ExpressionEngine 2.0 Preview
published on Mar 09th, 2008 // 9 Comments
I say update because they promise it to be an update and not a transition.The control panel was the main event at the preview. It has been redesigned by Veerle and looks great if not slightly large and dominant. I guess I am used to the subtleness of previous incarnations, the most recent being from Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain.
It looks like the control panel is now a place a client will feel comfortable being in and working with their content. There looks like a great feature in the control panel to add a load of resources including RSS feeds and video tutorials.They are naming these ‘Accessories’ (codename Albatross). Something my clients are always asking for is some form of tuition. The platform to incorporate these videos is now a welcome feature. Client branding can now be including in the control panel. The Members admin now has its own section.
They are dropping the term ‘weblog’ for the new version. The formatting buttons will now be an option on all text fields.
You now have the ability to create custom fields within the content pages (previously Publish). There is a full screen content creation option which hides every other panel except the field you are writing in which is neat.
News on the commerce module is that, it is Paul’s personal project and although major work has been completed, time out was had to get EE 2.0 to where it is.
- David Russell was at the event and have been great in providing the titbits as it happened. He also covered the open panel here.
- The Official Live Blog the EE 2.0 Preview Thread
- John Fuller
- You can view official screenshots from Derek Allard’s blog
- David Russell’s shots of the preview live on Flickr here
Kurt Deutscher, Chief Technology Evangelist of EllisLab was kind enough to post some videos of the preview.
If you notice in the screenshots the build number of EE 2.0 is 20080401. Is this a clue? Can we expect something that soon? Stay tuned.
Lot of official answers here as well as the screencast from the preview.