 4.0, some of them might not end in the 4.0 (depending on the available time). But, some features are on top of the list and will be implemented in 4.0:
- Canned replies (Done).
- Tweak for 404 Status for user and view pages (Sep 10 2015, Done).
- Media library for Participant role (Sep 10 2015, Done).
- Users and guests online status (Sep 10 2015, Done).
- Online status Widget and Dashboard Widget (Sep 10 2015, Done).
- Set min/max length for topic/reply title and content (Sep 11 2015, Done).
- Lock individual forums (Done).
- More attachment settings for individual forums (Done).
- Various administration improvements (Done).
- Notify subscribers on topic/reply edit (Done).
- Improvements to profile widget (Done).
- BBCode: [ CODE ] (Done).
- Say thanks for topic/reply (Done).
- Option to temporarily lock topic (Sep 6 2015, Done).
- Duplicate topics (Done).
- For Developers: tools to integrate the signature editor (Done).
Currently, there is no set date for the new version, but I hope to finish everything by the end of September or in first half of October. Because there are so many features, it will need time, and it is hard to predict how much.
If you have any suggestions for the 4.0 versions, please let me know in the comments or through the support forums. The current plans are still open to changes, but I will lock the list of features for implementation on September 6 and will not add any new features to the list.
Edited September 6 2015:
Based on some feedback and some tests I was doing, there are some features that are already added into plugin 4.0 version.
- Media library upload for Participants in TinyMCE with Add Media button
- Additional bbPress related links into Navigation Menu via extra meta box
- Tweak to fix status header 404 for some bbPress specific pages
Edited September 10 2015:
Here are some new features added to the list for 4.0:
- Users and guests online status
- Online status Widget
- Media library for Participant role
- Tweak for 404 Status for user and view pages
Edited September 11 2015:
One feature is now removed from the list: Default value for notification for new replies checkbox. This can’t be done right now, due to the limitation in how the bbPress handles this.
Edited September 13 2015:
Development for the 4.0 version has reached 70% completion. Few new features are completed (list is updated), list of potential features cleaned up and some things are no removed or moved into completed. Development for new version will resume in about one week, and after that there will be alpha and beta testing phase, and it will be announced in forum.
Edited September 22 2015:
New BBCode for source code SCODE is implemented along with Syntax Highlighting. And with few more features to be completed, it is time to start testing. GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 4.0 Alpha #1 is now available. This release is not ready for production use, it is only for testing, do not install it on live websites!!!
Edited September 25 2015:
GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 4.0 Alpha #2 is now available. Includes new footer action links area for topics and replies, option to say thanks for topics and replies and many fixes. This release is not ready for production use, it is only for testing, do not install it on live websites!!!
Edited September 27 2015:
GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 4.0 Alpha #3 is now available. All plugin features are now completed, and plugin is now frozen for new features. First Beta version will be released on Wednesday. This release is not ready for production use, it is only for testing, do not install it on live websites!!!
Please let me know for whatever bugs you find while testing new features. I have started adding documentation for new features too.