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  1. I love this release. I’ve been using it on my live site for the past month and have been really happy with the changes.

    I don’t see any annoying bloaty feature creep junk in this release, just gradual improvements and code rewrites to improve what is already there. I wish all releases took this approach.

    The new media uploader in particular kicks some serious butt, yet doesn’t added any extra functionality. They took what was already there, and made it better. I want more of that :)


  2. @Ryan Hellyer – Upon playing around with the beta, I have to agree. Jane Wells and the UX/UI team took something that was already quite good and made it better, simpler. Less mouse clicks to get somewhere which is always nice.


  3. Thanks for the great post! I must say, I think that adding the drag and drop feature for uploading media is my favorite new feature to come in WordPress 3.3, It’s something that’s subtle, but will make the uploading process much easier. I also think it’s pretty snazzy that the media buttons have been consolidated into one. Can’t wait for the new features!

  4. Daro

    Have they done something about letting people peek at drafts?


  5. I always found it slightly annoying that you had to click to expand admin menus to get to sub-menu items.

    Now that you can access them just by hovering over the top-level menu item is really useful!


  6. iuno it kinda looks more annoying then it already is xD but we’ll see when it finally gets released as NON-beta.

  7. Franco

    Thanks for info!
    When I saw admin bar I was tempted to remove it. But said to myself: wait and try to use it. Now I’ve quite accustomed to it. And “Flyout Menus” is nice feature.
    BTW it’s not still clear to me how new ideas get implemented on WordPress.org. I’ve posted one idea and it has 4 votes now. When, who and how will decide?


  8. Thanks for the write up, I’ve been looking for this info on the web and couldn’t find it. Looking forward to the new version and the uploader is gonna make things easier.

    Thanks again for the heads up.


  9. Another Very-Cool Feature:

    Contextual help is getting an awesome makeover that will make it incredibly more useful.

    Not-So-Very-Cool:

    The new contextual help has no backward compatibility with the current contextual help. None whatsoever. I think this is a terrible decision, and am hopeful that it will be addressed during the beta phase.


  10. @Chip Bennett -

    The new contextual help has no backward compatibility with the current contextual help. None whatsoever. I think this is a terrible decision, and am hopeful that it will be addressed during the beta phase.

    So, replying to myself: it looks like backward-compatibility has been restored for contextual help. According to Otto:

    The deprecation function call in those was commented out sometime recently, so I think they’re leaving full-conversion until 3.4 or later. So it probably won’t be deprecated in 3.3, just on the verge of deprecation.


  11. Hey Jeffro

    A really well written article. I cant wait to get my hands on the new release and play around.
    The drag and drop is long over due and looks sweet.

    Cheers
    Bob


  12. Sounds exciting. Looking forward to trying it out


  13. Uh, at last media handling gets an serious update. Loving it!
    And loving the new ‘Scale images to match the large size selection in image options’ tick box. Much easier than teaching clients how to scale image for web.


  14. Thanks for some great reading. I can’t wait to get the latest version and look forward especially to the drag and drop upload media feature, and the fly out menus. Sounds like there are some really cool features in this version.

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