For the past 8 months we've been working on a new version and now... we've finally launched it. We call it 🥁🥁🥁... Backpack v5. But firs...
For the past 8 months we've been working on a new version and now... we've finally launched it. We call it 🥁🥁🥁... Backpack v5.
But first... we've heard you... and we've learned our lesson from the 4.0 upgrade too... no more difficult upgrade processes. That's why, even though this is called v5, you can expect a pretty quick upgrade process... somewhere between 10-20 min for most projects. Just follow our upgrade guide.
And we have even better news. If you purchased Backpack v4 in the past 12 months, Backpack v5 is a FREE upgrade. You can read more about our switch to open-core to understand why. If you qualify (have purchased a v4 license after 9th Feb 2021), go to your Licenses page - you'll see a notice telling you to claim your v5 license, for free. Just click the "Claim" button.
Let's move on to the exciting stuff... What's new? Depending on the complexity of your admin panel, here's what will be interesting to you in Backpack v5:
backpack/proevery 3-4 weeks 😱 and we have a roadmap that's clearer than ever, thanks to your votes in this discussion; we're so excited for this year!
subfieldsfeature inside the
relationshipfield will allow you to create sub-entries right inside your Create/Update form... and change attributes on the pivot table; for every Eloquent relationship type, we have the most common 1-2 use cases covered; this alone will save you dozens of hours; This. Is. HUGE!
Of course, there are a lot of other improvements we've made, that we won't mention here. In total, between June 2021 and Feb 2022, we've made 64 PRs to Backpack v5, some of them HUGE.
Most of the time we spent working on v5 was to make it a lot faster to use in complex use cases. In order to achieve that, we've had to re-write some of our most complex features (the
relationship fields, not to mention the Create & Update saving process). This was a lot more difficult and time-consuming than we expected. But... not only is it done:
Big big thanks to @pxpm (Pedro Martins)... he's been a real hero in this process, working for 6+ months on this rewrite.
In 2022, our focus will be on adding more small&medium features and more quality-of-live improvements. We're using Backpack every day too, so we want our experience as developers to be even better than now. We want to make it fun to build admin panels.
We're very excited about this new version... and about the open-core split! We hope you are too. This version will help us spend even more time on Backpack maintenance, bug fixing and features. And we think you'll see the results soon enough... we have big plans for the future.
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