Yes, you read that correctly, there is a beta release. Yes, this is a tagged release. Yes, the last time there was a beta was four years ago. Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 is feature complete, after an extended development cycle. Several items that were goals for 4.0 have been pushed back to 4.1 and 4.2. These include contextually aware taxonomy selection and a multisite “global admin” interface.
Regardless, several objectives were achieved. Custom post type support has been improved. Several issues regarding custom post type archives and root pages for custom post types have been fixed. The way current items are handled has changed as well. Proper links for current items, if set to be linked, are now generated. The settings page has received a minor update, taking advantage of new features found in WordPress 3.3. Finally, the biggest change in 4.0 is the change in the settings structure. Prefixes, suffixes, and anchor templates were replaced with a linked and unlinked breadcrumb template.
Note, Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0 has been developed against WordPress 3.3. This beta and the final release will require WordPress 3.3. Please keep this in mind while testing.
Grab Breadcrumb NavXT 4.0.0-Beta1 and report any bugs in the comments section of this post.
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