Thank 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)!
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!
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
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)!
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.