As some of you may know, TubePress uses both Google Code and GitHub to support development activities. I think each of the sites have their strengths and weaknesses, so at least for the time being I’m happy to use both.
If you’re curious as to what’s happening with TubePress between releases, there are a few resources available for you to check out.
- Roadmap. This wiki page will always contain the bugs and features on target for the next version.
- Issues. The current list of open bugs and feature requests. Tickets with the most votes will be implemented first. Feel free to vote on features or submit a new ticket!
- Commit History. The raw list of commits. This is mostly up to date, though I often do a week or more of development locally before I push back to GitHub.
So next time you’re wondering what’s brewing for TubePress, these resources will hopefully provide some insight.Read More
Today I’m happy to announce the release of TubePress 2.2.8. This version addresses a handful of bugs – including a critical problem with PHP 5.3.7+ – and initial support for IE9. You can find a full list of changes here.Read More
UPDATE: This issue has been resolved.
I’m aware of the recent (past 12 hours) broken connectivity to both the Pro downloads and the user forum. My hosting company has been alerted of the problem and I’m waiting on their feedback.
I apologize for the inconvenience. If you are a TubePress Pro customer, please email me and I can provide you with you the latest download.
Stand by for updates!Read More
- “Lazy” play
In the past, your users were forced to click twice just to watch a video from your TubePress gallery. Now they can simply click the thumbnail and the video will autoplay on its own; just like on youtube.com
- More flexibility in custom themes
You now have full control overÂ the HTML that TubePress is used after a user clicks a thumbnail. In the past, you were restricted to just showing the title.
- Mixed YouTube and Vimeo galleries
TubePress Pro users can now enjoy galleries comprised of both Vimeo and YouTube. Very cool!
- Â New “detached” player location
With TubePress Pro, you can now split up the thumbnail gallery from the embedded player. This gives you complete control over the layout of your site, and greatly expands the options for TubePress integration.
- EmbedPlus Support
YouTube galleries now have the option to use EmbedPlus: an embedded player that adds a ton of features to the YouTube video experience.
As usual, please report any issues in the forum. I hope you enjoy this new version!Read More
The latest news from YouTube is that the problem has been resolved.
I wanted to let folks know that the Players engineering team was able to push out an immediate fix to this issue, and setting autoplay=0 should no longer result in the video autoplaying. Apologies again for any inconvenience this temporary issue caused.
-Jeff Posnick, YouTube API Team
Some official word from YouTube…
Thanks for reporting this behavior; and apologies for the unexpected change. The Players engineering team is aware of the issue, but given our push schedule it is possible it might be a week before the behavior changes back in production. If this is affecting you now, I’d recommend leaving out autoplay=0 entirely and relying on the default behavior, as Claude mentions. If that doesn’t stop the autoplay behavior, please let us know in this thread.
-Jeff Posnick, YouTube API Team
Using TubePress 2.2.0? As of yesterday, your YouTube videos are playing without permission or user intervention. This appears to be an internal change on YouTube’s side that has effectively ignored the
autoplay=0 parameter supplied to the video’s iframe.
Here are two options for a quick fix:
- Replace the file at tubepress/sys/classes/org/tubepress/impl/embedded/strategies/AbstractYouTubeEmbeddedStrategy.class.php with the one found here: https://gist.github.com/1004603
- Simply comment out line 54 of that file in your TubePress installation
I’m hesitant to issue an actual TubePress release for this fix before we get some official word back from the folks at YouTube. This could very well be a temporary bug on their end. I’ll be updating this post when we have more information. In the meantime, here are some additional resources:
- Bug report with YouTube. PLEASE star this issue to help get their attention.
- TubePress bug report. You might want to star this issue as well to follow the discussion.
- Discussion in the YouTube API forum. If you have constructive comments, please add them!
First, TubePress Pro 2.2.0 has been released! This release brings a slew of bug fixes and new features, including
- Interactive video search! Your users can search all of YouTube or Vimeo without ever leaving your site.
- YouTube iframe player. This style of embedded player works on nearly any device that supports Flash or HTML5, which means that your video galleries will behave the same for virtually all of your users. There’s no longer a need to use a mobile-only gallery template!
- WordPress users can now selectively load TubePress’s JS/CSS resources. Make’s your blog leaner and meaner.
- Greatly improved HTTP transport subsystem provides faster and more reliable feed transfers. It’s an under-the-hood improvement, but you may notice that your galleries feel a bit snappier.
Finally, I’m happy to formally announce the arrival of the Feature Showcase. This demo tool has been in the works for a long time, as I’ve always wanted a way to let users actually experience all the cool features of TubePress. Give it a whirl today!Read More
Grab it from here!
- Pushing out a TubePress Pro release candidate in the next day or so
- Updating the docs to reflect all the new features in 2.2.0
- Preparing a formal release announcement
Looking forward to your feedback!Read More
Today I’m happy to officially announce the release of version 2.1.1. It’s been 7 months since the last official release, which is way longer than I liked. I can assure you that during that time I was busy at work fixing bugs and adding the features the community has been pining for. Here are the headline features that’s new in this version:
- Lightweight theming support!
You now have better, upgrade-proof control of the HTML/CSS output of TubePress.
- Ability to create galleries from multiple video sources!
A highly requested feature, this allows you to create a single, seamless gallery from as many sources as you’d like. Powerful!
- Improved searching functionality.
You can now perform exact-phrase searches, and use boolean operators like OR and AND to fine tune your search-based galleries.
- “Fluid” thumbnails that are auto-position themselves.
Inspired by some fine work from sohtanaka.com. Try resizing your browser window while view the standalone PHP demo to see this in action.
- Drastically improved mobile experience.
Vimeo users now benefit from Vimeo’s “universal player” which works correctly on just about any platform (including those that don’t support Flash). YouTube users also will have a smoother experience with this upgrade.
The TubePress documentation has been updated to reflect all these new features. If you are using a pre-2.1.0 custom HTML template (using the template shortcode attribute), you’ll need to perform a one-time upgrade procedure described here. As always, please use the discussion forum if you need help with anything. I hope you enjoy this new version. Thanks for using TubePress!Read More
Today is my 30th birthday. On my way out to lunch, I got this note from Vimeo
Just wanted to let you know that we’ve disabled your Tubepress application on Vimeo because we discovered that you are hardcoding the API key and secret into the app.
The result? Every single TubePress Vimeo gallery in the world now shows up completely blank. Happy birthday!
Here’s the deal. Every time TubePress, or any 3rd-party app, contacts Vimeo, it needs to authenticate itself using a pre-shared secret. This is in place to prevent abuse of their API, and in principle I understand their need for a safeguard like this. But my goal has always been to make it easy for you, my customers, to get up and running with Vimeo quickly. Thus, I indeed hard-coded a Vimeo “key” into TubePress. Today this key was disabled.
It’ll take me some time to put in an elegant solution, but here’s how to get your gallery up and running right now.
- Log in to Vimeo. You’ll have to create an account if you don’t have one
- Click here to register yourself a new key. Here’s what my registration form looks like (click to enlarge)
- Make a note of your “consumer key” and your “consumer secret”. Here’s what mine looks like
- Edit tubepress/classes/org/tubepress/url/VimeoUrlBuilder.class.php. You’ll want to insert your consumer key and secret into lines 152 and 171, respectively. Just replace the keys that are there now. Here’s what the lines look like
Is this a hassle? Absolutely. Am I peeved about this? Hell yes. Is there anything else I can do? Not that I can think of. These are the rules set out by Vimeo, and unfortunately if we want to use their service we will have to comply.
Please use the support forum if you need assistance with any of this. As per usual, TubePress Pro users will get priority support. I’m sorry for the service disruption, but I hope you’ll agree that I did what I did to make it easier for you to use TubePress.
Now, I need a beer.Read More
Recently I posted about how I was having trouble keeping up with the discussion forum. Unfortunately I was becoming more and more overwhelmed with supporting users. It was hurting development (because I never had time) and I was starting to resent TubePress for clogging my inbox.
I decided that what TubePress needed was a discussion forum with more features and more ability to be controlled. I’m not the only one that wasn’t happy with Google Groups. Their spam control is terrible, and I know that many users found actually searching the forums to be difficult.
Here’s the punchline: TubePress’s discussion forum is now located at http://community.tubepress.org and powered by the (fully featured) phpBB software. As you can see, it’s broken into two main sections: public and TubePress Pro. Anyone can post in the public area (though some forums there require free user registration). The TubePress Pro forums will be monitored by me, your developer, and I’ll focus my support there.
Don’t forget that anyone can register on tubepress.org and gain access to the free forums! I hope you’ll find the new forum more useful than the old. Thanks for using TubePress!Read More