WordPress 3.3 Released
Better Rich Text Editors
New SlideDeck Update!

In the grand tradition of the WordPress update haiku and WordPress 3.3 gold release right around the corner, we would like to present the latest version of SlideDeck JavaScript Core and SlideDeck for WordPress! WordPress 3.3 is going to bring some fantastic new editing features and we’re taking advantage of them in this release as well as implementing some great interface improvements and bug fixes. Check out whats new!

Full WordPress 3.3 Support

WordPress 3.3 is greatly improving the way the rich text editor is implemented, making it extremely easy to integrate into any plugin… which unfortunately breaks every single hack that was previously required to implement these editors. This new implementation required a lot of code re-writing to make things work, which had the added benefit of allowing us to implement some great improvements:

  • Improved data storage for better HTML support in visual and HTML editors
  • Improved technical implementation of slide editors for better cross-browser compatibility and quicktag support (in WordPress 3.3+ only)
  • Greatly improved preview window for much more accurate previews

Better Configuration Options

More configuration options have been added to the manual and dynamic SlideDeck editing views for greater control over how users interact with your SlideDeck. We have consolidated many of the configuration options for dynamic SlideDecks to be in one place and given you the ability to control touch screen swipe support.

Bug Fixes Galore!

We’ve implemented a bunch of fixes for better Internet Explorer support, better skin handling in the editing interface and fixed some bugs when looping slide playback. We’re pretty happy with this release, but as always, there may be some unique environment out there we haven’t encountered yet, so be sure to post your bug reports on our support forum.

Here’s the detailed change set for this release:

  • Added support for WordPress 3.3
  • Re-factored much of the TinyMCE implementation to accommodate better for cross-browser and WordPress version support
  • Improved SlideDeck editor interface to not load all available skin files, only loading the skin that the SlideDeck was last saved with
  • Improved SlideDeck preview window to size properly and accommodate better for skins that have padding
  • Improved SlideDeck skin support interaction to automatically set and lock-out required SlideDeck settings
  • Added Touch Screen configuration options
  • Consolidated playback and interaction options for Smart SlideDecks with the rest of the options in the interface instead of being in the sidebar
  • Re-factored commands for adding slides to a regular SlideDeck to use an AJAX based routine for both vertical and horizontal slide addition. This was done to accommodate for WordPress 3.3’s new TinyMCE implementation (wp_editor()).
  • Fixed issues with TinyMCE and Internet Explorer that was preventing the editing interface from working properly
  • Improved slide data storage method with WordPress 3.3 that allows for better HTML markup support in visual editor and HTML editor
  • Updated SlideDeck JavaScript core to 1.3.2
  • Fixed looping bug when vertical slides were the last slide in a SlideDeck
If you are a PRO user, be sure to check your Inbox for a download link to the latest version of SlideDeck. Lite users, be sure to update your plugin in your WordPress control panel, or if you are using the JavaScript library, just download it again from our download page.

As SlideDeck continues to grow, we aim to improve on the benefits offered to our PRO users. On top of unlocking a slew of incredibly useful features, PRO users will also receive a bundle of rad SlideDeck skins. Rest assured, we’ve heard the community’s feedback loud and clear. The most common request we receive is “more vertical skins!” Which is why we’re dishing out not just one but two awesome vertical slide skins that can be customized to fit your website.

 

Reason #1 –  Vertical Feature Content (WordPress only):
This ultra minimal Smart SlideDeck skin allows users to fill the entire slide with the content of their choosing. Be it an image or a text/image combination, the unobtrusive dot navigation provides ample flexibility while navigating users quickly through the deck. Additionally, users can navigate by simply scrolling their mouse wheel up or down.

 

Reason #2 – Vertical Product Tour:
Perfect for complex processes, the Stacked Skin is designed for users that need text-oriented navigation to detail each slide. What you lose in slide real estate you gain with a highly apparent and interactive interface. *Note: For this skin to render properly you must make a SlideDeck with only one horizontal skin and multiple vertical skins.

 

Reason #3 – Super Simple Gallery:
You may already be familiar with this popular new addition. As a purely CSS built skin, this lightweight SlideDeck will elegantly coincide with your existing design. Quickly override the color properties of the background, arrow containers, arrows and highlight colors to show off a seamless SlideDeck design.

 

Our collection of SlideDeck skins continues to grow, which is all the more reason to upgrade if you have yet to do so. As always, please let us know what you think of the latest skins. If you have an idea for a new skin design, submit your feedback to the SlideDeck knowledge base.

New users – you’ll receive the skins in the file you download.  Already have PRO?  PRO users, download the latest version of the SlideDeck PRO plugin for WordPress (1.4) to obtain the new skins.

As a reminder, be sure to review the instructions found in the readme.txt file included with each custom skin.

This simple and sleek SlideDeck Gallery skin design requires no images for the frame and was built entirely with CSS. Great for a photo gallery, all this SlideDeck needs is your content for the slides and a title or caption. Since there are no images, this skin is perfect to create a custom gallery oriented SlideDeck for a personal website or portfolio. You can also style the contents of each slide to convey your message. Although the default color of the skin is a dark grey, you can easily override the color properties of the background, arrow containers, arrows, and highlight colors to make this design mesh seamlessly with your existing website.

Let us know what you think of our latest skin. If you have an idea for future skins, be sure to submit it as an “Idea” in our knowledge base. You can download the skin directly from this location: http://goo.gl/oXV2B. Please review the readme.txt file for further instructions.

We have just released SlideDeck 1.4 for WordPress along with 1.2.5 core. The new update includes a good amount of efficiency updates, new features, and vertical stacked nav support for WordPress. The detailed updates are listed below.

SlideDeck PRO for jQuery 1.2.5

  • Added new vertical slides structure. You can now use a dl with a class of slidesVertical in the place of the previously used ul. You can now use the dt element to include a vertical slide title that will be used when generating the automatic vertical navigation. So those that want to customize their vertical navs to a stacked nav, now have the ability to specify the nav text. The dd element now houses the vertical slide content much like the previous li
    Visit our documentation for an example.

SlideDeck for WordPress Plugin 1.4

  • Vertical Stacked skin support added for Regular and Smart SlideDecks (PRO feature only)
  • New vertical slide structure (PRO feature only)
  • Vertical slide title support (PRO feature only)
  • Title length option for vertical Smart SlideDecks (PRO feature only)
  • New vertical SlideDeck skins for Regular and Smart SlideDecks (PRO feature only)
  • UI improvements for Smart SlideDecks in admin
  • New Advanced SlideDeck Option to limit the edit/create access to Admins only (PRO feature only)
  • Limited Advanced SlideDeck Options to users with Manage Options privileges (PRO feature only)
  • Add/Edit Link TinyMCE bug fix – button was not working for some users, fixed
  • Optimization of skin assets – some skin assets were being output if no SlideDeck was present on page, fixed
  • External skin folder bug fix – some users skins were not being detected, fixed
  • Skin pathing bug fix – some users were having pathing issues due to server permission settings, fixed

 

The wp_head() and wp_footer() functions are important parts of any WordPress theme, but some theme authors neglect to include one or both of these functions.

For SlideDeck (and many other plugins) to work correctly these functions must be present in your theme’s header.php and footer.php files. This screencast shows you how to troubleshoot and repair this issue.

One interesting thing to note is that it’s possible for a basic, custom WordPress theme to work without a wp_head() and wp_footer() function. If your theme doesn’t have these, it’s not broken but it is incomplete.

If you’re having issues where jQuery is being loaded more than once, check out this screencast on double jQuery.