Aesop Story Engine 1.0.4 was just shipped, and in this release are a few cool features that you should know about.
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This release includes a brand new mode for displaying categories, or “Collections” of stories, in addition to a complete revamp of the component itself. Previously, you were limited to displaying stories from a specifically set Category. Well, with the new “Splash Mode”, you can show all of your sites categories, which each link to their respective archives. Genji and Jorgen (shown above) have been updated with styling support.
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With the last release we included an option to automatically have the audio player start playing once scrolled into view. Well with ASE 1.0.4, we’re happy to announce that this same feature is now available for self-hosted videos in the Video component. Simply toggle viewstart to “on” and the video will automatically start playing once scrolled into view.
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Part of being open-sourced means we’re open to improvements from the community. We’re happy to announce that Ram Ratan Maurya is Aesop Story Engine’s first official contributor. Ram added a new shortcode that helps third party items to sit inside the specially designed width of Aesop themes. So for example, if you put in an iframe or an embed, it may not be centered, since we apply a different width approach. So simply put this shortcode around it, and it’ll automatically center it and set its width to the width the theme has set. How neat is that! And super useful!
Along with these three new and exciting features, include a slew of new filters to allow developers to do everything from adding custom css classes to any component, to adjusting the grid spacing between galleries, and more! As always, our documentation had been updated before this update to reflect all new features and filters.
Get the new update automatically within WordPress, and checkout the changelog here for the full lists of changes. Happy storytelling!