One of the most popular add-ons for Joomla is JCE, the Joomla content editor.

While JCE itself can be installed using the normal Joomla installer, JCE plugins must be installed and updated from with JCE itself … until now!

They said it couldn’t be done but the engineers at Watchful went to work and came up with a great solution.

Working closely with JCE developer Ryan Demmer, they developed a unique solution that currently supports updates for seven JCE pluggins including File Manager, Image Manager Extended and Media Manager.

For full details, check out the official announcement on

After much anticipation and progression from Joomla 1.6 and Joomla 1.7, the next long-term Joomla release went live last week, Joomla 2.5.

I’m also happy to report that our extensions are Joomla 2.5 ready:

  • Advanced Site Search - Available to subscribers since January 24 (download)
  • Agora Bulletin Board - Available to subscribers for download on February 17 (try the demo!)
  • JCal Pro®/RSVP - Beta version available free to the public for testing since January 24 (download)
  • sh404SEF® - Available to subscribers since January 24 (download)

Joomla 1.6 will reach end-of-life on August 19, 2011 and all users should upgrade to version 1.7 before that date.

Version 1.7.0 was released to the public yesterday and includes an important fix for a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Joomla 1.6, underscoring the urgency of upgrading. 

Upgrading from Joomla 1.6.5 to 1.7.0 (and future versions) is now a simple 1-click task built right into the Joomla core. We recommend that all Joomla 1.6 users use this quick and simple method. Please note that this upgrade path is specific for Joomla 1.6.5 ONLY.

In addition to security enhancements and 1-click upgrades, Joomla 1.7 contains a number of feature enhancements including better form validation, batch processing of articles and an improved ability to restrict article submission to specific categories.

Full details can be found on the official announcement at

It's an exciting time to be in the development labs here at Anything Digital. We've been actively recruiting new folks for our various extensions and services, and as a result many things are happening all at once. 

I don't want to spoil your Labor Day surprise (at least for our American clients and followers), but keep your eye on this blog and our twitter account for some big announcements next week. 

In simpler times, the vast majority of Joomla extensions simply installed using the Joomla installer and operated as expected ‘out-of-the-box’. However, as Joomla has become more sophisticated, it appears that developers are starting to release their own libraries/frameworks that run inside Joomla, and are required for their extensions to operate.

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