Moving on: our new roadmap

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In the past couple of days, I’ve done various changes to the planned future of both ModernBB, Vanellope and the ModernBB Group in general. I’m prety happy to announce those changes today. The involve mostly arround (big) roadmap changes…

ModernBB 3.1 and 3.2
First of all, we’ve added a new release to the ModernBB serie and renamed another one. ModernBB 3.1 is now called 3.2, while we also added ModernBB 3.1. Version 3.1 will be a minor release upon ModernBB 3.0 to fix multiple issues and improve ModernBB on certain points. All (or most) features planned for 3.1 are moved to 3.2.

Vanellope 1.0
For Vanellope 1.0, I’m trilled to announce that alpha 1 is now planned for early May, instead of early June. This means that the public test release will hit you guys 1 month earlier than originaly planned. It’s getting better through: Vanellope 1.0, the final release, is now planned for November 2014, instead of January 2015! We’ve revised our scheme because our plans where changed too!

Also, it will be possible to update from ModernBB 3 to Vanellope! With some minor changes you have to apply manualy to the database, through we will release a small tool for that too!

Vanellop 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3
Vanellope 1.1, the Luna Update, is now planned for winter 2015 (read: January/February). Our Yellow Update now carries version number 1.3 and is still planned for the summer of 2015. We’ve added a release in between, version 1.2, whose name will be revealed soon. 1.2 and 1.3 are supposed to be smaller updates, where 1.1 will be the update that contains everything that isn’t finished when we want to release 1.0.

I hope you guys are happy with those changes, as we now have planned 3 major updates (ModernBB 3.1, 3.2 and Vanellope 1.0) for this year, and 3 or more updates for 2015!

ModernBB 3.0 “Odd” now available

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We’re three and a half month after the release of ModernBB 2.2, and we have a new major update ready for you! I’m proud to announce the availability of ModernBB 3.0. As always, you can find the latest version of ModernBB at our download page!

What’s new?

  • New Backstage: The Backstage design has been Improved to be more clear, more structured and more awesome. Give it your own touch with a new setting in your profile, allowing you to change the accent color.
  • Reset: you can now reset your forum with soft and hard reset!
  • Kindness and friends: Kindness has returned. The style that was available for ModernBB 2.0 but was removed in 2.1 is back. The other 3 styles also had some major improvements.
  • WYSIWYG: The editor has been replaced with a brand new one, the new TinyMCE based editor allows you to see what you’re going to post.
  • New parser abilities: The parser is now capable of understanding all h1 – h6 tags and a new c-tag, wich allows to use inline code.
  • New components: Bootstrap and jQuery have been updated to the latest release and TinyMCE is a new component in the software (causing it to be rather big than usual).
  • Many, many more…

Of course, we recommend you to update to the latest version of ModernBB. It’s important to make a backup before you update your forums to ModernBB 3.0. Note that ModernBB 3.0 requires PHP 5.1 and a database running MySQL 5.0 or higher or SQLite 2.

ModernBB 2.2.3 now available

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We’re happy to announce that ModernBB 2.2.3 is now available for download at our download page. ModernBB 2.2.3 fixes 3 issues in ModernBB. It’s recommended to update, but when you do, be sure you’ve got a back-up of your forum. It’s nothing to fancy, and it’s also important to note that 2.2.3 is our final update in the ModernBB 2.2.x series, and ModernBB 2.x series. Next release is ModernBB 3.0 and we expect to release it this month! Stay tuned!

Vanellope: 2 months of awesomeness behind us

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So, 2 months ago, we made the first commit to Vanellope. Today, we’re working hard on this project to hit a usable state somewhere in June. That is only 3 months from now. So, let’s hope we will get there in time. Through I’m afraid we won’t. But hey, stay optimistic! We’re still in scheme, and release is still planned for early 2015. But let’s go over the current state. Also, if you’re more intrested in how it is going with ModernBB 3, you should read the last paragraphe of this post.

Vanellope Alpha 1 Development
Anyway, for Vanellope, we’ve decided to drop all code we made a week ago. Yes, everything is gone again. Anyway, we’re retriving a lot of it, like the design and basic features like the update check, new style page and more. We’re back to our original plan, to make this a clean rewrite. Sad as it is, the plugin system we hoped to get in there, won’t be happening and is now on track for a future release, through I can’t tell if that will be Luna, Yellow or any later release. We’re probably going to make it the main focus for one of the updates that are coming up.

Anyway, like said before, we’re still on track to get Vanellope out of development at the begin of 2015. Our first public alpha release is planned for June 2014, while the first beta should follow in August, and the first RC in November 2014. The final? Early January 2015 is your time! Stay tuned for more specific dates, through. When we hit the Alpha 1 milestone, we will give an updated on the dates.

Development of Vanellope is going fast. We’ve got our design, and it shines. We’re now working on the Backstage, setting up pages for the settings we’re going to support, the main structure of it and so on. We’re also working on a new installation script and a nice update script. Together, those 2 milestones form “phase 1” of the development cycle for Alpha 1, “phase 2” is the whole front-end: forums, categories, topics, profiles and so on. PHase 2 is supposed to start somewhere in April or May.

ModernBB 3 Final
In the world of the already released versions, development of ModernBB 3 has been quite these times. I know this, and I’ll be working on this in the near future, I hope to close some tickets this week and am now planning to release ModernBB 3 at the end of the month.