Gutenberg 8.4 Adds Image Editing, Includes Multi-Block Controls, and Enables Block Directory Search
Gutenberg 8.4 landed today with some major user-facing changes, including new image editing tools and the ability to edit options for multiple blocks. The previously experimental block directory search is now enabled for all Gutenberg installations. Version 8.4 is next to the last major version of Gutenberg planned for integration in WordPress 5.5. The first 5.5 beta is currently on schedule for July 7. This update includes over three dozen bug fixes, which is several more than typical of a two-week release cycle. It is well worth updating for this alone. It also includes a couple of dozen enhancements, such as support for drag-and-drop in the Social Links block and the ability to transform a Preformatted block into a Code block. Theme authors should enjoy the removal of the canvas padding, which should further improve the ability to match the editor and front end styles. As usual, this update seems to be an improvement over the previous version. Thus far, I have not run into any regressions in testing. Upgrade to Get Image Editing Image editing tools in the block editor. WordPress may be well on its way to replacing one of the extra tools I always use when publishing. For years, I have manually zoomed, cropped, and rotated images in Photoshop, Gimp, or another image editor. I have performed this same action for so long that it feels like a part of the publishing process. Gutenberg 8.4’s new image editing tools may have me rethinking the need for additional software. The feature allows users to zoom, rotate, or change the aspect ratio for an image directly in the editor. After selecting an image block, the editor toolbar will display a new crop icon. Once clicked, a range slider will appear below the image in the editor. The slider allows users to zoom in on an image. After clicking the crop button in the toolbar, two new buttons will also appear. The first button is a simple rotation button, which allows users to rotate the image clockwise, 90 degrees at a time. The second button is for changing the image’s aspect ratio. Once clicked, it will display a dropdown with the following options: Landscape– 16:10– 16:9– 4:3– 3:2 Portrait– 10:16– 9:16– 3:4– 2:3 Square After zooming or changing the aspect ratio, users can also move the image around to change the focal point. The image editor also provides a 3×3 grid for aligning images perfectly, which should be a nice addition for photographers (see rule of thirds). If nothing else excites you about Gutenberg 8.4, this is the feature you will want to try. The development team put a lot of thought and care behind the user experience. Customize Multiple Blocks at Once Assigning custom text color to two paragraphs. Have you ever wanted to change the text color of multiple paragraphs? Perhaps you have needed to enlarge the font size for two blocks or a multitude of other customizations that you have wanted to apply to multiple blocks? Gutenberg 8.4 allows end-users to edit the block options for more than one block at a time. The only limitation is that the blocks must be of the same type, » Read More
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