Pro v2.7.2 – compatibility and bugfix release – is available

v2.7.2 is a compatibility and bugfix release which focuses on increasing the overall usability on frontend and backend. I would especially like to thank all users reporting issues and plugin conflicts which could also be solved with this release.

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended. For more details about this release please see below.


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Now let´s get to the highlights of pro v2.7.2:

new bulk action to delete assigned markers on layer edit page

On the layer edit pages you now can delete assigned markers from the table in bulk:

bulk-delete-layers-page

Thank Chris for that valuable feedback!

add compatibility setting for maps to load correctly in proprietary tab solutions and hidden divs

Maps Marker Pro already supports displaying maps properly in tabs created with jQuery UI tabs and bootstrap tabs. What caused us some headaches so far were proprietary tab solutions or maps being loaded in hidden divs and shown by click on demand – this could result in maps not being fully loaded.

So with v2.7.2 we now added a new general compatibility settings at Settings / Misc / General Settings:

tab-compatibility-setting

Please enable this setting only if you are experiencing issues with maps in proprietary tab solutions or hidden divs which are displayed on demand.

show error message if users tries to assign a marker directly to a multi-layer-map

The fact that markers cannot be assigned to multi-layer-maps directly, but only to layers which are used in multi-layer-maps, might not be intuitive – especially to new users. With v2.7.2 we tried to improve this by showing an alert info with related information if a user tries to assign a marker to a multi-layer-map:

mlm-assignment-error

Other changes and optimizations

  • “change layer ID” feature on tools page now also updates layer ID used in multi-layer-maps (thx Coen!)
  • removed icon width option for widgets (as icon got distorted)
  • updated minimum recommended PHP version for built-in PHP check to 5.6 – supporting wpupdatephp.com

Bugfixes

  • compatibility for ContactForm7 forms in popuptexts on layer maps
  • upscaling for MapQuest OSM basemaps to zoom level 18+ was broken (thx Michael!)
  • layer maps could be broken if a special settings combination for list of markers was used (thx Lynn!)
  • recent marker widget: show separator lines-, show popuptext- and show icons-options did not work as designed (thx Harald!)
  • recent marker widget: option to set color value for separator line was broken
  • control characters like tabs in marker name could break layer maps with enabled list of markers (thx Peter!)
  • REST API error “The specified user already has API keys or the specified user does not exist.”
  • compatibility check for WP external links plugin did not work anymore since v2.0 (thx Oleg!)
  • trial period independent-access to frontend maps on localhost installations was broken
  • layer(s) assignment-dropdown was not ordered by layer ID on marker edit- and tools-page (thx Coen!)
  • javascript undefined warning for list of markers if nonce has changed
  • “change layer ID” feature on tools page did not update assigned markers since v2.4 (thx Coen!)
  • “list of markers” table on layer edit pages for multi-layer-map with all markers assigned was not displayed correctly

Known issues

Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https

With Chrome 50 Google made a significant change to the geolocation support of its browser: all applications requesting the current position of the user (not just for Maps Marker Pro´s geolocation feature) are only allowed anymore to retrieve the current position of the user if the site is setup to be delivered securely via https – users will see the following warning instead:

geolocation-error-info

See more details about this decision by Google at https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/04/geolocation-on-secure-contexts-only. Geolocation will still work on non-https sites if the users access the site via alternative browsers like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer – anyway it could be likely that those browsers will also add a similar security restriction in the future.

So if you need the Maps Marker Pro geolocation featue on your site (which with v2.7 even gets more usable as you can sort the list of markers based on the current position of the user), it is strongly advised to migrate your site to https. Some hosters already provide free https certificates from letsencrypt.org for example. For configurations needed within your WordPress site in order to configure it to support https, please have a look at tutorials like https://css-tricks.com/moving-to-https-on-wordpress/.

As https has more advantages for your site than just geolocation working again with Google Chrome 50+ (like securing the data integrity, sender authentication and user privacy as well as higher Google ranking as https is used as ranking signal), we strongly advise to switch your site to https only if you haven´t done so yet.

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes 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 receives a free 25 licenses pack worth €249 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – plans for the next releases

Please understand that we are not 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 we just want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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

new bulk action to delete assigned markers on layer edit page (thx Chris!)
add compatibility setting for maps to load correctly in proprietary tab solutions and hidden divs
show error message if users tries to assign a marker directly to a multi-layer-map
“change layer ID” feature on tools page now also updates layer ID used in multi-layer-maps (thx Coen!)
removed icon width option for widgets (as icon got distorted)
updated minimum recommended PHP version for built-in PHP check to 5.6 – supporting wpupdatephp.com
compatibility for ContactForm7 forms in popuptexts on layer maps
upscaling for MapQuest OSM basemaps to zoom level 18+ was broken (thx Michael!)
layer maps could be broken if a special settings combination for list of markers was used (thx Lynn!)
recent marker widget: show separator lines-, show popuptext- and show icons-options did not work as designed (thx Harald!)
recent marker widget: option to set color value for separator line was broken
control characters like tabs in marker name could break layer maps with enabled list of markers (thx Peter!)
REST API error “The specified user already has API keys or the specified user does not exist.”
compatibility check for WP external links plugin did not work anymore since v2.0 (thx Oleg!)
trial period independent-access to frontend maps on localhost installations was broken
layer(s) assignment-dropdown was not ordered by layer ID on marker edit- and tools-page (thx Coen!)
javascript undefined warning for list of markers if nonce has changed
“change layer ID” feature on tools page did not update assigned markers since v2.4 (thx Coen!)
“list of markers” table on layer edit pages for multi-layer-map with all markers assigned was not displayed correctly
Geolocation feature does not work anymore with Google Chrome 50+ unless your site is securely accessible via https (details)
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated German translation
updated Lithuanian translation thanks to Donatas Liaudaitis – http://www.transleta.co.uk and Ovidijus – http://www.manokarkle.lt
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru

show all available 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.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

4EC2DB8D4FD314166E7F63CA85CC838222DCCEDCD2879DBD3D730E1F47052CAF

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 steps are required if you are updating from a beta version.

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