As you may have noticed, dev.Anything-Digital.com moved to a new server on Wednesday and the improvement in site performance is very noticeable.  We are also upgrading some of our extensions (including the download manager) to provide even better performance as we build up to the release of JCal Pro® 1.5.x MVC for Joomla! 1.5.x. We appreciate your patience for the periodic down-time as we implement these upgrades.

Mar112008

Joomla! Expo in ChicagoWill you be in the midwest around May 16th? If so, The JoomlaChicago Group is pleased to announce its plans to host the first-ever JoomlaEXPO on May 16, 2008 at the elegant Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel.  You're invited to "come together, explore Joomla!" This unique all-day conference will sell out, so please register soon, to ensure you've got a spot.

Check-in starts at 7:30 to get your Welcome Packet; then, the event starts promptly at 8:30 am. Bring a friend who's a Joomla fan too, as after the conference, we'll host a one-of-a-kind Joomla Cocktail Party (open source, open party, open bar)!

O'Hare SuitesThe JoomlaEXPO program will focus strongly on technical education, of course, but will also address practical issues related to selection of Joomla (vs. another CMS) and operation of Joomla in a production environment.

Come learn from an impressive lineup of Joomla CMS experts, ready to share their keen insights on Joomla, including author and entrepreneur Barrie North (compassdesigns.net); Joomlacaster, author and security expert Tom Canavan (joomlajabber.com); Anything Digital Founder, President and CTO Victor Drover, PhD [that's me :) ], CorePHP's Steve Pignataro (corephp.com); Azrul Rahim, creator of JomComment and MyBlog (azrul.com); the "CEO of SEO," Mr. Steve Burge (alledia.com); and Joseph L. LeBlanc, developer and author of Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development as well as a number of popular online Joomla tutorials (JLLeblanc.com).

We'll have a lot more information for you here as May 16th approaches, but don't wait!  Other Joomla! events have sold out quickly, and we expect Joomla!EXPO will be no exception.  Attendance is limited to the first 200 registrants, so be sure to reserve your spot now!  "Early Bird" pricing of $100 for the day is available only through Saturday, March 29th, after which the price goes up to $125.

When Joomla! 1.5.0 stable was released, we received many requests for JCal to be natively compatible. Thus, we decided a few weeks ago to rip JCal apart and rebuild it using the MVC framework. We chose JCal Pro® 1.5.3 Stable as our codebase since this version is widely used with relatively few bugs.

We also decided to put JCal Client 1.6.x on the backburner while we completed this task. We expect a beta of JCal Pro® MVC (Joomla! 1.5 native) by the end of the month. Following a bug-fixing session, we will then resume development of JCal Client 1.6.x.

Thank-you for your patience and continued support.

Anything Digital 

Extension of the MonthAdvanced Search has been selected for the coveted 'Extension of the Month' from Alledia.com. Thanks for the recognition guys. The community has needed this type of simple yet flexible extension for some time and validation from the experts at Alledia means alot, including the helpful review and feature highlights which help spread the word.

You can read the entire news item over at alledia.com.

Dec312007

Let’s face it, the default search functionality included in Joomla! is sorely lacking in features and options. At a minimum, most modern web sites allow the user to choose what area of the site in which to limit their search.

The new Advanced Search extension from Anything Digital provides this functionality giving both the end user and site administrator unprecedented control of their site search.

Features include content-specific search result filtering, language-specific search result filtering (Joomfish-enabled sites only), Dynamic detection/usage of searchable content types, SEO/SEF ready with built-in support for sh404sef, W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional, W3C CSS Valid and customizable display of searchable content types using CSS styles.

Access to the Advanced Search extension suite requires a subscription fee of just $10 USD and includes 6 months of unlimited, personal access to the following extensions:

  • Core Component - search engine application
  • Search Module - standard search module (specific mambots can be pre-selected in the module parameters)
  • Search Selector Module - search module allow users to quickly search one mambot or all mambots using a drop-down menu of all available mambots
  • Menu Search Mambot - search mambot allowing the names of menu items to be searched
  • Author Search Mambot - search mambot allowing the names of content Authors to be searched

Looks like presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich picked Joomla! for it's official campaign website and JCal Client / JCal Pro® for their events calendar .

We just wanted to say 'thanks Dennis', we appreciate the support and if you manage to win the upcoming election, we plan on taking all the credit . 

Cheers to Steve at Alledia.com for pointing this out. 

kucinich

Nov052007

Anything Digital is proud to announce the first public beta of JCal Client for Joomla! and Mambo, the predecessor to the popular calendar and events extension JCal Pro®.

JCal Client has a long list of new features, most notable among them being advanced recurring event support (including recurring event exceptions), support for Joomla! 1.5 and compatibility with the Joomfish (multi-language) and Community Builder (advanced user management) extensions.

JCal Client is available with all active JCal Pro® subscriptions. Since we expect active development to produce a stable version, we are encouraging users with expired/daily subscriptions to purchase yearly subscriptions so that they can readily take advantage of software upgrades.

As an incentive, yearly JCal Client/JCal Pro® subscriptions will be reduced to $20 until further notice.

After months of struggling with this decision, we have decieded to try a pay-for-download model for JCal Pro®.

As many developers will attest, the donation model we have been using is simply not working. While a few generous folk have contributed (thanks to those BTW), there is essentialy no income from this project at the moment.

As a reminder to those not familiar with the GPL license of JCal Pro®, it guarantees "free as in freedom", not "free as in beer". To satisify the terms of the GPL, the JCal Pro® source code can now be found at http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/jcalpro/.

I hope all the current and forthcoming JCal Pro® users respect our decision, especially given the nominal fee of $5 USD we are charging.

Wikipedia has an informative summay of the GNU GPL license.

On March 29, 2007 the 1.5.x series of JCal Pro® surpassed the 10,000 downloads mark.

The team at anything Digital would like to thank the community for making JCal Pro® so successful.

Cheers!

Anything Digital is proud to announce the first stable release of JCal Pro®. This release in the 1.5.x series represents a major advance in JCal devlopment. We hope end-users appreciate the hard work that went into creating JCal Pro®. Numerous bugs had accumulated and needed repair. In addition, we added major new features (including backend event management and category-based perissions), as well as a host of tweaks and optimizations suggested by users on the forums.

Feb202007

A new version of JCal Pro® is now available in the downloads area. This release fixes numerous bugs from the last release and adds some great new features also.

Highlights of the new features in the 1.5.x series are as follows:

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Joomla! calendar project JCal Pro® for public consumption. This project is a fork of the ExtCalendar 2 project and, in addition to bug fixes, has exciting new features such as native Joomla! permissioning (i.e. ACL), WYSIWYG event creation and integrated theme management.

All the details can be found on the JCal Pro® home page.

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