On the road to v2.0: icons and metaboxes
It came to us that a little development blog could be a nice idea to let you know what we’re doing and what we’ve been up to. Here’s a first blog post on the road to WPMovieLibrary 2.0!
Since the decision was made to drop v1.x and start working directly on v2, we’ve been putting a lot of work on the main features, which are the new metadata format and settings panel, but we’ve also taken a little detour to the vector world and are quite happy to announce that v2 will include its own icon font.
That’s actually something I’ve had in mind for quite some time, both for visual and technical reasons. Truth be told, a good half of the plugin’s icon pack are original icons from the dashicons font; this brings the legitimate question, why bother? Obviously because as awesome as it is the dashicons font isn’t exhaustive and can’t be extended. This means every single glyph we want to add has to be an image file, in addition to the images we still have to provide for WordPress < 3.8. Quite a lot of trouble for a minor visual issue. It's much easier for us to have a dedicated icon font that we can extend at will and use in all WordPress versions, and we're quite pleased with result. Another detour we've been taking is a redesign of the Movie Editor metaboxes. The current design is a lame mess of inputs and textareas that goes back to the first drafts of the plugin and truly needed some refreshment. I've always liked the way WooCommerce handles the product details metabox, and you'll see the new metabox is actually an adaptation of the WooCommerce one to WPMovieLibrary data. It doesn't change a lot internally, the old v1.x remaining at work, but it definitely enhance the user experience. We'll keep working to release a first beta soon, our focus right now is on making sure the transition from 1.x to 2.0 will go as smooth as possible. More updates coming in before beta.1! And to conclude this nicely, here's how the new mete editor will look like in v2!