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31 May, 2007
By shot
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

One of the main features of CiviCRM 1.8 is the ability to find duplicate contacts and merge them. The relevant spec of phase one is on our wiki, and in this post I’d like to quickly describe the merge screen. As with most of CiviCRM features, we decided to introduce merging functionality incrementally, so we can get the basic merge screen as soon as possible and then add more features based on the feedback we get.

The merge screen introduced in CiviCRM 1.8 consists of two columns with selected data from...

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28 May, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

One of the requested features in the recent past has been the ability to hide certain sections of various forms at the site level and the ability to modify this at a user level. I committed code that does this at the site level earlier this week. The issue is described as Site and User Level UI Configuration options (phase 1) in our issue tracker. A related issue is Add a config option to set which fields should appear in the address form.

For v1.8 we have...

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25 May, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

Here in CiviCRM land we are hard at work making progress with v1.8. We are knocking off a fair number of issues from the issue queue on a weekly basis. You can check the current open issue list here and the v1.8 feature set here. At this point we have posted all the outstanding issues to the issue tracker. We will release a schedule for v1.8 in the next week or so.

As a reminder, v1.8 does not have many new...

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21 May, 2007
Filed under CiviCRM
I had the privilege of joining a spirited and diverse group of about 100 Joomla! users and developers from places near and far at last weekend's JoomlaDays West "un-conference". The conference was held at Google's "campus" in Mountain View - and was a "sold-out" event with all available spaces taken shortly after the conference was announced. Allen Gunn (alias "Gunner") of Aspiration moderated the event with his unique style and flair - and 20 members of the Joomla Core Team were on hand to help provide in depth... Read more
15 May, 2007
Filed under CiviCRM
An excellent question was posted on the forum yesterday about how to modify a CiviCRM Profile screen. This prompted me to finally put together some documentation on the cool "customized templates" feature that was added in 1.7. Customizing CiviCRM Screens Using this feature - folks can tweak existing screens (including Profile-based forms and listings) without requiring advanced programming skills. The templates are a combination of HTML and some fairly simple scripting code (we use the... Read more
09 May, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviMail, CiviCRM

Earlier today Fen Labalme from CivicActions sent an email to the dev list regarding CiviMail performance and the not-so-great number that they've seen on their servers. His complete email and the thread is here.

The results were not great and I wanted to verify and check the results on my local powerbook. I ran a few tests with mock data and came back with significantly better results.

  • We really have not spent a lot of time optimizing the speed and throughput of CiivCRM. I...
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08 May, 2007
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

Those of you who've been using CiviCRM for a while and/or following the progress of the project already know that there's never a dull moment around here. It's only a few days after the release of 1.7 stable - and we're well into work on the NEXT release (1.8).

We are working on a compressed timeline for 1.8 - targeting beta in June - so we've had to take a hard look at what we can and can't accomplish. We've postponed several of the larger and more complex items to 2.0 - where we will be able to take advantage of PHP 5 features. That said, there are quite a few cool features in...

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02 May, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.7

We are pleased to announce that CiviCRM 1.7 stable is now available for download.

CiviCRM is the first open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, internationalised, and designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups.

New to CiviCRM? Read more at http://civicrm.org/

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What's New in 1.7
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The big news for 1.7 is CiviEvent - providing integrated online event registration and...

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28 April, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

CiviCRM v1.7 has been in beta for quite some time. We've had 1000+ downloads and hence a fair number of installs and upgrades. The rate of issues being filed has dropped significantly and we will push out a final release next week. As with other CiviCRM releases, we will periodically update the final release with critical bug fixes and security updates. We hope a longer beta period results in far fewer revisions.

The team has started work on CiviCRM v1.8. As mentioned in previous blog...

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25 April, 2007
By shot
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM

There’s quite a lot of talk lately about using CiviCRM in multilingual setups. After doing some research, Jose A. Reyero of Development Seed came up with a very through blog post describing the issues faced while trying to run CiviCRM on a site that is supposed to switch its language on the fly.

The current state of CiviCRM with regards to running a multilingual site is summed up quite rightly there. The language of the interface, being translated in the PO files, can be...

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