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I’ve been working a bit on minor bug fixes and performance improvements that I’ve been filing against the 0.8.1 milestone. This release might go out the door in the next couple of weeks.
I’d like to follow Semantic Versioning more deliberately, so new features / big enhancements will be saved for a 0.9 release. If you’ve got something you’re keen on building, please don’t be shy🙂
Howdy folks! Hope the new years is going well. This post is a follow up on the release of Edit Flow v0.8.
There were a number of awesome features in this release:
- A new notepad widget on the dashboard.
- Now you can subscribe to your calendar with iCal and Google Calendar.
- Posts can be created directly from the calendar
- Editorial metadata can be edited directly from the calendar.
A number of bug fixes to solve issues and conflicts with 3.6 and above were also attached to this release which included:
- Issues with previewing posts
- Permalink fixes
- Fixes to date/times
Another awesome component of this release is testing! Unit tests provide a fantastic opportunity to speed up and improve future releases of Edit Flow. Folks who are interested in writing tests please feel free to make some pull requests!
In the next few iterations of Edit Flow there are some great opportunities to tackle the following:
- Refreshing the Dashboard Widgets (“At a Glance,” “Post’s I’m following” and the “Notepad” widget).
- Improving editorial comments (deleting comments, adding comment history, etc)
- Improving the calendar (adding new views, tweak the styling)
- Pushing for better support of the Custom Status API in core
Take a look at the issues list on GitHub if you’re interested in helping out!
Updates as events warrant.
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Long time no see. Figure I’d post some quick updates on the progress of Edit Flow v0.8.
In order to keep things moving on Edit Flow a number of features and smaller bugs have been punted to v0.8.1. These include things like incorporating “who’s editing the post” functionality into the story budget and calendar, refreshing the “Post’s I’m following widget,” fixing up some styles, etc. You can check out all the features/bugs/requests for v0.8.1 here.
v0.8 is pretty jam packed at this point.
The issues with Edit Flow integrating with 3.6 should be mostly resolved and we’ll be doing more testing over the next few days to make sure everything is in tip top shape.
New features include the ability to “quick post creation” from the calendar, the ability to edit editorial metadata from the calendar, a dashboard notepad, filtering the calendar and budget by custom taxonomies, a “quick follow” link on posts , support for subscribing to the calendar from iCal, Google calendar and more, a datetime picker to replace the date picker and much, much more.
Steve Buttry posted a pretty useful piece about how they manage their daily budget at Digital First Media. Can you guess the platform? Yep, Google Spreadsheets.
It would be cool if they could easily replicate this with Edit Flow’s story budget. Lots of fields to capture though — the UI would probably need some refactoring.
It’s taking me longer than I want to get through them, but I’m almost done with the pull requests from the hack day on Sunday.
Thanks to everyone who contributed! The list includes Matt Perry, Ben Brooks, Nathan Letsinger, Connor Jennings (virtually), Mike Bijon (virtually), Max Cutler, and Robert Galindo.
I’m merging everything over to the WordPress.com VIP Shared Plugins repo, where we can test it against VIP sites for the next couple of weeks. Once it has stabilized, I’d like to release v0.8 the first week of April.
Not to hamper our momentum, we’re already actively plotting out v0.9. Filipe, a designer on my team, is going to help out with wireframes / UI for daily and weekly views on the calendar. Ben and Nate from Grist will be building out a new feature: the ideas bin. I think my priority will be the ability to sort by editorial metadata date fields on the calendar and story budget.
Seattle’s WordPress meetup group has generously offered to dedicate their first hack day to working on Edit Flow. It’s planned for Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2 pm at The Armory at Seattle Center.
In honor of this, I’d love to wrap up v0.8 by the end of the day Monday and release on Tuesday or Wednesday. At a bare minimum, here’s what we have left to do:
- Finish iCal subscription support. Here’s where I’m at now. I need to fix the formatting of the .ics feed, and then implement an authentication system for user by user subscription. The .ics spec is a bit of a nightmare, so I could use help with that.
- Finish our improved Posts I’m Following / editorial comments widget. @cojennin is working on this.
- Test and merge escaping fix and time support for editorial metadata field.
- Incorporate basic Travis CI integration.
Depending on the resources we have available, we could also get these in v0.8:
- Follow a post or see “Following” status from Manage Posts view
- Editorial Metadata: Make fields read-only for specific users
- Bug fix: User groups shouldn’t be accessible through the network admin
- Link EditFlow features from the EditFlow Dashboard
- Show date and time in email notifications for scheduled posts
- Story Budget UX needs to accommodate a large number of “Viewable” editorial metadata terms better
- Term postboxes should be sortable on the story budget
- Columns don’t reflow on the story budget when you change the number of columns displayed
Lastly, if you want to start working on something bigger (e.g. v0.9 or beyond), here are some starter ideas:
- Posts tasks, a la Basecamp. Wireframes would be a great place to start.
- A way of pitching story ideas and brainstorming without creating a post. Wireframes would be a great place to start.
- Sort calendar and/or story budget by editorial metadata date fields. This can go straight to feature branch.
- Various email notification improvements: content diffs and showing editorial metada assocated with the post.
Happy to take any questions, consider other ideas, etc. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.
Our Github repo has a new URL: https://github.com/automattic/edit-flow
I’m also taking this opportunity to deputize two new maintainers: @benbrooksgrist and @cojennin. Both of you now have push and pull access to our new repo🙂 I’ve really appreciated the effort you’ve put forth thus far, and hope you keep it up.
Just noticed that we hit 50,000 downloads recently!
Suzette Franck, WordPress evangelist at Media Temple, did a presentation on Edit Flow for the OCWP general meetup.