Maps Marker Pro v4.21 with Leaflet.js & geocoding updates is available

Posted on 31 May, 2022

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Pro-Version Releases
Attention: this is not the changelog for the latest stable version 4.22.2 (see related release notes)

After 3 months of intensive developement, we are happy to announce the availability of Maps Marker Pro v4.21. This release includes an update to the “engine” of our plugin – Leaflet.js as major highlight.

Unfortunately we also had to remove Algolia from our geocoding framework, as Algolia discontinued their related service (only if you chose Algolia as your geocoding provider, you will need to switch to another geocoding provider, details can be found on the related tutorial pages – if you use TomTom, LocationIQ or Google Geocoding, no action is required.).

For details and other highlights about this release please see below.

An updated to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended. If you access to updates and support has expired, please click here for more information on how to optionally renew your access. Although your license key never expires, unless you renew your access to updates and support, you will not be able to get plugin updates including new features, optimizations, bug and security fixes, translations updates as well as access to our helpdesk with dedicated 1:1 support. Therefore we always recommend updating to the latest version of Maps Marker Pro.


update to Leaflet.js

Maps Marker Pro uses the open source mapping framework Leaflet.js. Until v4.20.4 we had to use the older leaflet.js v1.6.0, as v1.7.0 had some issues with Safari browser resulting in popups not opening correctly, which was finally fixed with v1.8.0 released in April 2022.

Furthermore lots of under-the-hood optimisations, changes and fixes have been added, reassuring Leaflet.js as the best javascript mapping framework in our opinion. For a full list of changes since v1.6.0 please see the leaflet.js changelog.


remove (retired) Algolia geocoding integration

Unfortunately Algolia Places sunset its free geocoding service – also used in Maps Marker Pro – on May 31st 2022. This decision was made back in 2020 by Algolia – for more details please check their product blog.

As Algolia Places was the default (keyless) geocoding provider in Maps Marker Pro & unless you actively used TomTom, LocationIQ or Google Geocoding as geocoding provider, you now need to switch to another (keybased) geocoding provider, if you want to continue using the geocoding feature in Maps Marker Pro.

Maps Marker Pro is the only WordPress mapping plugin with an integrated geocoding framework, which allows you to choose from different geocoding provider – selecting the one that best fits your needs.


new logo and new mapsmarker.com website

As you might have noticed, we have a new logo and a new website too.

Your feedback is welcome – especially if anything is not working or missing (we plan to add new content to our knowledge base more regularly in the future).


Email newsletter to keep updated with Maps Marker Pro news

Together with the website relaunch, we also launched an email newsletter which allows you to keep updated with Maps Marker Pro news. Click here to sign up.


updated showcases page

The demo/showcases page has also been updated on our new website:

In case you would like to see your map there too, please get in contact.


add option to zoom to marker when highlighting

When using the list of markers, you can now set the new option “Open popup and zoom” as action for the marker when clicked in the list:


add ability to translate marker links

Maps Marker Pro also supports multi-lingual maps by using the WPML or polylang translation plugins (tutorial).

With v4.29 we also added support for translating marker links, as requested by some users.


Optimizations and improvements

  • add gzip compression for map data
  • add support for list of markers when using custom shortcode
  • simplify geocoding provider selection
  • improve error reporting when adding/editing maps/markers

3rd party library changes

  • update ESRI to 3.0.8
  • update Leaflet-Geoman to 2.13.0
  • update leaflet-locatecontrol to 0.76.1
  • update Chart.js to 3.8.0

Bugfixes

  • fix Chrome App showing “next” instead of “go” for search field
  • fix share modal not automatically selecting the URL when clicked
  • prevent filesize issues during internal GPX download

Translation updates

Thanks to 210+ translators this release also includes 16 updated 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.


Full changelog

Changelog for version 4.21 - released on 31.05.2022 (release notes)

update to Leaflet.js from 1.6.0 to 1.8.0 (changelog)
remove (retired) Algolia geocoding integration
new logo (and new mapsmarker.com website) - feedback is welcome
Email newsletter to keep updated with Maps Marker Pro news - sign up here
updated showcases page - submit your map too
add support for list of markers when using custom shortcode
add gzip compression for map data
add option to zoom to marker when highlighting
add ability to translate marker links
simplify geocoding provider selection
improve error reporting when adding/editing maps/markers
update flatpickr to 4.6.13
update ESRI to 3.0.8
update Leaflet-Geoman to 2.13.0
update leaflet-locatecontrol to 0.76.1
update Chart.js to 3.8.0
fix Chrome App showing "next" instead of "go" for search field
fix share modal not automatically selecting the URL when clicked
prevent filesize issues during internal GPX download
updated Catalan translation thanks to Roc, Efraim Bayarri, Vicent Cubells and Marta Espinalt→ contribute
updated Chinese translation thanks to John Shen and ck→ contribute
updated Danish translation thanks to Mark Aabo Pedersen, Mads Dyrmann Larsen and Peter Erfurt→ contribute
updated Dutch translation thanks to Ronald Smeets, Marijke Metz, Patrick Ruers, Fokko van der Leest and Hans Temming→ 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 German translation by Maps Marker Pro team and Daniel Luttermann→ contribute
updated Greek translation thanks to Charalampos Konstantopoulos, Philios Sazeides, Evangelos Athanasiadis and Vardis Vavoulakis→ contribute
updated Italian translation thanks to Luca Barbetti and Angelo Giammarresi→ contribute
updated Japanese translations thanks to Shu Higash and Taisuke Shimamoto→ contribute
updated Latvian translation thanks to Juris Orlovs and Eriks Remess→ contribute
updated Lithuanian translation thanks to Donatas Liaudaitis and Donatas Liaudaitis→ contribute
updated Polish translation thanks to Pawel Wyszyński, Tomasz Rudnicki, Robert Pawlak, Daniel and Paul Dworniak→ 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 Spanish translation thanks to David Ramí­rez, Alvaro Lara, Victor Guevara, Ricardo Viteri, Juan Valdes & Marta Espinalt and Fernando Coello→ 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, Mahir Tosun and Cagatay Demir→ 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 beta release for this 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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