With the release of WordPress 2.8.1 finally here, WordPress.com is already looking ahead to the development of 2.9. Check out the post on the WordPress.com blog.
The main focus of WordPress 2.9 will be on it’s media features, and they are looking for input on what the community thinks are the most important things they need to be working on via a survey that you can take right here.
There are 11 features listed in the poll, which are…
# Post Thumbnails
# Media Metadata
# Additional Media Filters
# Basic Image Editing
# Easier Embeds
# Revised Media UI
# Better Media Settings
# Bulk Media Import API
# Media Albums
# Custom Image Sizes
So if you have a minute to spare, and an interest in seeing any of those features pushed hard in WordPress 2.9, take a moment to take the survey.
It’s finally here for real. Check out the WordPress dev blog for full details, and you can download 2.8.1 from WordPress.org.
Here’s just a sample of changes since 2.8.0…
# Dashboard memory usage is reduced. Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
# The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
# A problem where the rich text editor wasnâ€™t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
# Upload error messages are now correctly reported.
# Autosave error experienced by some IE users is fixed.
# Styling glitch in the plugin editor fixed.
You can also view ALL of the changes here on their trac system, and it’s a pretty long list.
Just a quick note that WordPress 2.8.1 RC 1 is out. Damn close to a final release at this point, and it’s looking pretty shiny.
Take a look at all the fixes in 2.8.1 (warning: it’s a list of closed tickets in Trac, viewing this list may put your sanity at risk, but it’s worth it if you’re into the nitty-gritty of how WordPress works).