[typo] [ANN] Typo 5.4 "Willy Ronis"

Mike Mondragon mikemondragon at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 14:12:26 EST 2009

2009/12/19 de Villamil Frédéric <frederic at de-villamil.com>:
> Hello list,
> After 9 months of hard work, we're proud to announce the official release of
> Typo 5.4 Willy Ronis, the most advanced and user friendly blogging platform
> on Rails. Despite having a minor version number, Typo 5.4 is a major
> release, coming with a lot of new features and some bugfixes as Willy Ronis
> was a great photographer who died this year at the age of 99. Since Typo 5.4
> fixes some major security issues, you should really think about upgrading.
> Typo 5.4 is avaliable at
> http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=555&release_id=41989 or as a gem.
> Typo 5.4 is also a major release because we had many contributors from all
> over the world sending new features and fixes along this year. After
> contributing for a while, Matijs van Zuijlen (http://www.matijs.net/)
> finally joined the core team in late February and did a great job on this
> release. We would also like to thank, in alphabetical order: Diego Elio
> 'Flameeyes' Pettenò, Edward Middleton, Erik Ostrom, Hans de Graaff, Jakob
> Skov-Pedersen, Kurt Werle, Michael Reinsch, Mike Mondragon, Wei Jen Lu, Yuka
> Ouka, jzellman, and mpagalan.
> So, what's new in Typo 5.4? A lot of things
> = A brand new theme
> As we announced on our blog, Typo has now a default new theme. True Blue 3
> is a port of the theme used at http://t37.net. Typographic is a great theme,
> but we needed something that would fit everyone's blog. Typographic is still
> proposed as a standard theme in Typo, but it's not the default theme
> anymore.
> = A brand new admin
> Once again, we've deeply changed the admin. It now comes in the same blue
> flavor we've been using on True Blue 3. Some things have moved, some others
> have disappeared.
> = Performances improvement
> Performances improvement has been a huge part of the work on Typo 5.4. We
> followed 3 axes to give Typo better performances:
> * Switching to Rails 2.3.4 divided the memory footprint by 2 since a major
> bug was fixed in this release.
> * Removing lots of dead, legacy code made Typo slightly faster. It may break
> your theme though, but the changed are easy.
> * Switching from Ruby Bluecloth to C Bluecloth 2 has surprising effects on
> page generation speed. Generating a page with 4500 comments switched from
> more than 2 minutes to about 2 seconds on our testing machines.
> = Autosave for all
> Previsouly reserved to new posts only with the simple editor, autosave is
> now avaliable when you create and edit posts, on both simple and visual
> editor.
> = New visual editor
> Speaking of the visual editor, we've upgraded to the new CKEditor, aka
> FCKEditor 3. Lighter, producing better code, CKEditor is the new generation
> of visual web editors. CKEditor is now plugged to Typo resources engine,
> providing better backward compatibility with older blogs. Switch between
> simple and visual editor without losing content has also been fixed.
> = Articles preview
> A long awaited feature was the article preview during edition. It is now
> avaliable, so you can be sure of what you're going to publish.
> = User creation simplified
> Users creation from the front end has been simplified. You now just need to
> provide a login and an email, and you're done!
> = Users public profiles
> Users public pages are back, coming with an improved profile, allowing you
> to display your msn, aim, or twitter id. You can also chose the name you'll
> display on screen, chosing from your login, real name, or anything else.
> Authors also have their RSS and Atom feed back. An author sidebar is now
> also avaliable.
> = Chinese support
> Simple Chinese joins the number of languages supported by Typo. Cool.
> = Better Wordpress converter
> Wordpress converter has been greatly improved, fixing lots of points that
> made the import incomplete: pages imported as article, spam comments
> considered as ham, blog name and subtitle not imported... Switching to Typo
> has never been easier.
> = Secondary layout for pages
> Lost of users have been asking for the possibility to define a secondary
> layout for pages. It's now done. Just add a pages.html.erb in your theme
> layout directory, mix some HTML and Ruby and you're done!
> = Cache unification
> Since we've fixed the static cache, we've decided to drop the cached model
> support along with the memcache support for cache model. It results in a
> lighter, simpler code, and less errors possible.
> We hope you'll enjoy using this release as much as we enjoyed building it.
> Merry Xmas, and happy new year
> Your Typo team
> --
> Frédéric de Villamil
> "What's mine is mine. What's yours is still unsetteled" – Go player proverb
> frederic at de-villamil.com                        tel: +33 (0)6 62 19 1337
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Nice work.  The new admin panel looks great, and having just used the
preview feature, I can tell you it is a very useful addition.


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