I have to tell you, besides docman populate this is the best plugin for Docman. My main gripe with docman and other download components is that when you have more than 5 files, no one wants to scroll through 5 pages to view them. -DOCman forum user
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New Free Extension! Very Simple Image Rotator Content Plugin

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in Very Simple Image Rotator Plugin

If you want to read about the new 2.5.3 version of DOCman List released on 09/01/2012, that announcement article is just below this one!

This announcement is for a little pet project of mine I've been thinking of tackling for a while since I believe it will be very useful at work and which I haven't found a good extension for on the Joomla Extensions Directory

I've seen a number of modules out there which allow you to specify a folder and then get a slideshow out of it, but I haven't seen too many plugins which offer the same thing. What I had been looking for was a content plugin where I could specify my own images folder, some custom parameters if needed, and just have a simple slideshow output on the page.

In my search, I found a module that was pretty close in terms of what I was looking for: Very Simple Image Rotator Module by Jesus Vargas.

I took that module and used it as the basis of the plugin I wanted to build so a lot of credit goes towards the work Jesus put into building the module above.

That has resulted in the Very Simple Image Rotator Content Plugin now available from the Downloads page!

Here's a look at some the features/additions (and below are a few demos of the plugin in action!):

  • Fixed issue with the JavaScript performing the image transitions (z-index: 1 needed to be set to prevent a jumpy, awkward looking transition for the upcoming slide)
  • Added in image resizing using the GD library and Resize class from: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/image-resizing-made-easy-with-php/
  • Added ability to create a custom links.txt file in the same directory as your images which contains a line for each image, along with a custom URL, title, and alt text to use (e.g. 01.jpg|http://www.imperial.edu|Imperial Valley College|Picture of IVC Board Member)
  • Added Limit to the Random parameter
  • Added per instance customization options for just about everything! (Example Keys that can be used: includeSubfolders, ignoreSubfolders, randomizeImagesYes, randomizeImagesNo, setRandomLimit 5, directImageLinksYes, directImageLinksNo, setLinksFileName some_other_file.txt, setWidth 640, setHeight 480, setDelay 3000, setTransitionDelay 2000, resizeImagesOn, resizeImagesOff, setResizedImageQuality 80, setFolderPermissions 0755)
  • Added center images in HTML option (centerImagesOn, centerImagesOff)
  • Very simple usage: { vsir setResizedImageQuality 100 directImageLinksYes includeSubfolders setDelay 5000 setTransitionDelay 2000 setWidth 320 setHeight 180 images/resized} (please remove the space between the starting { and vsir when you use this example on your site)

Example 1 with Image Resizing Turned On:

Picture my sister took of me in San Diego

Example 2 with Image Resizing and Center Images Options Turned On:

Picture my sister took of me in San Diego

Example 3 with Custom Width/Height and Image Resizing Turned On (first image has a custom link provided by a simple links.txt file you add into the directory you're pulling images from!):

Picture my sister took of me in San Diego
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New 2.5.3 Version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman File Listing Plugin

The 2.5.3 version adds a number of new features that have been requested over the past few months since the 2.5.2 release. More details below (if you have questions about how to use the new features just visit the Contact page above!

Version 2.5.3 Changelog

  • Added ability for DOCman Document Attributes (defined in administrator/components/com_docman/docman.params.xml) to be displayed in the table output (thanks to Martin for sponsoring the development work!)Added ability for view links to be displayed in a new window when clicked (thanks to Jessica for suggestion!)
  • Added ability to have the document description displayed as a column in the table (thanks to Eric for suggestion!)
  • Added ability main filename link to be configured to be a Download, Details or View link (default before has always been Download)
  • Added in a few links that were missing from the older table layout that hadn't been migrated over from the nestedtable layout
  • Added ability to customize the Filename and Description Column Names in the Plugin Parameters
  • Added ability to customize the Table/List Width (in Pixels) allowing for tables with a large number of columns to be displayed with a horizontal scroll bar.
  • Added ability to customize the Filename, Description, and Custom Attribute Column Width Percentages in the Plugin Parameters
  • Added in if statement in main plugin file that will prevent DOCman List from running on com_docman's Details page, which resulted in a PHP warning for some users if they had the Process Content Plugins turned on for Document Descriptions.
  • Added in pt-BR language file (Thanks Ronaldo!)

docmanlist 2.5.0 submit file feature

Note: Please install Customized System SEF Plugin

When using DOCman List there is a high probability that you will cause Joomla's default System SEF Plugin to break, because of the regular expressions and error handling it uses. This will result in a WSOD (White Screen of Death) with no apparent reason/cause. The solution is to download and install (FREE) the Updated System SEF Plugins (available for Joomla 1.5 and 1.7) from the Downloads area.

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page! Want to see the plugin in action? Check out the DOCman List Plugin's Example page on our Demo Site (it's been newly updated with an example of the nestedtable layout)!

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First Impressions: DOCman 2.0 Alpha 1 Announcement Made by Joomlatools

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman 2.0

It's official! Joomlatools announced DOCman 2.0 Alpha 1's public release today!

While not quite ready for use on production sites just yet, it's available to start playing around with, and perhaps even more importantly, developing (so I can start working on a DOCman List for DOCman 2.0 pretty soon).

Here's a screenshot and link to the announcement:

joomlatools docman 2.0 alpha1 announcement

I've already spent a bit of time playing with the Alpha 1 this morning and just wanted to share a few impressions.

Read on to see how my first impressions of DOCman 2.0 went!

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New 2.5.2 Version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman File Listing Plugin

The 2.5.2 version fixes a small issue in the categories layout where the language key (DOCMAN_SUBMIT_FILE) was being displayed instead of the words "Submit File". That issue has been corrected now in this release.

Version 2.5.2 Bug Fix

  • Fixed an issue with the additions made in v2.5.1 to the normal Categories layout Submit File addition (wrong Language Key was being used). This has now been corrected.

docmanlist 2.5.0 submit file feature

Note: Please install Customized System SEF Plugin

When using DOCman List there is a high probability that you will cause Joomla's default System SEF Plugin to break, because of the regular expressions and error handling it uses. This will result in a WSOD (White Screen of Death) with no apparent reason/cause. The solution is to download and install (FREE) the Updated System SEF Plugins (available for Joomla 1.5 and 1.7) from the Downloads area.

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page! Want to see the plugin in action? Check out the DOCman List Plugin's Example page on our Demo Site (it's been newly updated with an example of the nestedtable layout)!

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New 2.5.1/1.5.10 Versions of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman File Listing Plugin

The 2.5.1 version adds a few small features that have been requested recently, particularly the setLimit parameter which now allows you to limit the number of files retrieved for each category.

This release also includes a separate version for Joomla 1.5 that has been updated with some new features (like the Submit File button for each category, along with the new features mentioned below) that had been added to the Joomla 2.5 version, so if you're still using Joomla 1.5, please grab DOCman List 1.5.10 from the Downloads page :-).

Version 2.5.1 Bug Fixes/Features

  • Added in a new setLimit Feature that allows you to limit the number of files retrieved per category (e.g
    would retrieve 3 documents from category 37)
  • Added in 10 new options for auto expanding (Expand File List Automatically option must be turned off in order to function. Then use one of these corresponding keys: autoExpandOneLevel, autoExpandTwoLevels, autoExpandThreeLevels, autoExpandFourLevels, autoExpandFiveLevels, autoExpandSixLevels, autoExpandSevenLevels, autoExpandEightLevels, autoExpandNineLevels, autoExpandTenLevels
  • Added in Submit File button additions into normal categories layout too
  • Made Submit File option appear consistently for different option configurations, along with Category ID tooltip (which appears when hovering over the category name)

docmanlist 2.5.0 submit file feature

Note: Please install Customized System SEF Plugin

When using DOCman List there is a high probability that you will cause Joomla's default System SEF Plugin to break, because of the regular expressions and error handling it uses. This will result in a WSOD (White Screen of Death) with no apparent reason/cause. The solution is to download and install (FREE) the Updated System SEF Plugins (available for Joomla 1.5 and 1.7) from the Downloads area.

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page! Want to see the plugin in action? Check out the DOCman List Plugin's Example page on our Demo Site (it's been newly updated with an example of the nestedtable layout)!

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ArtCats 2.5.0 beta Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in ArtCats 2.5

product-image artcats25

Over the past two weeks a few people have submitted tickets requesting a verion of ArtCats that works with Joomla 2.5 and I'm happy to say I have something ready now!

Version 2.5.0 Bug Fixes/Features

  • Added code to make the module output styling similar to mod_menu, which template companies support better.
  • Added ability for dynamic category and article listings
  • Added dynamic module title capability
  • Don't let the beta tag fool you...this is definitely production ready software, but since it is a beta version it might not have every bell and whistle you might want included...if there's something you'd like to see, please let me know via the Support section in the main menu above.

I hope you enjoy using ArtCats 2.5 (I know it's saved me a lot of time and headaches since I don't have to create specific modules for every Section on my site and I can just use a single instance of ArtCats 2.5 to do it all)!

Want to see ArtCats 2.5 in action?

Just browse to the Products, Blog, or Changelog sections in the main menu above to see ArtCats 2.5 in action in the right-hand sidebar area! I've done my best to make the module mimic the output from the main menu module, which template developers style really well so ArtCats 2.5 should inherit those styles automatically in most situations.

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New 2.5.0 Version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman File Listing Plugin

The 2.5.0 version is simply a minor update for the 1.7 version of DOCman List (I've now verified that everything works correctly in Joomla 2.5 and have added a few small features and bug fixes)!

Version 2.5.0 Bug Fixes/Features

  • Fixed potentially nasty PHP 5.3 error which was related to SEF URLs
  • Added DOCman Category ID Tooltip (hover over a category name in the nestedcategories/nestedtable layouts and quickly find out what your Category ID is)
  • Added new Submit File capability directly to the nestedcategories/nestedtable layouts (really handy when you have lots of categories and users...automatically selects the correct category in Step 3 of the Submit File wizard)
  • Added Details link for those that have viewing capabilities on a file.

docmanlist 2.5.0 submit file feature

Note: Please install Customized System SEF Plugin

When using DOCman List there is a high probability that you will cause Joomla's default System SEF Plugin to break, because of the regular expressions and error handling it uses. This will result in a WSOD (White Screen of Death) with no apparent reason/cause. The solution is to download and install (FREE) the Updated System SEF Plugins (available for Joomla 1.5 and 1.7) from the Downloads area.

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page! Want to see the plugin in action? Check out the DOCman List Plugin's Example page on our Demo Site (it's been newly updated with an example of the nestedtable layout)!

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New Extension Release - Content Update Notifications Plugin 1.7.0!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in Content Update Notifications Plugin

product-image-content update notifications-teaser 236px

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally been able to sit down and complete a project I've been wanting to finish for some time...the new Content Update Notifications Plugin for Joomla 1.6+!

If you already have a subscription to the site, simply login above and then go to the Downloads Page to download the Content Update Notification Plugin!

If you don't yet have a subscription, please visit the Signup Page to get started!

 This plugin does a number of things, but mainly it allows the user editing the content in Joomla 1.6+ (Articles + Content Categories) to receive a notification email upon editing/creating a new content item.

In the notification email, the previous version of the content is attached in a txt file and html file, as well as the new version.

The other information about the content is also displayed in the email.

You can also add additional people to be notified upon editing content (such as administrators, or other key people in charge of keeping the quality of the content intact).

The plugin will also notify you with a copy of the article before it is deleted completely from the system (which should make it easier to restore something if it is deleted accidentally).

You may call it a poor man's version control system (using email as the storage mechanism) but I think it will work quite nicely for a lot of sites and I hope you enjoy it!

On top of the above, I've also added in some common corrections for content pasted from Microsoft Word, but I'm looking for additional examples of things that could be corrected so if you have those I'd really like to add them in so that your HTML can be cleaned automatically upon submission!

Thank you to all of the people that have bought subscriptions to the site this year!

I really want to say thank you to everyone that has bought a subscription this past year that I've been offering commercial extensions for Joomla. Not only have you guys brought a bunch of great ideas to the floor (especially with my DOCman List Plugin) but you guys have been wonderful to communicate with (now, if only I can get the notification system in the forum working correctly so I can be more prompt in those replies...however, I should always respond to emails pretty quickly from my Contact Page).

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New 1.7.2 version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman File Listing Plugin

The 1.7.2 version is simply a minor update for the 1.7 version of DOCman List (one bug and some image path issues for the showMenu option have been fixed)!

Version 1.7.2 Bug Fixes!

  • Fixed the showMenu option (path to image folder and language keys  were incorrect)
  • Fixed an issue when using the showCollapsed option (it wouldn't reset the auto expand levels parameter to 0)
  • Changed the left margin for the nested list items in the nestedtable layout from 10px to 15px (seems to improve the look when expanding the items)

Note: Please install Customized System SEF Plugin

When using DOCman List there is a high probability that you will cause Joomla's default System SEF Plugin to break, because of the regular expressions and error handling it uses. This will result in a WSOD (White Screen of Death) with no apparent reason/cause. The solution is to download and install (FREE) the Updated System SEF Plugins (available for Joomla 1.5 and 1.7) from the Downloads area.

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page! Want to see the plugin in action? Check out the DOCman List Plugin's Example page on our Demo Site (it's been newly updated an example of the nestedtable layout)!

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New 1.7.1 version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released!

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in DOCman File Listing Plugin

The 1.7.1 version is simply a minor update for the 1.7 version of DOCman List (fixes related to the new caching feature have been added)!

Version 1.7.1 Bug Fixes!

  • Fixed an issue where using docmanlist multiple times in a single page resulted in cloned output (instead of different output).
  • Fixed an issue with the new optional caching parameters (wouldn't work properly when manually enabled, since the optional parameters would not have been processed when the cache was retrieved)

Note: Please install Customized System SEF Plugin

When using DOCman List there is a high probability that you will cause Joomla's default System SEF Plugin to break, because of the regular expressions and error handling it uses. This will result in a WSOD (White Screen of Death) with no apparent reason/cause. The solution is to download and install (FREE) the Updated System SEF Plugins (available for Joomla 1.5 and 1.7) from the Downloads area.

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page! Want to see the plugin in action? Check out the DOCman List Plugin's Example page on our Demo Site (it's been newly updated an example of the nestedtable layout)!