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Pro Pack 4.2 Release

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Pro Pack version 4.2 has been released to the general public today.    In addition to the newest version of Pro Pack using the SLP 4.2 add-on framework, there have been some notable administrative interface changes.   The use of the add-on framework and the admin interface changes lessen the memory footprint, lessen the screen space used by Pro Pack, improve performance, and increase stability and consistency with other add-on packs.

Pro Pack Tab Vanished

The Pro Pack tab is gone.    That is by design.    The features that appeared on the Pro Pack tab have found new homes next to their “relatives”.    The only feature that has been removed from a functional perspective is the Tools / Where Is utility that was seldom (if ever) used.   The other elements have been related.

The Custom CSS Setting now appears under the User Experience tab in the View section.

Pro Pack 4.2 CSS Settings
Pro Pack 4.2 CSS Settings has moved to the User Experience / View section.

The Enable Reporting setting is now under the Reporting tab.

Pro Pack Reports Tab
Starting Reports tab for Pro Pack with enable reporting setting.

Reporting Tab Updated

The reporting tab, while looking nearly identical to the previous release, has had a significant overhaul to bring it up-to-date with the Store Locator Plus admin interface framework.  That change creates the foundation for improving reporting without having 100% custom-coded interface elements in future releases of the Pro Pack.

Pro Pack 4.2 Reports
Pro Pack 4.2 reports tab has been updated. The functionality is the same with some minor visual updates.

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Daily Update : Store Locator Plus

There are a few things going on with Store Locator Plus that have been precipitated by some paid customer support and customization work.

Store Locator Plus 3.10

The next release will be version 3.10.

The minor version number has been changed as there is a significant difference in SLP 3.10 that is coming…

Pro Pack will no longer be a license key based install.  As of 3.10 the Pro Pack will be a separate download file.   Anyone that has valid Pro Pack license purchased from Charleston Software Associates can request access to the Pro Pack download.   It will be attached to your Charleston Software Associates login.   You MUST have an active CSA login and a valid order number on the site to get the plugin added to your account for download.

If you do not have an order or CSA login you must create an order.  Purchase the free Store Locator Plus base plugin.

Like the Store Pages process, you will need to contact me if you do NOT see the Pro Pack download in your account.  You must send me your current Pro Pack license key, it must be active and valid, and your WooCommerce order number.    If you do not contact me with both pieces of information I will send you an auto-response asking for that information.

Unlike Store Pages, I will try to add the Pro Pack download to as many recent orders as I can process before the 3.10 base plugin is updated.

More instructions will follow and info will be posted in the forums when 3.10 is closer to release, hopefully early next week.

Moving from GitHub to Bitbucket

Some of you have been reporting issues on GitHub.  That’s great.

But I’m moving the code repository.

I have decided to use Bitbucket as my only code repository management system for the simple reason that they offer private code storage while hosting public issue/ticket lists for those products.    This will allow me to open public issue tracking lists for all customers to access, including the premium add-ons.   This will help keep issues organized versus the current GitHub system where all issues are being reported on the base plugin even when the problem has NOTHING to do with the main code.

My Bitbucket account, including a bunch of code repositories I inherited from Cyber Sprocket Labs, is here:

https://bitbucket.org/lance_cleveland

There are a variety of projects there including mobile apps and other WordPress and Joomla! plugins that I am not going to support.  Anything that I have not interest in pursuing has been published as an open public project.

Over the next week or two  I will be opening up the issue lists for all the Store Locator Plus add-on packs, giving everyone a place to report issues that can be reproduced.