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New Release: Bug Fixes & Loads of WordPress Plugin Enhancements

On December 22, 201013 Comments

We’ve been very busy making SlideDeck more solid and trouble free. SlideDeck should be easy to use and look beautiful too so we’ve focused on those areas while fixing the bugs you’ve all been reporting.

Here are some of the highlights; a full feature list is at the end of the post.

Bug Fixes

We do our best to create a seamless experience for our WordPress users but as with all software, things can go wrong. We’ve addressed a long list of bugs that were affecting the PRO WordPress Plugin and a few that were affecting the core JavaScript library. While we were under the hood, we added callbacks for vertical slides too! (Callbacks are for the jQuery version only at this time).

“Gallery Style” Smart SlideDeck Skins

After seeing some requests for more Smart SlideDeck skins, we gave our designers the challenge of creating a series of Smart SlideDeck skins that would show off the images in your posts. Now your WordPress posts can be front and center with images as a focus, leaving the text as a simple title.

Smart SlideDeck skins are also fully fluid now which means that you can make a Smart SlideDeck fit into your layout more appropriately. The deck pictured above is 750px by 280px. you can make a Smart SlideDeck square, or even a portrait orientation if you like.

More Options for WordPress SlideDecks

Not all of the options in the jQuery version of SlideDeck are easy to add to the WordPress version, but for this release we took all the configuration options we could easily transpose and added them to the WordPress interface. You should notice new check boxes for both regular SlideDecks and Smart SlideDecks.

We’ve added the ability to show or hide the “Active Corner” indicator, to choose whether to allow keyboard navigation or not, and whether to allow navigation via the mouse scroll wheel. Scroll wheel navigation is also included by default in this release of SlideDeck, so you’ll get that functionality out of the box.

A Better UI for Inserting a SlideDeck Into Your Posts

While using SlideDeck for WordPress internally, we found a couple instances where the UI could have been improved. One such instance was the “Insert SlideDeck” modal. The modal originally allowed you to enter dimensions, then choose a SlideDeck to be inserted. We adjusted the process so you can now click a deck first, then enter the dimensions and finally click insert to place your deck.

Here is the full list of changes:

SlideDeck jQuery Library:

  • Fixed an auto play error.
  • Added Vertical Slide callbacks.
  • Auto play now pauses upon any interaction with the deck.
  • Refined example files, and added new implementation examples.

SlideDeck WordPress Plugin:

  • Fixed an issue where the SlideDeck preview would incorrectly process width values.
  • Standardized width & height adjustment boxes for the PHP Snippet in the sidebar on both regular and Smart SlideDeck editing pages.
  • Insert SlideDeck modal now allows selection and adjustment without inserting the deck. An insert button has been added.
  • Added the ability to adjust the height of a Smart SlideDeck.
  • Added 3 new Smart SlideDeck skins that focus on imagery/image gallery style. For image based (gallery) skins, posts with no images are excluded.
  • Added the ability to request a preferred image size (for Smart SlideDecks) via an option in a Skin file’s CSS.
  • HTML/Visual tabs are now remembered and restored on page load when editing a deck.
  • Disabling the visual editor (in user profile settings) now works as expected, instead of reporting errors and breaking interaction.
  • Voyager & Ribbons skins have been updated to better support slide background images in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue where entering custom formatted HTML into the HTML Editor view could result in escaped (<p>) contents being loaded when the deck was next edited.
  • Adjusted default height for Standard & Smart SlideDecks for future compatibility.
  • Fixed an issue where the default autoPlay interval would be 5000 seconds.
  • Added jquery.mousewheel.js library as part of the distribution.
  • Added options for hiding the active corner, disabling keyboard navigation, disabling scroll navigation.
  • Added advanced global options for SSL & jquery.mousewheel.js exclusion.

We’re constantly working to make SlideDeck a better product as we use it daily. Do you think we missed something? Is there something that’s been bugging you about SlideDeck? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Comments (13) Responses

  1.  

    Brandon

    Is there a way to post a slide so that it shows only the title of the post and none of the content from the editor? Right now my slide shows the title and the first couple of lines from the actual content of my post.

  2.  

    James Strock

    Love your product! I have a really basic question. Is there a setting that enables the user to select specific WordPress posts for inclusion, and in a specific order (as opposed to automatically picking them up chronologically)?

    Thank you.

    •  

      Jason

      Hi James

      Thanks for the kind words! To answer your question, not out-of-the-box, although you can likely fiddle with the categories and post dates to achieve the order you’re looking for.

  3.  

    ivan

    Hello,

    I have a question. How to translate RECENT POST and READ MORE links in smart slidedeck to another language? Is it posible in free version for WP ?

    Thank you

    •  

      Angela

      Hello ivan,

      The best way to do this is by creating a custom skin. Please see John’s response in this thread to point you in the right direction.

  4.  

    mellina

    my smart slidedeck does not show video. it only show images. help!!! and it doesn’t let me embed video in the HTML tab…

    •  

      Jamie

      Hi Mellina, our users have had mixed results with video embedding due to a varying array of reasons. Head on over to the support area and see if you can find an existing issue about embedding videos. If not, feel free to post a topic and our support guys will see what can be done.

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  6.  

    Ben

    Hi,
    Brought the PRO version for http://KculShare.com but we’d like to line up 2 or 3 slidedecks horizontally without breaking (). How can that be accomplished?

    •  

      Jamie

      Hi Ben,
      To line up two or three SlideDecks horizontally, you will need to float them, placing each deck in its own container; usually a <div> element. If you need some additional help with this, please post to our support forum as it’s better suited to long form technical discussions and your question will have more visibility there.

  7.  

    Raymond Lopez

    Mouse Scroll does not work with apple’s magic mouse

    •  

      Jamie

      I see what you’re saying Raymond, it seems to scroll, but very quickly. We’ll look into it and see if there’s anything we can do about it. I can’t promise anything, but there’s always a chance we can code around it.

      Thanks for reporting this!