After about 2 months of furious development and 8 beta versions, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate of JCal Pro® for Joomla! 1.5.

This version includes a totally re-vamped scheduling system for events and numerous bug fixes (way too many to list here) including issues with inserting images into the event description. A complete list of changes can be found on the Announcements board of the Forum.

Development of the ever-popular calendar solution JCal Pro® has been fast and furious of late with 5 releases in the last 5 weeks. Today marks the release of build 269 for Joomla! 1.5 (native) and includes for the first time plugins to accompany the component and modules.

The Search plugin allows JCal Pro® events to be returned in the Joomla! search results or even using the Advanced Search extension. The Latest Events plugin makes it easy to add a dynamic list of upcoming events to content items. This is very useful in places where a module is not appropriate or if you want a certain category of upcoming events to be indexed by google.

We expect JCal Pro® MVC for Joomla! 1.5 to change from a ‘beta' release to ‘release candidate' within the next few weeks.

We also did a small maintenance release of JCal Pro® recently to version ‘Stable' to fix some annoying bug. As always, this version is exclusive for Joomla 1.0.x.

Anything Digital is proud to announce the first public beta of JCal Pro® 1.5 MVC for Joomla! 1.5. This version of JCal Pro® operates nativey in Joomla! 1.5.x and does not require legacy mode.

As a beta version, JCal Pro® 1.5 MVC should be thoroughly tested before deployment on production sites. Note that there is no official upgrade path from other JCal Pro® versions. Finally, all users are reminded to backup your site (files and database) prior to using JCal Pro®. As per the license:

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Here are some useful links:

Anything Digital Development Team

We are looking for 10 beta-testers for JCal 1.5.x MVC, the version that runs natively on Joomla 1.5.x (i.e. legacy mode not required).

To receive a beta package, please PM me, including a link to a web site where you are currently running JCal Pro® (any version), and also include your personal e-mail address.

Beta testers must be able to report their level of success at installation and usage within 24 hrs of receipt of the packages.

Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our Joomla 1.5.x native version of JCal Pro® is almost ready for a first beta release.

Internal testing is almost complete with a few fixes left before it's ready. This release is looking quite solid so far, and I know many of you are waiting for this version for your projects. We won't be recommending this version straightaway for production sites. but compared to JCal 1.6.x, this version will be very solid, and bug fixes will come fast and furious.

Watch your e-mail and stay tuned to the mailing list.

Vic Drover


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