The first beta release of ProofBuddy 2.1 is up and ready for download.
Please remember though that this is considered a pre-release version and likely will have bugs pop up. My suggestion is for those that are interested in a test version to install it into a test directory and leave your current ProofBuddy active for your clients. That way they won't see any errors that come up in the test version.
It's actually a pretty long list, and one that we haven't finished typing out yet. We should have a full release notes page out with the final released version of 2.1.
The most obvious change is that admin menu is on the left side of the page rather than across the top. We did this so that if plugins add menus, it won't push the page width too wide to be visible.
Another major change is how uploading works. Biggest change for users is that there is now a Flash uploader rather than the 10 file boxes on the add image page. Files on server is still there; but we hope that with the ability to upload via Flash, the files on server option will not be necessary except for specific needs.
The upload process is also now more pluggable. What this means is that it's possible for a plugin author to insert a step into the image processing stack to do more with the images than ProofBuddy does by default. It was switching to this plugin architecture for image processing that consumed the bulk of the time between the release of 2.0.4 and this release.
Lite vs Pro?
ProofBuddy 2.1 is still split in to a free Lite version and a commercial Pro version, and the Pro version is still $149.95 as it was with 2.0.
The differences between the 2 versions - limit on active albums and number of images per album, along with Pro only features - are the same with one addition. The Lite version now includes a small advertisement on the bottom left corner of the page.
Upgrading from the 1.0 series to 2.1 will be the same $79.95 as it was to go from 1.0 to 2.0. Pro users who have already registered 2.0 will be able to upgrade to 2.1 Pro for free.
Can anyone be a tester?
Yes. Originally we were going to have a closed beta, but decided that we'd rather anyone who wants to kick the tires on the test version have that chance. If you feel up for helping out and being a tester, feel free to click the link below to download the first beta release.
We've got a board setup on our support forum specifically for the 2.1 beta testers.
ProofBuddy 2.1 beta 1 download