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30
Jul
2014

Joomla 3.3.3 and 2.5.24 Released

Written by Nick A.

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Joomla 3.3.3 and Joomla 2.5.24 have been released.

Joomla 3.3.3 is a maintenance release for the Joomla 3 series. If you are currently running a Joomla! 3.x release on a server with PHP 5.3.10 or later, we encourage you to update to Joomla! 3.3.3 by either the one-click update or by one of the available update packages.

If you are still running Joomla 3.x websites on PHP versions older than PHP 5.3.10 (which by the way is 2+ years old), you should update to at least PHP 5.3.10 and Joomla 3.3.3. If you cannot update to a PHP 5.3.10 (or better) enviornment now, then make sure that your Joomla 3 series sites are running Joomla 3.2.4. As Joomla 3.2.x is security maintained until October 2014, you should plan to upgrade your PHP environment within the next 3 nonths.

Joomla 2.5.24 is a maintenance release for the 2.5 series. Upgrade packages to Joomla 2.5.24 are available for Joomla 2.5 series installations. Joomla 3.3.3 is considered as a mature release and Joomla 2.5.x end of life is planned at end of 2014, it is time to start planning your upgrade.

As usual backup before upgrading your Joomla websites and verify that all third party extensions (including your template) are compatible.

And yes, CB 1.9.1 and CB 2.0 beta 5 both work great on these new Joomla releases !

 
22
Jul
2014

Community Builder 2.0 Batch Processing Features

Written by Nick A.

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One of the many new features of Community Builder 2.0 is the batch processing functionality present in the CB Tab, Field, Plugin and User List management pages.

This functionality lets CB admins easily perform mass changes to multiple selected CB elements.

Some sample usages follow to help you understand the functionality and the power. With this new functionality you can set the:

  • Field type, Required property, Tab placement, Profile property, Registration presence, Edit property (also new in CB 2.0) or Searchable property of multiple selected fields
  • Display type, Access viewing level or Position placement of multiple selected tabs
  • Default status or Access View level of multiple selected user lists
  • Access View level of multiple selected CB Plugins

In the screenshot above we are showing how to use the enhanced Search Tools feature to filter all text type fields and the Batch Tools feature to move 2 text fields to a different tab. But we could have also selected a new field type in the -Select type- drop down parameter to convert these 2 fields from text type to text area. Yup, CB 2.0 now supports field type conversions.

Another great administrative feature included in CB 2.0 is the copy feature that lets administrators copy CB fields, tabs and user lists from the relevant CB management pages.

Discuss this article on our forums.

   
08
Jul
2014

Community Builder 2.0 beta 5 released !

Written by Nick A.

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Community Builder 2.0 beta 5 is now available for download by all Professional and Developer members.

As we are approaching RC (release candidate) status we are again opening up our testing user-base in an effort to get as much testing feedback as possible so we can quickly reach a stable release.

The last progress report was communicated a little over one week ago and we already have much more great news and awesome features to share.

As we are in parallel testing and improving usability and tooltip documentation we are literally astonished by the scope of the new features that have been included.

In our last reports we have been highlighting the new profile look with the canvas background and the new menu positions.

Since then we have added four new styles to our user profile avatar image field:

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  1. Rounded
  2. Rounded Bordered
  3. Circle
  4. Circle Bordered

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So a simple drop-down parameter lets you specify that your user profile avatars should be circle framed or rounded corner framed !

Also, as we are now taking advantage of our new image processing library, exact dimension image resizing while maintaing aspect ratio (with cropping if needed) is a built-in new feature.

And since we believe in doing things right, these cool features are available for all image fields you create in your user profiles.

So to be clear all your CB image fields can now be configured to:

  • have their own gallery selection library
  • allow or disallow user uploads
  • impose upload size limits and dimensions
  • require moderation (through CB Workflows)
  • have their own styling (Rounded, Rounded Bordered, Circle, Circle Bordered)
  • be rendered differently on different CB pages (different layout for user lists, edit modes, etc)

And these features are just the tip of the iceberg!

At this point we believe that this is the last beta in our CB 2.0 roadmap and the next release will be CB 2.0 RC.

But we need your support and testing and feedback to make this happen!

So if your are not a Professional member please consider becoming one and download CB 2.0 beta 5 and test it on your non production sites and give us your feedback so we can make it better.

Let's make it happen!

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01
Jul
2014

Community Builder 2.0 Progress Report

Written by Nick A.

canvasuserlist 350After our JAB14 return and our CB 2.0 new look article, we have pushing forward developing even more visual improvements and addressing community feedback on our CB 2.0 beta releases.

In the visual improvements area we have been restyling CB user lists to give them a new modern crisp look and to take advantage of the new Canvas functionality and the new Grid layout feature.

Our community has been expressing its concern that existing CB 1.9.1 compatible plugins may be broken by the next generation CB 2.0 series. Our initial thought was that the mangitute of new features and changes present in CB 2.0 would make it very difficult to maintain backwards compatibility and any existing plugins will have to be updated to conform.

Now that we have completed our core changes, we have been taking a closer look and decided to invest in providing an internal legacy layer to support existing CB 1.9.1 plugins. The ultimate goal is to allow CB 1.9.1 sites to upgrade to CB 2.0 and keep all existing CB plugins functional.

The benefit of this investment is huge for the existing CB 1.9.1 userbase and also for third-party CB plugin developers that will now have more time to convert their existing CB related add-ons to conform with the new CB 2.0 code.

We have also been implementing many localization improvements that will help improve performance and language specific string pluralizations and we have implemented multiple keys for language strings. This means that if the same string is used in two different areas it can be translated differently. We are now looking into implementing a translator friendly language override facility.

Because of these important code improvements we are now scheduling a beta 5 release in order to get feedback on legacy layer and CB plugin compatibility and then we will follow-up by addressing all reported issues and moving towards an RC release.

We are very excited with the progress and the huge potential and would like to THANK all our members for their support, feedback and patience.

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19
Jun
2014

Joomla 3.3.1 and 2.5.22 Released

Written by Nick A.

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Joomla 3.3.1 and Joomla 2.5.22 have been released.

Joomla 3.3.1 is a maintenance release for the feature rich Joomla 3.3 release. If you are currently running a Joomla! release on a server with PHP 5.3.10 or later, we encourage you to update immediately to Joomla! 3.3.1 by either the one-click update or by one of the available update packages.

According to the Joomla roadmap, the next series release will be Joomla 3.4 scheduled to happen on July 15th. This is great news for the Joomla community as Joomla 3.4 will mark a beginning of smooth upgrades with extra attention to maintain backwards compatibility for at least 3 years! Read our Executive Summary report on the new Joomla release strategy to understand this important and exciting concept.

Joomla 2.5.22 is a maintenance release for the 2.5 series. Upgrade packages to Joomla 2.5.22 are available for Joomla 2.5 series installations.

As usual backup before upgrading your Joomla websites and verify that all third party extensions (including your template) are compatible.

The CB Team is proud to continue assisting the Joomla project by continuously testing and reporting back any compatibility issues between new Joomla releases and Community Builder. Beat is also active in the Joomla! Security Strike Team and helps keep Joomla secure.

And yes, CB 1.9.1 works great on both new Joomla releases !

   

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