Embedder version 1.3 Released – Major Upgrades Ahoy!

Time for a new version of the Embedder plugin before the winter holiday season kicks into high gear! Version 1.3 is probably the most significant release yet, for two reasons:

  1. The Manage Embeds administration page has been almost completely “ajaxified”, meaning that instead of having to wait for the whole page to refresh every time you click something, many of the functions now use the WordPress Ajax feature to communicate with the server, which makes everything work much faster than before.The coolest addition is the ability to move an embed from one group to another by dragging the embed and dropping it on a different group. Go on, give it a try!
  2. A new parser has been added to the Embedder plugin, which will eventually replace the WordPress shortcodes the plugin has been using to this point.The new parser (which uses the excellent NBBC BBCode Parser) completely solves the problems with nested embeds and adjacent embed tags with no workarounds necessary. It will also provide for additional features going forwards,  such as the BBCode-like default attributes (e.g. [mylink=http://yahoo.com] instead of [mylike url=http://yahoo.com]) and validation of attribute values, which will be important for your blog’s security if you want to allow BBCode-like embeds in your blog comments.

    The new parser is optional for now, and you can always switch back to the old parser if you have problems with it, but I would strongly recommend that you move over to the new parser as soon as you can so that you can take advantage of new features in future releases. The new parser does have a new attribute format {$attr=value} instead of %attr=value% but it will continue to support both formats for the time being, so your existing embeds will work with the new parser, with a couple of minor exceptions (see the link below).The plugin will be dropping support for the old parser, and the old attribute format in version 2.0, which is still several weeks away (at least), so you will have plenty of time to make the transition. I anticipate there will still be a couple of 1.x versions before then for bug fixes and minor improvements, and I will give you plenty of warning before 2.0 is due.

As always, please report any bugs or issues in the Embedder Support Forum, and positive feedback is always welcome too. Feel free to share your own embeds, and let us know what you are using the plugin for.

For more information on the transition to the new parser, please the New Embed Parser page in the documentation section.

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