WordPress 2.9

December 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.9 is finally here! Just days after the first release candidate comes out, the final version of the much-awaited WordPress upgrade has arrived. Looks like Christmas came early this year.

WP 2.9 been dubbed “Carmen” after jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, and is the most feature-packed upgrade to date. The most popular mentioned are: the Trash, a built-in image editor, batch plugin updating and compatibility checking, and easier video embeds using oEmbed. The whole list is detailed in the Trac, of course.

Backup and upgrade now!

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Basic image editing in WordPress 2.9

September 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

Jeff Chandler of WordPress Tavern has recorded a screencast on a major new feature coming in WordPress 2.9, which he discovered in one of the nightly builds. This was the third most popular feature voted on in the WP 2.9 media manager survey from a few months ago.

I fired up my local server today and installed the latest version of WordPress 2.9 and was surprised to see the basic image editing tools already available in the media library. I decided that the best way to display them in action was through video which also gave me another reason to open up CamtasiaStudio. In the video, I show off each individual tool as well as provide feedback on the crop tool as at this stage, does not appear to be user friendly. But, it’s very early in the development stage so it will most likely be better once it hits the public’s hands. Check out the video.

Functions include crop, rotate, flip, undo/redo, and scaled resizing. You can also apply the changes made to all the images in the library in one go—now that’s the most useful feature of all.

Jeff comments that the interface still needs polishing but the features work well. Can’t wait to see what else WP 2.9 has in store for us.

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