We have upgraded our site here to version 2.0 Beta 3.
Yes, you heard me, Version 2.0
. LOL We've taken some feedback from various places including this topic
and have decided to call our next update Version 2.0 instead of version 1.1.
As many of you are aware, our first major update to FusionBB includes some dramatic new features, including the Calendar and MyPaymentPal. It's far more than a minor upgrade to say the least. And we've been around just over a year now, so calling it version 2.0 seems fitting.
We are well aware that the first major upgrade to FusionBB has been a long time coming.
Too long for sure - for that we are well aware, and we apologize for the long delay. Many of you have been upset by this delay. Believe me when I say that it is in our best interest to get this version out just as quickly as possible. But we will be the first to admit that we tackled much to much for our first major release. And once we got into it, we needed to complete what we've started. Once we get this version complete and released, we will be tackling smaller, more frequent updates in the future.
As license holders, you definately deserve the opportunity to download version 2.0 once it's released, but some of the initial FusionBB supporters licenses have already run past 1 year. So to compensate for this, and say "thank you for your patience" we will be adding 6 months time to all licenses that have been purchased, and all licenses that will be purchased through the end of September 2006.
I know that doesn't totally make up for the delay, but I hope it helps show you the level of committment we have to our customers.
Now as per the status of 1.1 errr I mean 2.0.
For the past several months, we have been Alpha testing this on our development site. This is where a small group of users have been using the software as we develop. This has proved very stable. I have been running the new version on a very active site of my own for aprox. 6 weeks, and it's proved quite stable. About 3 weeks ago, we released this version to our Alpha testers, to actually download and begin playing with. This flushed out some issues, mostly with configuration, upgrades and installations, but overall has been quite stable.
We are currently reworking our installer/upgrade scripts to be more user friendly and make the upgrade process from version 1.0 easier. Once this is complete (very soon) we will be rolling this out to our Beta test group, which is about twice the size of our Alpha tester group. We'll kick it around here for a short period of time, and see if there's any show-stopping issues, and once it's pretty stable, we'll do a public beta release. And after it's been in beta release for a bit, we'll tweak a bit and officially release 2.0 as a public, non-beta release.
We know this process is time consuming, but it's criticial in making FusionBB as stable as possible once you put it into use on your site. That stability is very very important to us. We hope you understand and appreciate our efforts.
We greatly appreciate your patience and support.
A taste of some of the new features in 2.0 (formerly named 1.1):
* A revamped Image Upload and Preview Process
* The ability to place uploaded images whereever you like in the body of your post
* Article Forums
* Favorite Topics
* Favorite Forums
* Mass Email Utility
* Forum Calendars
* Revamped post preview mouseover box (user preference)
* Hiding the session ID from googlebots (more search engine friendly)
* The ability to determine what forums incriment post count
* GD Library support for image resizing
* Cron scheduler improvements
* Custom forum headers/footers
* Option forum keyword for better search engine urls
* Post count based group advancement
* A variety of minor enhancements and bug fixes
* MyPaymentPal (PayPal interface)
Curently only the following skins have been updated to work with 2.0. The rest should be updated by the time we are out of beta:
- Mercury Rising
Edited by JoshPet on 12-02-06 07:54 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
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