What Calypso means to WordPress Users
Backbone.js – handles much data table operations
cropper.js – key part of media library Crop tool
emoji.js – manage emoji icons
html5.js – checks HTML elements
jQuery.imageareaselect – part of Media library edits
jQueryUI. – many admin interface ops
swfupload (deprecated) – Adobe Flash is disappearing
ThickBox – Gallery views
TinyMCE.js – Visual editor features
Calypso is used throughout the new admin interface. Here is a sample:
In the screenshot above the drag and drop Menu interface now has a + icon driven placement of new menuitems. In the Page/Post editor, the Visual Edit tab looks very much like the classic WP editor but the Text or HTML tab is now stripped of all its edit commands:
Also note that the Editor sidebar is on the left and most of the commands are contained in an accordion pulldown. However, many of the classic WP commands have changed position, layout or even have yet to appear in the current Calypso interface.
For example, the gallery command in the media library sees a simpler interface:
Even more useful, now there are 7 gallery layouts including tiled mosaic and slideshow layouts that are simple and easy to use. But these layouts cannot be configured at all while there is still no list of galleries . So this removes some of the luster for Calypso gallery support.
Major New Calypso Features
In the past few months a number of Calypso features have snuck out the door including changes to the editor and JetPack configuration/settings, etc. But with the Calypso unveiling, all of WordPress.com admin interface has changed. And the new Admin interface [you can still revert to the classic old WPAdmin] takes on new functionality.
First, using a special Calypso Mac App or WordPress.com in any major browser, and a JetPack plugin enabled hoste WordPress.org website, users now can tryout many parts of the Calypso interface have a multisite admin interface for many WP tasks:
So from my WordPress.com MySites page I am able to edit my PicsofCanada.com website which is hosted on an external server. This is attractive because it means I can go to one place to administer a host of my own and client websites. There are restrictions, see here for details.
Third key feature is the fact that WordPress now has a more general Notifications system. Users go to one place to see clients reactions and comments to messages and posts online. This messaging answerback page could be extended to other social media like Faceboook, Google+ and Twitter.