Connections 8.2 was a very solid release and version 8.2.4 builds upon that. Normally I do not post about bug fix releases but this one is a little unique. One of the underhood changes that 8.2 brought was significantly improved code for working with and displaying categories. This improvement not only brought more flexibility which makes extensions like Custom Category Order possible but it brought vastly improved performance too. To illustrate… my dev installation has nearly 1700 categories in it. The page load time of the Categories admin page varied from 6 to 8 seconds. In version 8.2, that is now under a second while using a fraction of the memory that use to be required. The Manage admin page also saw similarly dramatic improvements in page load time and memory usage. Confident any bugs in this new code for categories has been completely squashed 8.2.4 brings this to the frontend end of the site too, meaning, any templates that feature a category drop down such as cMap and Market as well as the category widget in the Widget Pack will now see the very same dramatic improvements.