Some new features were added to Joomla! 3.4 released on 24 February 2015, we highlighted 2 of those features in videos already, and also a animated feature video. With over 1,000 new commits coming from more than 50 different contributors, the 3.4 version offers everything to 'Do more'.
Frontend Module Editing
If you have managed Joomla websites and the bulk of your work revolved around content, you will know that jumping back and forth between the frontend and admin sections can be a chore. With Joomla! 3.4, we take frontend editing in Joomla to a whole new level. So far you have only been able to edit Articles, Template and global configuration from the frontend. However with Modules getting added to the list, its another step in making Joomla super easy to use for content managers who can now edit modules then and there !
The new Recaptcha from Google. Solving difficult character recognition puzzles is far from the best experience for end users to prove they are human. Google recently updated its ‘Recaptcha’ service to allow a significant number of end users to attest they are human with a single click on a checkbox, without having to solve a CAPTCHA puzzle. It’s called the ‘No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA’ experience by which a number of factors are analysed by Google to determine whether the box is being checked by a human or a robot. If in doubt, due to repetitive or suspicious access, it shows the usual puzzle.
The Joomla community was quick to react and build in support for this updated Recaptcha in Joomla! 3.4. The existing captcha plugin has now been updated to offer you the option to use this new experience. Because the footprint used by the new Recaptcha has changed from the 302 x 352 pixel display box to a much smaller 250 x 80 pixel display box, it will not be activated automatically when you apply the Joomla! 3.4 upgrade. Instead, you must choose to publish it in the Recaptcha plugin and then check your layout and adjust CSS properties to be sure it displays correctly in the space used by the previous captcha service.
Animated Joomla! 3.4 video
The Video Team also made a animated video about the new features in Joomla! 3.4.