Free v3.8.4 with updated TinyMCE integration and performance improvements is available

Apart from the updated and visible TinyMCE integration, this release features a lot of improvements under the hood. I did an intense code review especially of the code for the backend and tried to improve it where possible. I managed to reduce the number of mysql queries and http requests needed as a result, making the plugin much more efficient regarding load time and responsiveness.

For even more features and optimizations (see the comparision page), please use the integrated pro upgrader to start a free 30-day-trial of Leaflet Maps Marker Pro.

Pro v1.5.4 has also been released today which also includes optimizations and bugfixes for GPX tracks for example.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest Maps Marker development, please follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates), on Facebook, Google+ or subscribe to news via RSS or via RSS/email.

optimized TinyMCE media button integration

I updated the TinyMCE integration by removing the map button from Visual and Text toolbar and instead adapted the button above the editor to fit the general TinyMCE design:

tinymce-new-button

The popup which opens when you click on the button also got a new design and some new functions:

tinymce-new-popup

Marker icons and layer icon are now shown left to the title of the maps. I also added a link on the left of each entry to open the map in a new window. The insert button can now only be clicked if a map is selected. The text “powered by mapsmarker.com” got removed.

I also changed the way the Maps Marker TinyMCE popup plugin is loaded, making the loading more efficient. Styles are also tested against WordPress 3.9-alpha which will include the updated TinyMCE 4.0 as a major highlight.

If you want to hide the TinyMCE button, please navigate to Settings / Misc / General Settings and change the setting “TinyMCE button” to “disabled”.

Performance optimizations

  • improved performance for marker edit pages and posts/pages (by removing TinyMCE scripts and additional WordPress initialization)
  • improved performance for dynamic changelog (by removing additional WordPress initialization)
  • optimized css loading on backend (load leaflet.css only on marker and layer edit pages)
  • reduced http requests for jquery time picker addon css on marker edit page
  • optimized backend performance by reducing SQL queries and http requests on new layer edit page
  • reduced mysql queries on layer edit page by showing marker count for multi-layer-maps only on demand
  • improved performance for GeoJSON API by removing mySQL-function CONCAT() from select statements

Other minor changes

  • only show first 25 characters for layernames in select box on marker edit page in order not to break page layout
  • removed backend compatibility check for flickr-gallery plugin
  • GeoJSON API: add marker=all parameter & only allow all/* to list all markers
  • KML API: add marker=all parameter & only allow all/* to list all markers
  • update jQuery timepicker addon to v1.43

Bugfixes

  • bing maps were broken if https was used due to changes in the bing url templates
  • PHP error log entries when Wikitude API was called with specific parameters
  • GeoRSS API for marker parameter displayed incorrect titles

Translations updates

The translation site at http://translate.mapsmarker.com/projects/lmm got a new design and soon also support login via SSL.

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release comes with the following translation updates:

Updated translations

If you want to contribute to translations (some would need updates), please visit http://translate.mapsmarker.com/projects/lmm for more information. Please note that translators are also compensated for their contribution – for example if a translation is finished less than 50%, the translator gets a free 25 licenses pack worth €199 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – my plans for the next release

Please see the roadmap for a rough schedule for planned features of the pro version and please subscribe to this blog (via RSS or Email) or follow @MapsMarker on twitter (= most current updates) if you want to stay up to date with the latest development news.

Full changelog

optimized TinyMCE media button integration for posts/pages (showing button just once & design update)
improved performance for marker edit pages and posts/pages (by removing TinyMCE scripts and additional WordPress initialization)
improved performance for dynamic changelog (by removing additional WordPress initialization)
removed backend compatibility check for flickr-gallery plugin
GeoJSON API: add marker=all parameter & only allow all/* to list all markers
KML API: add marker=all parameter & only allow all/* to list all markers
improved performance for GeoJSON API by removing mySQL-function CONCAT() from select statements
update jQuery timepicker addon to v1.43
reduced http requests for jquery time picker addon css on marker edit page
optimized css loading on backend (load leaflet.css only on marker and layer edit pages)
optimized backend performance by reducing SQL queries and http requests on new layer edit page
only show first 25 characters for layernames in select box on marker edit page in order not to break page layout
reduced mysql queries on layer edit page by showing marker count for multi-layer-maps only on demand
bing maps were broken if https was used due to changes in the bing url templates
PHP error log entries when Wikitude API was called with specific parameters
GeoRSS API for marker parameter displayed incorrect titles
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
new design template on translation.mapsmarker.com & support for SSL-login
updated Dutch translation thanks to Patrick Ruers, http://www.stationskwartiersittard.nl
updated German translation
updated Italian translation thanks to Luca Barbetti, http://twitter.com/okibone

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How to download / update

The easiest way to update is to use the WordPress update process: login with an user who has admin privileges, navigate to Dashboard / Updates, select plugins to update and press the button “Update Plugins”. Alternatively you can also download the current version here, unzip the package and overwrite the plugin´s files on your webserver.

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