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Maps Marker Pro v4.0-beta1 is available

We are happy to announce that Maps Marker Pro v4.0-beta1 is finally available.

Version 4.0 of Maps Marker Pro features a complete object-oriented rewrite of the codebase. While this process took quite a few months to complete, the long-term benefits are absolutely worth it. Not only does the new code dramatically decrease load times and enhance security, but it also makes it much easier for us to fix bugs or implement new features.

Please be aware of some profound changes (see full changelog below for more details – full release notes will follow with v4.0 final):

  • changes to map concept: with v4.0 only maps and markers will be available anymore (the term layer maps is no longer used; marker maps cannot be created anymore – existing marker maps will be migrated).
  • support for gpx elevation charts and waypoints has been added
  • Leaflet.GestureHandling support has been added (Brings the basic functionality of Maps Gesture Handling into Leaflet and prevents users from getting trapped on the map when scrolling a long page).
  • all settings for “Map defaults” in the Settings area have been removed – you can use the link “Save current values as defaults for new maps” instead when created a new map
  • options to display the list of markers right or left to a layer map has been added
  • MapQuest basemap support has been removed (due to MapQuest basemaps now requiring their own API, making them incompatible to be implemented into a standard Leaflet installation; existing MapQuest maps will be switched to OpenStreetMap automatically)
  • (retired) Wikitude augmented reality API has been replaced with layar.com API
  • (retired) Visualead QR code generator has been replaced with local QR code generator BaconQrCode

The design and interface on backend is also not final yet – the current focus is to test the new features and optimized code.

Anyway we do not recommend using v4.0-beta1 on production sites, as this is a first beta version and especially as the following features have not been ported yet (but will be added with future v4.0 beta releases):

  • RESTapi
  • custom overlays
  • custom basemaps
  • WMS layers
  • CSV/XLS(X)/OS import and export

Please also be aware that future beta-releases might require to re-run the migration tool for migrating maps from v3.1.1-beta1, which will reset any changes made since v4.0-beta1 has been installed!

Know issues (help would be appreciated!)

Please also do not delete v3.1.1 at least unless v4.0 final is available, as there still might be changes to the database structure and the need to re-run the migration tool to update your data!

Let us you think about this new release & send your feedback by using our helpdesk (prefered) or directly via email to feedback@mapsmarker.com.

Full changelog

Development changelog for version 4.0

complete rewrite / refactorization of the code base from procedural to object oriented
separation of JavaScript from PHP to allow for caching and significantly increase page loading speed
decreased download size for marker data, allowing for up to 75% faster map loading
advanced customisation for maps: settings are now saved on a map basis instead of globally
upgraded leaflet.js ("the engine of Maps Marker Pro") from v1.0.3 to v1.3.3 including optimizations and bugfixes - please see blog post on leafletjs.com and full changelog for more details
support for gpx elevation charts and waypoints
support for HERE basemaps
options to display the list of markers right or left to a layer map
option to add a link instead of a popup for markers
Leaflet.GestureHandling support (prevents users from getting trapped on the map when scrolling a long page)
(retired) Wikitude augmented reality API has been replaced with layar.com API
optimized permission system with Maps Marker Pro capabilities for better access control (attention: by default only admins have access!)
fractional zoom support (new interaction options: zoomDelta and zoomSnap)
support for Google Traffic and Google Transit layers (disabled by default)
support for bing canvas dark, canvas light and canvays grey basemaps
option to set maximum boundaries for maps to limit panning
possibility to override global settings for each map by using new shortcode parameters
batch selection buttons (all/none) for layers in filter controlbox
API dashboard for Photon@Mapsmarker geocoding at https://www.mapsmarker.com/photon showing the API usage of the last hour
Relaunched! Our new website is live
automatically parse map shortcodes in category & post tag description and term fields
options to change position of zoom and basemap control box
option to add existing markers to maps added with shortcodes only (e.g. [mapsmarker lat="48" lon="16" markers="1,2,3,4"] )
new shortcode parameter tabbed="true" for displaying maps in tabs
Easily change defaults for new maps by using the "Save current values as defaults for new maps" feature
deactivation feedback feature - send your feedback to us when deactiving the plugin
improved performance by reducing the number of database queries needed and the use of caches where possible
optimized CSS & JS loading mechanism resulting in load time reduction of up to 20%
CSV/XLS(X)/ODS import/export has been replaced with native JSON import/export feature (tutorial for converting JSON into office formats)
simplified map concept: "marker maps" have been removed, "layer maps" were renamed to "maps" (to which you can assign objects like markers)
simplified multi-layer-map concept, now called filters with the option for custom sort order of filters
Photon@Mapsmarker: show streetnames+housenumbers for geocoding results if available
removed MapQuest basemap support (due to MapQuest basemaps now requiring their own API, making them incompatible to be implemented into a standard Leaflet installation; existing MapQuest maps will be switched to OpenStreetMap automatically)
removed depreciated Mapbox v3 integration (will be replaced with v4 with a future release)
removed six compatibility checks for plugins/themes which are not needed anymore due to Maps Marker Pro 4.0 rewrite
removed settings for (depreciated) mobile web app launch images and add simplified support for web app icons
replaced (retired) Visualead QR code generator with local jQuery QR code generator (QR codes can now be accessed on backend / "list all maps" only)
disabled tooltips by default on mobile devices as hover event is not available (thx Dirk!)
set interaction option "tap" to false by default to prevent issues with scrolling over maps on mobile devices (thx Thomas!)
increased rate limit for Photon@MapsMarker geocoding from 5.000 to 10.000 requests per day and from 10 to 20 requests per second
load map tiles for OSM Black&White and DE variant via https to prevent mixed-content warnings (thx Annette!)
reduced timeouts for license API fallback calls to prevent issues on sites with connection issues
update leaflet-locatecontrol from v0.58 to v0.62 (includes bugfixes & leaflet 1.1.0 compatibility)
update leaflet-fullscreen codebase (support AMD and Node/CommonJS module systems, thx mpschaeuble!)
updated minimap addon from v3.4.0 to v3.5.0 (support for miminize/restore events - release notes)
optimized plugin folder structure (some plugin compatibility configs might need to be re-applied)
updated Algolia autocomplete.js from v0.21.7 to v0.28.2 (changelog)
updated es6-promise for IE11/Google Mutant from v4.1.0 to v4.1.1 (bugfix release)
updated Leaflet.MarkerCluster.LayerSupport from v1.0.3 to v1.0.4 (fixing issues with chunkedLoading)
do not strip input tags from popuptexts if option "HTML filter for popuptexts (wp_kses)" is enabled
updated EdgeBuffer plugin for pre-loading tiles beyond the edge of the visible map to v1.0.6
updated compatibility check for WP Rocket 2.10.x
minimum required WordPress version for Maps Marker Pro increased to 4.5 (needed for Gutenberg)
shortcode parsing for WordPress audio and video tags in popups on layer maps was broken if wp_keses() was enabled
list of markers: show entries only once if marker is assigned to several layers
activation & deactivation functions were not processed since v3.0
broken permalink compatibility check returning wrong URL
incorrect marker count on list of markers when using multi-layer-maps
incorrect content-type when using callback for GeoJSON
WPML/Polylang: missing string registration for translatable elements if importer is used (thx Laurent!)
admin dashboard widget could be broken if PHP 7.1+ was used
OOM error during SPBAS local key validation
manual selection of Slovenian as interface language was broken (thx Igor!)
Google logo link was broken on iOS devices
improved: global sanitation check for settings array instead of individual output filtering
updated German translation→ contribute

how to update to 4.0-beta1

Warning: it is not recommended to install 4.0-beta1 on production sites! In addition we recommend to backup your site (especially the database) regularly so in case of an issue with this beta release you can always perform a full rollback if needed!

As technically speaking Maps Marker Pro 4.0 is a new plugin, the update process is a bit different than usually:

In order to be able to update to this beta release, you first have to set beta-testing in Settings / Misc to enabled:

As next step after saving your settings, navigate to Plugins and click on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

As next step click on the link “Update now” to update to v3.1.1-beta1.

After update to v3.1.1-beta1 is finished, you are ready to start the installation of “Maps Marker Pro” 4.0 as new plugin. So please click “please click here for more information” to proceed to the next step:

This will take you to the “Update to Maps Marker Pro 4” page. Start the installation as new plugin by clicking on the button “Sounds good! I want to update to Maps Marker Pro 4 now!”:

After the plugin has been installed, please first deactivate “Maps Marker Pro” (v3.1.1-beta1) before activating “Maps Marker Pro” (v4.0-beta1):

After activating v4.0-beta1, you will see an admin notice which will take you to the data migration tool page:

As next step, please start the datamigration by clicking the button “Start Migration”:

After migration is finished, you will see the message “Data migration completed successfully”:

That´s it – now you can start using Maps Marker Pro v4.0-beta1.

Please do not delete v3.1.1 at least unless v4.0 final is available, as there still might be changes to the database structure and the need to re-run the migration tool to update your data!

how to install 4.0-beta1 from scratch

For directly downloading and installing the v4.0-beta1 package as zip file, please click here.

Please make sure to also set beta-testing in Settings / Misc to enabled to get notified about future beta releases!

how to rollback to v3.1.1-beta1

If you want to use v3.1.1-beta1 again, please first deactivate Maps Marker Pro v4.0-beta1 and then activate Maps Marker Pro v3.1.1-beta1 again.

Please be aware that any maps which have been created with Maps Marker Prov 4.0-beta1 will not be visible with Maps Marker Pro v3.1.1-beta1, as a complete new database schema is used!

3 Responses to “Maps Marker Pro v4.0-beta1 is available”

    Definitely exciting to hear about the faster loading time with Maps Marker Pro v4.0-beta1! I look to streamline and save time as much as possible when it comes projects, and you have finally delivered with this update! I’m looking forward to adding this time cut to my project management online set up, so now I can dedicate all of that extra time elsewhere! Thank you for providing a quick link to the download!

      Thanks for your feedback Dennis, much appreciated!

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