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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Updated Joomla! Core SEF System Plugin and DOCman List 1.5.5 Update

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

This is just a quick update to let anyone out there who is using DOCman List on a site with a few thousand documents that are all going to be displayed on a single page I've got some great updates coming around the corner for you!

One of them is currently already available from the Downloads section: an Updated Joomla! Core SEF System Plugin (you can simply download and install it and it will overwrite the default Joomla! SEF System Plugin).

This plugin was created in order to solve a problem I've detailed here. The problem is a PHP "White Screen of Death" which I originally thought was due to a problem in DOCman List somewhere, but after some debugging I discovered it was due to a call to the preg_replace function failing within the Joomla! SEF System Plugin that was causing the entire page's output to be replaced by an empty string. My updated version I have here on this site fixes that issue by introducing a workaround that checks to see if the regular expressions fails and tries again (and if that doesn't work, it just continues with the existing page output, and prevents the empty string problem from occurring).

The other BIG improvement with the upcoming 1.5.5 version of DOCman List is an entirely reworked data retrieval system that performs "preloading" of the document and category information in order to prevent the need to run many queries.

This evening I emailed the Joomlatools team (the DOCman developers) to see if they can help accommodate me with a small addition to the DOCman Router that would allow me to keep the number of queries down when SEF URLs are turned on (currently the Router causes a query to be executed for every unique document even if DOCman List already loaded the data for the document...effectively negating the improvements).

I'm hoping they'll be receptive of the idea, as it will make things much easier for me, but if not, I'll have to figure out another way to keep things efficient with SEF URLs turned on.

Look for the new DOCman List release on October 17th!

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1.5.4 Bug Fix Release for DOCman List

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

The best part about software development is receiving feedback from your users, and today was no exception when one of our users, marbz, sent me an email telling me there was an issue with the download links being created by DOCman List. I quickly went to our demo site to see if I could verify the problem there, and sure enough I could, so I quickly went to work on figuring a solution.

It looks like the problem was introduced via a "bug fix" for a separate problem in the 1.5.3 release. That problem was related to another issue mentioned by a different user who had disabled all of the buttons within DOCman's Standard Buttons plugin, which DOCman List depended on for retrieving the download link for an item. Since the download is pretty important, I wanted to remove the dependency on the Standard Buttons plugin for the Download link and that addition was made in 1.5.3. However, the way I was adding the link into the data set that turns into the beautiful DOCman List output turned out to be flawed and caused the same link to end up being used for all of the links within a table.

That's all been resolved now though and you'll be able to find the 1.5.4 release available on the site here with that fix added. 

Thanks again marbz, and to all of my awesome users!

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New 1.5.3 version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released

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

This was meant to be a 1.5.2 release (but I ended up finding a bug and I remembered another requested feature so I ended up going back and making those additions so I'm skipping the 1.5.2 release).

New version 1.5.3 Features!

  • Added ability for server's last update time to be used, rather than the value stored within DOCman (useful for those uploading documents via FTP). Thank you d2drummer! (Corresponding keys when calling plugin: useSystemUpdateTime, useDocmanUpdateTime).
  • Added ability to remove the "/" (forward slash) character from being displayed before the Category Name. Thanks d2drummer! (Corresponding keys when calling plugin: showForwardSlash, hideForwardSlash).
  • Added ability for Category Names to not be linked directly to their category page (instead, just the name is displayed with no link). Thanks marbz! (Corresponding keys when calling plugin: showCategoryLinks, hideCategoryLinks).
  • Added ability for the Downloads Home, Search Documents, and Submit Files buttons (normally only available on the actual DOCman Component Page) to be displayed by the plugin. Thanks r2bmanag! (Corresponding keys when calling plugin: showMenu, hideMenu. You may also simply use
    to display the menu once wherever you'd like and leave this option disabled.).

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!

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New 1.5.1 version of DOCman File Listing Plugin Released

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

New version 1.5.1 Features!

  • Added Display of the Uploaded By Field  (in addition to the existing: Name, Size, Added On, Last Updated On, and Downloaded columns)
  • Added Show/Hide Capability for following columns: Size, Added On, Last Updated On, Uploaded By and Downloaded.
  • Made categories displaying files collapsible (and the option configurable)
  • Reduced database query usage (unfortunately, DOCman's methods being used within the plugin still generate quite a few...I'll look into fixing this in an upcoming revision)
  • Added ability to display document description in a mootools tooltip when hovering over the document name
  • Added ability to change parameters on the fly when calling the plugin using the following keywords (case-sensitive): orderByName, orderByDate, orderByHits, orderAscending, orderDescending, showTooltip, hideTooltip, showSize, hideSize, showAddedOn, hideAddedOn, showLastUpdatedOn, hideLastUpdatedOn, showUploadedBy, hideUploadedBy, showUsersActualName, showUsername,showDownloaded, hideDownloaded, showExpanded, showCollapsed.
  • Added automatic parameter reset capability  (otherwise, after changing the parameters dynamically in one call, subsequent calls to the plugin will continue to use the same settings).

Want to see what other features DOCman List has? Check out the Features page!

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First Commercial Extension Released: DOCman File Listing Content Plugin

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

I'm very happy to announce the immediate release of our very first commercial extension: the DOCman file listing plugin!

For those of you that wish to display an entire category of DOCman files within your content items...now you can!

Since this is a commercial extension you will need to Sign Up as a member in order to access the extension. The Membership Plan is simple: $60 for a 1 Year Term...but if you're one of our first 100 users to signup you may use the following coupon code for 50% off: FIRST100. This will give you access to all commercial extensions and updates (more commercial extensions are already in the pipeline...at least 3 more will be released over the next 2-3 weeks). Already a member? Just login and head over to the Downloads Section!

For the DOCman file listing plugin I would suggest starting with the following pages:

A DOCman forum user probably had to following to say about the plugin:

"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."

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ArtCats for Joomla! 2.0.4 Released

Written by Omar Ramos | Admin. Posted in ArtCats

ArtCats for Joomla! 2.0.4 ReleaseThank you to everyone that's been supporting the ArtCats for Joomla! project over the last 2 years. It was my very first Joomla! Extension and I was really happy with the positive responses it received from users around the Joomla!sphere.

Today I'm happy to announce the immediate release of ArtCats for Joomla!  2.0.4, which includes one new feature sponsored by Christopher Urban of Tetra Strategic Communications of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. That feature is the new ability to Exclude the Current Article from being displayed in the article list (for those situations where you have the module set to be displayed on an article page and you'd like to keep the current article being visited from being shown in the list...this comes in handy when the article in question is actually the leading page into a series of other articles within the same category and it just doesn't make sense to include it within the list).

This comes along with the release of a new website and extensions club for the Joomla! community, which will include extensions I've put together for various projects over the last two years since creating ArtCats for Joomla!.

But don't worry! ArtCats for Joomla! will remain FREE.

I hope you enjoy the new commercial extensions and the ArtCats for Joomla 2.0.4 release (I've got some features already planned for the 2.0.5 release)!