My Calendar Version 1.9.0 is almost released

August 16, 2011

Topics: WordPress.

My Calendar version 1.9.0 has been released!

Download My Calendar Version 1.9.0

Note for upgraders: During the automatic upgrade process, My Calendar makes a copy of your stylesheet and re-installs it in place of the copy in the package. However, if you are uploading the plug-in manually, this process will not happen. You should either move your current stylesheet into a custom styles folder or choose not to upload that stylesheet in order to retain your styles.

There has been a problem with My Calendar upgrading settings properly in this update — if you’re finding major problems after upgrading, please check your settings; you may need to reset a number of them. (This is the reason I haven’t released officially yet.)

In point of fact, My Calendar version 1.9 is ready to go. It’s packaged up, ready to be shipped out. (Well, promoted to the subversion repository. Whatever.)

However, I’m not ready to launch it yet — and this is just because I’ve been very short of time recently, and I don’t anticipate this changing soon. I don’t believe that there are any major bugs in the release — I’m sure there are small ones, despite the time I’ve spent on testing, but probably nothing earth-shattering. However, I have to be realistic — I don’t know this for sure. And because of that, I need to delay the full launch. This isn’t because I’m worried about the possibility of problems, particularly. Rather, it’s because on the off-hand chance that there are problems, I simply don’t have the time right now to be able to deal with them responsibly.

That’s a worrying position – if I launch, and there’s a major problem, I may not be able to fix it promptly. No matter how confident I am in the preparation of this version, that’s clearly grounds to delay. Unfortunately, I’ve been delaying for a long time; partially because I keep adding new features, and partially because I’ve been too busy for a while.

So I’m making this available here, now — version 1.9.0 can be downloaded now. I’m launching it here, instead of through the WordPress repository, because I know that many, many fewer people will get a hold of it here. This means fewer potential problems, and it’s much more likely I’ll be able to deal with any problems responsibly.

Since you don’t have easy access to the changelog, like you would at WordPress.org, here are the changes which apply to the new version:

Additions:

  • template editing for list, grid, mini, and single event output.
  • pop-up box is now draggable.
  • date format option for grid mode, week view.
  • templating for details link text.
  • templating for event URL link text.
  • location filtering from shortcode.
  • image upload option for events
  • day class to calendar date headings and cells
  • individual instances of repeating events can be edited
  • feature to add multiple occurrences of an event simultaneously. (concept from Dave Heitzman)
  • feature to mass edit information for groups of events (concept from Dave Heitzman)
  • stored URL for locations (contrib by John Colvin)
  • recurring daily events on weekdays only (based on contrib by John Colvin)
  • optional templating for all event output formats
  • individual event occurrence iCal export
  • numerous additional template tags
  • Option to use custom location filter fields as data control
  • Shortcode to generate list of saved locations
  • Network administrators can control whether sub-site calendars contribute only to a central calendar, only to their own calendar, or whether site administrators can make that choice.
  • Upgrade notice information in dashboard for future upgrades.
  • implementation of WordPress text diff to compare your styles and scripts against my current released versions
  • Option to skip a defined number of events in upcoming events lists.

Bug fixes:

  • jump box was displaying in week/grid view.
  • some potentially repeatable IDs (code validation).
  • ‘Administrators see all options’ did not work.
  • Fixed timestamps on main calendar objects
  • Squashed e_notice errors.
  • category limiting did not work without permalinks due to GET variable conflict with WordPress core
  • Missing nonce in database upgrade routine
  • Mini calendar simultaneously displayed single event view when visited.
  • Link generation for details view did not work if calendar link parameterized
  • Issue with weekdays only calendar if day of week set to start on Sunday
  • Issue with retrieval of user-specific settings
  • Issue with accessing styles and javascript if My Calendar installed in non-standard directory.
  • Problem in Today’s Events widget when Holiday restrictions are enabled.

Changes:

  • replaced all default icons with 24-bit transparent PNGs
  • jumpbox output to automatically scope to the oldest dates in the database.
  • iCal output to output event for complete current month
  • RSS output to prioritize newly added events
  • holiday skipping/fifth week customization moved into event manager function
  • new ‘close’ icon for pop-up box; added close icon and scripting to mini calendar pop-up
  • copy in several places; updated template tags.
  • location lists sorted by location label (contrib by John Colvin)
  • Eliminated calendar heading option
  • default style resets no longer stored in global variables, instead stored as files.
  • Map links now trigger the driving directions dialog in Google Maps
  • New default stylesheet, refresh.css

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29 Comments to “My Calendar Version 1.9.0 is almost released”

  1. @Steve The template tag I think you’re looking for is {details} — that produces a link to the event details page. {link_title} and {link} produce a link to whatever URL you’ve entered for the event in the “Event URL” field.

  2. Hi Joe,
    I haven’t been able to get event titles in either the My Calendar: Upcoming Events widget or on a page using [my_calendar_upcoming] to link to the event details page. I’ve pored over the plugin help, as well as the Users Guide PDF, to no avail. The {link_title} short code doesn’t produce a link, and the {link} short code produces nothing. Perhaps there’s something simple I’m overlooking or misunderstanding?

    My calendar is located on this page: http://www.troop4milford.org/calendar

    It has the [my_calendar] short code.

    In Calendar Output Settings I have the following:

    URL to use for event details display: http://www.troop4milford.org/calendar

    Event title template: {time} {title}

    Event details link: {title}

    Event URL link text: {title}

    Show link to single-event details: checked

    The My Calendar: Upcoming Events widget is on this page:
    http://www.troop4milford.org

    Its template is: {date} – {link_title} {time}

    The [my_calendar_upcoming] short code is on this page:

    http://www.troop4milford.org/upcoming-events

    The full short code on this page is: [my_calendar_upcoming before=”7″ after=”90″ type=”day” fallback=”No scheduled events in the next three months” category=”General” template=”{link_title} {date}” order=”asc” skip=”0″]

    WordPress version: 3.2.1

    My Calendar plugin version: 1.9.2

  3. @Tim Yes, it does. Do you have a question?

  4. When I create an event, the pop-up calendar for the date (start and end) enters the date in dd/mm/yyyy format.

  5. @ Joe – we did the update and it looks good so far. the only thing I’ve noticed is when I try to change something on the Settings, Calendar Output Settings – the changes do not take. I hit save for that section, it looks like its working, then it comes back up with those changes not showing up. Specifically the hide icons and event scheduling options. Any thoughts? I really like the update though. Thanks.

  6. @Julie Yes, that’s what it should mean. It’s worked well in my testing, and the bugs were fairly clear cut, so I reasonably expect it to work in general.

  7. @ Joe – does that mean that the settings should stay as they are when we update to 1.9.0.

  8. Version 1.9.0 was updated today; this should fix the bug with updating settings, as well as a number of other bugs in this version.

    @Laura You need to unzip the my-calendar.zip package, then you can upload your files overwriting the previous documents. Be careful not to overwrite customized documents, such as stylesheets (contained in my-calendar/styles).

  9. When I manually upload the my-calendar zip for the new version, it won’t let me since the directory already exists. How do I do a manual update?

  10. @Julie That’s too bad. Custom styling: if this upgrade was available from WordPress.org, it would be automatic, but since it’s not, you’ll have to take a couple of steps. You can read the notes above (blue box at the top of the page) to see how to preserve your styles in this upgrade. Events will be retained. There have been some problems with retention of settings when upgrading to 1.9 (this is why it isn’t released!) — so you should consider making note of your current settings so that you can go through and check them after upgrading. If you’re not comfortable with this, I would recommend waiting a little while – I’m hoping to get this settings update problem resolved within the week, but it’s been an aggravating issue.

  11. @Joe Our IT won’t agree to the testing site so I’m going to have try another way to do this. A question first: I’ve made some custom styling and have a lot of events, will I lose the styling and/or all the events when updating to 1.9?

  12. @Joe Ok, we’ll try that. Thanks.

  13. @Julie No, that won’t work – plug-ins aren’t isolated entirely to a single site within a network, they’re shared across the network, even when only activated in a single site. If you need to experiment thoroughly before moving to the new version, your best option is probably to have a completely separate installation of WordPress for testing. (This is something I do a lot; a secondary installation with the same theme, same plug-ins, settings, etc. It’s a good way to test things in a restricted way.)

  14. @ Joe I’m running a multi-site but only have My Calendar activated on one site, not the network. I tried to activate this version on a different site – for testing. Will that not work? I’d really like to test it with everything else we’re running before fully replacing the 1.8.9 version. Is that possible?

  15. @Julie You can’t simultaneously run two installations of My Calendar – have you deactivated the old version?

  16. I get the following when trying to activate this version.

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare jd_show_support_box() in /var/www/wp-content/plugins/my-calendar-2/my-calendar.php on line 117

    Thoughts? Thanks.

  17. Thanks for mentioning that, Veronika – looks like it was a conflict caused by another plug-in I’d recently installed. Should be fine now.

  18. Fatal error: Cannot redeclare wp_dlm_clear_cached_stuff() (previously declared in /home/[path]/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/functions.inc.php:23) in /home/[path]/plugins/download-monitor/functions.inc.php on line 27

    is what I see when I try to download…

  19. You can use multiple calendars by dividing either by category or by location and using the associated short codes. If you want all categories and all locations available in different calendars, that could get tricky, although you’d still be able to accomplish it using WordPress in multi-user configuration. As to .ics; each event can be individually exported to iCal, as can the current month’s events, but that’s all that’s available for export.

  20. Hi, Great calendar plugin. I’m almost convinced this is the one plugin to use for my calendaring needs since it offers every feature I need, except one. I’m looking for the plugin to support multiple calendars that I could show on separate posts with entirely separate events. Wondering if this would be reasonably simple to achieve. I could do myself (know enough PHP etc) and then contribute back somehow.
    Also, one question. Is the calendar exportable to standard .ics file, and if so how (apologies for being slow!). Many thanks!!!
    Mike