Macrotone December 2013 Newsletter
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The festive season is upon us once again and it is time to reflect upon our achievements of the past year and also to start planning for the forthcoming year. It has been a busy time with major releases 1.3, 1.4 and now 1.5 of Issue Tracker. IP Mapping has evolved as has also our Password Control Plugin which has been favourably received. And we must not forget our new JAudit component as well.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and donations which all help in improving our products. Your support and wonderful feedback made 2013 the journey what it was. 2014 is already in the air and we're looking to continue our work going forward. We must also thank our translators on Transifex who have given their time and efforts to provide our users with language packs suitable to their nationality. We would also like to wish you all best for the holiday season on behalf of our entire team.
Enjoy the holiday with your love ones, and a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you, wishing you all the best for 2014!
This year Support will be unavailable from Tuesday the 24th December 2013, until Thursday 2nd January 2014.
New Forum format
For those regular visitor to our site, you may already have noticed that we have changed our Forum component and are now using the popular Kunena component. All previous posts in our 'old' forum have been retained and transfered to the new forum.
We have been thinking of changing for some time, mainly due to the availablilty of some features with Kunena not available in our old forum, and future plans for making the site responsive in design. Our old Discussions forum has served us well for a few years, but it was time for a change. For those of you interested in how we performed the transfer of posts etc., we have a couple of Blog entries that described in a little detail the steps involved.
Issue Tracker News
Release 1.5.0 available.
This release consolidated the previous release 1.3,x for Joomla 2.5 and release 1.4.x for Joomla 3.x into a single release for both versions. This will make our support and enhancement process much easier and a sound base for future enhancements.
This release also incorporates two new features. The first mentioned in our last newsletter is the enhanced Audit feature. (Also available as a separate component JAudit also mentioned in our last newsletter.)
The second featire is the ability to run scheduled or 'cron' jobs upon the site, using either the PHP-CLI (Command Line Interpreter) or via the front end web access using tools such as wget, curl or lynx. Those of you that read/follow our Blog items on our website will be aware of the development of this feature so we will not expand upon it too much in this newsletter, and instead refer interested parties to the BLOG and Issue Tracker Design and User Guides. We have started using this functionality in a number of ways in this release:
With the release of version 1.5.0, we will also be discontinuing support for release 1.2.2 which is over a year old, We have not received any issue reports on this version for many months so suspect that it is not used on many sites now, which have probably migrated to either the 1.3 or 1.4 releases, We note that version 1.2.2 alone had over 12 thousand downloads in that time, which is the current record for a single file upon our site, something we wil try hard to beat.
IP Mapping News
Release 1.2.0 available.
During November we released version 1.2.0 which included a few minor fixes and a complete code overview, but also incorporated a new cron task which enables the synchronisation with the Akeeba Admin Tools Log to be driven from a cron entry. Two possible methods can be used. The first makes use of a a front end URL upon the site which can be called by the executables wget, curl or lynx. When invoked in this way, the front end URL will perform the synchronisation and then present the front page of the site to the caller. The second method is to use a supplied PHP CLI script, which can be used for those sites where a PHP CLI excutable exists. Attempts to use a PHP CGI executable will not work. To assist in recording the task, a logging facility is used based upon JLog, which records infomative, error or warning messages, if the logging option is enabled in the component. All the documentation has been updated and is available as a PDF document and also as web pages upon our site.
Password Control News
Joomla 3.2 support.
Work has started upon support for Joomla 3.2 which brings with it 'strong password encryption' using BCrypt, but also one and two factor authenication. We do not have a time frame available for the next release at the present time.
We were/are aware that there are/were a few (currently) unresolved problems with the strong encryption in Joomla 3.2, so we have held back from releasing an updated version until Joomla 3.2.1 was available. [Released 18th Decemeber 2013]
There is more detail on the current status on Joomla 3.2.1 here.
Next Version 1.0.1.
Since we release this component we have only received one request for a future enhancement, which is to permit its use upon non-Joomla tables within the database, and one comment upon the display of the 'change user' performing a database change. This latter matter has been described in great detail in the documentation and is the result of the required information not being present in the database to enable the information to be stored. This area will be investigated further to see if we can derive a mechanism to somehow pass the information to the database, but this may require a lot of work.
We are pleased to welcome Tajzel to our list of translator who has provided Slovene (Slovenia) translations for Issue Tracker and Password Control. We are also pleased to announce a Russian/Russia translation for Issue Tracker submitted by pikachurus. There are also updated Dutch (Netherlands) and Spanish (Spain) translations for Issue Tracker. For current details of availability of translations, please check our web site. A list of all our translators can be seen here.
We would like to repeat that all our translators provide their services free of charge, and to thank them on behalf of all our users who make use of their work.
With our move away from the use of the Codingfish Discussions Forum on our website, we will be ceasing support for our sh404SEF plugin for Discussions. The reason is obvious, in that since we will no longer be using the component there is no need for us to support the plugin, which we used internally. As with the Discussion component, the plugin has served us well, and indeed it has remained unchanged since release, partially a reflection perhaps on the ease of the coding, but also due in part because we never implemented any changes when the 'commenting' feature was introduced into Discussions, when release 1.6 was made available. We have never received any bug reports or comments upon the plugin, so the extent of its usage in the wider Joomla community is completely unknown to us. It will shortly be removed from the JED, and soon afterwards from our web site.
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