Aug 062013
 
Party!

This is a day I had been dreaming of for a while. Eventually a few minutes past 7:30AM Central Time today, Suffusion hit a lifetime download mark of 1,000,000. Yup. One million downloads.

One Million Downloads

One Million Downloads

Thanks to all of you for helping Suffusion get so far, right about the time of its fourth birthday!

I also wanted to provide a quick update – I fixed an issue in the Suffusion Shortcodes plugin that was preventing the plugin from accepting more than 5 ad-hoc widget areas. Release 1.03 of the plugin should work fine.

Aug 032013
 
Design

Version 4.4.7 of Suffusion got approved a couple of hours back. As mentioned in my previous post, there are a couple of things in this version:

  1. A fix pertaining to the new version of JQuery UI included in WP 3.6 – Drake already posted this fix on the forum, and upgrading to the new version should give it to you right away.
  2. Removal of WP 3.3 support – It is my policy to support 2 prior versions. With this new WP release I have removed support for an older release.

As I predicted in my previous post, I did get the direction from the WPTRT to remove the SEO features of the theme. I will be releasing a plugin to help you transport your SEO settings from Suffusion to an SEO plugin of your choice, and will consequently delete the SEO capabilities built into Suffusion. Using the plugin you will be able to move the settings over without much impact to your site.

Suffusion is turning 4 in a few days and will hopefully hit the coveted mark of 1 million downloads at the same time. Thank you for your excellent support all these years.

Aug 032013
 
Plugin

As users in the support forum have discovered, there is an issue with Suffusion 4.4.6 and Photonic 1.44, which use a JQuery UI function that is no longer present in the JQuery UI version that has been bundled with WP 3.6.

The Photonic patch has been released as plugin version 1.44, which is pretty much the only change in the plugin this time.

The patch for Suffusion (4.4.7) is in the approval queue. I don’t know if the new version will be approved by the WPTRT, since they believe that some of the things included in Suffusion fall under the “plugin territory” umbrella, which is now grounds for not approving the theme. If the patch is not approved, Drake’s fix should work. If the patch is approved, then in version 4.4.8 I will have to remove things such as the SEO options, and the ability to paste your Google Analytics scripts. It is not something I am looking forward to, and that is why updates in the last few months have been few.

Thank you for your continued use and patronage!

Feb 222013
 
Plugin

Apologies for the long wait after my last post. Work has been brutal, and after 16-hour workdays I have had scarcely any time for myself or my family, let alone Photonic or Suffusion.

This version of Photonic was supposed to have a lot more stuff than it does, mainly pagination, but due to the sudden explosion of my workload, this is all I can deliver this time:

  1. I added support for the Thickbox library. Thickbox doesn’t play well with JQuery Tooltip, so if you plan on using Thickbox, bear in mind that your titles might not appear in the lightbox if you are using tooltips. Unfortunately since Thickbox is distributed with WP, I didn’t have any leeway in terms of customizing it.
  2. There was some incompatibility between Photonic and themes from Themify. Specifically it was not possible to use Photonic’s lightbox selection, and clicking on album thumbnails didn’t show the popup panel. I have added some workarounds in Photonic to address this (though ideally this should have been handled by Themify)
  3. I have added the capability to exclude password-protected galleries from displaying in SmugMug.
  4. In yet another innovative feature, I added support for an alternative shortcode. Photonic is set up to use the [gallery] shortcode by default. However your theme might be overriding this shortcode too, or maybe you have another plugin that has its plans for this shortcode. So now you have the option to specify what name you want to use for the shortcode, and that shortcode is yours. Bear in mind, that if you use this feature, using the [gallery] shortcode for Photonic will no longer work. More importantly, if you stop using Photonic, your new shortcode will show up all over the place – something that doesn’t happen if you stick with the [gallery] shortcode.

Hope you like this release. Photonic doesn’t get anywhere close to the amount of love that Suffusion does despite being a unique product, so it would be great if you left your reviews on the official WP site.

Jan 232013
 
Plugin

I have just released version 1.42 of Photonic. The major highlights of this version are under the hood, wherein there are lots of performance improvements.

  1. There has been a massive amount of refactoring. Several lines of JavaScript code have been taken off, lots of JavaScript and PHP code has been modularized.
  2. I have added an option to use a ColorBox skin defined in the theme folder. Earlier if such a folder existed, it would be picked up by default. And quite embarrassingly this made Photonic’s ColorBox skin selection not work with Suffusion!
  3. I have updated the SimpleModal, ColorBox and PrettyPhoto libraries to the latest versions. This will fix incompatibility issues with IE for the popup windows, in addition to letting the code work for JQuery 1.9.x.
  4. I have modified some native code in Photonic to ensure that it will work with JQuery 1.9.x, which some zealous plugin authors seem to include by force. Consequently, Photonic now requires you to be on at least WP 3.3.
  5. I have removed the explicit link that said “View in Flickr” from the plugin. To compensate I have provided options for each provider to let you link to the photo page from the lightbox. This puts the onus on you to ensure that the terms of service are maintained with respect to linking.
  6. This is another big one. I have started the support for non-bundled lightbox libraries. Currently FancyBox2 is supported. The reason I have started this is to let users use non-GPL libraries (which cannot be bundled with the plugin) with Photonic. FancyBox2 happens to be released under a non-GPL-compatible license, but you can link the JS and the CSS appropriately for it.
  7. I had earlier bundled modified scripts for FancyBox and ColorBox because I couldn’t get them to work with the JQuery Tooltip plugin. I now have a fix for this scenario, so the scripts are back to their original. I couldn’t do the same for PrettyPhoto though, so I am hoping that a version of PrettyPhoto in the near future will help.

Several factors necessitated the code refactoring, primary being that for every new provider I was setting up, I was having to repeat a lot of code. With this change the barrier to introduction of new providers should reduce (though I cannot think of any other provider to include other than Facebook). This also helped me cut out hundreds of lines of JS, easing the load on the browser.

Do let me know how you like this release.

Jan 212013
 
Design

Version 4.4.6 of Suffusion was released a little while back. This is a minor version, but with some far-reaching changes:

  1. I have changed the JQuery functions in the theme to use on instead of live. The live function was deprecated in JQuery 1.7.0 and is removed in 1.9.0. Now, WP itself distributes JQuery 1.8.3, which is why there was no issue with the theme. However, some plugins get fancy and pull the latest version of JQuery from Google CDN and that used to break Suffusion. This release should work fine with JQuery 1.9.0
  2. The prior versions of Suffusion used to come with FancyBox and ColorBox scripts that had been slightly modified to handle JQuery Tooltip. I have found a way around this, now the scripts are back to the original.
  3. Suffusion was using the image_resize function so far for image resizing. This function got deprecated in WP 3.5, so I have added the code to use the new replacement.
  4. I added a filter, suffusion_cat_tag_query_args to featured posts for letting users add their own parameters to the query.

Hope you like this version.

Jan 132013
 
Design

Version 4.4.5 got approved today. This version has the following changes:

  1. I have removed all uses of the “Pointer API”. This was the piece of code that used to show tips about changes in the new versions. This change was again necessitated by the WPTRT, since contrary to Andrew Nacin’s claims about the core team having no influence over the review team, the opposite does tend to happen quite often. This change came about because the core team didn’t want themes using this API. Anyway, this is not a big deal, and it only presents some loss of information.
  2. One of the recent additions to the JetPack plugin was Photon (not to be confused with my plugin Photonic). Photon offers some impressive functionality, like caching of your images and their dynamic resizing. So if you have JetPack and if you have activated the Photon module there, Suffusion can use Photon for resizing the images instead of the inbuilt resizer. You can switch this on from Appearance → Suffusion Options → Other Graphical Elements → Miscellaneous → Use JetPack Photon for Resizing. This is generally going to be more reliable since Suffusion’s resizing is handcuffed by the limitations of WP’s resizing capabilities. It is possible that the Photon integration may have some glitches, and if you find any, please report them. You will be able to turn off Photon integration and resume with your blog the way it was originally if some Photon-based feature doesn’t work out.

Hope you enjoy this release.

Jan 112013
 
Plugin

I have just released version 1.41 of Photonic with the following updates:

  1. One of the most popular plugins in WP is JetPack, and it also happens to be one that messes up other plugins quite a lot. I didn’t have JetPack active for a while since unknown to me the last time I had tried to update JetPack I wasn’t successful. But apparently having some modules of JetPack activated, like “Publicize”, would cause the galleries to be evaluated twice, resulting in messed up global variables for Photonic. To cut a long story short, login buttons were not appearing. While JetPack is the culprit here, I understand that the 800lb gorillas are the toughest to dislodge, hence I made some changes in Photonic to get around this.
  2. I have added support for the ids parameter for the native shortcode in the “Add Media” panel.
  3. I have added options to control the display of the thumbnail, title and photo count in SmugMug album headers

Hope you enjoy this release. As usual, if you like Photonic please leave a review for it.

Jan 102013
 
Plugin

I have just released version 1.02 of Suffusion Shortcodes with a minor change. Earlier the [suffusion-widgets] shortcode was not respecting the container-class parameter … because shortcode parameters cannot have hyphens in them! I had overlooked this several months ago when I introduced the functionality and it only got caught today. I have fixed this error in version 1.02.

Note that you have to specify container_class='custom-class' instead of container-class='custom-class' (note the underscore instead of the hyphen).

Jan 082013
 
Plugin

A Happy New Year to all readers of this site and all the people who use Suffusion, Photonic, FontMeister and all my other plugins!

I had intended for this to be finished about a week back, but due to some technical issues I wasn’t able to do so. Version 1.40 adds yet another provider to Photonic’s growing cap – Zenfolio support! This is the complete list of changes for this release:

  1. Zenfolio Support
    I have added support for Zenfolio photos, Photosets (both Galleries and Collections), Groups and the Group Hierarchy. Take a look at the demos for usage. Please note that access to protected photos (password-protected as well as private) is not supported at this point. I did face the aforementioned technical issues while attempting to do this, but I haven’t received any help from the Zenfolio folks yet. I will work on this as soon as I can figure it out.
  2. I fixed an issue with the Instagram shortcode generation, which was inserting an incorrect shortcode when users would attempt to put in Instagram tags.
  3. I added the photonic_register_extensions action hook to enable plugin-developers to add more extensions.
  4. I fixed some PHP notices that were showing up in debug mode when no options were set.
  5. The option to prevent SmugMug album headers from being clickable was not working. This has been rectified.

Photonic has seen some breakneck development over the past few months. I will now focus on polishing some of the existing features of Photonic over the next few releases. I will also work on some enhancements to FontMeister in the next few weeks.