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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!

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
    Downloads Home
    Downloads Home
    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!

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!

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 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 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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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).