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Coverage of interesting new EE Add-ons that are released.
Next week at the EE conference, Low Schutte is teaching a class on ExpressionEngine add-on development. The course is over two days and totals 8 hours of learning (and hanging out) with Low.
Low is a great teacher and can easily explain and teach the concepts about EE add-on development. If you learn from anyone, make it Low.
Go here to learn about the class and to register.
Q Digital Studio posted a clever way to create a simple front-end grid for Freeform so you can have Matrix-like functionality on the front-end of your site.
Be sure to check out the demo.
Our friends at Expresso recently released Store 2.0, a big update to their popular e-commerce add-on for ExpressionEngine.
The new version is built on top of the open source OmniPay library and features improvements to shipping, discounts and taxes. The update is paid, at $199 for existing customers, and available now. To get the upgrade just log in to your account.
I have not yet used Store 2.0 but I’ve been using Store 1.x for more than a year to run all of store functions at Mijingo. It has flawlessly handled running my store and sending purchases through Authorize.net and PayPal. I’d like better reporting out of the box (hoping for some improvements in 2.0) but for a basic package I couldn’t be happier. I am planning to update to Store 2.0 in the near future.
Store 2.0 is available now.
Low Schutte (maker of the great Low Variables add-on plus many more) made the move to exclusively selling on Devot-ee last week.
I thought it was a nice idea: sell my stuff on my own site in euros, sell on devot:ee in US dollars. Link back and forth so people can choose in what currency they’d like to purchase licenses. However, it became apparent that most of my customers preferred devot:ee over my own site. The convenience of having all their purchases in one place proved to be a big plus.
In addition to convienence, Low also noted tax issues (because of the VAT–value added tax–in EU countries) that made it difficult to continue to sell in two different places. Selling exclusively on Devot-ee made things simpler for him.
There are a lot of reasons to shop at Devot-ee, the main ones for me being keeping all of my licenses in one spot and the ability to transfer licenses to other accounts (to a client’s account, typically).
Many add-on developers already sell exclusively through Devot-ee because it makes the process of setting up shop and selling add-ons turnkey and simple. Some sell both on their own sites and on Devot-ee as a way to make it as convenient as possible for their customers to access their add-ons.
[Earlier this year EE add-on juggernaut Pixel & Tonic started selling exclusively through Devot-ee] as a way to refocus the pixelandtonic.com website and put the add-ons for sale where it made most sense.
From Brandon’s post back in April:
Back when the site launched, devot:ee was in its infancy, and its add-on store was merely a twinkle in Ryan Masuga’s eye. Now that site is a vital resource for the EE community, and with its user reviews, favorites, store, and now lists, it’s a much better place to find out about, share, and purchase our add-ons than this site could ever be. So rather than try to compete with that, we have decided to let devot:ee handle the dedicated add-on overview pages and purchasing exclusively. The EE add-ons section of this site is now an elegant menu of our add-ons, with links to devot:ee.
Devot-ee has proven itself as the place to be to buy, sell, and learn about add-ons for ExpressionEngine. People are buying there, so the developers who sold on their own are moving there. It makes sense for everyone.
It would be incomplete if I didn’t mention the obvious comparison between Devot-ee and the Apple App Store (for Mac apps, specifically). Many apps in the App Store are available on the developer websites but it is absolutely more convenient to have all of those apps in one place, right in my Apple account. I don’t have to worry about license codes, activation, going to multiple places to get app updates, or any of the annoyances of having my software purchases distributed across several different websites.
If a add-on is available on Devot-ee then that’s where I’ll buy it.
I have said it before: Ryan Masuga and his team built a website that I wish I had built. And I’d wager that EllisLab wishes they had built it, too.
If there’s an itch, you scratch it. Andie Fairlie (Red Carrot) did just that.
He came up with Red Carrot Notes, an ExpressionEngine field type that lets you put dividers (with copy) between fields in an ExpressionEngine publish form.
There are three options for each field divider: title, description, and color, so you can customize it exactly how you want. On Twitter, Andie mentioned that the field functions just like any other field, so you should be able to resize it, reorder it, etc.
The add-on is free and available now on Devot-ee.
How add-on developers do support has always been different depending on the developer. Some use forums (like EllisLab did before switching to private tickets), other use just email, and some use other services like Get Satisfaction or the Devot:ee developer support forums.
Solspace has always used forums to handle their customer support and they’ve realized that it is no longer the right solution for them.
In 2007, we chose to run with a discussion forum style approach for providing support, and it’s been running that way to this day. I think it’s very fair to say that this approach didn’t scale well, and we’re a little behind today on how we provide support.
What’s the new way?
As of today, we are no longer providing support through the Solspace support forums (we’ll continue to finish up assisting customers with open issues, and the forums will continue to be publicly available as read-only). Instead, we’re embracing the ExpressionEngine® Answers site as the official site for posting “how-to” questions you may have regarding Solspace software. We will be actively engaging in the ExpressionEngine® Answers site and assist customers where we can.
In addition to answering help questions at Stack Exchange (ExpressionEngine Answers), Solspace also made available private support tickets that you can open if you are encountering a bug or issue with their software. If you are asking about implementation suggestions or questions, sometimes the fastest way may be to post to Stack Exchange and others in the community can help you, too.
Read the full Solspace announcement for all of the details.
Mark Croxton is back. Well, he didn’t ever go anywhere, I guess. But he’s back with another tool (for a total of 10 add-ons available).
This time it’s Mustash, an add-on that gives you a powerful control panel interface for “managing cached Stash variables, bundles and cache-breaking rules.”
Mark gave us a great thing with Stash. Now you can buy Mustash and have an easier time managing everything related to Stash. Also, it’s a nice way to thank Mark for his amazing work so far.
Mustash is $65 and available at Devot-ee.
Back in June EllisLab lifted the curtain on Grid, a new field type that allows tabular data in a single field. Yes, this is what Pixel & Tonic’s Matrix does. The news of Grid was buried by the odd commentary in their blog post, but they’ve come back with more information.
Last week, EllisLab gave a closer look at Grid, including an example use (baseball player stats) and some code samples.
A Grid field can be configured with multiple columns, each capturing data with any of ExpressionEngine’s existing fieldtypes, including any Grid-compatible third-party fieldtypes. From there, each channel entry can have a dynamic number of rows in the Grid field to suit the needs of that particular entry.
Grid is currently part of the developer preview for EE 2.7 and distributed out to developers to test and adopt. I wrote this before but I expect to see 2.7 drop soon.
Aaron Gustafson snapped together a nice plugin to easily implement the jQuery Asynchronous Image Loader (JAIL) in your EE templates. JAIL is a “jQuery plugin that lazy load images making your page load faster.”
Aaron’s JAIL plugin (available for free on Github) is a simple tag pair that “will hunt for any image elements inside the tag pair and convert them to use the JAIL markup pattern.”
You might want to bookmark this. Very handy.
Read Aaron’s write-up about the plugin.
A sizable update to the Pixel & Tonic’s WYSIWYG editor, Wygwam, is out and available. This released features an update to the CKEditor core (it’s what Wygwam is built on), additional third-party compatibility, and an updated UI.
From their blog post about the release:
With each major Wygwam update, we try to simplify the UI as much as possible so that authors can focus on their content without getting distracted by overly-attention-seeking UI chrome. This update is no different. We are extremely happy with how this one came out – it’s truly a joy to use. You and your clients will love it!
The update is free (as in you pay nothing) for all current Wygwam license holders. You can get the update at Devot:ee.
Here are some reactions from Twitter to the EllisLab announcement about Grid and competition:
Have a reaction you want to share? Let me know or leave it in the comments.
Today EllisLab announced that it is adding a Grid field type to ExpressionEngine:
Today’s developer preview for ExpressionEngine 2.7 includes a feature that was previously only available through the third-party add-on market: a fieldtype that allows authors to used grouped fieldtypes to publish any number of rows of related content within an entry. We’re calling it Grid, and it’s great for photo galleries, addresses, product details, baseball statistics and more.
More on the rest of their announcement and thinking later. I’m sure you have an opinion on it. We do, too.
From Ben Croker last week:
While we are proud of the Multi Language Module and have had great feedback from people about it, the add-on is a bit outdated and really only suitable for smaller sites with less demand for multi-lingual functionality. So for that reason we are making it a free add-on for everyone to use as you wish. This also means however that the add-on will not be further developed and that support requests will get second priority after commercial add-ons.
The module is available for EE1 and EE2. It used to be free for non-profits and now it’s free for everyone.
Read Ben’s full post.
Pic Puller, the add-on that makes it easy to pull in Instagram photos, was updated this weekend to support the new Instagram video feature.
Regardless of how you feel about the new feature (I turned off auto play and miss Instagram how it was), Pic Puller has you covered if you need to pull in a complete Instagram feed.
John Morton, the developer of Pic Puller, even posted some sample code so you could see how to use it to display videos.
Pic Puller is $15 and for sale at Devot:ee.
(See our original coverage 18 months ago)
The Outfit, an agency based in Massachusetts, released last week a new add-on called Playa Links. By the name you can already see that it works with the Playa add-on by Pixel & Tonic.
We’ve created a companion fieldtype to Playa to make things easier for our clients, and we’d like to share it with the community. Playa Links is a fieldtype which will display links to all entries currently associated using your Playa fields. This is a read-only fieldtype, meant to assist your end users in more easily navigating ExpressionEngine’s Control Panel.
The add-on is free and currently available on Github.