"The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lie down on some seaweed and roll around until he’s completely draped in it. Then he’ll stand up and go, 'Hey, I’m Vine Man'."
- Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Bloo Beta 2 has been released! You can download it here.
Here are the highlights:
- Refactored the loading of SnapOns, and unified their format. Now everything in Bloo follows a common SnapOn format, whether for core SnapOns, extension SnapOns, or theme SnapOns.
- Optimized the loading of SnapOns so that the system only loads the resources it needs, rather than loading everything
- Implemented the CTCode extension SnapOn. This is a spam checker that is quite effective against both trackback and comment spam, and that doesn't require the commenter to answer questions, type kaptchas, etc.
- Improved the administrative interface
- Created the Bloo Wiki SnapOn, which gives a blog certain Wiki-ish features (such as allowing the author to enclose post titles in [[ ]] brackets, which converts the entry into a link to that post title. Note: this SnapOn is not part of the core release. It will be deployed eventually on the main bloo documentation site (http://outofthebloo.com) soon.
- Created the ThemeDownload SnapOn, which allows the administrator to place Theme Download links on the blog which will contain the zipped code for the current theme. Note: this SnapOn is not part of the core release. It will be deployed eventually on the main bloo documentation site (http://outofthebloo.com) soon.
- Created "pend" type overlays, which will autmatically append or prepend themselves to specified overlays. Very handy for extending the Bloo interface.
- Improved the Comments interface
- Added Theme Screenshots to the administrative interface for Themes
- Improved the Theme administration panel
- Implemented Session messages, to provide a common facility for displaying information and warnings.
- Cleaned up and upgraded the Quicktags buttons, and added Quicktags to the comments form (optional)
- Added extension SnapOns that protect the user from losing unsaved changes to posts or comments if an errant back or close button is pressed.
- Added better security checks to prevent the unauthorized loading of a SnapOn.
- Added new themes: Lush, Jill, Quentin, Monochrome.
- Now administrators can associate a blog logo image to their blog.
- Theme Credits now can appear at the bottom of the main page
- Fixed general problems with the RSS interface
- Fixed the problem with Smilies not displaying properly in edited posts and comments.
- Fixed the problem with the PopularPosts extension SnapOn that had it counting removed spam comments in the total comments count.
- And performed a lot more behind the scenes enhancements and fixes.