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13 December 2011, 10:13

WordPress 3.3 "Sonny" adds new media uploader

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WordPress logo WordPress founder and lead developer Matt Mullenweg has announced the release of version 3.3 of WordPress. Code-named "Sonny", after the late jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, the update to the open source blogging and publishing platform adds "significant polish around the new user experience, navigation, uploading, and imports".

WordPress 3.3 includes a new HTML5 media uploader that uses Plupload, an open source upload handler with drag-and-drop functionality; for browsers without HTML5 support, it uses fallback methods which include Flash and HTML4. The Admin Bar and admin header have been combined into a new Toolbar in the dashboard. Additionally, Pointer tips for new features in the update, and a new tutorial for beginners and first-time users have been added.

Other changes include the addition of a new Tumblr importer and hover menus for navigation, as well as improvements to co-editing support and overall performance. For developers, there are also improvements to the Metadata, Settings and Editor APIs, and an update to jQuery.

A quick look at some of the new features in version 3.3 of WordPress

More details about this update, including a full list of changes, can be found in the release notes and in the change log. WordPress 3.3 is available to download from the project's site. Alternatively, 3.2.x users can update automatically via the Dashboard > Updates menu in the site admin area. Source code for WordPress is licensed under the GPLv2.

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