APG vNext version 5.0 is around the corner. There are many important enhancements over v4:
Mobile Device File Upload
You'll be able to attach photos from your iPhone or iPad directly within the Mobile Web App. While in version 4.x, iPad users can upload files from the desktop theme, there was no way to attach files directly in the mobile web app. Files can be read, but not uploaded or modified in version 4.x.
In this upcoming release, you can easily attach photos from your phones when you create / reply to a post, send private message, or manage your photo albums
In addition, we overhauled the file upload feature on the desktop version, too. We feel that there are too many steps involved in the current file attachment process, so we removed the popup window that loads an iframe in version 5.0. You will be able to either click on the attachment buttons to select files, or drag and drop files directly into the editor
to upload. We model what GMail does for the browser
and believe this to be the way HTML5 upload was meant to be.
IE 11 Compatibility (and other browsers, too)
IE 11 is radically different from any of the previous IE versions, and is a very capable browser providing good support for HTML5 and CSS3 standards. The problem is many of the web technologies created before have hacks built-in to workaround the idiosyncrasies of earlier versions of IE. And therefore they all need updating to support IE11's standard compliant behaviour.
It's no different for our forum software, especially the WYSIWYG editor
. The current editor used in v4.x was built over a year ago and doesn't work very well with IE 11, so we replaced it. On top of the editor update, we also updated the core jQuery library and many 3rd party components to support IE 11, and worked out the kinks with other browsers, too.
Updated PM conversation interface
One of the notable feature in our v4 forum was the then new PM conversation interface. We grouped PMs in the same conversation on the same page and display them chronologically, making it very easy to refer to earlier messages.
However, conversation can get lengthy and showing them all on the same page can make the page too long and hard to scroll. So we modelled GMail again by showing no more than 6 messages by default, and making the earlier messages accessible with a single click.
Other enhancements and fixes
There are other enhancements to make the forum more configurable in 5.0: we now separate the "freeze threads" and the "freeze posts" features so you can apply auto lock to posts and threads separately. You will also be able to hide reward points and related threads when viewing a thread, without making code modification.
JS/CSS combining handler is also updated to better detect corrupt cache, and has a new ability to cache files to the disk.
And like the ability to use signature, you'll be able to limit the use of Avatar based on user group privilege.
Release date: 1st week of March
The update will be available in a week. I've updated both the demo and the support forum here. In the mean time, you can test the mobile upload capability on the demo forum
if you want to.
v4 users with an active support subscription will be able to download the software when it's released. Anyone without an active subscription can click here to renew the subscription
Thanks for reading and have a nice week 9 comments