Fred 1.1 Release Notes: Plug-ins, Themes & More

By Ryan Thrash  |  Updated: November 19, 2021  |  5 min read
Fred 1.1 Release Notes: Plug-ins, Themes & More

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Fred 1.1, our second release of the front-end visual content editor for MODX that lets you drag-and-drop your way to awesome websites with ease.

Way more than a point release

This release brings major improvements for both content creators and theme authors. With sidebar and Element plugins, a cleaner UI with better drag and drop UX, and general bug fixes, this is a much bigger release than a “.1” would otherwise imply.

Fred marries the creative freedom and flexibility of MODX with an intuitive and fun to use front-end content editing experience. The result is unmatched productivity and flexibility that empowers non-technical users to create amazing content, exactly as they envision.

Did we mention plugins?

Fred plugins are a big deal.

To demonstrate their capability, we also released Collections 3.7 today. When you upgrade or install Collections 3.7 or later you’ll see a new sidebar icon that lists all your Collections and any pages that are editable by Fred. You can use this to power a blog, testimonials, team bios, product catalog, or anything where a collection of similar pages makes sense.

If you’re an Extra author and would like to learn more, read about developing with Fred.

See it in action

Menno Pietersen with Any Screen Size is a long time MODXer with a keen eye for design and a great knack for UX. He is working on an awesome new Fred theme which will allow anyone to create stunning websites without having to code. Expected to be released soon as a premium theme, here’s a sneak peek of just some of what you can do with it:

Calling all theme authors

We think you’ll love creating themes with Fred and MODX. A Fred theme includes all the design Elements as you expect. But it also can include everything a site owner needs to build an amazing website including system settings, Snippets, Plugins, content Blueprints, Media Sources, and more.

The best part is that if you know the basics of HTML and CSS, and have a desire to start creating themes, you already have the skills it takes—you don’t have to be a coder or know the complexities of building a package. In fact, exporting a theme from Fred takes just a few minutes and it’s ready to upload to the MODX Extras store.

Get it today

You can get the latest release of Fred and associated Extras now either from the MODX Installer in your back-end Manager or from the MODX Extras website itself. Updated documentation is available, too. All the changes in Fred 1.1 are listed below.