PlatformPro 1.3, the latest upgraded version of the successful PlatformPro Theme by PageLines, has finally hit the market. Packed with 20 or so new options and features, it has undergone some major changes; the most important of which are listed here:
The new Web Typography tool provides direct integration with Google’s Font API. This provides users with more than 50 font options, each with selectable weight, style, spacing etc. Custom typefaces can be previewed in live preview panes. Everything is integrated seamlessly for Google fonts, making selectors and inclusion of CSS files redundant.
PlatformPro has always included many meta options for the control of separate pages/ posts. Using the various panels was almost impossible to manage. The new MetaPanel combines all the usual CMS meta options in one panel, providing tabs for different sections worked on, thus making things more manageable.
Two new navigation options have been added. A secondary (sub) nav section allows users to select custom menues for each post/ page for sub navigation. This provides more flexibility within site architecture.
The new graphical BrandNav section, a much requested customisation option, combines the site logo/ branding with site navigation inline.
New child theme features added to the Platform API consist of template overriding (overwriting of section templates including files), custom templates (adding new drag and drop templates with files and functions) and a new hook for additional option types.
These improvements alone will certainly help to make web design a more manageable task.