This shiny new release contains two new pieces of functionality on top of the usual fixes of bugs and little annoyances, the “About” dialog and the Announcement Plugin.

The new “About” dialog within OctoPrint not only contains information about the project (such as homepage, license etc) but also lists all authors and the supporters. It’s also extendable by plugins and I hope I’ll find the time to document that soon.

The first time I had the idea of introducing something like the Announcement Plugin into OctoPrint was back in 1.2.7 when I had to somehow notify all of you about the solution to the bug within the update mechanism. It was tricky to notify the whole OctoPrint user base of the necessary steps since not everyone follows OctoPrint on the various social media outlets or reads the release notes. Hence a way to push important information such as such update heads-ups, security announcements or critical project news (such as the recent funding crisis) right to your OctoPrint instances now exists with the announcement plugin. It is basically an RSS reader which currently allows you to subscribe to the “important announcement” category on the OctoBlog itself plus some other optional categories as well as the feed of the plugin repository. I also hope to open it up to allow you to add your favourite 3d printing related feeds soon and allow plugins to register additional channels as well. For now it at least will make sure that if there is a critical announcement, there is way for your OctoPrint instance to show it to you.

Besides those two new things, as already mentioned there was also a couple of kinks ironed out. I (and you ;)) have to thank Mark Walker, Marc Hannappel and Paul de Vries for these because sadly I had and still have my hands full with the whole funding crisis - so a big thank you for taking care!

And while we are at saying thank you, also a big thank you to every single supporter who’s become a Patron or contributed something via Paypal over the past couple of weeks since the initial announcement. I’ve been overwhelmed by the community’s response to my call for help, and it’s made me even more eager to make all this continue to work in the future - something I’ve been working on with all that I have. Thank you! :)

With that being said, finally the usual gist!

You can find the full changelog and release notes as usual on github.

It may take up to 24h for your update notification to pop up, so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t show up immediately after reading this.

If you don’t get an “Update Now” button with your update notification, read this or - even more specifically - this

If you do get an “Update Now” button but the update is immediately reported to be successful without any changes, read this.

If you have any problems with your OctoPrint installation, please seek support in the G+ Community or the Mailinglist.