An unfortunately boring title for what is a fantastic release of CustomFields. This second public beta of CustomFields brings a horde of new features (and, thanks to all the beta tests, even more bug fixes!). Here's rundown for what's new:
Data storage in custom tables - ever since the beginning, CustomFields has taken to storing the data you enter in the general purpose
mt_plugindatatable. Although this was easy for me, the developer, storing the data in
mt_plugindatahad more cons than pros (for example, reading data from
mt_plugindatais extremely slow). So, with this release of CustomFields, you can now specify where you would like your data to be stored.
The beauty of CustomFields' approach is that you do not have to touch your database at all! Continue adding/editing your fields through CustomFields' interface and the plugin will take care of creating and updating the necessary tables. It's so easy that it has become a recommended step during installation!
Reorder Fields - in the previous beta, the order fields were displayed was extremely confusing (it wasn't alphabetically, was it the order they were created?) Thankfully this situation has been remedied with v2.1b4. A neat new sidebar widget appears on any screens which display custom fields and through a great drag and drop interface (a la Widget Sets), you can define the exact order you want your fields to appear.