Meteor Slides recently reached a big milestone, receiving 200 five star ratings on WordPress.org. It has also been getting some great reviews via the new review feature in the plugin directory.
My robot minion Ampersand has been hiding out lately and I haven’t been spending nearly enough time drawing, so I dusted off my Wacom tablet and did some sketching. First I drew Ampersand going on a 5 star balloon ride after hitting 200 ratings and then I drew a spiffy new donate page with buttons for PayPal and my Amazon wishlist. My reading queue is getting out of control!
I just released a plugin update today, Meteor Slide 1.5.1, which includes a few bug fixes and some new and updated translations. It also has one new feature, a slideshow alignment option.
New Slideshow Alignment Option
One problem that I noticed a lot of newer users having was getting the slideshow to align or layout correctly. Most of the time when I add a slideshow to a site it the full width of the page, or the column it’s in, so the slideshow is on its own line and fits exactly in that spot.
But some users need to place a smaller slideshow in the content of their post or page, and want the text or other content to wrap around the slideshow. This only takes a few lines of CSS to fix, but if you aren’t well versed in CSS or haven’t had to tackle floats before it can be confusing.
So I wanted to add an alignment feature to the slideshow to make it easier for new users, and also quicker for all users. But this isn’t a very common issue, and I don’t want to start adding more options to the settings page unless I absolutely have to.
To keep the settings page very simple and allow users to set the alignment on a per-slideshow basis, I set it up as an option using metadata. So it’s there if you needed, but won’t get in the way. Check out the documentation on changing the slideshow alignment for more info.
Some Bug Fixes
I fixed a few minor theme conflict bugs and one bigger bug that was breaking the slideshow script when cached and minified. Also fixed an issue with the touch navigation that wasn’t allowing vertical scrolling over the slideshow on touch devices.
I also added support for slideshows with one slide. This happened to work in earlier versions, but I wasn’t testing for this use case specifically and with Meteor Slides 1.5 I learned the hard way that quite a few users sometimes only load one slide.
Meteor Slides is now available in twenty-two languages thanks to these awesome translators!
- Chinese (Traditional): Translation by Danny
- Updated Danish: Translation by Kim Hansen and Rune Rønde Møller
- Updated Portuguese (Brazilian): Translation by Raoni Del Pérsio
- Updated Swedish: Translation by Simon Wämmerfors
- Vietnamese: Translation by Duy Duong
Thank you everyone who has rated or reviewed my plugin or donated to help support Meteor Slides! It’s always great to see cool custom slideshows if anyone wants to share, and if you’d like to follow along with the plugin’s development, check it out on Github.