So while I was tinkering away last night WordPress.org announced today the release of WordPress 3.6, featuring a new blog-centric theme and a re-engineered revision browser. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download.
WordPress 3.6, “Oscar” in honor of the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Here’s a quick summary of the new features, which you can also read more about page in your dashboard after you upgrade. Below is a video summary using the new native HTML5 player:
- The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
- Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
- Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
- Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
- The Menu Editor is now easier to understand and use.
- External Libraries have been updated. More Info
- New audio/video APIs give developers access to powerful media metadata, like ID3 tags.
- Filters for revisions, allowing you to set the number of revisions ad hoc instead of only via a define. More Info
- Semantic Markup allows themes to choose improved HTML5 markup for comment forms, search forms, and comment lists.
- Search content for shortcodes with has_shortcode() and adjust shortcode attributes with a new filter.
- More listed on the Codex.