As you may know AP runs on vB (vBulletin, not the beer, and I prefer Coopers anyway);
and I thought I'd let you know what changes are coming from vB in the next few months that might be of interest to AP members.
in betaavailable and contains about 140 bug fixes, of which few are important to AP,
some improving performance and the rest of being little or no consequence due to being related to the CMS, Blog and Facebook Connect that we don't use.
One noticeable change for vB4.1.3 will be a confirmation pop up when you click 'Mark Forums Read'; which is there due to the fact 'Mark Forums Read' cannot be undone.
vB4.1.4 is slated to have the new WYSIWYG editor based on CKeditor which will have an auto save feature.
It will be like using word to edit posts.
This has been delayed for about 3 releases, as vB are putting much more into their test QA processes than before.
We may consider making this the site default, the old plain text will still be available.
CKeditor is embedded into software products from major vendors like IBM, Oracle and Adobe; and is available for MS Sharepoint.
It is recognised as the best of class web WYSIWYG editor. You can try a demo on the CKeditor site.
Beyond vB4.1.4 are things like improved mobility skins and an improved vB mobile app (iPhone only) are expected.
We have decided to go with tapatalk, and as we have to pay for the vB mobile option, plus members have to pay for the app, we think tapatalk should remain as our ongoing mobile option.
Tapatalk is also multi-platform.
For the techos, at the back-end we
will behave switched to PHP 5.3.x, which should have no visible impact, but does give me some possibilities for future developments.
We don't expect any major feature changes as between the Forum, Competitions and the Library (wiki);
we think we are delivering a great photographic forum experience.
That said, feedback and new ideas are always welcome.