17 December, 2009
Filed under CiviReport, v3.1, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
The second BETA release of version 3.1 is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember it’s a beta release and it shouldn’t be used on production sites.

This release includes several COOL new features:

  • Personal Dashboards - ** NEW in this beta release ** Each CiviCRM user can now configure their own dashboard (CiviCRM Home) to include summary data that's important to their work. Any available 'CiviReports' can be embedded in the dashboard in tabular or graphical format. Check out some examples on Kurund's recent blog post.
  • Contact Subtypes - Extend (and / or rename) the built-in contact types and create custom fields specific to a subtype (...
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15 December, 2009
By kurund
Filed under v3.1, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
Since the addition of the CiviReport component, we were thinking it would great if users could expose their reports on the CiviCRM Dashboard screen. Hence we decided it's time to redesign the CiviCRM Dashboard ('Home' page). Now it has a 2 column layout with the ability to add reports as 'dashlets'. We think this will be a significant usability improvement, and we've added it to upcoming v3.1 release. This feature will be available for download as part of the next v3.1 beta release.  

Key features include..

  • New user friendly "Drag" n "Drop" interface to add/remove/rearrange dashboard elements ('dashlets').
  • Ability to add any report instance - with either Tabular, Bar Chart or Pie Chart view.
  • Dashboard is personalized - Each user with CiviCRM access can have their own customized version of the dashboard screen.
  • All dashlets are cached, with the ability to manually refresh and an automatic cache timeout period. This is done...
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10 December, 2009
Filed under v3.0, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
The team has released version 3.0.3 stable today. This release includes 60+ bug fixes. We recommend that you review the list of fixes and upgrade your site as needed. New installations should definitely use 3.0.3. Kudos to folks in the community who have reported and helped diagnose / fix bugs during this release cycle! Top bug hunter / squashers for this release include: Dave Jenkins, Graham Gilchrist, Jack Aponte, Joe Murray, Nathan Kinkade, Raphael Vering, Tim Otten, Will Brownsberger, and Xavier Dutoit.  

Download

You can download CiviCRM 3.0.3 at our download page. Select from the Newest Files section at the top of the page. The filenames include the 3.0.3 label: civicrm-3.0.3…. Be sure and... Read more
23 November, 2009
By lobo
Filed under Joomla

Worried that CiviCRM integration with Joomla is not keeping pace with Drupal? Wanna take CiviCRM / Joomla integration to the next level? Want better permissioning support for CiviCRM in Joomla? Want more front end exposure of CiviCRM in Joomla?

If you want any (or all of the above), then do attend the Joomla Develoepr Conference in New York from Dec 5 - 7. We definitely need more participation and support from the CiviCRM/Joomla Developer community to help bridge the gap and strengthen the integration. This is a great time and moment for CiviCRM/Joomla to take the next leap forward.

Details and event registration are found here: http://opensourcematters.org/devconferenceinformation.html (note the reg form uses Civi for event info/registration!).

We are looking to put together a team of Joomla+CiviCRM developers to attend and work together at the camp. We currently have 2...

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23 November, 2009
A passionate posse of folks interested in advancing the state of non-profit software gathered this week at the Non-profit Software Development Summit. CiviCRM was a sponsor of the event which featured a full "track" of Civi-related events. Some civ-highlights from the conference:
  • Helping some current users solve problems and get up to speed on more advance features in the CiviCRM 201 session. Our community does pretty amazing things in the "cloud" - but I really love having opportunities to interact with users and integrators and developers "live and in person". The feedback on 3.0 usability improvements (especially the new navigation menu) was super positive and very gratifying.
  • Participating in Lobo's "action-packed" 60 minute session on...
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11 November, 2009
Filed under v3.1, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla, Teams

The team is excited to announce that the first ALPHA release of version 3.1 is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites.

This release includes several major new features:

  • Contact Subtypes - Extend (and / or rename) the built-in contact types and create custom fields specific to a subtype (e.g. Staff vs. Volunteer custom fields). Thanks to the folks at Alpha International for sponsoring this much-requested feature (learn more...).
  • HTML Emails for Receipts, Event Confirmations and more - Templates for all system-generated emails are now stored in the database and editable by...
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31 October, 2009
By lcdweb
Filed under CiviCRM, Joomla

Joomla has a developers camp scheduled for Dec. 5-6 in New York City, geared primarily toward an introduction to Joomla 1.6. Details and event registration are found here: http://opensourcematters.org/devconferenceinformation.html (note the reg form uses Civi for event info/registration!).

We are looking to put together a team of Joomla+CiviCRM developers to attend and work together at the camp. I will be attending, as will Lobo from the core team, and Elin Waring (Open Source Matters). If you are interested in attending, please register and let us know. We may try to put together an IM mtg or conference call in advance to talk about what could potentially be accomplished at the meeting toward improving Joomla+Civi integration.

The event extends into Monday and we plan on spending at least the first half of monday on a code sprint towards improving Joomla integration. So please do...

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01 October, 2009
Filed under v3.0, Drupal, Joomla
After more than 7 months of design, development and QA - the team is thrilled to announce the release of CiviCRM 3.0 Stable. We think that 3.0 marks a major milestone for CiviCRM - with major usability and workflow improvements and a new cleaner "look and feel". You can download the release AND / OR try it out on our public demo site. Some of the exciting features in 3.0 include:
  • Reporting - More than 20 reports are included in this release. You can customize these report instances AND create new instances with different filters and display columns from the Report Templates screens.
  • Redesigned contact summary and contact edit screens - These screens have been completely redesigned to maximize readability. Tabs now display the number of records (e.g. contributions, events, etc.) - so you don't...
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07 September, 2009
By lcdweb
Filed under Joomla
A while back, Lobo alluded to some recent modifications that allowed Joomla and Standalone users to more easily tap into CiviCRM's hooks (issue detailed here). Hooks provide a powerful way to modify/customize Civi functionality without hacking core, thus making future upgrade paths much easier. And in recent months, the core team and others have used the blog to detail some creative ways to use hooks for some really great advanced functionality, such as creating event discounts via coupon codes. A quick word of background and explanation re: these recent changes -- Hooks *have* been available to Joomla for some time... Read more
19 August, 2009
By rogerco
Filed under CiviCRM, Joomla
A problem with using Civi for a members’ website based on Joomla is the need to be able to control access for different types of user – for example you might want ordinary members to be able to edit their own details but not see the details of other members for privacy reasons. But perhaps some groups of members might want to see each others details. Then you might have some users (eg the committee) who should be able to search and view all members, and others (eg the membership officer) who are allowed edit any user’s details. You don’t really want to let any of these people loose on the backend, so you need to be able to grant access to profile forms on the front end based on their credentials. The ideal solution is either to get CiviCRM’s ACL system working on Joomla, or to wait until Joomla 1.6 comes along with its own more fully featured ACL system – unfortunately I needed a quick solution that would provide a level of privacy and security to satisfy the organisation.... Read more