A list of all the things going on with See People, IOS and Joomla
Ah time for another quick update.
EasyTable Pro! 1.3.0b1 has been well received by subscribers since it's release on the 30th June, but as was known there were a few things to fix up (and a feature to add for one of our loyal subscribers - Hi Robert!).
Well, 1.3.0b2 is now in the subscribers download area and ready for you to give a throrough work-out, we think we've got everything now it's your chance to tell us if we missed anything. Since b1 there has been just a little work done, the base stats are:
Files Changed: 71
Lines changed: 2216
Which brings the total changes since in the 1.2.0 release to:
Files Changed: 399
Lines changed: 9271
Yes, yes all good but what does that actually mean. Well since 1.3.0b1, we've:
- fixed pagination contols for consistent Joomla 3 styling.
- Joomla 3 aka Bootstrap styling and layouts have been added to the remaining admin screens
- fixed several minor bugs that were found (that are also in the 1.2.3 version)
- simplified the jQuery loading mechanism on Joomla 3 for the Datatables powered AJAX layouts
- fixed several strict errors
- removed more deprecated calls
- Fixed JSHint, PHPCS and whitespace issues
and those are just the boring things (you can see more details in the changelog).
We also speeded up the database queries for tables that don't used the "Ranked" layout. For small tables (<1000 records it wasn't really noticeable but for larger tables we've seen 2.5x speed improvements and a much smaller memory footprint).
Finally, we've added a feature requested by one of our subscribers. In the EasyTable Pro! Manager you can now "Duplicate" tables using the new "Duplicate" button. In Joomla 2.5 it's the nice green button that looks like this:
In Joomla 3.3+ it's not as fancy but it fits the new look perfectly:
Over the next week we'll be looking out for bugs to squash (although we hope we've got them all there may be one or two cosmetic ones left). If there are no serious reported issues we'll release the stable 1.3.0 version around 21st July.
We'll be updating the documentation with new screenshots over the next few weeks and some notes about the "Duplicate" feature, although most of the changes are just Joomla 3 look and feel from the users perspective.
We'll be starting work on the 1.4.0 release which is adding two big features.
The second feature is a content plug-in that will let you embed an EasyTable using the FooTable layout anywhere content plug-ins work.
If all goes well, we hoping to add one last feature to the 1.4.0 series, Automatic Uploads.
This feature will let you set up a CRON task to tell EasyTable Pro! to upload a CSV file from a specified location into a nominated table, either replacing or appending the records in the new file to the EasyTable. (More on this at a later date!)
This is just a quick note about the state of EasyTable Pro! and it's Joomla 3.x support.
As you may know from our FAQ on Development Schedules the original goal was to have a version ready for the next Joomla LTS, however, recently that all changed with the original cycle being replaced with a "for the people" release cycle.
Given the changes in the "improved release cycle" it basically means that there is no defined LTS version and in theory, until a 4.0 is released we won't see any backwards compatibility issues. Given the in theory now longer life for extensions on any given version of Joomla we've started work on EasyTable Pro 1.3 which will be Joomla 3.3+ compatible (and still support the Joomla 2.5 line until it reaches "end of life").
So what progress have we made so far… well
Had a great time at the Sydney Joomla User Group last night with lots of new people from the Sydney Joomla Day 2013 turning up. If you're in Sydney and use Joomla! you should consider turning up and enjoy some beer and pizza with us!
The Pro version brings support for SSL and multiple CDN's for a single website (the more CDN's you have the more connections the end users browser can open to load your websites page).
As you've seen, it's quick and easy to setup and our experience has been that relatively speaking it very cheap when using Amazon's CloudFront, so go ahead and give it a try.
Hey there! Problems with your ReCaptures and Joomla 2.5.16 or 3.2.0 and below?
Google discontinued an old URL scheme yesterday at pretty much the same time Joomla 3.2.0 and 2.5.16 were released which mistakenly led people to believe the updates had broken something. Well they didn't, and they already have the bug identified, and a patch in the queue for fixing it.
In the meantime while we wait for the inevitable 2.5.17 and 3.2.1 (or higher) I've created installable versions of the plugin with the patch in place. (Admittedly the Joomla CMS group are very good at fixing issues promptly).
Just install them through Joomla's extension manager and your ReCaptcha's should start working again.
You can get them from our downloads area.
Well as you will have already noticed there have been several changes around here.
First up with have an all new Joomla! 2.5+ based website along with that comes a new downloads area and a subscription systems (both of those features are courtesy of Nicholas Dionysopoulos of AkeebaBackup fame).
We've also changed to using the powerful (but somewhat complex to setup) JFusion for integrating the Forums. This has meant a more reliable experience for users once they're logged in, however, it has pointed out an interesting conflict between Joomla! 2.5 and phpBB3 forum software - to work around this we recommend that you login from the main section of the website before jumping to the forums. In fact any of the links to the Forums will present a login popup if you're not already logged in.
Existing Support Subscribers will have received an email in the last week as we migrated users over to Akeeba Subscriptions and will be aware of that change. What you may not be aware of is the other changes that we've made to the subscriptions on offer.
Subscription Plan Changes
With the extended time it has taken to get the first version of EasyTable Pro! 1.1.0 out the door we decided to look at the Subscription Plans. As usual all Plans include access to Download the software related to your subscription plan and access to the Subscriber Only support forum. When it comes to duration and costing we made a few changes.
First up, we've added a 1 Month Subscription for just $19.95, in addition to the previous 3 and 6 month subscriptions. (Technically it's 31 days but that covers every month on the calendar so...)
Secondly, we've added a "Sponsors" 12 Month Subscription level (366 days) for those that either need the support or want to show us how much they like our efforts to create this software.
Finally, ( and I suspect most importantly for existing subscribers ) thanks to the introduction of Akeeba Subscriptions with the website upgrade we can now offer reliable discounts for Subscription Renewals and Subscription Upgrades.
Renewals — if you have 10 or more days left on your current subscription you get an automatic 20% discount on your renewal.
Upgrades — if you decide to upgrade from a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription to a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription you can recieve up to a 50% credit* off your initial fee against the cost of the new Subscription. The best part of the upgrade is that your new subscription time is added to the end of your original one.
*The amount of the credit is based on the amount of time left in your current subscription.
I suspect a few of you will be interested in the news in this section as well.
EasyTable Pro! 1.1.0ß1 Released
Joomla! 2.5.4 Support
Well we finally released a Joomla! 2.5 version of EasyTable Pro! It's called EasyTable Pro! 1.10ß1 and it's now available to support subscribers in the download area right now. You can read more about EasyTable Pro! 1.1.0ß1 here.
Existing Subscribers can simply login and download it from our new download area.
Joomla! 1.5 Support
With Joomla! 1.5 rapidly reaching its "End of Life" we are not adding any more features to the EasyTable Pro! 1.0.0 line, we will however fix any bugs identified by current subscribers until that Joomla! 1.5 is dropped.
EasyTable for J!
And of course you can always get the latest versions of the free - EasyTable for J! here. It's currently at version 1.0.5b which includes several updates.
Joomla! 2.5.4+ Support
At this time there isn't a version of EasyTable for J! available for Joomla! 2.5, but once we have completed the EasyTable Pro! 1.1.0 release we expect to be able to release shortly thereafter a compatible version.
Thats enough for this update. We're hoping to have a another update shortly as we are in the process of finishing of EasyTable Pro! 1.1.0ß2.
Just a quick post.
For those that are interested today we e-mailed all those users on our "EasyTable Pro! Preview" list - if you're not on that list and have a current/expired EasyTable Pro! membership and testing web site that you would like to try EasyTable Pro! 1.1.0α31 (expected to be ßeta1) please let us know.
For those that don't want to try it out, we're expecting ßeta 1 to be out in a week for subscribers assuming that there are no major issues discovered, and so far it's looking good. If you're worried about the ßeta label we think it's good enough to be used in a production environment but as it's missing a few features we're holding off on that label.