OK, let me take off the marketing hat for a little bit…
I get a lot of passionate requests for access to the private betas. All this enthusiasm from the Stacks community is amazing. You guys make it easy to put in the long hours to bring Stacks 4 to life. Thank you so much!!! 🙏
Unfortunately building early releases, updating bug-lists, and writing release notes requires a ton of extra time and energy. I’d love to let everyone have access, but it would bury me in support and support costs.
But I would love to… 😊
But I can’t… 😭
But I really want to… 😛
But I shouldn’t… 😔
I’ve created a patreon account. If you join you’ll help us cover these costs. In return it gives you early access to videos, early beta releases, and for the adventurous, you can even download the developer-only private beta release.
Yes, that means you can download Stacks 4 right now. and, yes, obviously this does cost a bit extra.
I don’t expect this to be for everyone. In fact it’s probably just a few – and that’s perfect – limiting it a bit is the whole idea. But if you are passionate about Stacks we’d love for you to join in and come along for this ride.
Stacks 4 is getting pretty nice… 🤩
And I’m getting so excited!!! 🥳
And I think you’re going to love it. 😍
Warning: This really is a developer release. It really is buggy. And I really recommend keeping it away from important work. This should be used for testing only. Download: Stacks v4.0.0 dev beta 20
@isaiah Thanks so much for the 5 Little Features video. Those are all cool and helpful additions. Now for the biggies! It’s clear you put a lot of care into the Stacks product and it shows. Thanks for everything you contribute to the community!
Well, if those are the “little” things, then the big things must be truly extraordinary. Looking good.
But I must confess to being confused by the “do not publish” option. If you really don’t want an element to show up on the page in any format whatsoever, why include it at all? What is the purpose of having a stack and then telling it to get lost?
I think the use case is for when you want to work on part of your design and want to “stage” some content that will be included at a later time. (e.g. a draft blog post)
There are definitely other ways to solve that problem – this is just one way. But there has been enough requests for this feature – and it’s simple enough to implement – and the UI is as easy as it gets. I was all out of reasons for saying, “no”.
Yes. Or, well, mostly. There is one feature absent. Everything else should be good to go.
Also: currently it’s macOS 10.12 compatible. We’re going to try to expand that to macOS 10.11 as well – but probably not immediately.
The one missing feature is because it relies on the RW 8 resource manager. The feature is “Site Images” – automatic image warehousing using the RW 8 resource manager. It really is a very nice feature, and a very good reason to eventually update to RW 8 – but there’s still plenty of other good stuff in Stacks 4 to keep you busy.
Maybe you mean Mac OS X 10.11.6?
As I said above macOS 10.12 is required. So you will need to upgrade at least to there.
We will try to add support for macOS 10.11 at a later date. We want to support that version too, but there’s a significant amount of work to be done. I did not want to hold up everyone else for the (now quite small) set of users.