Pro v1.8 with list of markers enhancements and new monitoring tool is available

This release focuses on enhancements regarding the list of markers below layer maps – a feature enhancement that was often requested by users. I also added a new monitoring tool for broken maps. See below for more details.


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Now let´s get to the highlight of pro v1.8:

layer maps: center map on markers and open popups by clicking on list of markers entries

With pro v1.8 you can now click on the markername or marker icon in the list of markers below layer maps and center the map on this marker and open the popuptext:

listmarkers-enhancement

By default, the map centers on that marker and opens the popup – if you want another click behaviour, please navigate to Settings / Map default / List of markers settings and change the new option “Default action for clicking on icons or marker names” according to your needs:

listmarkers-enhancement-settings

new tool for monitoring “active shortcodes for already deleted maps”

When looking for new sites for my showcases page, I sometimes found pages which tried to display a map with an ID that did not exist anymore (most likely as the original map was deleted and a new one was created, but the shortcode on the page was not updated). So instead of a map the following error image is shown to users on frontend:

map-deleted-image

To inform you about active shortcodes for invalid map IDs, I added a new monitoring tool, which shows an admin notice once a content on frontend with an active shortcode for a invalid map ID is loaded. You will see the following admin notice in your WordPress backend as a result:

monitoring-tool-admin-notice

Clicking on that link will take you to the tools section of Maps Marker Pro, showing you a list of affected URL:

monitoring-tool-tools

As next step, please navigate to that URL and change to content – fixing the invalid shortcode. Then please click on the button “clear list >>” and the admin notice warning will disappear.

option to disable Google Places Autocomplete API on backend

John reported, that in China  the access to Google APIs was blocked recently. As I first step for affected users, I introduced the option to disabled Google Maps API loading on frontend with pro v1.6.

Anyway John reported that the usage of Google Places Autocomplete API on backend also slowed down affected sites significantly.

So with pro v1.8 I introduced a new option to also disable Google Places Autocomplete API loading on backend, which can be found at Settings / Google Maps / Google Places Autocomplete API:

google-places-status

Please note that disabling is not recommended and should only be done if you do not want any connection to Google API on backend, for example if access is blocked within your country.

As a result, the search for locations by address will not work anymore and you have to find your location manually by clicking and zooming or entering latitude and longitude values directly:

google-places-disabled

Please also note that if you disable Google Places Autocomplete API, you also have to disabled loading Google Map API at Settings / Google Maps / Google Maps API, as otherwise maps will be broken on backend:

google-maps-api-disabled

Other optimizations and changes

  • replaced discontinued predefined MapBox tiles “MapBox Streets” with “Natural Earth I” (valid for new installs only, current users have to reset their settings for those changes to apply)

Bugfixes

  • input field for marker and layer zoom on backend was too small on mobile devices
  • undefined index PHP warnings on maps created with shortcodes only
  • backslashes in popuptexts resulted in broken layer maps – now replaced with slashes (thx Dmitry!)
  • option to hide new mapsmarker.com blogposts and link section in dashboard widget was broken

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release comes with the following updated translations:

If you want to contribute to translations (new Hindi translators would be appreciated!), please visit https://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 €149 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – my plans for the next release

For pro v1.9 I plan to add geolocation support, which means adding a button which shows the current position of the user viewing the map. See a demo here.

Please understand that I am not being able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features (support for Google Street View and support for filtering of layers on frontend) is still valid, I just would want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

Please also see the roadmap for a rough schedule for planned features 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

layer maps: center map on markers and open popups by clicking on list of markers entries
new tool for monitoring “active shortcodes for already deleted maps”
option to disable Google Places Autocomplete API on backend (for John & other users in countries, where access to Google APIs is blocked)
replaced discontinued predefined MapBox tiles “MapBox Streets” with “Natural Earth I”
input field for marker and layer zoom on backend was too small on mobile devices
undefined index PHP warnings on maps created with shortcodes only
backslashes in popuptexts resulted in broken layer maps – now replaced with slashes (thx Dmitry!)
option to hide new mapsmarker.com blogposts and link section in dashboard widget was broken
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated German translation
updated Turkish translation thanks to Emre Erkan, http://www.karalamalar.net and Mahir Tosun, http://www.bozukpusula.com

show previous changelogs

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”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional action on plugin update required.

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