Over the last few months we’ve been steadily working on the first big update for Aesop Story Engine – version 1.1. Today we’re releasing the beta and we’d love for you to take it for a spin.
Our primary focus with this update was to improve usability even further by removing the friction created with generating and editing story components.
Previously, you had to go into the text view to edit the attributes (and you still can). However, in Visual mode in WordPress, each component is now converted into a placeholder, with options. Just click the pencil edit to view the modal with the last options you entered. This speeds up the workflow dramatically by not having to re-create the component. You can also cut and paste the component with a hot-key combination, or delete it completely.
The user interface responsible for making the story components has been re-designed and now follows WordPress design patterns with their near-full-screen modals. This makes accessing options easier. We’ve also got conditional loading of options on-board. This is fancy talk for ‘you won’t be shown the options you don’t need to see.’
With Aesop Story Engine 1.1, developers can now create custom add-ons that tie right into Aesop Story Engine. Creating add-ons are super simple and we’re really excited to see what developers build for Aesop Story Engine.
As you can tell we’re brimming with excitement! It was hard enough picking just a few features to highlight here, but in addition to the above there is so much more. The parallax components have been optimized, those confusing offsets are now automatically calculated, the gallery logic has been refined saving several lines of code, the ability to choose a gallery within the interface, new filters, bug fixes, and so…much…more.
Here’s a short video showing off some of the cool new features:
The update from 1.0.9 should be seamless as every effort was made to preserve backwards compatibility. As stable as we think this is, we’re still going to label this as a beta. For this reason, we do not recommend running this on a production site. Also, the minimum WordPress version for Aesop Story Engine has been changed from 3.8 to 3.9 due to requiring Tiny MCE 4.0.
Anyways, have a play and please let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter.