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What's new in SMF 2.0 Beta 4?

Started by karlbenson, September 07, 2008, 07:07:36 PM

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The fourth beta of SMF includes numerous fixes for bugs reported since Beta 3, and includes a set of updated templates for the default theme which have been designed to be more semantic in order to improve accessibility.

Major changes since the last release:

  • Fixed a considerable number of bugs reported since Beta 3, including several bugs affecting internationalization.
  • Updated key templates for the default theme to make more semantic (These are the index, board index, message index and display templates).
  • Added new installer.
  • Strengthened protection against flooding the login and reminder systems in an attempt to brute force passwords.
  • Added back end code to allow theme variations (such as different colors), which is not used by default but may assist theme authors.
  • Added resizer to the WYSIWYG editor window.

• Semantic Templates

Please note that there is a risk that the new semantic templates may impact how other 3rd party or edited themes are displayed to the user after an upgrade. Whilst Simple Machines have carried out testing to identify and eliminate such problems, there's always a possibility that some problems will not be detected. As such, we recommend that people do not upgrade production forums until they have tested the impact of the upgrade. If you do detect problems following the upgrade please post a topic into the support board detailing the nature of the problem, and we'll do our best to assist as quickly as possible. Note that any problems that do occur are likely to be relatively minor, and easily remedied. If a problem does occur, and you fix it yourself, please post what the cause and fix were – so we can ensure the upgrader fixes these things for future upgrades.

The packages include everything you need to install a fresh board, or to upgrade from 2.0 Beta 3.1 – or any previous version of SMF. You can checkout the changelog on the download page for a full list of changes. We're also very keen to hear your feedback, positive and negative, to help us continue to improve the software.

Thank you for your interest in our software!
- The Simple Machines Team


Sweet, Beta 4!  Hope this perfects the bug fixes/stability.  That's it, I am taking the plunge and setting up a Test Forum.  If all goes well, in 2 weeks I may just go to SMF 2.0. :)

Thanks, developers and the full SMF team!

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Sweet! Will there be a package to upgrade from SMF 2.0 Beta 3.1 to Beta 4? :S


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Usually there is a Modification you can get right from the Package Manager in the Package Manager.




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This will let to find more issues and make better product. Good news this one, too!


I have Beta 3.1 and I want to upgrade to Beta 4.
Will I lose all my modifications?

I want to install it via webinstall.


Yes, when you upgrade, you'll need to replace your files again.

Its not like going from 1.1.5 to 1.1.6 via the package manager.

Once you've upgraded ,modifications will need re-installng, however, some might not work with the new semantic theme and may need updating.



No. There are several RC's to come.

I would imagine if there are any urgent bugs to fix, a patch aka beta 4.1 public would be released aswell.

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Hi Congrates for 2.0 beta 4 public.

could i upgrade from 1.1.5 to 2.0 beta 4 public.

Is that possible. Or if i want to be a chapter member will you help me in transferring my 1.1.5 to 2.0 beta 4  without fixing mods.
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Nice read Karl, thanks :)

Quote from: asudhakar on September 08, 2008, 02:02:04 PM
Hi Congrates for 2.0 beta 4 public.

could i upgrade from 1.1.5 to 2.0 beta 4 public.

Is that possible. Or if i want to be a chapter member will you help me in transferring my 1.1.5 to 2.0 beta 4  without fixing mods.

Yes, you can upgrade from 1.1.5 to 2.0 beta 4 public.

Here you can read all about the upgrade;sort=subject

It is best to make a thorough backup of your database and forum files before you upgrade your forum. Just in case you might want to roll back to 1.1.6 or the upgrade doesn''t go as planned.

If you are uncomfortable with doing the upgrade yourself, then you can become a Charter Member and that entitles you to one upgrade, among other things. Meaning that the upgrade will be performed by a Team Member after you open a ticket at the Help Desk.


Can I use the webinstall to upgrade from 2.0 beta 3 to beta 4?
Do I have to deactivate all my packages before upgrading with the webinstall (if it's possible..)?
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you might be able to, not sure 100%.  feel free to try it -- i would but webinstall won't work on my server.  beta 3 to beta 4 is considered a large upgrade and all files will need to be overwritten.

as for mods, yes.
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Im curious to see what the new installer looks like. I'm just waiting for it to go final before making the jump.
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