The core team is proud to announce TYPO3 v8.6. This sprint release is an important and last step before TYPO3 8 LTS scheduled to be published in April 2017.
TYPO3 v8.6 brings an impressive set of changes:
1. New image manipulation wizard
The image manipulation wizard now allows multiple crop variants for a single image. This allows editors to show different image areas according to the display size in the frontend. Editors can also select a focus area to provide a hint which area in the image is the most important and should always be visible.
2. Flexible Menu-based content elements
A lot of work has been put into “fluid_styled_content” and “css_styled_content”, the basis for rendering content of a web page. The “menu” elements like “List of pages” and “List of sections” are now true content elements and can be selected in the new element wizard directly without another step in between.
3. Improved link element and validation
Link handling got a better preview that includes improvements like showing the page path instead of a cryptic internal link. Additionally, form validation errors are now displayed in the top right corner of the backend.
4. Language synchronization feature
The steady refactoring of crucial parts of the code base like the data, form and language handling allows to add new custom features easily on top of TYPO3. A new wizard has been implemented allowing translators to select if a single field of a localized record has a dedicated value or if it should inherit the value of its language parent.
5. Improved scheduler module
Multiple features were added to the scheduler, the task runner of TYPO3. It’s now possible to have fine grained control of tasks and task groups. Moreover, the user interface for handling long lists of tasks has been improved.
From now on, the team will concentrate on bug fixing, documentation and finishing a couple of loose ends. The goal is to release a first TYPO3 v8 LTS version as stable as possible.