Version 2.1 (January 2018)

Release Notes tell you what’s new in Academic. As always, we welcome your feedback. You can also file a bug report. Want to update to this version? Refer to the update guide in conjunction with the parameter changes mentioned in the Breaking Changes section below.

See what’s new in Academic!

Welcome to the January 2018 release of Academic. There are a number of updates in this version that we hope you will like, including:

  • Add dark and 1950s themes (see preview below)
  • Add gallery and featurette plugins
  • Enable your site to be installed to the home screen of a mobile device, providing users with quicker access and a richer experience
    • For example, if viewing this site in Chrome for Android on a mobile device, press the Chrome settings icon in the top right corner, press Add to home screen - a native-like app for the website will be installed to your home screen. A similar process can be followed for other mobile browsers such as Firefox Mobile.
  • Enable modern web browsers to automatically load localized version of content in multilingual sites
  • Add OpenStreetMap-based alternative to Google Maps (#360)
  • Display any tags at the bottom of all content pages (not only for blog posts!)
  • Re-enable RSS output by default (can be disabled in config)

Dark theme
1950s theme

Breaking changes

Here are some considerations to make when updating Academic from the previous version, v2:

  • View changes to config.toml - scroll down to the changes for the exampleSite/config.toml file
  • Add exclude_selected = false option to front matter of publication widget (content/home/publications.md)

Content pages

  • Display tags (if set) for all content types (not only for blog posts!)
  • Publication: Make abstract and publication name optional
    • More convenient for adding preprints and reports
  • Publication archive: Fix error when no publications exist
  • Publication: Fix bold font not being applied to metadata row headings
  • Talk: Sort and group talks by time_start instead of date published
  • Talk: Add option to hide/show talk time
  • Talk: Add time_format variable for customizing talk time

Themes

  • Add dark theme
  • Add 1950s theme
  • Add support for Chrome theme color

Plugins

  • Add gallery shortcode - see documentation
  • Add featurette widget - see example use
  • Publication widget: Add option to exclude selected publications
    • Add exclude_selected = true option to front matter of publication widget.
  • About widget:
    • Add OpenStreetMap-based alternative to Google Maps (#360)
    • Add support for linking to forum/chat/mailing-list
  • Project widget: Enable content from any folder to be displayed
    • The widget is no longer limited to only displaying content from content/project/ folder
    • Use folder = "project" in widget front matter to set folder to use
  • Project widget: Fix project filter buttons (#362)

Localization

  • Enable modern web browsers to automatically load localized version of content in multilingual sites
  • Fix styles.css link when defaultContentLanguageInSubdir = true
  • Fix Spanish typos
  • Add missing phrases to Polish translation

Other

  • Enable your site to be installed to the home screen of a mobile device, providing users with quicker access and a richer experience
  • Re-enable RSS output by default (can be disabled in config)
  • Improve SEO by metadata improvements
  • Add Twitter card and Open Graph metadata
  • Enable main menu to optionally be left aligned (see Breaking Changes section above)
  • navbar: Open external menu links in new tab
  • navbar: Fix error when menu URL shorter than 4 characters is set
  • Update style of next/prev section pager

Thank you

Last but certainly not least, a big Thank You to all the folks that helped to make Academic even better.