Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 42:
• Roadmap Meeting Recap
• FAQs About the Recent Updates
• Introducing Zen Grid Framework 2
• Excellent Joomla 1.7 Extensions Native: Round 1
• Product Version View - A convenient tool for compare Joomla templates
• K2 v2.5.1 (maintenance release) now available
Written by Andrea Tarr
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the experimental Joomla Roadmap Meeting that was held last Friday live in NYC and virtually via live streaming on Ustream and twitter. This meeting was looking at the next major revision of Joomla after the long-term support release 2.5 comes out in a few months.
As discussed in previous communications, the PLT will try to come up with a high-level vision for each major version. For 3.x, the vision is Bowerbird / rediscover content. We had originally planned this for release this year, but delayed it to 3.x so we could concentrate on stability and a better upgrade experience.
Written by Gary Gisclair
Written by Anthony Olsen
Earlier this week I released the Responsive Joomla template which is the first our club templates to be released on Zen Grid Framework version 2. The new update is a considerable update and while I port the existing framework templates across to the new version I thought I would post some of the new features and improvements here.
Unified Joomla 1.5 / Joomla 1.7 packages
This is a big one for us and hopefully for you too. From now on we will be releasing single packages of both Joomla templates and the framework plugin. This means that the packages will install on both Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.7. This will make managing versions and releasing updates a lot easier which means it will be easier for our users to keep track of versions and updates as well.
Written by Huyen
Admin Tools is a true Swiss Army knife for your site. Admin Tools Core will detect, notify you and install new Joomla releases as they are made available, fix your files' and directories' permissions, protect your administrator directory with a password, change your database prefix, set a secure Super Administrator ID, migrate links pointing to your old domain on-the-fly and perform database maintenance, all with a single click. Written and maintained by the same developer as Akeeba Backup, Admin Tools is licensed under the GNU GPL v3 or later and available for download free of charge.
Written by Nhung
You've used Joomla templates from JoomlaShine for your website and upgraded to a new version many times. However, have you ever wondered what has changed in the recent installation package? Alternatively, you worry that there's something that conflicts with customizations you have made. If you have, then here you are! We have released a special feature - Product Version View that can help you check the detailed modifications made to each template version. With this tool, you can maintain or customize your template code easily, right now.
Written by Fotis Evangelou
We have just released v2.5.1 of K2, a maintenance release, fixing some minor issues as reported by the K2 Community. This release maybe "maintenance", but we have gone through some "bigger" changes regarding content setup workflow and frontend editing. In v2.5.1 we have improved the "friendliness" of frontend editing. E.g. when you edit an item via the frontend and close the editing window, the page will refresh, revealing the applied (or not) changes.