While this is going to be the last core release for the year 2011 this is also the last release as you're used to know it.
Today's situation is as follows: With each core maintenance release we also provide a bunch of updates for all the basic extensions. But to be honest: There is (luckily) not that much to fix in the core since it is pretty bullet proven already. But we regularly have to fix issues in the different extensions. So the announced core maintenance release is more a combined release of all the basic extensions and not only a core update. This leads us to some organisational problems: Sticking to the rule that maintenance releases should only include bug fixes and no new features means a slow down in innovation for core and extensions since we always have to release them synchronous.
In the very near future we will change that and we will separate the update cycles as much as possible. In the todoyu extension repository (tER) we will provide "asynchronous" updates of the core and the basic extensions.
First of all we will start to put all the basic extensions to the tER. Additionally we will also put the core itself to the tER. This will happen in the next days and weeks. In a second step we will continue our work as usual: We will regularly provide bug fixes for the core and all the available extensions. But with the changed release concept we are able to deliver bug fixes and improvements for specific modules much faster due to the consequent separation of core and extensions. And additionally we also can implement new features in the extensions without having to release a new core version each time.
In the future you will get bug fixes and new features much faster. You will now longer have to wait to get the updates all at once. You'll get updates on an extension base by using the tER functionalities. This way you can profit from new features and innovations much quicker than ever before. And last but not least. Using the tER you also can easily upgrade your core!
The full package (todoyu core and basic extensions) will still be available on sourceforge as before. So for your first installation this still will be the best starting point. And we still will add the latest versions as a package (on a regular basis as we currently are doing it).Maybe the update cycle will be a bit less quick than today - time will show. But with the new release concept this should not bother you, since you will be able to install updates of extensions and the core any time beyond the strict release cycles of these packages.
In this release we have a combination of bug fixes and new features. Version 2.1.4 is therefore not only a maintenance release but also a step towards version 2.2: We have improved the search functionalities and added drag'n'drop for the task handling. In more technical words: The included extensions search and project are minor releases and not only maintenance releases.
As the todoyu power users already know (and the othey definitely should get to know of) the individual filters very efficiently help to organise the zillions of tasks one usually has to manage. However, sorting them in an individual order was not possible. With the new version of the search you can sort your search results the way you want. We have implemented a bunch of sorting criteria for tasks and project filters.
Additionally we have added a new search filter criteria: You can search for tasks being a child of an other task.
The more complex your projects become, the more nested tasks and containers you will have to manage. To simplify the task handling we have implemented a powerful drag and drop of tasks.
And there are many other bug fixes, small improvements and changes included in this release. Have a look at our roadmap.
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