Joomla Extension News (34)

K2 is one of the most popular extensions for Joomla. The CCK (Content Construction Kit) has been a favorite for a lot of devs for years, me included. Since Joomla 3 was released, K2 has started to seem a bit outdated, though. That's soon to change, with the release of K2 version 3.x.

In this post, you will find a short demo video from JoomlaWorks, showing the responsiveness of the new User Interface. In the example, K2 v3.x is running on a remote (busy) dev server.

If you're like me, you have an iPhone or other type of smartphone. And chances are that you also use Instagram - that nifty, little app to capture, manipulate and share images. Now, you can combine the forces of Instagram and Joomla by using the Instagram servers to host your images.

InstaImages is a new extension for Joomla that gives you a whole new way using images on your Joomla web site. Snap a photo with your smartphone, and instantly use the image in your Joomla content without even uploading.

K2 version 2.5.5 was released on March 7th 2012. I you don't already know, K2 is a Content Creation Kit for Joomla.

In this release you will get improved search in Joomla 2.5, integration with anti-spam services, native support for jUpgrade, support for the built-in updater in Joomla 1.7 and later, and much more.

After years of waiting, the new, major version of Virtuemart was released today. This new iteration of Virtuemart is completely rewritten, and is compatible with both Joomla 1.5 and 1.7 (soon to be 2.5).

Built on the Joomla MVC framework, VM 2.0 takes a long step forward in improving the most popular and widespread ecommerce solution for Joomla.

MediaPass extension for JoomlaIf you produce content for a blog or other Joomla website, you might want to charge for some of or all of the content. This business model has been successful for many WordPress blogs out there. The blog owner gives away a lot of free content, and then produces premium content that you can pay to access. Now, this funcionality is available for Joomla websites as well.

By downloading the free MediaPass extension, Joomla users can enable a recurring subscription service, without adding code manually to their template or articles. Publishers can even add the MediaPass subscription box to articles of selected categories automatically. This eases the use of the extension significantly.

JCE 2.0Yesterday, JCE 2.0 "Stable" for Joomla! 1.5 and Joomla! 1.6 was released. Ryan Demmer, the developer of JCE, extends a big thank you to everyone who helped bring JCE 2.0 to this milestone. 

Please note that "stable" does not necessarily mean bug free but rather refers to the end of the development process for this version. Ryan asks you to please continue to post bug reports and issues you find in the Forum.

Ryan will be updating installation and other documentation this week and will also be posting the first in a series of "Developer Walk through" videos soon.

jce-expanded-browser-illRyan Demmer, the developer of JCE (Joomla Content Editor), showed me some of the new features in the upcoming version of the Image Manager Extended plug-in.

Image Manager Extended is a plug-in for JCE which allows you to upload, resize, place and otherwise work with images in Joomla content.

There are some cool things coming in JCE, so take a look at the screencast in this post to learn more.

henrik-migur-1During the lightning talks at J and Beyond 2011, Henrik Hussfelt of presented their latest project.

The company Migur is working on a Joomla newsletter component, and Henrik took the opportunity to tell the crowd about it.

Migur developed this newsletter component with simplicity in mind. There is no inline HTML editing, there is easy module integration with Joomla! core modules and a template engine which makes it very easy to build professional looking templates.

logo-flexicontentEmmanuel Danan of FlexiContent fame, has silently released a new version of the software to GoogleCode.

Version 1.5.5 includes a number of bug fixes, as well as some new features. Among the new features is the addition of a new FlexiContent Tag Cloud module.

The version also removes a potential security risk (deprecated method "setCacheThumbChmod()")

logo-flexicontentAfter a long period of silence, a new version of FLEXIcontent was released last week. Version 1.5.4 is said to be even more stable than previous versions, and includes a number of fixes, improving security, speed and adding new features.

As this release contains two security fixes, all users should upgrade immediately. All confirmed issues found in the tracker have been solved and some exciting new features that Emmanuel and his collegues developed for their clients have been included in this release.

virtuemart-illLast week, the VirtueMart Developer Team has published VirtueMart 1.1.8 to fix a security issue.

All VirtueMart users are urged to upgrade to this new version as soon as possible.

And in case you missed it, there was a release of VirtueMart 2.0 beta2 as well back in February.

Last week, I wrote about the new extension from Open Source Training: OSToolbar. This is new extension places video tutorials throughout your Joomla administrator area.

I talked to Steve Burge to hear a bit more about how and why they created the extension, and how it can help the different types of Joomla users.

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