Daniel is the owner & lead developer at compojoom.com.

CMC survey!

Hey guys!

We are doing a small survey to determine what you value in the CMC extension and what features you want to have next. Thank you in advance for taking few minutes and telling us what is important to you!

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Hotspots 3.2.2 released

I'm happy to announce that Hotspots 3.2.2 has just been released. This is a cumulative stability update fixing both bugs on joomla 3.0 and on joomla 2.5

Here is the changelog:

+ adding a copy link button
~ category-shadow is now required in the category settings
+ adding metadata information on map view# map was not refreshing the locations properly when the search tab was selected# fixed layout issues on joomla 3.0
# date was not respecting the format setting on the maps view# fixed a bug with the jomsocial plugin
# some hotspots were not shown on the map and in the menu (bug introduced with the new sorting)
# the check all button in backend was not functioning properly on j3.0# search by street/country/town was not working - thanks to Grazing Cat .Inc for providing us with a fix
# sorting hotspots by name ASC in the menu
# single hotspots was not rendered when ccomment was selected in the options, but it was not actually installed on the user's site
# sql error when hotspots order is set to created time~ the install script not allows the installation only on joomla >= 2.5.6
# userhotspots was not working on joomla 3.0
# the map was missing from "submit-hotspots" view in the frontend on joomla3# readmore was showing in the menu even though "Marker detailpage" was set to no
~ making the links to k2 a little better
~ running the intro text through the code of the SEF plugin
# the search - hotspots plugin was not properly working on joomla 2.5 and 3.0

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JEDchecker 1.3 released

The JEDchecker is now compatible with joomla 3.0 and I've added 1 new check to it. The xmlinfo check will display information about the extension that we are checking. What we currently output is the extension name, version and creation date. The extension name information should help you to fill out the "filename and install as" fields in the JED submission form.

The new download can be found here & is also available through the joomla update manager.

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CTransifex 1.1 released

We've just released a new version of the CTransifex extension. (you can download it here)

In this version we now support the generation of language packs for esperanto. We've also updated the default lang map with mappings for sr@latin, tl_PH. We've also removed mappings for few languages that should not be used such as ar (one should use the ar_AA language team). Because our default mappings had this ar: ar-AA, ar_AA: ar-AA we were generating the same language pack twice. You will need to manually update the options to fix this -> first open the component options and clear all the content from the maping field -> click save. Once it refreshes you'll see that the options have been populated with new content -> click save again. Please also make sure that your tx config doesn't have the same mapping. Generally the rule is -> 1 mapping per unique language.

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The end is not in sight!

According to some fatalists the end of the world is approaching. I don't subscribe to that view* and that is why I thought that it would be nice to reflect on the past year and have a look at what's still way in front of us.

Before I start talking about anything else I want to thank you for being our customer & for being so AWESOME! You are helping us grow not only as a company, but as human beings. Thank you for all the feedback, forum posts, tickets, emails, tweets, calls and whatever!

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CMC 1.2 - Joomla 3.0 here we come!

We've just released "CMC - Mailchimp for Joomla" 1.2 . This is a maintenance release that fixes all reported bugs since version 1.1 and it also ads support for Joomla 3.0 . In matter of fact CMC - looks awesome with Joomla 3.0! Here are few screenshots:

Don't wait! Go to the download section and grab the new release now!

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CTransifex - distributing extension translations with ease

Somewhere back in 2005 the first website that I've ever build with Joomla had to be in Bulgarian. Back then Joomla was in version 1.0 and more or less websites that needed a language other than English were really hard to do. I remember downloading a hacked version that made joomla utf8 aware, so that one could properly encode Cyrillic in the DB... It was a real pain in....

Then few years later Joomla 1.5 came out and a lot of the problems that non-english speakers had when making websites were gone. Joomla was using utf8, it was possible for each extension to distribute an .ini file with the strings that needed translations (no more php files for that).

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Hotspots 3.2 released

Joomla 3.0 was released few weeks ago and unfortunatly the extensions written for joomla 2.5 were not working out of the box on it. We took on the task of updating our extensions and making them compatible with it. Now the first extensions that we've "converted" is Hotspots. You can now run it on both Joomla 2.5 and 3.0 . Here is also the complete changelog:

+ Added support for Joomla 3.0~ setting sticky to 0 when importing from sobi - this way one can edit a hotspot without losing the coordinates# fixed - edit button in hotspots view was not working# fixed - infowindow is not centered on the screen when we finish the ajax request+ updating the CB plugin and adding it to the main package~ sobiPRO import - added support for the GeoMap field# fixed - import from sobiPRO was not working~ making the router function a little more clever. We try to match the hotspot category against the start category selected in the menu# fixed - map was not working on IE8# fixed - when editing a hotspot from the frontend the wrong category was selected# publish/unpublish hotspots redirects to the wrong view# zoom not working in single view~ don't rely on $ - avoids conflicts with incorrectly included jquery libraries

As usual you can get the latest Hotspots version in our download section!

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CNotes 1.0 - make a note!

Back in July this year Yves and I, we lead our first "Joomla extension development masterclass" at dothewebinar.com. Since I'm not really a fan of theory I wanted to show our students how to create a real world joomla extension. Now the thing is - do you create somethnig useless (farts app anyone???) or do you create something simple & yet usefull? During the year I've spoken to Brian Teeman several times and he had this idea for notes extension. While I was thinking - what should we do for the webinar it came to me - write that notes extension! I can show the students how to create the backend of the extension, how to create the frontend, even write a module for the component! Show them how to create an installation package that installs the component + modules, how to handle ajax requests, how to escape data provided from the user, how to use phing, git... That is simple, usefull & I can very good demonstrate the power of the Joomla framework! This is how CNotes was born!

Unfortunatly 8h are not much. During the webinar we were able to show the good parts of the Joomla framework and we had a simple extension, but it was not something that I wanted to distribute (var_dumps everywhere, code that was only added to demonstrate something). So last week I took some time to finish that small extension.

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CMC 1.1 released

In July we released the first version of our new(free as in a beer) extension CMC - Mailchimp for Joomla. Sofar we got awesome feedback and want to thank anyone who downloaded it and uses it. As it is normally the case - no software is perfect. Today we've released a small update that is making the extension hopefully a little more user friendly :)

One of the complaints that we had in the past was about the webhook key. It seemed that nobody was able to understand what to enter in that field. So in CMC 1.1 - you don't have to enter anything! You just need to copy the url and paste it in mailchimp. (in the background we generate a key and add it to your URL - yea!) This should bring you up to speed in no time!

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