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vBulletin Mobile Suite 1.1.3 is now available.

Version 1.1.3 of the Mobile Suite is now available to all qualified customers. The suite includes apps for the Android and iOS platforms. In order to download the upgraded apps, you need to enter the Mobile Publisher and rebuild your apps for download.

What's NewImproved our iOS app to be compliant with Apple's App Transport Security (ATS) requirements.
We also improved the display of image attachments in the Android app
Improved the handling of special HTML entities and rich format of various contents across both iOS and Android apps.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Apple App Transport Security
App Transport Security (ATS) enforces best practices in the secure connections between an app and its back end. As of January 1st 2017, all apps submitted to the Apple App Store must comply with ATS.

Resolved Android Issues
[VBA-673] - Thread title does not render language HTML entities in Thread List View
[VBA-674] - Thread title does not render language HTML entities in Post List View
[VBA-680] - Title in Post View does not render language HTML entities
[VBA-685] - Thread view does not render language HTML entities in Post content
[VBA-686] - Activity view does not render HTML entities
[VBA-687] - HTML entities not displayed properly in topic titles in your subscriptions
[VBA-693] - Customer's Android "versioncode" not automatically updating, unable to upload updated APK file
[VBA-670] - Main Navigation Menu should be available to all levels of Forum Views
[VBA-675] - Color prefix in thread list view
[VBA-677] - Long list of Attachment images not scrolling
[VBA-681] - Upgrade admobs SDK to at least ver 7.0
[VBA-689] - RU - Russian mobile language pack for Android

Resolves iOS Issues
[VBI-1292] - Submit New Thread produces a non-descriptive OK popup and appears stuck
[VBI-1297] - Thread Title does not convert HTML
[VBI-1298] - Prefix does not show correct color
[VBI-1302] - Activity View does not render HTML entities
[VBI-1303] - Post List View does not render HTML entities in post content
[VBI-1305] - The app will crash when refreshing a thread
[VBI-1306] - The app crashes when posting a response to a thread
[VBI-1308] - HTML entities not displayed properly in topic titles in your subscriptions
[VBI-1294] - Make app comply with ATS requirements by default
[VBI-1295] - Make sure iOS admob SDK is at least v.6.12.0 or later
[VBI-1317] - RU - Russian mobile language pack for iPhone
[VBI-1300] - Set build script to disable bitcode

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:45:37 GMT

Please welcome Dave as our new Advisor!

Dave has been such a big help in the forums that we asked if he would like to be an Advisor here and he said Yes! So, please give a big welcome to Dave.

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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:53:32 GMT

vB.Org Update

The site is now running the latest 3.8.10 code - 3.8.10 Release Candidate 2.

This is not yet available for download, but assuming no issues crop up, the next set of releases for 3.8.10, 3.8.11, 4.2.4 & 4.2.5 are due before the end of November.

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:11:36 GMT

vBulletin 5.2.5 Connect is now available.

vBulletin 5.2.5 Connect is now available to all vBulletin 5 Download customers with an active license. This version contains fixes and updates to over 130 issues in the software.

System Requirements
Minimum PHP Version: 5.5.0
Minimum MySQL Version: 5.1.5

Recommended PHP Version: 7.0.9 or higher
Recommended MySQL Version: 5.7.0 or higher
Recommended MariaDB Version: 10+

Page Manager
A Page Manager has been added to SiteBuilder. This first iteration is pretty basic. It lists all custom pages and channels and links to them for editing or deletion. This will be handy if you forget the route to a page or simply want to see what you or other administrators have created. Please give your feedback on this new feature so we can make it more robust in the future. This tool can be accessed by choosing the "Pages" option in SiteBuilder.

SiteBuilder Menu
Along with adding the Page Manager, a few other changes have been made to the SiteBuilder Menu. The Channel Manager link has been shortened to Channels. The Styles tool has been moved to the left most position for better flow in the menu.

vBulletin Messenger
Enhancements have been made to the AJAX polling in vBulletin Messenger to reduce server load. Along with this, there is a new option to allow Administrators to control how many Messenger chats appear on the Messages Dropdown menu. Messenger menus have also been refactored to use the vBulletin Responsive Menu component introduced in vBulletin 5.2.4.

Image Uploads
In order to handle an increasing number of metadata tags added to images by smartphones and cameras, image handling has been reworked. Most images that fail our internet security checks will be rewritten before storage. These images will have the majority of their metadata stripped upon saving. This allows us to prevent executable code from being embedded in images will providing support for a larger number of devices.

CaveatsIf your site needs support for Animated GIF images that are uploaded, you must use the ImageMagick library under Settings -> Options -> Image Settings. This will require that the ImageMagick executable is installed on your server and the exec() function is not blocked in your PHP settings. Contact your host if you need help setting up ImageMagick.
JPEG is a "Lossy" format. Converting JPEG images will result in a slight quality loss. This is currently unavoidable.

UTF-8 Support
New installations will use UTF8 character sets in the database when supported. If for some reason you cannot use UTF-8 in your database you can set the character set explicitly in /core/includes/config.php with this line:

Note: Code Cannot Be Viewed on the Portal

This allows us to move forwards on supporting UTF-8 on all vBulletin installations. We're working behind the scenes to make this possible given the wide range of character sets in use today. You should make sure that you have both the mbstring and iconv libraries installed in PHP if you need to support non-Latin languages.

Code Cleanup
A number of obsolete functions have been removed from the system. These are mainly in functions.php:


We have also removed the classes associated with Legacy User handling. Javascript and CSS have also been updated to remove obsolete code and class references.

If you have third-party add-ons that use any obsolete code, you will need to contact the developers of those products for updates.

You may discuss this release here:

Current Version Support Schedule:Active Version - 5.2.5
Security Patch - 5.2.4
Security Patch - 5.2.3
No Patch Release - 5.2.2 or earlier.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:53:43 GMT

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