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The Captions plugin has been updated fixing issues with the caption container and source image alignment, and where some parameter defaults are not applied in the Caption dialog.

UPDATE : A small but significant error in 1.5.6 requires a new update to 1.5.6.1

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The Image Manager Extended has been updated to fix some issues introduced with the change to the WideImage library added in 1.5.6. PHPThumb is used by default, with PHP5 issues in this library fixed, but an option exists to use WideImage if necessary.

In addition to this, errors caused by insufficient PHP memory when creating preview images or thumbnail images in the browser list have been addressed. A preview image or thumbnail image should always load regardless of whether a cache thumbnail could be created or not.

UPDATE

1.5.7.2 has been released which improves the creation / display of list and preview thumbnails. The JCE Utilities option / label in the Popup tab has also been replaced with JCE MediaBox, and the Browser List pagination selection set to 'all' by default (this option will be globally set for all relevant plugins in the next JCE Editor update).

UPDATE

1.5.7.3 has been released to fix a small bug that prevented thumbnails being shown on some systems.

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The Image Manager Extended and Captions plugins have been updated to 1.5.6 and 1.5.5 respectively.

Image Manager Extend

The PHPThumb Library has been replaced by WideImage. PHPThumb development seems to have stalled and some deprecated functions in the code are causing warnings in PHP5. Some conflicts within the code, specifically with the Image Magick functions may be causing issues for some users.

PHP5 is required for this version of the Image Manager Extended. If your servers is not running PHP5 I suggest you have a chat with your hosting company or find a new one.

Image processing functions like resize, rotate and thumbnailing require a lot of memory depending on the pixel size of the image. The absolute minimum is 32MB, which may allow processing of images up to 800 x 600 pixels, but 64MB is recommended and the ideal amount is 128MB and above, especially if you regularly upload large images. Again, speak to you host about increasing the PHP memory_limit value.

Captions

This release changes how captions are created; the caption container and caption text box are now built using span elements instead of div elements, the main reason for this being that div elements cannot be placed inside of paragraphs (the editor will move them out if they are) and this will cause validation issues for your site. 

Existing captions can be converted by re-editing them -

  1. open the article, 
  2. click on the image that contains the caption, 
  3. open the caption dialog and click update

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Beta3 of JCE 1.5.8 has been released to subscribers. Thanks to all those who tested the previous beta and submitted suggestions and bug reports.

Changelog

Editor

  • Fixed code loss when switching tabs
  • Fixed some Paste issues
  • Added new Help features and topics
  • Fixed selection issues with links and AdvLink

Administration

  • Fixed issues when importing / exporting profiles
  • Fixed some issues with Editable Lists
  • Minor re-organisation of default layout
  • Upload Conflict Actions selection now uses check box selection
  • Added option to change position of File Browser in Manager plugins (only supported by Image Manager at the moment)
  • You can now specify multiple stylesheets in the Custom CSS Files field
  • Editor Parameters Editor CSS option now allows for stylesheets to be appended to the Global Configuration value, to overwrite it or inherit it.
  • Fixed some issues with the Colour Picker
  • Fixed issues when selecting users in the Profiles Setup

Installation

Users of beta2 can install beta3 using the Updater in the JCE Control Panel.

Installation of the package is recommended as usual and will update previous versions. The existing installation instructions can be used for this version.

A forum has been created for bug reports and general comments on this beta. It is hoped that the beta period for JCE 1.5.8 will be short and that a stable release will follow soon. This version will also be converted to work with Joomla! 1.6 over the next few weeks.

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The long awaited JCE 1.5.8 has been released as a beta version for testing exclusively to JCE Subscribers.

The decision was made to release a beta version because of the significant changes made to the Administration Component and, new features introduced and complete changes to the Languages in JCE 1.5.8. A pre-release beta will give interested a chance to try out the new features, report any bugs found and fro translators to prepare new Language packs.

Whats new?

Administration Component

The JCE Administration Component has been given a bit of a make-over with the most notable changes being

  • Groups have been renamed to Profiles. Groups was arguably never a good name for the feature and the concept of the Profile, a term more commonly used in relation to assigning features and parameters on a per user or usertype basis, seemed to fit the bill.
  • The Plugin Manager has been removed. This was no longer required as all plugin management is done in Profiles
  • All features of the Installer are now grouped on one page in the Add-ons Installer. Related Joomla! Extensions like JCE MediaBox can now be installed and removed from here too.
  • JCE MediaBox parameters can now be set from within the JCE Administration Component. If JCE MediaBox is installed and enabled an icon will appear in the JCE Control Panel.
  • The Profiles (formerly Groups) screens have been re-organised for clarity.
  • A Profile can now be restricted to the Joomla! front-end or back-end
  • The Editor Layout in Profiles, now with the Features tab, has been flipped so that the Current Editor Layout is at the top.
  • Editor CSS files can now also be set in a Profile with the option to override or add to those set int he Global Configuration.
  • New Tabs options have been introduced to set parameters for the new JCE Editor Tabs
  • A number of new Parameter Widgets have been introduced to help with setting certain parameters.
  • Parameters for List Size and Allow Root Access have been added for the File Browser in 'Manager' plugins.
  • Compression options have been added to the Global Configuration
  • A Preferences dialog has been added to the Control Panel for setting Administration area preferences.
  • An Updates dialog has been added fro updating the Editor, Administration Component and Plugins.

Editor Plugin

A number of new features and improvements have been made to the Editor Plugin and some of the included plugins

  • A new uploader engine has been added that allows for multiple file selections using either HTML5 (in Firefox) or Flash.
  • One file in the upload queue can now be automatically selected after uploading
  • Links can be made with AdvLink without making a selection first.
  • The new Editable Select List makes editing the Relationship Page To Target field easier in AdvLink when creating popups.
  • The Paste plugin has been improved with new parameters for easier setup and with some cleanup improvements.
  • The Emotions plugin has been improved with new icons and parameters to set a different icon path and icons.
  • A Fullpage plugin has been added to allow for full page creation / editing, ie: editing of the HTML, HEAD and BODY elements of a document. Great for newsletter components.
  • A new Colour Picker has been added.

Installation

Installation of the package is recommended as usual and will update previous versions. The existing installation instructions can be used for this version.

A forum has been created for bug reports and general comments on this beta. It is hoped that the beta period for JCE 1.5.8 will be short and that a stable release will follow soon. This version will also be converted to work with Joomla! 1.6 over the next few weeks.

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UPDATE
I will be blogging about the new features over the next few days. Some videos from the development process are already available in the Development Blog