ZOO 2.0 Usability

Mar
10

In our last two posts we presented a brief overview about what’s coming with the new ZOO 2.0 and gave a quick peek inside the new app concept. In this post we're going to take a closer look at the new user interface of the ZOO administration area and all the usability features we included. Here we go...

Global Parameters

ZOO 2.0 Usability Improvements - Global Parameters

We like the global parameters concept in Joomla but it lacks on usability when you don’t use select boxes. So we improved it by using a checkbox to set whether you are using the global parameter or a specific parameter. If "global" is checked the parameter is hidden. If you uncheck it the parameter form will slide in with a nice Javascript effect. This gives you a much cleaner user interface for the global parameters.

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 30 comments

The ZOO 2.0 App Concept

Mar
08

A couple of days ago we announced our brand new ZOO 2.0 extension and we are really excited about it! Today we want to show you the most important part of your new ZOO architecture: the apps!

One of the biggest goals for us during the development was to move from a catalog system to an application builder. The CCK feature from ZOO 1.0 already allows us to create content specific types to fit exactly your requirements. But on the other side everything in ZOO 1.0 was a catalog with the same parameters and content fields. We didn't like that concept that each catalog has the same properties and settings. For example a blog, a product catalog or a download archive aren't the same and have different requirements. So the next step was to allow catalogs to have their own properties, settings and workflows and to be a real content application. With ZOO 2.0 we did this step and it is not a catalog system with a CCK anymore. ZOO 2.0 is a content application engine that lets you create your own apps!

By Steffan | | Posted in ZOO | 36 comments

Announcing ZOO 2.0

Mar
02
Announcing ZOO 2.0

Today we are really excited to announce one of the most anticipated extensions for Joomla: ZOO 2.0! Yes, we know some of you waited quite a while for this announcement. This is the start of a blog post series about the new ZOO 2.0. Today we want to give you some insight into the ZOO development and changes in the upcoming version.

Actually the new ZOO release was planned for summer 2009. We had some cool features implemented like “drag ’n drop” element positions to improve templating and the overall usability. The project codename was ZOO 1.1. But as always we had some new ideas and we did a brainstorming about how we could add essential improvements to the software architecture to make it more future proof. We didn’t like the old concept that everything is a so called "catalog". For example a blog isn’t necessarily a typical catalog and may have other features and workflows than a product catalog. And a business directory may have again different requirements. It was great that we already had a CCK which allows to build content items that meet exactly your requirements. The next big thing for us was to transform this idea and make it possible to build your own content applications which have their own parameters, workflows and features instead of having a super catalog, which has hundreds of parameters and options to cover everything. So we started the ZOO 1.5 development in late summer to move from a CCK to a Content Application Builder.

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 46 comments

Intro template

March 2010 YOOtheme club template

Mar
01
Intro template

In march we "Intro"duce our new template Intro. The clean and light design is predestinated for setting up a blog, a portfolio or any other content of your choice!

The template comes with a very clean and open design, only wrapping the articles in boxes to put your websites content into the visitors focus. Most of the template colors can be easily customized by just editing CSS and the use of only a few images will accelerate template loading time.

We created some new module styles for this template, like the new styles for the submenus and the YOOtweet module. The new module class suffixes for the ribbon header and the stamped style of modules complete the brand new look of this template. The template comes with 12 new color variations with subtle colors to match every kind of content.

New List Styles

Typography is a key element in web design. This templates delivers you a sophisticated typography and we also added two additional list styles to this template. The first new list style can be perfectly used to build lists with a nice menu style hover effect. It integrates in the template layout and changes its colors depending on the module position it is published in. The second one is a neat list style with a plus sign and a dotted line as separator. Both can be used to put your lists in the right perspective.

Have a look at our Typography page and learn how to use them.

Feature list

  • A variety of template color variations
  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Multi-column dropdown menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 9 comments

Vox template

February 2010 YOOtheme club template

Feb
01
Vox template

We proudly introduce Vox, our new February Template. It comes with a very sleek and simple design which will match any type of content you put on your site. It perfectly fits for any kind of editorial content like news, media, sports, music and many more.

One of the highlights of this template is the new designed tabbed style for the main menu which smoothly integrates the dropdown menu.

Template variations for every purpose

In this template we added 10 brand new astonishing template variations which will suite your needs. The wide range of different themes covers designs from clean over playful to complex background images. Your content will be supported by a large teaser area in the top position which, in combination with our YOOcarousel, can be perfectly used for rotating news articles or advertising.

Warp5

Vox is based on the powerful Warp5 framework which utilizes the latest web techniques. As announced in back in August, all templates released in 2010 and will drop the support for the old and outdated Internet Explorer 6 browser.

Feature list

  • A variety of template color variations
  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Multi-column dropdown menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 11 comments

Planet template

January 2010 YOOtheme club template

Jan
01
Planet template

Happy New Year 2010! Enjoy our new template creation "Planet"! We used a complex process to catch the colors sparks of new years fireworks and build it into our latest template.

This template comes with four impressive color variations: Black, White, Green and Blue. They fit perfect for gaming and sports sites. They are combined with different color and glow effects. We introduce two new impressive visual effects: We animated the background image of the header to create a pulsating gradient effect. And we slowly change colors of module headers, article separators and more to create a glowing color effect.

This new YOOtheme template is based on the powerful Warp5 framework which utilizes the latest web techniques. As announced in back in August, all templates released in 2010 and will drop the support for the old and outdated Internet Explorer 6 browser. Taking this step will ensure better templates which use latest web standards and technologies offered by modern browsers.

Come and visit the four Planets (The Dark, Ice, Battle and Water Variations) of this template or customize them to create your own new worlds.

Feature list

  • Black, White, Green and Blue template variations
  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Multi-column dropdown menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 17 comments

Explorer template

December 09 YOOtheme club template

Dec
01
Explorer template

Welcome 'Explorer', our new December Template. The Explorer template features really extensive themed variations for different purposes and different font-faces using CSS3. Like all our latest templates, Explorer is based on the Warp5 Joomla template framework.

Template variations at its best

This time we have taken it a step further, to provide you great looking variations for websites about Adventure trips, Traveling, Vacations, Sports and Blogging. Further to provide a overall consistent layout, every variation comes with it's own style for the modules. So make sure to check out every single template variation! This template also features a large top module position to publish your pictures or promotional content, e.g. in a YOOcarousel.

CSS3 Web Fonts

In Explorer, we used one of the great new features of CSS3, the font-face rule. With font-face you can enhance your website by using your favorite font. Just have a look at the article- and module headlines of this site. We also included different fonts for the templates variations.

Feature list

  • Extensive themed template variations
  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Multi-column dropdown menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 13 comments

Symphony template

November 09 YOOtheme club template

Oct
30
Symphony template

Slick as slick can be! Our new template creation Symphony is based on the Warp5 Joomla template framework and is a perfect symbiosis of colors and shapes. Symphony has the look of a very smooth surface.

Its header provides a large presentation area you can use for product images or large headlines and all menus have a stunning three-dimensional depth ... check out the menu items' cute little bullets! When you use the left and right column, the content area looks like it is hovering above them - a real eye-catcher.

Beautiful color variations

Symphony comes with a wide range of color variations and three extra themes we created to be used especially for cooking websites, online roleplay portals and blogs. Make sure to check out the perfectly balanced color combinations!

YOOtools in Action

Like its predecessor Mellow, Symphony also provides fresh looks for YOOtools. The YOOtools style overrides featured in this template include overrides for the YOOcarousel's buttons and a nice text shadow for the YOOtweet module. And just like always, the YOOsearch got a style matching the rest of the template. Also, the presentation area can be perfectly used to display presentational YOOtools like the YOOscroller.

Small Warp5 Updates

We improved JS effect of the Down Down Menu for all Internet Explorers and added some new module templates. Also we did some small changes to the headings style in our Reset CSS.

Get Symphony and join the YOOtheme club today.

Feature list

  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Muti-column dropdown menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | No Comments

Mellow template

October 09 YOOtheme club template

Oct
01
Mellow template

Say hello to Mellow! Our October template is mostly dressed in subtle colors. We give you an unobtrusive template at hand that looks nice and modern without the need for gradients.

It has modules that change their color when hovered. It also comes with pretty style overrides for the YOOaccordion and YOOcarousel modules which change according to the color variation that is in use.

You can use Mellow for all kinds of purposes ... it presents your content in the proper light. And please pay attention to the nice three-dimensional menu tab design! And of course Mellow is based on the Warp5 Joomla template framework.

Feature list

  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Muti-column dropdown menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 20 comments

Crystal template

September 09 YOOtheme club template

Sep
01
Crystal template

Here is our latest template creation: Crystal! This template comes with a super swish fixed menu bar on top of the site. Crystal also sets new standards in the use of PNG alpha transparencies. You can create stunning effects using multiple transparencies when you place transparent modules on transparent backgrounds. It also comes with a great selection of background color variations and further you are able to easily apply your own custom background images.

Crystal offers lots of different color variations for menu items, allowing you to style every page in a different color. The background color of the drop down menu also changes when you change a menu item's item color. Of course, you can combine all menu item-based color variations with all module color variations ... variety galore!

By the way: We also wanted our ZOO component to fit into Crystal visually, so we included black CSS styles for ZOO. Now you can seamlessly integrate ZOO into the new YOOtheme Crystal template.

Warp5 updates

We added some minor stuff to our Warp5 framework. The YOOmorph JavaScript allows now to use an ignoreSelector and we added some new module templates.

Feature list
  • Built with the new Warp5 template framework
  • Muti-column dropdown menu with fancy effect
  • Nice text shadow for headlines, modules and menu
  • Lots of modules with color variations, endless combinations with icons and badges possible
  • 2-1-3 column ordering for search engine friendliness
  • Compact size, using gzip and image sprites
  • Works with all YOOtools (Joomla 1.5 only)

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 18 comments