Umbraco 6.1.0 beta released

Thursday, April 04, 2013 by Sebastiaan Janssen

2013-04-04_192722If you've been keeping an eye on our release schedule then you know today marked the release of version 6.1.0. And it is here! But it is also in beta form because we want to do more real-life testing before we mark this as a final release. 

When the final release of 6.1.0 is coming depends on your feedback and our internal testing. We'll make sure to keep you posted when we have more to say about a final release date.

In the mean time, we're still doing bugfixing on the stable releases (6.0.x and 4.11.x) so you have a solid environment to build your current sites on.

And that's also the plan moving forward for the next few months, releases will be small updates that involve fixes for stability and immediate bugs plus some polish of the editor experience here and there.
Until "Belle"(v7) we're not planning any big new features in the core, we're just smoothing out the core for now. 

Load-balancing

We've been updating a few things to the caching mechanism to make it support load-balancing scenario's much better. Now this is a very touchy area and fixing one thing could possibly lead to other things breaking. We're being careful here and need to do more extensive testing ourselves. Even on single-server sites, we just want to make sure that you can upgrade with confidence.

That said, we need your help putting the new bits to the test. We're pretty sure that we didn't break anything major, but we're looking forward to the community helping us verify that. So if you have a chance, please check out 6.1.0 either on a load-balanced server or not.

What's new

Not so much, we think this release (apart from the load-balancing improvements) will be a total snore. There's a new dialog for managing host names and languages and some fixes in host name/language support on which Stéphane has been working really hard but it should all be very seemless during the upgrade, everything is backwards compatible.

Other than that: 

  • The document type editor can finally show all icons again (see the new DocumentTypeIconList option in umbracoSettings.config)
  • Improvements to publishing children including field validation
  • UmbracoApiController for using ASP.NET WebAPI with an Umbraco context

 As usual, the list of changes is available from the release info page.

There's still a few items not completed on that page, because we intend to include them in the final release of 6.1.0 but they need a little bit of extra work.

Known issues

  • Preview doesn't work as expected any more, we'll look at fixing that in a nightly update soon.
  • The AutoSort package by TheFarm is currently throwing errors, it's possible that other packages that are adding items in the right-click menu have stopped working. 

Go!

So there you go, we would love for you to give 6.1.0 beta a spin and look forward to hearing your feedback.

9 comment(s) for “Umbraco 6.1.0 beta released”

  1. Gravatar ImageGavin Storey Says:

    Is it possible to add in a filestorage provider in this version as I have written one for Azure and wanted to give it a whirl as I have a client with 100GB+ of assets.

  2. Gravatar ImageAnthony Candaele Says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for all the hard work. I read that Umbraco v6.1.0 would have a Member API included. Is this still the case?

    greetings,

    Anthony

  3. Gravatar ImageJeroen Breuer Says:

    The new member API has been moved to 6.2.0: http://issues.umbraco.org/issue/U4-1659

  4. Gravatar ImageAnthony Candaele Says:

    Oh I see. Thanks Jeroen!

  5. Gravatar ImageScott Says:

    When will there be an automatic update function like in WordPress?

  6. Gravatar ImageAnthony Candaele Says:

    Hi Scott,

    Niels wrote a blog post about this (The Upgrade Myth):

    http://umbraco.com/follow-us/blog-archive/2011/11/14/the-upgrade-myth.aspx

  7. Gravatar ImageJosh Says:

    Superb work guys! Good to see that the "smoothing out" is going to be concentrated on for a while, and that the issues/bugs will get the attention they need.

  8. Gravatar ImageElvia Says:

    I'm not sure if you guys are aware of this but the import for Document Types are broken. This was never an issue with the prior version of Umbraco. Can you please look into this since i rely heavily on the Doc Type Imports.

  9. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    Thanks Elvia, it's best to create an issue at http://issues.umbraco.org with the specifics of the problem you're having so we can look into it.

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