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Friday, January 09, 2015 by Paul Sterling

With Umbraco 7.2 there are some awesome new features - hello Grid Editor.  If you haven’t tried it yet here you go!  With this update to Courier we’ve added support for deploying grid-based data types and properties, document type compositions, and support for deploying your Umbraco Forms.  We’ve also made incremental updates to the handling of media embedded in text and rich text types, stylesheet properties, partial views, macros, and macro parameters.  In short, lots of improvements to the overall Courier experience in deploying your sites and site content between environments.

Most of the updates in this release are a direct result of the in-depth insight we are able to get by using the Courier core directly in Umbraco as a Service.  The feedback loop we are able to see directly here is a huge benefit to all users of Courier…whether you use Umbraco as a Service or not.

Coming up next week we’ll have an updated maintenance release of Courier for Umbraco 6, so if you haven’t yet made the jump to Umbraco 7, we have something for you too.

You can find the latest Courier for Umbraco 7.2, both for new installation and updating your exisitng Courier install, on our.umbraco.org.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Shannon Deminick

As of today we’ve adopted a new branching structure in our source code which will simplify development and pull requests. Before v7 was released we had a ‘master’ branch which was our baseline and for every v6 release we’d merge back to the ‘master’ branch. This worked really well but once v7 was released and we started actively maintaining more than one major version, that process stopped and we only maintained named version branches.

2014-12-18_112418Having so many named branches becomes confusing for developers who want to submit pull requests because it is not clear which is the active branch and when that branch might be closed. So today we’re going to fix that: moving forward we’re going to have a ‘master’ and ‘dev’ branch for each major version. For example, today there will be 2 new branches called: ‘master-v7’ and ‘dev-v7’.

master-x’ = the baseline branch for a major version, every time we release a version we will merge the tagged release into ‘master’.

dev-x’ = the active development branch.

So now if you wish to submit a PR you will just target the ‘dev-x’ branch where ‘x’ is the major version you are working with. This means that we are able to pull in your code submission during any actively worked on version. This also means that if you want to clone a stable version, you can rest assured that the latest stable release lives in the ‘master’ branch.


Thursday, December 04, 2014 by Niels Hartvig

It is with incredible enthusiasm and unseen amounts of jazz that we announce the immediate availability of Umbraco 7.2.

TL;DR: We’ve just released the best version of Umbraco ever. Drop whatever you’re doing and start playing with it.

A child of a responsive era

Umbraco 7.2 is the result of a massive team work in the community, taking our collective knowledge on building thousands of responsive websites to make Umbraco the best authoring tool for editors in a responsive era by introducing the “Grid Layout” and “Responsive Preview”.

Grid Layout - Responsive editing for everyone

For years Rich Text Editors (RTE) have been an essential part in editing content, but modern sites that targets multiple platforms needs better - and more semantic - markup than a RTE can deliver. With the “Grid Layout” editor in 7.2 we want to change how  content is managed on modern websites.

Designed and engineered to deliver maximum flexibility for editors, yet deliver high quality semantic markup for CSS grid systems, Umbraco 7.2 has become the best CMS when it comes to building and managing responsive websites. With the simplicity and flexibility that you already love today.

Responsive Preview - stop guessing what your content will look like

Complementing the Grid Layout, we’re introducing Responsive Preview in the latest release making it possible to preview your site as it would look across devices such as phones, tablets, desktops or any other type of channel you can imagine.

Lots more

In addition to these great authoring improvements, Umbraco 7.2 also includes improvements to Listviews, the developer experience such as the introduction of Document Type Compositions and a Query Builder, lots of polish and stability improvements, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.

Rock solid

Despite all these improvements, Umbraco 7.2 is our most thoroughly tested version ever. From usability testing to release testing through an alpha, two betas and a release candidate more than 1.000 people have helped putting this release through the paces.

Umbraco 7.2 is our best release ever and I’d like to thank everyone who helped making this possible - from my fantastic colleagues, to our incredible community and the wonderful Gold partners who make it possible to keep adding more resources to the core.

Go download it now!