BOotstrap 3.1.1 Added
New default version is Bootstrap 3.1.1. I also fixed a bug related to previewing changes to base font family.
Something I have been trying to get right for a while is converting Bootswatchr from using the 2.x version of Bootstrap to using Bootstrap 3. I am very close, but in terms of using Bootstrap 3, today, we are exactly where we need to be.
As a word of caution, in testing we noticed a few times that switching between versions 2 and 3 doesn’t always work well, but we are actively working on this issue.
Well, after a lot of hard work, the new, faster, and much improved version of BootSwatchr will be going live next Friday (July 12th, 2013).
A few people have asked me if they will be able to import their current BootSwatches into the new application, and sadly, no, you won’t be able to. One of the major changes I made to save on overhead and keep BootSwatchr free was to stop storing theme information in the central database. That database is now only for Gallery information, and all the storage and organisation work is done client side. The other major change is that themes are now based directly off of variables.less, instead of being a composite object that gets turned into a variables.less file internally.
For those of you looking to save a theme you already have, I suggest you get the “LESS” variables for it. That way you can start a new theme in BootSwatchr2 with all the same settings. The button for this is just above the preview, 2 buttons from the right of “save for later”.
I know I said I would have this a little sooner, but I wanted to take the time to do it right. The beta for Bootswatchr 2 is live, right now, at http://beta.bootswatchr.com/. This version brings a lot of changes, and I always look forward to getting feedback on something this different.
Some of the new things to look out for:
It’s been a minute since I have given you all an update on what I have in store for the next version of BootSwatchr. The fact of the matter is that I have been very busy working on a project with NOAA and taking a new position with Pearson. Also, some friends and I are working on something we hope will be good for everyone.
I have, however, continued to plan for Bootstrap 3, and improve Bootswatchr in ways that have been suggested by you, the users, as well as several improvements I have found will be better for BootSwatchr in the long run. Here’s the overview:
Some of you might note that I also mentioned BootSwatchr 2. Technically, the very first version of BootSwatchr was based on DATGui, and was a very early beta prototype. After iterating through it for a while, and given the significance of the changes in the next version, I feel that this new version is really more of a major update.
Stay tuned, I will be releasing a preview of the new BootSwatchr soon, and I plan on a full release this summer.
Bootstrap 2.3 was released yesterday, and I am happy to announce that it is now the default version used for BootSwatchr. Bootstrap versions back to 2.0.4 continue to be supported and I am working on the version 3.0 upgrade so that hopefully BootSwatchr will be ready the day that drops.
This one took a little longer to get done done, but no to actually do. I spent this weekend working at a hackathon, the goal of which was to get highschool and middle-school kids more interested in programming. While Bootstrap released 2.2.2 on the 8th, I was pretty slammed that day, and basically asleep all day on the 9th. Hackathons are a blast, but they definitely take a toll on the ammount of sleep you are going to get that weekend.