Pro v1.9.2 with license proxy support & accessibility/screen reader improvements is available

Russian authorities blocked all servers from my hoster twosteps.net as they refused to take down a legal, but political website. As a result, Maps Marker Pro license validations began to fail from Russian customers. This version adds a license proxy which will help overcome that kind of censorship.

In addition, the overall accessibility of the plugin has been improved amongst other optimizations and bugfixes. Please read below for detailed changes.


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Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v1.9.2:

proxy support for license activation to overcome censorship by Russian authorities

Customers from Russia should now be able again to activate pro licenses as support for a license proxy server has been added. If you still experience any issues, please open a support ticket!

improved accessibility/screen reader support by using proper alt texts

The City of Linz (Open Commons Linz) performed a accessibility evaluation of my plugin – many thanks for that! As a result, this version now uses proper alt texts for images where possible which improves the overall accessibility and screen reader support of Maps Marker Pro.

Other changes and optimizations

  • support for automatic background Maps Marker Pro updates (if explicitly enabled by using filters)
  • update library for geolocation feature (including minor fixes)
  • removed ioncube encoded plugin package to increase compatibility with PHP5.5+
  • updated jQuery timepicker addon to v1.5.0
  • hide admin notice for monitoring tool for “active shortcodes for already deleted maps” immediately after clearing the list

Bugfixes

  • WMS legend link on frontend and fullscreen maps was broken (thx Graham!)
  • incompatibility notices with certain themes using jQuery mobile (now displaying console warnings instead of alert errors – thx Jody!)
  • MapsMarker API search action did not show correct results for popuptext and address (thx Erik!)
  • fix issues with license key grace period on hosts with special setups
  • HTML5 fullscreen mode was partly broken on IE11 (thx Dan!)
  • QR code image creation was broken due to visualead API changes if certain parameters were set to null

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 releases

Please understand that I am not being able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway 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

proxy support for license activation to overcome censorship by Russian authorities
support for automatic background Maps Marker Pro updates (if explicitly enabled by using filters)
improved accessibility/screen reader support by using proper alt texts (thx Open Commons Linz!)
update library for geolocation feature (including minor fixes)
removed ioncube encoded plugin package to increase compatibility with PHP5.5+
updated jQuery timepicker addon to v1.5.0
hide admin notice for monitoring tool for “active shortcodes for already deleted maps” immediately after clearing the list
WMS legend link on frontend and fullscreen maps was broken (thx Graham!)
incompatibility notices with certain themes using jQuery mobile (now displaying console warnings instead of alert errors – thx Jody!)
MapsMarker API search action did not show correct results for popuptext and address (thx Erik!)
fix issues with license key grace period on hosts with special setups
HTML5 fullscreen mode was partly broken on IE11 (thx Dan!)
QR code image creation was broken due to visualead API changes if certain parameters were set to null
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated Chinese translation thanks to John Shen, http://www.synyan.net and ck
updated Danish translation thanks to Mads Dyrmann Larsen and Peter Erfurt, http://24-7news.dk
updated German translation
updated Polish translation thanks to Pawel Wyszyński, http://injit.pl, Tomasz Rudnicki, and Robert Pawlak
updated Spanish translation thanks to Alvaro Lara, http://www.alvarolara.com, Victor Guevara, http://1sistemas.net, Ricardo Viteri, http://www.labviteri.com and Juan Valdes
updated Spanish/Mexico translation thanks to Victor Guevera, http://1sistemas.net and Eze Lazcano
updated Ukrainian translation thanks to Andrexj, http://all3d.com.ua

 

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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”. 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.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value: 8568CF4790E07C6EBCA93E3CAEE2BADB7E112B7D389919303CE9AEEDA8D01103

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional action on plugin update required.

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