On the road to v2.2: All your movie are belong to us
In the previous blog entry we talked about an evolution of the quick-edit process for movies. It’s been a few weeks since then, and it has taken a form that I’m quite pride to share with you now.
I’ve always liked movie-library-type designs, with neat grid of poster and smooth info. Victor Erixon’s “Movie Service UI” is a great example and has been a major inspiration for that part of WPMovieLibrary 2.2: a complete redesign of the “All Movies” WordPress Dashboard’s page. The basic, WordPress table list view was never adapted to movies, though I tried to make it more usable by including additional columns like Poster, Rating, Status… To it. The Plugin’s Dashboard view was a first attempt at providing a better way to display movies in the admin, but was too limited to be really of any use apart from glitter.
The WordPress Media Library, in the other hand, was a nice idea of a way to present contents differently, and that’s actually what I used the most to build the new grid you can see above. The important thing about this major change is that it uses Backbone.js, just like the Media process in WordPress, meaning a lot of possibilities to manipulate stuff. The new “All Movies” grid uses an infinite scroll for instance, just like the Media Library, and provide the quick-edit Modal Window you discovered in the previous blog entry. What’s new is that I added a preview mode to that Modal, something I kinda like.
And, last but not least, the biggest change is that the previous versions’ “Import Movies” Page will be removed as such and completely merged with the “All Movies” Page. Why is that? Because then it will become possible to import movies and edit them immediately, way quicker than what you had to go through before (Search for the movie, import it, wait, go the “All Movies” Page, find your movie, click “Edit”, wait, edit, save…). The new Edit Modal has an autosaving feature, each newly imported movie will be added immediately to the collection and available for modification. Search for your movie, import it, switch to the grid view, click on the Edit button, edit, done. How does that sound?