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Software Technology Recommendations

Salvus Alerting – be protected

Keeping up with Security Vulnerabilities is a full time job. In fact, entire industries are devoted to it. However having a high priced security person on staff is not typically in reach of small and medium businesses.

Introducing SalvusAlerting.com which offers businesses an affordable means to stay ahead of website and Content Management System vulnerabilities.
Subscribers to SalvusAlerting.com are notified within minutes of vulnerability data that matches their particular needs only, rather than combing through hundreds of unrelated security vulnerabilities. The service covers most major operating systems, Content Management Systems, popular browsers, mobile phones and networking hardware. Future plans include adding voice phone call support.

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PayToUpgrade / Community ACL

Community ACL has been providing a robust and very flexible permissions systems based on groups, roles, and functions for Joomla 1.5 for some time. While it hits every need required by administrators who want to control access to their site, it’s a manual process to give each user permissions. Some site-owners would simply love to let users automatically pay to join these groups, creating a subscription site or pay-to-access features. That’s where SourceCoast’s newest component, PayToUpgrade, comes in.

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Spreadsheet to Joomla!

freakedout (http://www.freakedout.de) is a small web consulting company, which originated in Germany and specializes in client project consulting and management as well as custom Joomla! development. One of our goals has always been to make the user experience for clients as closely catered as possible to what their actual needs are, while still maintaining a flexible framework for “spontaneous idea implementation”. Along our way we have acquired many great clients, which has given us the opportunity to release some extensions for free to the community. It’s not many extensions but people definitely find good uses for them. Our lineup also includes a couple of commercial extensions, of which free basic versions are available, in case you would like to support our projects.

Let’s cut to the chase. While engaging with many clients from different fields and with varying levels of technological skill, we have tried to come up with a common denominator so that we could optimize the step between receiving contents and uploading them. And then we realized we had an old custom Joomla! component lying around, which could match those requirements. Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Excel, because everyone has to use it for their business in some way or another.  Thus was born the Content Uploader.

The actual procedure of using it is quite easy. You setup different columns in your spreadsheet for title, section, category, metadata and more. The next step is to go to the simple interface where you enter your column references into the corresponding fields. For example, you can set the article titles to be retrieved from column A and the sections from column B, or whichever way you like. Save your configuration, choose your file and then upload it. After uploading your contents you can go into the article manager and fine tune whichever articles need it. It’s that simple, but if you still have troubles don’t hesitate to stop by our forum.

Get the free version or the pro version here (http://www.freakedout.de/joomlaextensions/25-joomla-extensions/53-content-uploader.html) or read a more in depth documentation on our demo site (http://www.freakedout.de)

We have a limited time introductory offer at 50%. You can find the coupon code on the subscription page.

Thank you to the guys at ‘corePHP’ for their suggestions and support with our project!

Alexis Sotir

Co-Founder, freakedout.de

Managing Workflow: Tips from ‘corePHP’

Are you frustrated with your work flow?

Are you frustrated with your work flow?

Understanding in-house work flow is vitally important to managing projects! ‘corePHP’ has hundreds of clients and reviews thousands of support ticket requests monthly. It also and creates applications (such as WordPress for Joomla! and Community ACL)  and is constantly working on at least 30 projects at a time. So how do we do it? How are we still sane? More often then not, we come across people who are frustrated with their work flow – they just can’t handle it. Well I am here to let our secret out and tell you how we keep everything organized.
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Check out Boxee – the Linux/Mac media center that’s better than sliced bread!

Every so often I run across a piece of software that makes me feel like I’m getting an early birthday present. Boxee felt like a birthday present AND a Christmas present all at once! I have tested a lot of media center software, but Boxee is easily the best I’ve ever seen. If you have an Intel Mac or Linux it’s a must have. Best of all, it can all be controlled through your remote! Continue reading

Hidden gem in Developers Toolbar

I found this little gem while surfing for some new CSS information. Did you know that if you press Control + Alt + F (Mac: Apple + Alt + F), a more advanced CSS viewer will show up as a pop-up in Firefox’s Web Developer Extension from Chris Pederick? I still love it and will always use Xyle Scope for most of my CSS information digging, but this is a major tool for finding elements quickly.

Kudos to Content with Style for the tip!

Xyle Scope – Does it get any better?

I recently started using Xyle Scope by Cultured Code and I now wonder how I ever managed without it. Unfortunately, it’s only for OSX at this time. For those sporting a mac, this is a must have.

Xyle Scope is a CSS viewer that will save HOURS on your work flow. It features a browser to view your web pages and a CSS viewer to read your code in-depth. What makes this better than anything else? Once you hit the selection mode button you can click anywhere on the web page and it will give you the complete tree and cascading order of everything attached to your selection. The part that is the answer to my prayers is when it shows you the exact selector you need to style the element you choose. The only downside (and it is minor) is that it won’t allow you to click on the selector and copy/paste. For those of you working with CSS designs, this viewer will literally save you hours of hunting for the right hooks to style your pages with. You can also change the CSS values to experiment with different looks within the program and you can export code that you find useful.

Xyle Scope has quickly become my 2nd most used piece of web development software, right behind Dreamweaver 8. Be good to yourself and buy it today!