Umbraco 7.2.0 beta out now

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Sebastiaan Janssen

We're proud to present to you the beta version of Umbraco 7.2. We showed you the new features of this version at Codegarden and have since worked hard on perfecting them.

Grid

The grid is a powerful new datatype that will empower your editors to build up content by combining predefined "layouts" of their content. It's also a great way for you to easily style the content to make it look very similar to what it will look like on the frontend. The editors get the ability to add "blocks" of content in the way they need to. For example, below you can see there's three blocks: a headline, an image with description and some rich text. 

2014-10-08_140922

We believe that with the "Grid" we've found the perfect balance between the flexibility that editors requests without loosing the control over design and markup, which is becoming increasingly important in the era of responsive websites. Naturally, the "Grid" wouldn't be "Umbraco'ish" without being fully configurable and extendable by designers and developers.

So say goodbye to wrestling with layouts in a Rich Text editor and hello to a brighter future for anyone who cares about beautiful design and carefully crafted content.

List view

A great new feature we introduced in Umbraco 7 was list views, which brought a better overview of large amount of content - especially the type of content that wasn't hierarchical. Rather than a long (and slow) tree, you'd get a nice tabular view of sub content including the ability to perform bulk actions and search. Since then, we've learned a lot and are happy to bring you great improvements.

When you set a document type to be a list view, you now get extra options to control what exactly appears in the that list view. You can now set the number of items to appear per page, the default sort order and you can add or remove columns. We've also improved the underlying queries so list views with a large number of items should now load much faster. 

2014-10-08_151343

One of the most requested features of the last few months has been to have the ability to use the various built-in pickers in Umbraco to be able to pick nodes that live under a list view. This is now possible by expanding the list view and using search icon to find the content that you want to link to.

2014-10-27_170105

"News" has a search under it and when you click it you'll get a search box that searches only in the items under "news". 

2014-10-28_090004

Compositions

In 7.2 you can now compose your document types from other existing document types. So you've created your HomePage, TextPage and GalleryItem doctypes and also (for example) an SEO doctype. The GalleryItem is not a document type with a template but only a place to put some content for a gallery item with a call-to-action link. So only on HomePage and TextPage you say: I want to use the fields from the SEO document type here. This gives you much more freedom to determine which fields appear on which document type without having to resort to "interesting" doctype nesting tricks.

2014-10-08_141135 

Umbraco Forms Preview

The artist formerly known as Contour is going to simply be called Umbraco Forms. In Umbraco 7.2 we offer you the posibility to install a preview version of Umbraco Forms to play around with. You'll notice that the form designer has been completely revamped, it makes use of the grid editor style of designing the form so that it's easier for your editors to create great forms.

2014-10-27_165602

Content Preview

Have you noticed that we're living in the age of responsive at the moment? We want to help your editors figure out what their content changes will look like on all kinds of devices so we revamped the way that preview works to include different device sizes and orientations. Full screen, laptops, tablets, phones, you name it.

2014-10-08_155006 

Download

All in all, we think this is a great new release with some awesome new features and we need your feedback, so go download Umbraco 7.2.0 beta and let us know what you think!

Please report any issues you find on the issue tracker.

33 comment(s) for “Umbraco 7.2.0 beta out now”

  1. Gravatar ImageMads Krohn Says:

    So much goodness! Looks like a massive release, huge congrats to the team, #h5yr !! I heard some talk about a Query Builder, would love to hear a bit more about that :)

  2. Gravatar ImageNiels Hartvig Says:

    @Mads: Good point. We'll feature each of the new improvements to 7.2 in detail over the next couple of weeks - including the Query Builder.

  3. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    And if you want to check out the query builder now, go into a template in the backoffice and you'll find the new button there.

  4. Gravatar ImageKenneth Solberg Says:

    Congratulations - awesome news! #h5yr

  5. Gravatar ImageMarkus Johansson Says:

    This is one of the best feature-sets every included in a release (except for V7 =D). Great work! It's gonna be so much fun to play around with this! #h5yr

  6. Gravatar ImageAsbjørn Says:

    Looks like a great release. The Grid in particular is a spectacular improvement, which nicely resolves a number of long-standing issues. I assume a blog post on customizing the Grid and the markup it renders is coming up ;)
    And the timing couldn't be better - I'm just about to start upgrading my last v6 site to v7. Naturally, that is going to be 7.2.

    Keep up the great work :)

  7. Gravatar ImageJames Says:

    Looks amazing, can't wait to get stuck in and have a look!

    Great job!

  8. Gravatar ImageJahan Alem Says:

    Congrats!
    Nice features!
    I have some questions about Umbraco.

    What's your final desired or final goal(s) for Umbraco?

    Do you think we can develop huge news website such as CNN, BBC that performance be good?

  9. Gravatar ImageIan Houghton Says:

    Great new guys, can't wait to try it out !!

  10. Gravatar ImageMike Says:

    This looks really great, I have been out of Umbraco for over a year now, but these are some of the features that I always wished would be standard in Umbraco. But that was back in the v4 days when this was unthinkable due to its codebase. I'm happy to see this today, and it makes sense now to consider upgrading a v4 site and gradually replace its HTML editor based layouts with grids.

    Thanks!

  11. Gravatar ImageBo Mortensen Says:

    Content management at a whole new level :-) It looks outright awesome!

    Can't wait for it to go live.

  12. Gravatar ImageAlex Lindgren Says:

    Looks great! Are there any examples of how to render content from a grid field?

  13. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    @Alex you can do:

    @CurrentPage.GetGridHtml("myGridPropertyAlias");

    By default it will render Bootstrap3 compatible markup. You can overload it:

    @CurrentPage.GetGridHtml("myGridPropertyAlias", "bootstrap2");

    Will use bootstrap2 compatible markup.

    You can also do custom layouts by dropping another view in Views\Partials\Grid

  14. Gravatar ImageLee Kelleher Says:

    Congrats with the release! Great to see the new features!

    2 questions:

    1. Is Umbraco Forms Preview available as a standalone download? Will it work with v7.1.x?

    2. With the Content Preview - is the "UI Tuning" feature still on the roadmap?

    Thanks,
    - Lee

  15. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    @Lee Thanks!

    I believe Forms will be a 7.2.0+ feature as it uses some of the grid stuff not available in lower versions.
    Yes, "tuning" or whatever it will be named is still on the roadmap but not for this release. It needs a little tuning first.. ;-)

  16. Gravatar ImagePer Ploug Says:

    @Lee Forms should actually work on 7.1 as well, as that is what I have been using as my local dev install - we bundle the 7.2 grid css with forms so it doesnt depend on 7.2

    We have nightlies here:
    http://nightly.umbraco.org/Umbraco%20Contour/4.0/

    So give it a try

  17. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    Ooh hot!

  18. Gravatar ImageFrank van der Graaf Says:

    It looks awesome! Thanks!

    I was just wondering whether there are plans for repeating content-blocks.
    E.g. user can create unlimited 'title-img-text' blocks within a node.

    Kind of what archetype offers but I can's get that to work with the cropped image control.

  19. Gravatar ImageLee Kelleher Says:

    @Per and @Seb - thanks! (Only just seen your replies).
    I'll give it a nightly a try on v7.1.8! Cheers, Lee.

  20. Gravatar ImageDamian Says:

    Do you have an estimate for v7.2 release date?

  21. Gravatar ImagePaolo Brocco Says:

    Question about Forms, will it be for free or it will be charged as the actual version of Contour?

    http://umbraco.com/products/more-add-ons/contour

    Actual price: 99€ according to the link. Thanks for letting us know.

  22. Gravatar ImageNiels Hartvig Says:

    @damian: When it's ready. We'll keep shipping updates during November and release it when there's no showstoppers holding it back.

    @Paolo: Same pricing

  23. Gravatar ImageJonas Boye Says:

    Umbraco Forms looks very promising!
    Will we be able to make custom forms fields?

    And the ability to edit option field / rearrange order is kinda missing :)

  24. Gravatar ImageNiels Hartvig Says:

    @Jonas: Yes, you can make custom form fields quite easily. And you can edit/rearrange option values by clicking the settings wheel on the form field (but we need to make that more obvious).

  25. Gravatar ImagePaolo Brocco Says:

    2 Questions:

    1) is 7.2.0-beta stable enough to start developing a (productive) website with it and upgrade to 7.2.0 final asap it's released?

    2) Is there an approximate release date for 7.2? Till Christmas? January 2015?

    I need to start coding a multi-language website in 1 week (16 Nov. 2014) and I'd like to use 7.2 to try the new Content Preview for Mobile & Tablets! So far I have done only websites in umbraco 4.x and 6.x. Looking forward to finally try and use the bleeding edge!

    If you tell me I can have more trouble than benefits I'll use 7.1.8 and wait...

  26. Gravatar ImagePaolo Brocco Says:

    7.2 beta 2 (ZIP) is missing the following dlls:

    System.Web.Http.dll
    System.Net.Http.Formatting.dll
    System.Web.Http.WebHost.dll

    I created a zip for the lazy people searching a quick solution (not everybody wants to use nuget to retrieve just 3 dlls): http://www.pbworks.net/umbraco-7-2-beta-2-missing-dlls/

  27. Gravatar ImageMrFlo Says:

    I like the new list view features. Pick a node under a list view! Finally... That was why I wasn't using ListView... Grid feature and forms seems awesome as well!
    Congratz to the core team!

  28. Gravatar ImageChris Perks Says:

    @Paolo Brocco Thanks! :D

  29. Gravatar ImageJonas Says:

    How about adding bulk edit mode to "ListView"

  30. Gravatar ImageLars Ljungqvist Says:

    I love the new version but I have 2 questions.

    1. Is the artist formerly known as Contour now acting for free? Or is there still an entrance fee :-)
    2. Bootstrap is a part of the game now. Does that mean that when I install Umbraco from NuGet in Visual Studio then I don't need to install Bootstrap as well (if I want it) since it is already there?

    /Lars

  31. Gravatar ImageAshan Says:

    Hi,

    With new Umbraco forms, can we add custom fields without the help of contour?

    I'm currently stuck in a place where i need to add custom field to Umbraco form.

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks
    Ashan

  32. Gravatar Imagedenise Says:

    Follow up to @Ashan's comment.

    I havent found a tutorial on creating custom fields.
    Im stuck on creating a service that gets included to this call 'GetAllFieldTypesWithSettings'

    Also the prevalues on dropdown list and checkbox is not sortable?

  33. Gravatar Imagedenise Says:

    I figured it out thanks this https://our.umbraco.org/Documentation/Products/UmbracoForms/Developer/

    i created a mini sample:
    http://denisemdb.com/learn/umbraco-forms-custom-fieldtype/

    but the prevalues on dropdown list is still not sortable.

Leave a comment