05 August, 2009
By michal
Filed under v3.0, Drupal, Joomla

The day has come! We are excited to announce that our 3.0 ALPHA release is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember it's an ALPHA release and it shouldn't be used on production sites.

This release introduces many new features, some of them really important, that's why we decided to start a new major number series in CiviCRM versioning. One of the most important new features is CiviReport, which is a completely new component for advanced reporting on your constituent data. Second significant change is a major user interface redesign with a goal of increasing usability. CiviEvent was also improved with waitlist functionality, pending status...

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04 August, 2009
Filed under v2.2, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
The team has released version 2.2.8 today. This release includes an important security update for sites which use CiviCRM Profiles to collect and / or share contact data. We recommend that all sites install this upgrade as soon as possible. Details here: 2.2.8 also includes fixes for IE8 compatibility, some improvements in Views2 integration and approximately 30 other minor bug fixes. You can review a complete list of 2.2.8 changes on the issue tracker. Note that the IE8 fix causes the browser to run in IE7 compatibility mode for all CiviCRM pages.  

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You can download CiviCRM 2.2.8 at our... Read more
24 July, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Joomla

Currently Joomla + CiviCRM is great combination, except for a key missing feature: The ability to control the authorization rules for who can see what. ( Otherwise known as ACL )

To donate to this cause, visit the link: http://www.fundable.com/groupactions/groupaction.2009-07-21.7920489394

Is it to much to ask that only the bookeeper can see the money? Currently anyone with access to the "Components" menu in the back-end of Joomla can see everything.

Lets fund a great feature for the CiviCRM project, the best CRM software for nonprofits. Right now ACL / Authorization is only available in CiviCRM running within Drupal or stand-alone. It would be great for ACL / authorization to be available in CiviCRM within Joomla.

22 June, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
The Craigslist Foundation held their annual Non-profit Bootcamp this Saturday in Berkeley. This event brings together more than 1,500 people who are "passionate about changing the world". The opening keynote speaker was Arianna Huffington - who shared some wonderful stories about the importance of volunteering in improving our own lives along with the lives of folks we're helping. I had the opportunity to participate in a panel on "Future Tech", along with Peter Deitz from Social Actions, Rayma Raghavan from YouTube, and Marnie Webb from Techsoup / NetSquared. Their was a nice turnout for the session (maybe 125+ folks). My goal was to get the audience excited about investigating open source tools by explaining the benefits... Read more
18 June, 2009
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

I have two kids who started school late last year in San Francisco. I've been getting more involved with the school and their education and have been noticing the lack of open source software in most of the school operations. In the great open source tradition of scratching your own itch, this summer i'm looking at building a few modules. These seem applicable to a lot of schools and figured it might make more sense to do some research into whats available out there.

To clarify some terminology:

CMS - Content Management System like Drupal or Joomla
CRM - Contact / Constituent Relationship Management System like CiviCRM
SIS - Student Information System like SchoolTool or Open Admin
LMS - Learning Management System like Moodle

Parts of...

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09 June, 2009
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

On Thursday, June 4 2009 we had a CiviCRM meetup in NY. We set up this event via CiviEvent a couple of weeks prior to the event. Cynthia T managed to get us a room at the American Friends Service Committee building near Union Square. We filled up the 28 open slots for the event fairly quickly. We had a pretty good mixture of people. From experienced users to a folks who were just getting started with CiviCRM and wanted to learn more. There was also a large group of folks from different food cooperatives who were interested in using CiviCRM to manage the coop.

We started off with a round of introductions (name, organization, CiviCRM user, main thing you want to get from the meeting). Since this was our first meetup, it enabled us to get an idea of where folks were coming from. Following this was a presentation by Alice Aguilar from Progressive...

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08 June, 2009
By lobo
Filed under v2.2, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

On a daily basis, we get quite a few interesting bugs / feature requests either via the IRC Channel or via the forums.

We figured that blogging about these requests will be of general interest (inspired by Acquia's S-Files blog). Here are a couple of things that have come up the past few weeks.

  • IRC user proverse (David H) reported some strange interaction between export, contact View/Edit and the caching system. I spent a fair amount of time logged onto his system and tracing the behavior. It finally came down to over-running a mysql database 'text' field (in civicrm_cache) table. Along the way i also hardened some of the export code. You can track the issue and patches CRM-4571. A similar issue bit us...
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02 June, 2009
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

We are looking for folks who can help us out at the following events. Both these events are in the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Drupal Camp San Francisco - June 6th: We have attended prior badcamps and the sessions have been well attended. Depending on your skills and knowledge you could potentially do an Introduction to CiviCRM or Advanced CiviCRM or Modules that effectively use Drupal and CiviCRM (Views2, civicrm_member_roles etc). We can help you out over phone/email prior to the event. We are not in the Bay Area that weekend :(
  • OSCON 2009, July 20 - 24, 2009: OSCON (open source conference) is the premier open source conference and is being held at the San Jose Convention Center. We can potentially get a free booth and table to exhibit and demo CiviCRM. We need someone willing to coordinate the logistics and recruit volunteers to man the booth. The other alternative could be to share...
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28 May, 2009
By kurund
Filed under v2.2, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

This release has been superceded by release 2.2.5 due to a critical bug in the Event Registration process. If you have downloaded this release, please replace it with 2.2.5.

  The team has released version 2.2.4 with approximately 30 bug fixes and improvements. Notable fixes and improvements include:
  • Discount Support for Online Event Registration using hooks (more)
  • Enable Joomla / Standalone to use the mighty power of hooks
You can review a complete list of 2.2.4 changes on the issue tracker.  

Download

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25 May, 2009
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

The CiviCRM events calendar seems to be getting quite crowded. Here are some upcoming events in the next few weeks:

If you are interested in attending any of the above events please do register and sign up for the meetings. It allows the organizers to plan and structure the meeting better.

P.S> Big tip of the hat to Michael McAndrew for getting this started in London and to Riche Zamor for...

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