Maps Marker Pro v4.7 with optimized & refactored codebase is available

We are happy to announce v4.7 which focuses on codebase refactorization and optimization as major highlights.

Additionally we added support for GPX extensions and also fixed some bugs reported by users – for more details please see below.

An updated to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended.


optimized and refactored code base

If you are a developer by yourself, you might know the following comic displaying the difference between what you see on backend vs how the backend or code actually looks:

Before Maps Marker Pro v4.0 was released (and Thorsten joined our team), the focus of our code was to be functional, but it was not pretty and not fully following coding best practices. With the development of v4.0 starting in 10/2017 we began the process of optimizing our backend code in order to be able to remove dirty workarounds, improve code quality, remove redundances and to be able to deliver releases more quickly. This process called refactoring is actually never finished & with v4.7 we focused again on optimizing our codebase, especially our PHP classes. Unless you inspect our code, those optimizations will not be visible for you though 😉


add GPX extensions

v4.7 allows you to add GPX extensions to your gpx files in order to customize the appearance of your tracks:

For code examples, please have a look at the related user guide in our knowledge base.


use marker icons in KML exports

KML map exports now also use custom icons (again), as requested by users. In order to view your maps in Google Earth, just use the KML export icon in the map panel:

Example visualisation in Google Earth:


add tab autodetection and improved tab logic

Before v4.7 you needed to tick a checkbox, if your map was used in a tab – with the optimizations in v4.7, this is not necessary anymore and maps will work as designed out of the box, even if used in tabs.


Full changelog

Changelog for version 4.7 - released on 26.10.2019 (release notes)

add custom GPX extensions
add tab autodetection and improved tab logic
use marker icons in KML exports
optimized and refactored code base
fix live preview for marker clustering options
do not save empty or faulty shapes
fix overlays disappearing past max native zoom level
fix setting the initial visibility of overlays not working properly
explicitly set WPML language in AJAX requests to prevent cookie or caching issue
updated Bosnian translation thanks to Kenan Dervišević→ contribute
updated Catalan translation thanks to Roc, Efraim Bayarri, Vicent Cubells and Marta Espinalt→ contribute
updated Czech translation thanks to Viktor Kleiner and Vlad Kuzba→ contribute
updated Danish translation thanks to Mark Aabo Pedersen, Mads Dyrmann Larsen and Peter Erfurt→ contribute
updated German translation by Maps Marker Pro team and Daniel Luttermann→ contribute
updated Greek translation thanks to Philios Sazeides, Evangelos Athanasiadis and Vardis Vavoulakis→ contribute
updated Spanish translation thanks to David Ramí­rez, Alvaro Lara, Victor Guevara, Ricardo Viteri, Juan Valdes & Marta Espinalt and Fernando Coello→ contribute
updated Spanish/Mexico translation thanks to Victor Guevera and Eze Lazcano→ contribute
updated Finnish (fi_FI) translation thanks to Jessi Björk→ contribute
updated French translation thanks to Vincèn Pujol, Rodolphe Quiedeville, Fx Benard, Cazal Cédric, Fabian Hurelle and Thomas Guignard→ contribute
updated Galician translation thanks to Fernando Coello→ contribute
updated Hungarian translation thanks to István Pintér and Csaba Orban→ contribute
updated Croatian translation thanks to Neven Pausic, Alan Benic and Marijan Rajic→ contribute
updated Indonesian translation thanks to Andy Aditya Sastrawikarta & Emir Hartato and Phibu Reza→ contribute
updated Italian translation thanks to Luca Barbetti and Angelo Giammarresi→ contribute
updated Japanese translations thanks to Shu Higash and Taisuke Shimamoto→ contribute
updated Korean translation thanks to Andy Park→ contribute
updated Lithuanian translation thanks to Donatas Liaudaitis and Donatas Liaudaitis→ contribute
updated Latvian translation thanks to Juris Orlovs and Eriks Remess→ contribute
updated Malay translation thanks to Mohd Zulkifli→ contribute
updated Norwegian (Bokmål) translation thanks to Inge Tang→ contribute
updated Dutch translation thanks to Ronald Smeets, Marijke Metz, Patrick Ruers, Fokko van der Leest and Hans Temming→ contribute
updated Polish translation thanks to Pawel Wyszyński, Tomasz Rudnicki, Robert Pawlak, Daniel and Paul Dworniak→ contribute
updated Portuguese - Brazil (pt_BR) translation thanks to Fabio Bianchi, Andre Santos and Antonio Hammerl→ contribute
updated Romanian translation thanks to Arian, Daniel Codrea and Flo Bejgu→ contribute
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies - http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru→ contribute
updated Slovenian translation thanks to Igor Čabrian→ contribute
updated Slovak translation thanks to Zdenko Podobny→ contribute
updated Swedish translation thanks to Olof Odier, Tedy Warsitha, Dan Paulsson, Elger Lindgren, Anton Andreasson and Tony Lygnersjö→ contribute
updated Thai (th) translation thanks to Makarapong Chathamma and Panupong Siriwichayakul→ contribute
updated Turkish translation thanks to Emre Erkan and Mahir Tosun→ contribute
updated Ukrainian translation thanks to Yaroslav B Yaroshevskyy, Andrexj, Sergey Zhitnitsky and Mykhailo→ contribute
updated Vietnamese (vi) translation thanks to Hoai Thu→ contribute
updated Chinese translation thanks to John Shen and ck→ contribute
updated Chinese (zh_TW) translation thanks to jamesho Ho→ contribute

If you experience any issues, please search our knowledge base or submit a helpdesk ticket.

Happy mapping!

Your Maps Marker Pro team


How to update

The recommended 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 24 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”.

If there is an update available, please start the update by clicking the link “update now”.

If you try to update from v3.1.1 or lower, please see this user guide in our knowledge base for installation instruction and a migration tutorial.


Additional information for beta testers

No additional changes needed (as there was no 4.7-beta1 release).


Additional information for Database API users

No additional actions are required for Database API users when updating to this version.


How to install Maps Marker Pro from scratch

For directly downloading and installing the Maps Marker Pro as zip file, please click here.


How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

For the SHA-256 hash value and the number of files for this release please check the following file: https://www.mapsmarker.com/SHA256SUMS.txt

This file is digitally signed with our PGP key, key signature file available at https://www.mapsmarker.com/SHA256SUMS.txt.sig

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).


Questions? Feedback? Comments?

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