Development is finished on 2.8, I’m happy to say. All that remains is testing. Original release date for Manga+Press 2.8 was February 28th (see what I did there?) but I’m may move that up by 2 weeks, if not sooner. 2.8 doesn’t bring much in the way of features, but does have a major code-refactor behind the scenes as well as eliminating the legacy Media Library popup.
Manga+Press 2.9 is going to have some new features, mainly due to a necessary refactor/deprecation of two functions handling the navigation due to WordPress finally updating the way navigation between custom-post-type posts is handled.
Unfortunately, this causes another issue with the “Group by Parent Category” feature. One way around this: introduce a new taxonomy, called “Chapters” or “Issues.” This means that I’ll have to develop a means of linking two different taxonomies (eyes on this ticket at WordPress Trac.) It may mean adding an additional table or possibly attaching additional meta-data to the posts.
Contextual Help Tabs:
Manga+Press could seriously make use of the Contextual Help API that WordPress provides. I haven’t realized just how many options Manga+Press has and leveraging the help tabs might “help” explain what each option does.
Character Manager Plugin:
I’ve put this on the backburner. To be honest, I may wait until Manga+Press 3.0. It’s mainly deciding what features this plugin should initially have, or even if this plugin should be a part of Manga+Press itself.
Archive and Latest Comic Page:
I’ve wanted to make these two pages database-independent. Meaning that you wouldn’t have to create separate pages. The downside to doing this is that there wouldn’t be an option to add these two pages to any custom menus, unless you hard-code the urls.
Custom Permalink Structure:
This is another feature that may wait until Manga+Press 3.0. Its a cool idea but at the same time, it doesn’t make sense to override what WordPress is already doing.
That’s it! Look for Manga+Press 2.8 sometime between February 1st and 15th, 2014!