Version 1.4.1 is now available!
Here's a description of the new features:
This version has been about making BigFeature more flexible. Instead of being stuck with a one post layout design you can now switch it anywhere on the website with a click of a button. For this a shortcode template system was built. Check "Enable Custom Templates Feature" in the theme setting. And now a custom post type called Templates will appear. Create a new post there and add a bfthumbs shortcode like this to the post:
[bfthumbs sid="bfthumbs-blog" showposts="10" width="153" height="120" numcols="5" marginright="20" numwords="10" ajaxnav="false"]
and then select blog below the editor, and then this will be the post design for the blog index. Select the search and it will be used for search too.
The Archive and Single post view can also be further refined by selecting categories, tags or custom taxonomies. This means you can have a separate design for every category or taxomony. Just add a category to the navigation and it can work as a portfolio, shopping listing etc.
Here's an example of a single post template:
[bfbreadcrumbs sid="template2-breadcrumbs" style="lines"]
[widgetarea sid="widgetarea-single" id="sidebar3" width="270" marginleft="50" align="right"]
[bfthumbs sid="bfthumbs-single" numposts="1" numcols="1" width="500" height="200"]
or this with a feature image like in the original template:
[widgetarea sid="widgetarea-single2" id="sidebar3" width="270" marginleft="50" align="right"]
[bfthumbs sid="single-template2" numposts="1" numcols="1" width="500" height="200"]
This is showcasing some of the new shortcodes too, like bfbreadcrumbs (shows the Breadcrumb NavXT plugin), widgetarea (shows any sidebar/widgetarea. New ones can now be created in the theme setting), bfyarpp (makes it possible to have bfthumbs template for the yet another related posts plugin), bfcomments (display the comments), bfhook (display a hook content). Other new shortcodes are bfinclude (makes it possible to include a php file) and bfauthorinfo (display author info in single post view).
Some shortcodes have also been improved, like bfthumbs (new layout system. press the bfthumbs layout button when editing a current post shortcode in the shortcode gui (the shortcode must have a sid (a unique shortcode id) for this to work)), nivoslider (fixed the issues, and improved the thumbs layout) and galleria (added a no thumbs theme).
The most improved shortcode is bfthumbs. In the bfthumbs layout it is possible to change the post look totally. And add any information, and rearrange like you want. For example: Add an image node, then add a caption node, then click on the image to open it, then drag the caption on to the bottom of the image node to nest it. Now the image got a customizable caption. This you can do with the meta node too, add any info (category, taxonomy, plugin) to it and choose the style. Meta nodes like category or plugin can be added outside the meta node too though, and styled anyway wished, because any node got a class input field. A class name can be added there and the node can be styled in a child theme.
And google font support is added too. Google fonts can be added in the theme settings (typography tab). Just copy the font name from the list on google and now you can add it in the font-family field in the layout gui (The font can also be loaded from the layout gui).
In the plugin node (in the bfthumbs layout gui) support for several plugins has been added. Like rating, ecommerce, facebook plugins etc. And plugins not there can be added with the php node.
The post image can now be any size, it can be resized or a featured image size can chosen. The image can also be left, right or center aligned by choosing it in the shortcode gui (image_align). If aligning the image when using timthumb separate image_width and image_heigth dimensions can be set.
And timthumb has been upgraded to version 2.7, that is more secure and got a new zoom crop alignment feature, that is also added to the theme.
These are some of the new features, a complete list and video tutorials will come soon, but after this introduction you will be able to play around with the new stuff, and figure stuff out for yourself too...
Here's how to upgrade.