Big News! Today we are announcing the 1.3 release of PlatformPro and this isn’t just any update. It is loaded with tons of new features that you are going to love.
While there are approximately 20 new features and options in this release. The most important new additions are:
- Web Typography – A revolutionary new typography tool.
- MetaPanel – New metapanel for handling of meta options
- Nav – New navigation and menu sections
- Child Theming – Developer and child theming API improvements
World, Meet Web Typography
One of the coolest new features in 1.3 is the introduction of a new Typography tool that will revolutionize your workflow. This is way more than a font picker, it’s a direct integration with the Google Font API. This means it gives you tons more web safe font options than you’ve ever had before.
Right in the option you can:
- Choose from over 50 font options (including Google API Fonts)
- Select font weight, styling, spacing, transform (e.g. uppercase) and variant (e.g. small-caps)
- Preview your custom typefaces live, using the live preview pane
The option seamlessly integrates everything for Google Fonts, so no more selectors or including CSS files.
Because the typography option is so quick and easy to use, we think that it will change the way you build websites.
Since PlatformPro was released there have always been a ton of meta options for controlling individual pages and posts. While this worked and having options is nice; it became hard to manage and actually use all the panels created for those options. That’s why we created the MetaPanel.
The MetaPanel is a new interface for working with the CMS meta options that come in PlatformPro. It combines all the options into one panel, and gives you tabs for each sections you are working with. This should make your workflow liquid fast; we think you’ll love it.
Secondary Nav and BrandNav
Until today PlatformPro only had one section that contained all your site navigation.. aptly named “PageLines Navigation.” While this still works great, we wanted to give you more options.
With 1.3 we’ve added two more sections for you. A secondary nav sections (i.e. sub nav) and a “BrandNav” section.
The secondary nav section allows you to select a custom menu on each page or post to use as your sub navigation. This allows you to be way more flexible with your site architecture.
The BrandNav is a new graphical section which essentially combines your site branding/logo and your site navigation, inline. This was a frequently requested customization and it should save a lot of people some time :)
Developer and Child Theming
One of the coolest things about PlatformPro is that it is designed to be customized with child themes. This gives you guys way more control over your site, and allows you to continuously update your framework whenever an update is released.
That said, it could always get easier to control the look and feel of your site.
That’s why we’ve added three new child theming features to the Platform API.
- Template Overriding – Overwrite section templates with files in Base.
- Custom Templates – Add new drag + drop templates, with a file and a function.
- Custom Option Types – New hook for adding new types of options.
Download Base version 1.3.1 for some inline docs on how to use these new tools. We’ve also added the steps needed to the child template and section page in the docs.
Get 1.3 Now!
Ok, so you’ve heard enough.. If you’re already a PlatformPro customer, pick up the new version in your Launchpad Account.
New customers pick up PlatformPro on the PlatformPro purchase page.