For those interested in the highlights from an FWF perspective:
- Clever quotes
The most obvious change is a significant improvement in the quoting feature, nicknamed "clever quotes". Quoted posts now show links to the post author and the quoted post, and the time and date of the quoted post. This new information provides a handy reference and navigation ability to quoted posted.
An example is shown below. Notice the ↑ character after the 'Peculiar_Investor wrote:', that's a clickable link back to the post where the quote came from. Also having the timestamp from the quoted post provides more context about when the quoted material was posted.
Showing even more advanced emotions than smilies is possible with the use of Emoji! With Emoji, it's easy to add extra emotion to your post from your tablet or mobile devices. From a to a , Emoji can liven up all posts on your board!
Before you ask, emojis are just Unicode characters and are not the same as the smilies you see beside the posting area. Most mobile devices provide a built-in emoji keyboard so emojis can be entered just like typing 'normal' text. Desktop users who don't have a built-in emoji keyboard might try Get Emoji — List of all Emojis to Copy and Paste , which is what I've found useful when I want to add an emoji when posting from a desktop.
Please remember that you should post in a way which is consistent with normal writing. Please do not post excessive numbers of emojis.
Have you ever missed seeing a notification because there was no obvious visual clue? With this new release notifications should be more visible, as shown by this screenshot. A further improvement, in your notification settings, you can choose to notified only by e-mail. In the previous version that you could choose to be notified only by notifications, but you couldn't choose to be notified only by e-mail.
Behind the scenes the notification system has been reworked so that notifications now work faster and more efficiently.
- Board icons
Most of the board icons are now Font Awesome icons, which should be more intuitive icons with retina quality.
If you are still reading at this point, the phpBB team has put together a Features page that provides the full details on this release. If you are interested, I'd suggest you click Expand all near the top and look for items flagged with 3.2.x.