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ZOO 2.1 final released

stable version with frontend submission is available for the public

Sep
27
ZOO 2.1 final released

Today we are really exited to announce the release of the stable version ZOO 2.1! A big thank you to all of our BETA testers! ZOO 2.1 is now available to the public for free. The new release is all about the most wanted feature for ZOO: Frontend Submission! But there is more, a long list of new features awaits to attract your attention. This blog post will walk you through the new features. This helps you to explore all the new things we've implemented in ZOO 2.1. Take a break and enjoy the read:

Frontend Submission and Editing

The ZOO 2.1 Frontend Submission blog post already covered the number one ZOO 2.1 feature extensively. But here is a quick roundup.

The brand new frontend submission for ZOO allows you to create submissions for any content type of your ZOO apps. For example authors can submit articles or the latest movie reviews. It can also be used as a form builder for any kind of form, e.g. a contact form. You can easily customize what content is submittable by drag 'n drop. Not only submissions by registered users even public submissions are possible. We have a beautiful submission interface and a new, polished ZOO administration area. A "My Submissions" view enables your users to review and edit their submitted items again. To achieve frontend editing for items we introduced the "Trusted Mode". For non trusted users a new feature that made it into the final version is the spam protection. Users are only allowed to post every five minutes in none trusted mode. This removes the threat of being spammed by submissions. Take a look at the ZOO 2.1 Frontend Submission blog post to learn more about all the details.

New Importers

With our ZOO 2.1 release, we have not only updated the K2 and Joomla importers, but we have also included two brand new importers. You can now import data from Docman and Mosets Tree. This will make it much easier for you, to give ZOO a try. Simply install ZOO, import data from your existing installation and take ZOO for a spin. ZOO is not to your taste? Uninstall it, no harm done. That's not going to happen though, right ;-)

But there is more - much anticipated was the release of our CSV importer. Now, you can basically import data from any program supporting CSV export. That's really neat, right? Your customer wants a rework of its old website running a different CMS? You can now migrate data from the old website to your new ZOO installation.

CSV Importer

Here is how it works. Basically you can import any number of items and any number of data columns into the following ZOO elements: Text, Textarea, Link, Email, Date, Image and Download. Now that's what you would expect anyway, right? But you can also import those items into existing or none existing categories. You simply assign one or more columns to the category field and the importer will try to match the categories name to existing categories. If there is no category with this name, it will automatically be created. Do you have data that needs to be stored in a repeatable element? You can accomplish this by assigning multiple columns to the same element. The importer will handle the data in the order of the columns.

New Menu Itemid Handling

One of the highlights of the new ZOO 2.1 is the link handling. We have included a new router to help with building links. It will search the Joomla menu and figure out which Menu Item to activate. Also, if you browse through your categories it will now remember the category you came from in the breadcrumbs. If you visit the item from a direct link, the new primary category will be shown in the breadcrumb.

Canonical Links (SEO)

In Joomla we've always had problems with multiple links linking to the same content (Duplicate Content). We've got rid of those problems by introducing canonical links now. Each item has a canonical link in the page header, that hints search engines to the original resource. Therefore the canonical link is the link returned by the search result. It consolidates those multiple links to your preferred version and hereby increases your link popularity.

Updated Google Maps Element

We have updated the Google Maps API to version 3. It's not only way better looking, but you can also get rid of those API Keys. That's right. The days where it would cause a problem to upload your website from a local installation to your web server are over.

New Facebook Like Element

Everybody knows them by now - Facebooks Like Buttons. We have build an element, which lets you integrate those buttons into your ZOO items. Now your users can inform everybody else on the fact that they like your content

Print element

There is a new core element in town. By popular demand we introduce the print element. The print element lets your users print the item without the bloat of the Joomla site.

Language files

While ZOO 2.0 is available in 19 different languages we are confident that our community will help us to translate the additional entries for ZOO 2.1. We received bunch of new language files for ZOO 2.1. A big thank you goes out to all the busy translators! So ZOO 2.1 is already available in English, German, French, Portuguese, Czech, Italian and Serbian. If you want to help us translating ZOO 2.1 for all the other languages download this file, translate it and send it back to us. Thanks for your help!

How to upgrade ZOO 2.0 to 2.1

You can simply install the new ZOO 2.1 over your old ZOO 2.0.x. Isn't this awesome? But first of all make a backup of your old site (files and database), so you can recover it any time. If you do the update process, you'll have to reassign submittable elements to the submission layout. Take a look at this tutorial how to do so.

What's next?

The next ZOO 2.2 will feature an update of the Mootools library to version 1.2. We'll update all of our Javascripts to run with Mootools 1.2. This will alleviate some of the problems we are currently facing with the Internet Explorer and our newest templates. As this is a smaller update a release will be come very soon.

Grab your own copy of ZOO 2.1 and take it for a spin.

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO

Comments (43)

  • samir

    samir

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    u make my life easier !
  • ivo.haarmann

    ivo.haarmann

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    Wow - I was really waiting for this version to be relaeased and today....2.1 was released ! ! You made my day!
    Actually you implemented exactly the features that I was in need of - espcially frontend submission (strike!), canonical links and CSV Importer...Tons of new features for a minor release update. I will give it a try today - but I am sure you did a great job - as always - many thanks for that!
  • hamlin

    hamlin

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    I was really hoping to see some new apps alongside 2.1...
  • Daniel R.

    Daniel R.

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    GREAT, thank YOO!! <3
  • Ezequiel

    Ezequiel

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    Are you planning to build a module to perform search of specific fields and show the result with a template?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Yes, it is on our todo list. But not for the 2.2 release...
  • roy.kastning.96

    roy.kastning.96

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    Thank-you so much for your hard work and listening to all our whining!! You gave me the Print Element I so much needed and not to mention that little improvement of Front End Submission!!!!!! Thanks again for the best component for Joomla out there.
  • Chris

    Chris

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    I am having a problem with the Drag n Drop. It doesn't seem to work. Do you have a suggestion?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Maybe it is because ZOO is currently not working properly with the Joomla Mootools Upgrade plugin enabled. This is why we will update all of our Javascripts to run with Mootools 1.2. for ZOO 2.2. This will not take that long so the release will be very soon... :-)
      • Chris

        Chris

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        Thanks. You guys are awesome.
    • imagine333

      imagine333

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      Set the rights right in your folder/file structure. That helped me
  • Daniel R.

    Daniel R.

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    I've tested the beta - updating to the stable version is simply awesome, everything's still here, everything worked perfect!

    Your work is simply amazing, BIG THUMBS UP, love it!
  • Felipe Zubieta

    Felipe Zubieta

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    Great! Intense!
    YOO're the best!
  • Benny R. Adolfsen

    Benny R. Adolfsen

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    Just fantastic - thanks a lot to YOOtheme :-)
  • fnever

    fnever

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    please consider multiple field filter function in the future
  • McFrojd

    McFrojd

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    Any chance there will be an picasaweb element?
    Would love to be able to add some picasaweb albums to My blog posts, and maby even use it in products.
  • Mario

    Mario

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    This is Awesome!!!!!! I Love yoo!!!
  • tqddn_hmzh

    tqddn_hmzh

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    brilliant..a lot of problem solved.

    p/s- how about this idea:

    1- multilanguage system
    2- simple forum apps in zoo, i think which look like ninjaboard
    3- checkout system in product catalog or new ecommerce system in zoo system
    4- advance search system
    5-brand new template apps
    6- file uploder for download apps
    7-etc

    thank YOO very much
  • John Pitchers

    John Pitchers

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    I want to buy Yootheme shares. You guys are going to rule the world. Keep up the great work.
  • Giulio

    Giulio

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    Very Good.

    Thanks YooTheme Team
  • GDome

    GDome

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    Is there a frontend or backend demo so we can see what the ZOO can do?

    Thanks
  • Martin

    Martin

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    Could you please someone help me? I uninstalled the old version of Zoo and made a new Joomla installation. Unfortunately, the zoo does not work. It offers only install applications. Applications Blog Page is not available. Thank you for your advice as I do.
  • Charlie

    Charlie

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    Seriously this is great! I've been checking the site daily for updates!
    I have a question though (and probably wrong place to post). Is it possible for the google map element to automatically take the values from say the street address and city so we don't have to input again? Or is it already doing this already? I'm thinking of getting the app bundle but want to get things cleared out first.

    Thank you for the extension greatness!
  • Chris

    Chris

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    Advanced Search Module - Are there any plans to add an advanced search module? I am wanting to use this product so much, but I need a way to filter and have some type of advanced search. For example somebody might want to search for a specific business in a state, then narrow that to specific city and a specific type of business. That way they can get a more specific search. I guess I would like to know if this is something in the scope?
  • jeroen.mueller

    jeroen.mueller

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    Whoohoo, It looks amazing! Thanks!!
  • Josh

    Josh

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    What happened to the Driving Directions in the Google Maps Element? The route shows on the map but the directions no longer display beneath it.
  • kris.olszewski

    kris.olszewski

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    quick question, can you import Joomla standard content (articles) to ZOO blog app?
  • richard.bailey

    richard.bailey

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    How about being able to link between multiple apps?

    I.E. If you have a documentation app, being able to link to a download?

    Kind regards
  • francois.kohl

    francois.kohl

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    Could you add a Calendar App?
    It will be very usefull with the blog .

    Thanks for your very good job
    • tqddn_hmzh

      tqddn_hmzh

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      yap, this is really a good idea.
      i think cal app is suitable for evant management (i hope yootheme will add this idea in todo list)
      but in blog, calender module and element is enough
  • guy.van.buyten

    guy.van.buyten

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    Is Joomfish supported in this release?
  • phil

    phil

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    Hello, any idea when zoo 2.2 will be released? We really are interested are auto notification for comments.

    ?
  • david.simpson

    david.simpson

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    This is the best made component for Joomla I've ever used. I spent the weekend converting sites using -other- CCK's, and the results are tremendous.
  • david.simpson

    david.simpson

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    Love the new importer. If you created an importer for JReviews... oh man, I'm out of words for how awesome that would be...
  • phil.holt

    phil.holt

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    Is Zoo Joomla 1.6 ready? I'm about to develop a major new site once 1.6 is stable, but wouldn't mind 'test driving' Zoo 2.1 right now with latest beta release (11). Cheers.
  • purepower

    purepower

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    Is there a feature to make this into an event calendar?
  • keif

    keif

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    Amazing, however I am all for the filterable option also. It would be great to be able to layout a ratings site, but I would need the reviews to be presented from highest to lowest, alphabetical and latest are already there and with the addition of filterable results this would crush the competition.
  • bulesz

    bulesz

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    Thanks for this great system. The only thing I am missing is the better Jomsocial integration! (plugin of submitted item, activity stream connection, comment avatar-Jomsocial integration)

    Cheerz,
    B.
  • bulesz

    bulesz

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    A few things:

    - with the submission: it will be very useful (specially, when using the non trusted mode) notify the admin about a user submission
    - image handling: when I click to the lightbox, that would be great if the new form will be filled with the original image link, because in the most cases will be used the same file for the lightbox as the original.

    Those are a tiny mods, but would be very useful!
  • alfonso.vollaro

    alfonso.vollaro

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    any news about integration with tienda eCommerce?

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