The core team is proud to announce the second Alpha of TYPO3 version 4.2.
So what's new?
First of all this is the first release of TYPO3 since the core development mailinglist has been opened for public write access. The core team likes to thank all those who have been actively contributing to improve TYPO3 since then. We're stunned about the huge success of the open core development mailinglist and the many contributions!
This version ships with the initial work of the "Cleaner backend" project which consists of several major parts. In the first step the backend was freed from the frames which have been replaced by div containers and a single iframe. A special thanks goes to Dirk Jesse from the YAML CSS Framework project for helping out here! To make the former top frame free for new tasks the secondary options in TCEforms now unfold directly at their parent input fields. After that was accomplished it was now possible to move other elements to newly won space in the new toolbar at the top. For now only the workspace selector has moved, but other elements will follow.
Another major task was the restyling of TCEforms to always have the buttons to save a document in sight at the top of the editing area.
You can test the new backend by accessing it through typo3/backend.php.
The installer version 2 has been added to this release to make it easy to test the new version. This new installer is a complete rewrite of the old one by Thomas Hempel, it's now devided into two parts, the installer itself and a setup moduel which is accessible from the backend. When doing a new install you'll be prompted whether you want to use the old or the new installer. At the current state you can use the new installer in 1-2-3 mode only and then refine your settings from within the backend.
Also completely new in this version is the so called t3editor by Tobias Liebig which makes it possible to highlight TypoScript when editing TypoScript templates in the Web->Template module.
Linking to records using the RTE
A feature which was partly available in 4.1 already but unusable because of a typo is now fully implemented. Extensions can now link to records like tt_news items directly using a RTE wizard. This will not work out of the boy though as it needs support from the extensions which need to handle the rendering in the frontend.
More improvements to the RTE
Stanislas Rolland is back from his long holiday trip and has since kept on working on rtehtmlarea. He added several features to the RTE like making it possible to extend the RTE with own plugins. Other than that there seems to be an uncountable amount of bugfixes which are always very much welcomed.
The Galician language was added so that localizations can be downloaded as they become available from the translators. TYPO3 can now be translated into 49 languages.
Third party libraries
Raised minimum PHP version requirement
To run TYPO3 4.2alpha2 you need to have at least PHP 5.2. This move was necessary to use features introduced since PHP 5.0.
Other then the highlighted features we also packed tons of bug fixes, performance improvements, enthusiasm, and love into this release.
Next steps to 4.2
Please test this Alpha as much as possible, especially the new features from alpha1 and those described above! If you're e.g. using one of the new features in a project of yours already and discover bugs, please report them immediately to http://bugs.typo3.org/!
During the next weeks, we will release one more Alpha before locking down the development of new features. We will then continue with Beta releases which are only meant for bug fixes before turning to Release Candidates and the final version of TYPO3 4.2. This means that you can expect the final version to be ready around the end of January '08.
You can download the packages at http://typo3.org/download/packages/.