Update: Please check rtMedia homepage for latest development.
We are excited to release one of our most awaited products, rtMedia 3.0 🙂
rtMedia, formerly known as BuddyPress Media, is no longer limited to BuddyPress. It now works with WordPress and later this month, will work with bbPress also. Hence the name change!
rtMedia adds a whole lot of features, some visible and some in the background, but the most important ones are listed below.
rtMedia’s media experience can be utilised anywhere on your WordPress installation.
- Anywhere Uploader can be placed on any post, page or custom post type (events, places, restaurants, etc). These post types could be created by any plugin. In subsequent releases, we’ll add the uploader to WordPress comments and bbPress posts too.
- Anywhere Gallery displays any media uploaded via the Anywhere Uploader. It could be from a page, post, post type, in a BuddyPress Activity, via a BuddyPress Profile or Group.
Now, you can display media on WordPress author pages (eg: http://example.com/author/admin/media/). We’ll be adding support for attachments for WordPress comments on posts/pages.
Apart from the existing functionality, rtMedia has no dependency on BuddyPress activities. That means liking, commenting, etc will work even if BuddyPress activity is disabled.
Similarly, rtMedia now does not have any dependency on BuddyPress profiles. You can choose to enable/disable it on profiles and/or group separately.
rtMedia 3.0 onwards, you can create albums even if BuddyPress is not present. Global albums can be used to define preset albums. “Wall Posts” is an example of global album. We have added an option to disable albums (just in case you don’t like them!)
So if you are using BuddyPress for the sake of albums, then you can switch back to WordPress/bbPress. Albums in WordPress can be managed from WordPress author page. In bbPress, we will soon add album management screen in bbPress profiles.
A like action button has been added to media, that doesn’t depend on BuddyPress anymore. This is a feature sponsored by 优素映像 (Yousu Image).
Lightbox/Album Slideshow works on mobiles & tablets. Video player resizing is also supported. We’ll soon be adding swipe gestures.
Privacy continues as it were in BuddyPress Media. However, there are some changes. Privacy can be set at the time of upload. Allows true privacy on regular BuddyPress activities. It works with BuddyPress friends disabled. Also works with standalone WordPress.
Every part of rtMedia is customisable via the new template system. Although, it’d work well out of the box with most themes, you can easily customise them by copying over the /templates/ folder to your theme and modifying the files there. rtMedia will always look for the templates into your themes directory first.
Read Documentation for more details.
Every functionality is completely extensible via actions, hooks and filters. For eg, you can add custom fields, taxonomy etc at the time of upload. You can even add fields for the title or any other property via the appropriate hooks. In addition, most of the functionality can be accessed via a JSON based RESTful API.
All the features as well as the API is being extensively documented with great details. If you find something missing or any discrepancy, please feel free to bring it to our notice.
All premium addons have been updated to work with the new version. In subsequent releases, all the addons will work independent of BuddyPress and even rtMedia.
In addition, there have been a lot of changes and many new features have been added to rtMedia. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of tutorials and recipes of use cases. You can subscribe to get updated as and when such resources are added.
Though this is biggest release, we have spent more than 1 week on building a migration script that will take care of your old-data. We have tested it with different data-sets. Still, please take backup before you upgrade to rtMedia 3.0.
If anything goes wrong you can always catch us at our free support forum.