Now available: WP-Table Reloaded 1.4

July 31st, 2009 by Tobias Leave a reply »

Some (hopefully) nice new features and many, many enhancements are now available to everybody in WP-Table Reloaded 1.4. The automatic update should be available through your WordPress admin area shortly.

A few people already got a head-start and participated in the beta tests. They already got to see these new features:

  • restyled “List of Tables” to suit WP 2.7/2.8 layout, list now sortable
  • added Table and shortcode Preview in the backend
  • added possibility to show/hide rows/columns with checkboxes in the backend
  • “Insert Image” now allows insertion of images from/via the WP Media Library
  • textarea for cell data now grows when focussed
  • added “Custom Data Fields” to be able to store table meta data, accessible with a shortcode
  • added “Last edited” (time and user) information
  • fixed many minor bugs, errors and glitches (improved HTML validation)
  • optimized and restructured big parts of the code

Additionally, most of the translations were updated and Japanese and Italian were added as new available languages. Thanks to all the translators, who again did a terrific job!

This release should make working with tables even easier. The “List of tables” now has the same look and feel as the regular Post or Page Overview pages of WordPress. The make it much easier to get the needed shortcode for inserting a table somewhere. You can also preview the table to check if it shows the correct data. This is especially useful, if you’re using the “Hide row/column” feature. This will allow you to mark rows and columns as hidden. Those will then not be shown when the table is output somewhere!

Another big feature are “Custom Data Fields”. Some users where asking for a way to store meta data for a table (e.g. the source, licence, or the creator of some data). For this, you can now add a “Custom Data Field” and show it (in the same way as tables) almost anywhere on your frontend using a shortcode.

And you will notice the minor enhancements: The table cell will now grow in size, when focussed. The “List of Tables” is now sortable (with the included “Tablesorter” script, by the way). The performance of the plugin was again greatly improved. And one nice little thing: You will now be able to see, when the last change was made to a table (this also includes the last editor).

Most people shouldn’t care, but this might be important for some users: Version 1.4 does no longer support WordPress 2.5! You will need to run WordPress 2.6 or newer to use the latest version of the plugin! I decided to drop support for WP 2.5, because it is outdated by over three major releases and lacks many nice functions. This always required extra work and testing. I therefore encourage all users of WP 2.5 (if there are any) to upgrade to the latest WordPress 2.8.2.

You can download the latest release 1.4 from the plugin’s page or from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

If you like the plugin, I’d be very happy if you would rate it in the WordPress Plugin Directory. You also might consider a donation or have a look at my Amazon wishlist. This will encourage me to further develop the plugin and keep giving countless hours of support. Thank you!

If you experience any trouble, find bugs or have feature requests, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the means mentioned in the support section. Please make sure to carefully read the plugin’s page as well as the Documentation.

Have fun with the new release!