Q4 Roadmap Preview

In Q3, we added a couple new and exciting features to Pressbooks:

  • Image attributions (thanks to Brad and Alex at BCcampus)
  • New shortcodes to facilitate adding more complex content

We also released a new Open Source plugin, Pressbooks Shibboleth SSO, which provides bilateral Shibboleth SSO integration for Pressbooks networks. And we converted a few more themes to use Buckram, our theme component library, which gives us added flexibility to add new theme options for all themes.

In Q4 we’re wrapping up a few loose ends from our Q3 goals:

  • UX improvements to the webbook Table of Contents
  • UX improvements to the Export page

We’re also working on:

  • UI and UX improvements to the Theme Options page
  • Adding support for DOIs in Book Info and metadata outputs
  • Testing integration with Gutenberg, WordPress’ new editing interface
  • Continuing to convert themes and improve Buckram

As always, we’d love to hear your ideas for Pressbooks, so feel free to share them in the Pressbooks Community Forum!

Sprint Preview: September 24–October 5

This sprint, we’ll be working on:

  • Refinements to the forthcoming glossary feature
  • Cloning and API support for glossary terms
  • User experience and accessibility improvements to the Export page
  • Continued work on user experience improvements to the webbook table of contents
  • Developing a user experience strategy for the Theme Options page to make it more intuitive and less intimidating while improving its extensibility

The Pressbooks Community Forum

As many of you know, we maintain a forum for Open Source users of Pressbooks at https://discourse.pressbooks.org. After some internal discussion, we’ve decided to close down the #opensource channel on Pressbooks Slack and refocus our Open Source community efforts on the forum. We’ve decided on this change because we believe that keeping conversations among our Open Source users on the open web is the best way to serve the broadest possible community of Pressbooks users. Many of you are already members of our Discourse forum and are actively involved sharing tips & tricks, suggesting features and helping your fellow Open Source users. If you aren’t yet a member, we encourage you to sign up! Thanks and please don’t hesitate to follow up with me by email — ned [at] pressbooks.com — if you have any questions.

Pressbooks 5.5.0, McLuhan 2.5.0, and more!

Pressbooks 5.5.0, McLuhan 2.5.0, Pressbooks LTI Provider 1.1.0, Pressbooks CAS SSO 1.1.0, and Pressbooks Stats 1.5.0 have been released. These updates include a wide range of new features, enhancements, and bugfixes. Of note:

Pressbooks 5.5.0 includes:

  • our Cover Generator tool, which was previously not available to Open Source users.
  • a handful of new shortcodes to facilitate content authoring.
  • a new tool for adding attribution and license data to images (many thanks to Brad Payne and Alex Paredes at BCcampus for building this feature)
  • improvements to the accuracy of book cloning
  • better support for TablePress

McLuhan 2.5.0 includes:

  • usability improvements to navigation between parts, chapters, front matter, and back matter
  • improvements to the comparison tool for cloned content
  • improvements to the collapsible sections feature

There are also some bug fixes, coding standards improvements, and tweaks in the other plugins. Pressbooks 5.5.0 requires WordPress 4.9.8 and PHP 7.1 or greater.

You can read all the changelogs on our documentation site. Thanks to Brad and Alex of BCcampus for their development work and to Antonio Devís and Luis Izquierdo for their bug reports and suggestions.