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MarqueeAholic v1.5.0 upgrade now available with new module option for text positioning. This is a user requested upgrade and as always, MarqueeAholic is 100% FREE...

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Google Calendar Feed Scroller v2.1.5 upgrade is ready for your downloading pleasure! Now supporting Google Calendar Event Locations - w00t! By default, the new location feature is active within this upgrade. The three new location module options, 'Show events location?', 'Location font size' & 'Location text color' are located in the General Styling tab. Set these new options to your specific needs. However, in order for gCalendar Feed Scroller to display an event location, you, the calendar owner/manager have to enter in the location within Google Calendar. If you fail to add an event location... gCalendar Feed Scroller just won't display any location regardless of what module option setting you make!

This is a customer request feature so keep those cards & letters coming!!!


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GalleryAholic gets another 100% 'Great module, good support' @Joomla_JED #Joomla review & rating ( Thanks ziv stamper

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GalleryAholic v1.6.7-PRO upgrade available to download & install. This is a Firefox mobile & lightbox code error fix. Upgrade highly recommended because it's still 100% FREE!

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PopUpAholic just upgraded to v1.3.1 with support to create a custom 'Close' button within your popup box. Great for webmasters wanting visitor approval before entering their site. PopUpAholic is still 100% FREE!


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GalleryAholic v1.6.6-Pro upgrade is now available. This is a Lightbox upgrade with new features/options (download, social share & zoom on/off icons). Still 100% FREE download & support


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Age Checker - PRO v1.1.0 upgrade just released with new client requested module options (Bailout button & Date verification format option). Still 100% FREE despite it's name!


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WeatherAholic v1.4.3 upgrade to support Open Weather on SSL (https) websites. For the longest time Open Weather charged a monthly fee to use their feed on a SSL (https) website. We are delighted they have had a change of heart and now their API supports secure websites because it's the right thing to do! Upgrade is strongly recommended and still 100% FREE!


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PopUp Aholic upgraded to v1.2.9 to better support Joomla websites required to comply with their countries Cookie Law. Still 100% FREE download & support! If you are upgrading, please make sure you adjust these new settings to your specific needs.


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InstAholic Lite upgraded to v3.0.7. This is a bug fix and new option feature upgrade. It's 100% FREE to download so, have at it at


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Responsive Photo Gallery just received a 100% "Fantastic extension with excellent Free support" rating and review on Joomla Extension Directory ( Thanks Jim for your very kind comments and please let me know how else I may assist moving forward. RPG has over 400k downloads and continues to receive great reviews & ratings!

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Google Calendar Feed Scroller updated to v2.1.2. Now supporting HTML description tags generated within the Google Calendar editor. Thanks Steve for the suggestion!

To use this new feature you MUST use the Google Calendar description editor to create your HTML tags;


If you manually type in HTML calendar tags for your descriptions, they will only show up as standard text along with the actual HTML code brackets!


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Convert Bible references into links with hover-preview. Include references like 1 John 4:19 or Eph 2:8-9 on your site. Bible Verse Reftagger automatically tags them, creating tooltips that appear when a reader hovers over them. Super easy to install, configure and use! Bible Verse Reftagger is 100% open source and FREE to download and use on as many Joomla! websites you manage.


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InstAholic PLUS just upgraded to v1.0.3 with all new styling options and lightbox settings. Still, 100% FREE with no up-sell, trackbacks or site registration required to download. #opensourcematters

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InstAholic PLUS gets a 100% "'s a really great free product" Joomla! review and rating ( Thanks Chiana your wish is coming true with the next upgrade release (v1.0.3).

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InstAholic Lite upgraded to v3.0.5 with all new features, options and bug fixes. Thanks to all who made suggestions and tested this release. Oh, BTW... InstAholic Lite is still and will always be... 100% FREE!


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MarqueeAholic v1.4.9 upgrade just hit the Joomla! highway with 'new' Category features & options for your marquee'en pleasure! In addition I've created a PDF Documentation file detailing the features and functions of using Joomla Category Articles.


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MarqueeAholic v1.4.8 upgrade is now available for your downloading pleasure (! Added option to marquee Joomla articles from assigned categories. MarqueeAholic is 100% FREE and OPEN SOURCE module extension for Joomla!


In keeping with the Joomla 4 developers request that extension developers test their inventory during these pre-releases, below is a list of GraphicAholic's extensions and their testing results. The vast majority of my offered extensions work with Joomla 4 out-of-the-box. A couple will need minor adjustments before deemed Joomla 4 Ready while four do not work within Joomla 4 as currently coded. A couple (InstAholic PLUS and Google Calendar Feed Scroller) seem to be minor fixes (hopefully) HOWEVER, GalleryAholic & Responsive Photo Gallery do not work at all and look to be total re-writes for them to be Joomla 4 Ready.

EXTENSION Works with Joonla 4 Alpha 3 NOTES
PopUp Aholic  
 InstAholic PLUS  
InstAholic Lite  
InstAholic Deluxe This is a 'paid client only' extension
 MarqueeAholic Will require minor default module settings adjustments
 Facebook Fan Page  
 Google Calendar Feed Scroller  
 Pixabay Gallery  
 Facebook Photo Album  
Age Checker PRO  
Peek-A-Boo Needs default image path adjustments
Flyout Tabs Needs PHP version adjustments
Simple Flickr Slideshow  
GalleryAholic Will require a total Jooma 4 re-write
Responsive Photo Gallery Will require a total Jooma 4 re-write


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On April 24, 2018 I received an email from Flickr (Yahoo's photo sharing portal) letting me know that Smugmug ( has purchased the Flickr property from Yahoo. This did not come to a big surprise since Yahoo has been selling off all of their quality property for well over two years. The only surprise was... why did it take so long?

For all of us Flickr premium and free account holders we have until May 25, 2018 to cancel/delete our Flickr account. If we choose not to delete our Flickr account it will automatically be ported over to Smugmug. The $64,000 question is, "is this good or bad?" Well, I believe had Smugmug not purchased Flickr, Flickr would have stopped opening it's front .com door in the coming months. I'm almost 100% convienced this move over time will intergrade Flickr into the Smugmug framework, layout and design leaving only memories of what Flickr could have been under better Yahoo management. Now, here is the really bad news... from all that I could find, Smugmug does not offer a free photosharing account you can sign-up for. Smugmug's 'basic' membership plan starts at $3.99 if you pay for 12 months in advance ($47.88) which is almost half more than what Flickr's annual membership fee was. Smugmug's membership does give you unlimited download space where Flickr only gave you 1 terabyte of space. As a Flickr premium member I have never, ever come close to my allotted 1 terabyte of space and I'm an amateur photographer!

In closing, what does the Flickr/Smugmug future hold... I have no clue! For me personally, I can't justify Sumgmug's $47.88 'basic' membership plan. Not with so many other reasonabelly priced photo sharing services out there. With this news I will be re-coding my Joomla extensions GraphicAholic, Simple Flickr Slideshow, Flickr Photobar and Responsive Photo Gallery in the very near future and dropping their Flickr access option In addition, I will be cancelling the release of my module justFlickr. Thank you Yahoo for giving us Flickr. Flickr set such a high benchmark that even Yahoo could not compete with!


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GalleryAholic v1.6.5 upgrade now available. This is a bug fix specific to the Joomla Category feed to be compatible with PHP 7.1+

Oh, it's still 100% Free because Joomla! users deserve a free, professional photo gallery extension!

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PopUp Aholic just received a 'Responsive, Easy to Use, Excellent Support' review & rating on #Joomla #Joomla_JED ( Thanks Syed for your review and allowing me to assist!


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MarqueeAholic v1.4.7 upgrade just released. New module options for hyperlinks text and text on hover color added along with general code housekeeping. This is a user request feature that was on my to-do list and now it's ta-done!


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GalleryAholic v1.6.4 upgrade now available with well over 11 new features/options.

Added Display Style Setting option for Title Font Weight
Added Display Style Setting option for Description Font Weight
Added Display Style Setting option for Tag Font Weight
Added font size option for Descriptions & botton Tag
Added font size option for Instagram Comments/Likes icons
Added lightbox option to show (Yes/No) descriptions
Added lightbox option for Lightbox text position - Left, Right & Center
Added lightbox option for Text background overlay color
Added 'Add custom CSS' option/text area box in the Advanced Tab
Added Category multi-select option
Added Tags multi-select in Category

Oh, it's still 100% Free because Joomla! users deserve a free, professional photo gallery extension!


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GalleryAholic upgrade to v1.6.3-PRO is ready for your #FREE download pleasure. This upgrade addresses the changes in the latest Instagram API specific to squared image rendering.

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The GraphicAholic's office will be closed from December 6, 2017 thru December 16, 2017. All received support emails will be answered in the order received upon our return. We have a rare moment in time to be with family and enjoy our holiday celebrations together. Something we have not been able to do for many, many years. Thank you for your understanding and please... play nice while we're away!


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GalleryAholic v1.6.1-PRO upgrade available. Supports Instagram videos & multi-image post slideshow in lightbox. You'll want to upgrade because it's still FREE.


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MarqueeAholic has a new upgrade (v1.4.5). This is not a major release unless you're running a RTL (right to left) Joomla site. Then v1.4.5 is a MAJOR RELEASE! This version finally fixes a nagging little problem that prevented MarqueeAholic from working on these sites. Upgrade to stay current and upgrade or reinstall this version to get your MarqueeAholic grove on!


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I just recently upgraded Google Calendar Feed Scroller to version 2.1.0. For some time now I have been receiving emails stating that gCalendar Feed just was not rendering the language translation that the user wanted or expected. They had gCalendar Feed configured properly with a different Language Pack yet continued to see their feed's month/day text in English. Even after explaining that the Language Pack feature will not always render the selected language because of host server location, what browser is being used or what IP or ISP they or their clients were coming from. It's very frustrating trying to tell someone that the Language Pack option can be a 'crap-shoot' and sometimes you roll snake-eyes!

With the release of version 2.1.0, the guess work of what language month/day text you wish to display is over with. A new module 'Language Code' option has been added that when used in conjunction with a Language Pack will force gCalendar Feed to render your language of choice, regardless...

The release of version 2.1.0 is a feature, 'push-through' release. There will be another upgrade release due out soon with all new scrolling features and options so, stay tuned!

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Want something Joomla! new? Check out my latest FREE plugin extension, jRatingWidget. It's still under development (thus it's version numbering 1.0.0 RC-1). But don't let that scare you away. jRatingWidget is a fully functional Joomla! plugin extension! It's just missing some option setting 'eye candy'... Read more


Facebook Fan Page v6.0.3 upgrade. This is general housekeeping and code adjustment specific to the Google Chrome browser. In addition, a new module option was added to kick Chrome in the backend if it starts to act up again! The download & install is still FREE so, YES, you should!


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re-Introducing, InstAholic Lite for your FREE downloading pleasure. Display your #Instagram Feed on a #Joomla site with options & features fit for a JoomlAholic junkie!


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GalleryAholic v1.5.8 upgrade is now available to download. All new options/features for the Instagram Username Feed. Download is FREE so why wait... get your GalleryAholic vib going NOW!


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Age Checker PRO has been updated to v1.0.6. New translation options as well as code housekeepting to lighten the page load time. You'll want to upgrade

Facebook Fan Page v6.0.2 is official with over 30+ new options & features (oh, and a few bug fixes just because!). You'll want to download and install this release. It is being called a 'milestone' upgrade that now supports all our INTERNATIONAL users.

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NEW UPGRADE v1.5.7 Now... Joomla 3.7.0 Ready without breaking Joomla 3.6 or below installs. When you move to Joomla 3.7.0, you'll want to upgrade! Sorry for this update but Joomla 3.7.0 made me do it! lol

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GalleryAholic has been upgraded to v1.5.6 with fifteen (15) Special Effects when you scroll up or down your gallery page. In addition there are three (3) supporting option to customize how each special effects works and functions. Please note there is no 'smartphone' support for these effects, so, please don't ask or complain! The fifteen (15) different special effects are, Fade In Down, Fade In Left, Fade In Right, Pulse, Shake, Wobble, Bounce In, Flip In X, Flip In Y, Rotate In, Roll In, Zoom In, Zoom In Down, & Slide In Down. All of the special effects will function with all five (5) of the photo rendering options (Joomla Folder, Joomla Category, Flickr, Google+ & Instagram).

I have noticed that other Joomla gallery extension offer some sort of image/photo special effects but all only offer it as you scroll down the page. With GalleryAholic's special effects, it's a two way street. These special effects create their magic as you scroll down and scroll up! The three (3) supporting options are, Static image time, Delay image time and Delay offset. The default setting for these three (3) options should be enough to get you underway. However, based on the PRO template you are using, you may need to adjust the Delay offset setting quite a lot (supports negative values with a leading minus). Sorry but when some PRO templates start to take unwelcomed control over the Joomla! CMS with abrasive overrides, extension developers have to combat these actions with additional code. Last time I checked, the Joomla! CMS is not Wordpress!

  1. Upload photos to your Google Photo account. Once completed go to your Google+ account.
  2. Click onto the ‘What’s new to you?’ box.
  3. Type in a gallery title in the pop-up ‘What’s new to you?’ and click onto the camera icon.
  4. Pick & choose what Google Photos you wish to add into this gallery and click onto ‘DONE’.
  5. Click the ‘POST’ button. This will post this gallery onto your Google+ timeline.
  6. Now, once you see this post on your timeline, click onto any of that galleries photo. This will display that selected photo on your screen. Up in your browser address bar will be the URL containing your Google+ Username/Number (right after photos/) and the Google+ Album Number (right after albums/).


Yellow=Google+ User Name/Number
Turquoise=Album Number

It’s a fairly simple process and one that I’ll support in Responsive Photo Gallery & GalleryAholic. Why? Because the process of obtaining a Google Photo API and the many settings you need to go through to get your authorize key/secret key code is far more complicated than the above workaround.


GalleryAholic upgraded to v1.5.5. With this release, GalleryAholic is now 100% compatible with YOOtheme's 1.4.3+ template/framework. There was a scripting conflict between their framework and GalleryAholic's code. After spending several days attempting to 'override' some of their framework code, I realized that the good people of YOOtheme did not write their framework code just to break GalleryAholic! Once I came to this epiphany I began field stripping GalleryAholic's code to find and fix the conflict. The good news is the code adjustments I made within GalleryAholic did not disrupt any of it's functionallity (other than getting it to play nice with YOOtheme's 1.4.3+ template/framework). So, if you stopped using GalleryAholic because your YOOtheme 1.4.3+ template/framework install broke my code... come on back, the Fix is in with this upgrade!

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Upgraded to v1.0.5 with all new 'translation' options for the months of the year. To all the international Joomla! webmasters using Age Checker Professional... SORRY for taking so long developing these important options. In addition, this upgrade now supports a standard Joomla! language file. These two additions allows Age Checker Professional to truely be a world Joomla! extension.

If you are currently using my Facebook Fan Page v5 extension, you have already received an email from Facebook announcing that their API v2.2 will reach its end-of-life on March 27, 2017. So, what does that mean and how does it effect you?

It means that Facebook Fan Page v5 will no longer work since it is not compatible with Facebook’s newest API v2.8. If you choose not to upgrade to the latest release of Facebook Fan Page v6, your current install will stop working. Since the latest upgrade to v6 is currently available to download for FREE, there is no reason not to upgrade.

With this newest upgrade, the entire code has been re-worked to support Facebook’s API v2.8 and many of the latest Joomla 3 advancements. By just installing this upgrade your current Facebook App ID & Access Token configuration will work. That is until March 27, 2017! You are required to upgrade these two Facebook settings in order for Facebook Fan Page v6 to continue to function past March 27th.

Obtaining these new settings is the same way you originally obtained them. With one small exception… you can’t UPGRADE an existing registered Facebook App. You will be required to register a NEW Facebook App that will allow you to generate the Facebook API v2.8 App ID and a new Access Token key. Once you have obtained these new REQUIRED settings, copy/paste them into Facebook Fan Page v6 and you’ll be good to go! OH, one small exception… as I mentioned above, all of the core code is brand new. You will want to go through all the available module settings and customize your version of Facebook Fan Page.

With this new upgrade, I have re-opened the support option of this Joomla 3 module. Now remember, Facebook Fan Page v6 will not work, out-of-the-box. You are required to obtain your own Facebook API keys before anything will work. If you ring my support door bell and I find out that your API keys are incorrect, you will get a pleasant reply from me stating your settings are wrong. It is your responsibility to ensure that your Facebook API v2.8 keys are correct not mine or this module.

A great deal of time and effort has gone into this FREE module & upgrade. It will work with the correct Facebook API v2.8 settings and is currently being used on countless Joomla 3 production sites. Please, if you are unwilling to invest the required time it will take to correctly obtain your own Facebook API v2.8 keys than uninstall Facebook Fan Page and move on!

Do you have a Joomla! module that you would like to only show to your phone visitors? Or, want to show a module across all devices but having different content per device? With Jooma! 3 and it's pre-loaded 'Bootstrap' code, this is a very easy task to do. Look over the grid below, find a Bootstrap class you would like to use and copy/paste the class into your module's 'Module Class Suffix' box (under the Advance Tab) and go about your business! You can have more that one of these classes active within the same module as well. Just separate the classes with a space. Now, for some older templates you might need to add a space in front of the very first class. This is a template by template thing so you'll have to play around a little. This is a really cool and simple way to take total control over what shows and what needs to be hidden, by device, on your website!

Responsive utility classes

For faster mobile-friendly development, use these 'Module Class Suffix' classes for showing and hiding module content by device. Below is a table of the available classes and their effect on a given media query layout (labeled by device).

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KEY: Green boxes indicate that class is visible in your current viewport.

Typing any of these classes into your module's 'Module Class Suffix' box (under the Advanced tab) will allow you to show/hide that specific module based on what device is viewing the module page.


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If you need or want a pop-up window to show up on your website when a visitor checks into your site... check out PopUp Aholic. It is a feature rich Joomla 3.x module loaded with options to customize your personalized page pop-up to your demanding needs. If you have a need for this type of module, download PopUp Aholic and see for yourself. PopUp Aholic is 100% FREE to download, use and abuse!

Gage B asks "I have a need for this extension but it's no where to be found on the Joomla Extension Directory. Why? I happened to stumble upon it while downloading another extension or yours"
ANSWER: PopUp Aholic was submitted to the Joomla Extension Directory on December 13, 2016. Now the last time I checked my calendar, it's mid January 2017 and still the editors of JED have not approved this extension nor have they responded to my Developer Ticket or Joomla Forum posting. So, since the JED Editors have not replied to me, I can not reply to your question other than to say... ASK THEM! It is without a doubt very madding to submit a Joomla extension and have it sit 'Pending Approval' for almost 2 months with absolutly no responce or reply from the JED Editors. What is equally madding is their 'untouchable code of slience'. I understand people get busy, things slip through the cracks or "Hay Ed, we believe you're an ass so we'll just take our time with this approval and there is nothing you can do about it..." I can better understand all these reasons with a simple Developer Ticket reply, a reply to my Joomla forum post, Twitter posts, or Facebook post. But to date, not a peep from the JED Editors. Sorry Gage! Please download PopUp Aholic and use away. As always, if you have any issues or suggections shoot me an Email and together we'll make it happen.

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GraphicAholic is now offering limited Email support for all my available extension. For a number of years I have not offered or provided direct public support for any of GraphicAholic’s Joomla extensions. That is not to say, "I never give support". It is to say, if someone took the time to seek me out, they got my undivided help! Please understand… support is very time consuming and expensive! I spend hundreds of hours building a Joomla extension, offering many for free and full-time support just did not fit into my timeline demands. When I did do full-time support for my extensions I found myself re-building or re-coding a large number of Joomla sites because of another installed poorly written extension or template.

Believe me, I’m not the world’s greatest Joomla programmer… far from it. With this I make 100% sure ALL my extensions follow the Joomla rule book! I do not nor will not write code to by-pass Joomla’s rules just to make an extension work. I do not nor will not break Joomla's core code with overrides or exotic scripts just because… Joomla's developers have and will continue to lay-down policies and guidelines on what extension and template developers should and should not do regarding their code construction. Why should I attempt to re-write their rules because I'm too lazy to do it the 'right way'.

Having said this, my 'Support Desk' is now open for business again with a few of MY guidelines needing to be followed. They are;

  1. Do your homework first before knocking on my door. Follow the 'proper' Joomla instructions on installing and using a module and my extension instructions. Still does not work, then send an Email.
  2. If my extension is not doing what you want it to do or need specific to your Joomla install, send an Email as a suggestion not a demand!
  3. If my extension won’t work with your Joomla configuration, use the native Joomla frontend template with only my extension active on it as a new menu option. If it's still not working, send me an Email. When you send an Email specific to this issue, make sure to keep this menu set-up active so I can do some research.
  4. If you are not willing to do some of your own homework before or after sending me an Email and looking (hoping) that I'll fix your installation problem, please UNINSTALL my extension and we'll part friends.


The long and short of this, I’m here to help you get my extension up and running on your install providing we have a clear understanding what the deal is. All my extensions are FREE and I value my available time, as do you. A great deal of time goes into developing, testing and re-testing many different Joomla configurations with my extensions. However, many of my extensions are what they are today because users like you took the time to seek me out and offer suggestions. So, shoot me your Email and let’s get to work!

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Ed Hathaway

amateur photographer, artist, programmer & athlete.
professional husband, dad and friend!

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With the release of WeatherAholic v1.3.5, a host of brand new features and options are packaged into this weather display/forecasting Joomla 3 module. The best part, WeatherAholic v1.3.5 is still 100% totally FREE! So lets get under the bonnet and see what WeatherAholic has to offer...

First, all the original features & options found in the initial release (v1.1.0) are still available with one exception... they are better! Better to use, manage and customize. In addition, WeatherAholic v1.3.5 has been through an extensive series testing to elimate those nagging pesky bugs that keep cropping up. Is this to say WeatherAholic is completely bug free? NO! It is to say that all KNOWN bugs have been addressed and fixed. If you encounter an issue or bug, please YELL at me (but not to loud...) so I can address your issues. There are some known ISSUES with WeatherAholic that only the two weather sources being used (Yahoo or Open Weather) can fix, if they choose to!  I have found that Yahoo Weather does not always know the correct sunrise/senset time and with some locations part of the reporting times are chopped off. Both Yahoo Weather and Open Weather feeds are not always 100% correct with their reporting. They can be two to three degrees off with their current and forecasted temptures compared to your local weather channel. But hey, what's a few degrees among friends!

WeatherAholic v1.3.5 has about 10 new options not found in earlier releases. Quite frankly, WeatherAholic v1.3.5 offers far more then 10 new options compared to it's commercial counterparts. That has to leave you asking, WHY? Why would a FREE Joomla 3 extension offer more features than it's commercial counterpart? Good question to ask them if you made the purchased. With this in mind, if all of WeatherAholic's new features start to show up in those commercial release, well, we know where they came from! (#justsaying) Two key upgrades, 1) the ability to independently set the days of the weeks forecast language to your native tongue and have different days of the week languages on duplicate WeatherAholic modules on the same page (thanks to Robert Went for helping code this option). 2) the 12 or 24 hour timestamp you can select from. Add this to an array of other new features and WeatherAholic has to be your only Joomla 3 weather extension choice. It's up to you... buy a Joomla 3 weather extension from a commercial vendor or download and use a feature rich FREE extension from GraphicAholic. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain! Oh, there is a fee associated with WeatherAholic (ok, here comes the catch...). All I ask in exchange is your personal review on WeatherAholic's JED page to let everyone know your feelings about this extension and how you use WeatherAholic on your website. Fair trade!

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Ed Hathaway

amateur photographer, artist, programmer & athlete.
professional husband, dad and friend!

For the past week or so I've had the incredible opportunity to test-drive Joomla Bamboo's latest template package called Build.r. I'm calling this a template package because with Build.r you are not getting just a single theme with only a few color variations or design layouts that we have come to expect from our Joomla theme providers... You are getting a complete Joomla 'building block' template package loaded with features, options and variety!

For starters, Build.r comes prepackaged with not one, two or three different template designs but seven totally different, totally unique and totally creative design layouts. All offering their own separate design features giving you all the Joomla template building blocks you'll ever need or want to create your client's one of a kind website. Gone will be the days when your Joomla installation had multiple installed templates because one layout just did not meet your specific needs. With Joomla Bamboo's Build.r template package you can mix and match any or all of the seven different prepackaged themes. Oh, need I mention that by using Build.r as your base template, switching between the different prepackaged themes is as easy as clicking a few buttons. The best part is, no module positions to change since Build.r is built on Joomla Bamboo's latest Zen Grid Framework v4 and with this, all of your modules can share positions between the different prepackages themes. What a time saver this alone will be!

If you have been around the Joomla Bamboo family of templates the names of the seven different template designs will sound familiar; Base4, Koan, Responsive, Revision, Standard, Xero and Zenbase. All or these excellent themes have been offered as individual templates by Joomla Bamboo and now they all live in a single package called Build.r. If you are into music but hate buying an artists latest CD just for one or two songs generally you'll wait for their greatest hits release. Build.r is (in my option), Joomla Bamboo's 'Greatest Hits' template package!

If you needed or wanted all of these individual themes installed into a single Joomla installation you would be adding megabytes upon megabytes of data to your website. Because all these themes are prepackages and share a great deal of common code, the overhead becomes a much smaller data footprint. And as mentioned above, the time you save from not having to reassign all your module positions is a major advantage.

Probably the biggest news about Joomla Bamboo's Build.r theme package will be the release of their latest Zen Grid Framework v4. I'm not going to spend a great deal of time detailing what is new under the hood (I'll leave that to the experts...) other then to say, WOW! The many changes and ease of use you'll experience are quite impressive. The biggest change and improvement is the framework's Layout tab. Every conceivable layout feature and option has been well planned out with the end-user in mind. When you bring together an impressive newly coded framework with seven unique theme designs all in one package, Joomla Bamboo's Build.r will set new Joomla template standards. But, that should not come to a surprise. Joomla Bamboo has been setting Joomla template standards for many years past and now into the future.

Once Build.r is officially released, take a hard look at what you'll be getting. Seven totally unique templates wrapped into one tight package. With other template providers you would have to wait seven long months to get what Build.r will give you in one single release. Impressive!

Ed Hathaway
amateur photographer, artist, programmer & athlete.
professional husband, dad and friend!