After 2 months of intense development we are happy to announce v4.9 which not only includes GeoJSON shape import as well as CSV marker import and export but also a significantly improved marker loading performance amongst lots of other optimisations and fixes.
An updated to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended.
Now let´s get to the highlights of this release:
add GeoJSON shape import
With this release it is now also possible to add predefined custom GeoJSON shapes to your maps:
This allows you to add e.g. country shapes available from sites like https://geojson-maps.ash.ms without having to draw those shapes manually:
add CSV import and export for markers
If you want to bulk update markers based on a file in Excel or CSV, there is now no more need to convert this file to GeoJSON first: with v4.9 we added a native CSV import and export feature:
Additionally we also added an import option to assign markers during import, which also increases the usability of the importer tool.
For full documentation please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/import-export
add map assignment option for marker import
On the Tools page you will also find a new tool, which allows you to assign all unassigned markers to a specific map – no more need to select all unassigned markers manually on the list of markers page and using the bulk update feature there:
add clear button to list of markers search field
In the search field in the list of markers you will find now a small x which allows you to clear the markers search field and reset the list of markers to the initial values:
add API key option for HERE Maps
HERE maps has changed its recommended authentication method for tiles from AppID+AppCode to API key. For new HERE users, only API keys will work, legacy HERE users might still be able to use AppID+AppCode – we recommend to switch to API key, an updated tutorial can be found at https://www.mapsmarker.com/here-maps/
significantly improved marker loading performance
As with every release, we try to find ways to further optimize the performance of Maps Marker Pro. Due to internal refactoring we found several ways to significantly increase the loading performance for markers and decrease the RAM usage – especially for maps with huge amounts of markers.
added compatibility and significantly improved performance for marker import
When rewriting the importer for CSV compatibility, we also increased the importer performance as will, making it significantly faster to import large amounts of markers.
improve edit shape interface
The edit shape interface has also been improved with v4.9, now being displayed in the sidebar instead of in a modal window, allowing you to better live preview the changes:
Other changes and bugfixes
- update XHR syntax for better compatibility
- limit maximum edge buffer tiles to 4
- performance issues with certain chrome versions
- use correct namespace when parsing GPX extensions
- fix marker count for maps using filters with overlapping markers
- fix false negative during API endpoint compatibility check
- fix address getting encoded twice when using Google geocoding
- fix Google geocoding not returning coordinates
- fix race condition when centering marker on map
- fix erroneous unsaved changes warning on edit map page
Thanks to 100+ translators this release also includes some update translations, see full changelog for details.
If you want to contribute to translations (in exchange for free licenses), please visit https://www.mapsmarker.com/glotpress/projects/mmp/ for more information.
Changelog for version 4.9 - released on 31.01.2020 (release notes)
|add GeoJSON shape import|
|add CSV import and export for markers|
|add tool to assign all unassigned markers to a map|
|add map assignment option for marker import|
|add clear button to list of markers search field|
|add API key option for HERE Maps|
|significantly improved marker loading performance and RAM usage|
|added compatibility and significantly improved performance for marker import|
|improve edit shape interface|
|update XHR syntax for better compatibility|
|limit maximum edge buffer tiles to 4|
|performance issues with certain chrome versions|
|use correct namespace when parsing GPX extensions|
|fix marker count for maps using filters with overlapping markers|
|fix false negative during API endpoint compatibility check|
|fix address getting encoded twice when using Google geocoding|
|fix Google geocoding not returning coordinates|
|fix race condition when centering marker on map|
|fix erroneous unsaved changes warning on edit map page|
|updated Catalan translation thanks to Roc, Efraim Bayarri, Vicent Cubells and Marta Espinalt||→ contribute|
|updated German translation by Maps Marker Pro team and Daniel Luttermann||→ contribute|
|updated Spanish translation thanks to David Ramírez, Alvaro Lara, Victor Guevara, Ricardo Viteri, Juan Valdes & Marta Espinalt and Fernando Coello||→ contribute|
|updated French translation thanks to Vincèn Pujol, Rodolphe Quiedeville, Fx Benard, Cazal Cédric, Fabian Hurelle and Thomas Guignard||→ contribute|
|updated Italian translation thanks to Luca Barbetti and Angelo Giammarresi||→ contribute|
|updated Japanese translations thanks to Shu Higash and Taisuke Shimamoto||→ contribute|
|updated Lithuanian translation thanks to Donatas Liaudaitis and Donatas Liaudaitis||→ contribute|
|updated Dutch translation thanks to Ronald Smeets, Marijke Metz, Patrick Ruers, Fokko van der Leest and Hans Temming||→ 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 Swedish translation thanks to Olof Odier, Tedy Warsitha, Dan Paulsson, Elger Lindgren, Anton Andreasson and Tony Lygnersjö||→ 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 Chinese translation thanks to John Shen and ck||→ contribute|
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 4.9-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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