ZOO 2.0 app bundle

Get a sneek peek of all apps in our new ZOO 2.0 video tour!

Apr
30

A couple of weeks ago we released the ZOO 2.0 BETA. Today we have great news for all of you: ZOO 2.0 has hit "Release Candidate" status. So you guys won't have to wait that much longer for the free public release! At the same time we are happy to announce the app bundle for all ZOO members. Apps are small ZOO extensions which are developed for a specific purpose like a blog, a product catalog or a download archive. Each app has its own template, own types, own configuration and much more. All of them can be used out of the box and can be customized very easily.

ZOO 2.0 will come with two, free preinstalled apps. The pages and the blog app. Both are ready to use after the installation of the ZOO 2.0. All types, elements and layouts of the apps are predefined, you can start using them right away. No configuring needed. Of course you can customize them, if you want to. Additionally we will offer an exclusive app bundle which can be purchased and is not included with free ZOO 2.0 download. All current ZOO Pro customers will get this app bundle for free. The app bundle includes the following apps: Product Catalog, Download Archive, Business Directory, Movie Database, Cookbook and Documentation.

Now! Check out our exclusive preview of our video tour through the ZOO 2.0. In the video you will get a sneak peek at all the new apps! The new ZOO website, the documentation and the free download will be available with the stable release. Read on to get a quick overview of all the apps and their features.

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 46 comments

Studio template

May 2010 YOOtheme club template

Apr
30
Studio template

Here comes Studio, YOOtheme's new May template. Its very versatile design is perfect for presenting your products to your visitors.

Highlights!

One of the highlights of this template is the newly designed distinctive right column. The different color separates it visually from the content part of your site. By the way: If you don't have any modules in the right column, the search module in the menu bar will get a new style to match the rest of the site.

Another great feature is that you can publish modules, which appear with a shared gradient background, to visually separate content on your site. Also we added fresh module styles, like the engraved style and new module header styles, for example the two colored ones, which are very easy to customize.

Variations

You can chose from a wide range of different color variations. The Top position on the frontpage is perfect for presenting important new content of your site like we did with our brand new ZOO teaser video. Check it out now!

Warp5 Framework

Off course this template is build with our Warp5 framework. Learn more about it on our Warp5 Website.

Feature list

  • A variety of template color variations
  • Built with the 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 | 6 comments

ZOO 2.0 BETA2 released!

ZOO Members can download the new BETA2 in the download section.

Apr
14

We have listened to your feedback, made quite a few changes and are now proud to present the BETA2 release of the ZOO 2.0. There are not only bugfixes in the new release. We have also included a bunch of improvements and new modules. As with the last release, you can head over to the download section, grab your own copy and take it for a spin.

By Jan | | Posted in ZOO | 17 comments

Enterprise template

April 2010 YOOtheme club template

Apr
01
Enterprise template

Welcome Enterprise, our new April template. It comes with a very clean design, which perfectly fits for your website. Very easy to customize, this template will match your corporate or favourite colors in a breeze. It also includes new styles for the Twitter module, YOOcarousel and lists. Our new Enterprise template is perfect for creating a business-, news- or sports website. Find out more cool features of this cool template.

Let´s customize!

The Enterprise template can be customized to your corporate or favourite colors very easily. With changing only a few images you can change the look of the template and match it your design ideas very quickly. The overall simplistic, elegant and versatile design makes it a perfect match for your website.

Brand new styles

Check out the amazing new styles of our Twitter module and our YOOcarousel. The Twitter feeds are displyed with a new design that shows the messages in nice speech bubbles. The YOOcarousel will adapt the color style of the template and fits perfectly into the site. In addition we put two new lists styles called "links" and "headline" into the template, so you have even more viariety in setting up your content.

Warp5 Framework

Off course this template is build with our Warp5 framework. Learn more about it on our Warp5 Website.

Feature list

  • A variety of template color variations
  • Built with the 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 | 25 comments

ZOO 2.0 BETA released!

Mar
23

A few seconds ago, we have released one of the most anticipated extensions for Joomla: ZOO 2.0 BETA! Check out the festive teaser on the ZOO website. The ZOO 2.0 BETA is available only for members who purchased ZOO 1.0 PRO. If so you can go straight to the download section in the member area and get your hands on our new baby! As finish of our blog post series here is a list of all features of the new ZOO 2.0. There is so much cool stuff in ZOO 2.0 that there might be some features missing in this list but we think we got all the major ones!

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 54 comments

Native comments for ZOO 2.0

Mar
19

This is our sixth article from our blog post series about the new ZOO 2.0 release. If you didn’t read the latest posts here you go: the ZOO 2.0 announcement, the new app concept, the usability improvements, all the new elements and frequently asked questions.

This time we are very proud to present the brand new, native comment system of ZOO 2.0. There is already some information about the great user interface of the comment system to be found in the usability article.

Why a native comment system?

Yes, it’s a legitimate question. A year ago we would have answered this question with: “It’s not really necessary. There are great web services like IntenseDebate or Disqus.” A year later we introduce our own comment system for ZOO. What happened? On our own YOOtheme blog we use a third party comment service. In the beginning everything worked out well but before long we discovered some anomalies. On blog posts with lots of comments some disappeared for no reason. Some of them resurfaced later on and some didn't. In another incident comments from one article were swapped with comments from another article. To make a long story short: these comment services are nice and easy to setup but a native comment system definitively gives you more control over your comments. A major benefit of a third party comment system is that you'll only need one user account to comment on any blog that uses this system. But with the upcoming of Twitter, Facebook, Google and OpenID many users already have a central user profile with an avatar. Therefore if your comment system allows you to login and comment with your social network account, it would be as great a benefit as the third party comment solution. Another plus for a native comment system is that the comments are searchable. Actually the development of a native comment solution isn't a 5 minute task. It would deserve to be an independent extension of its own. We decided to couple our native solution with Zoo 2.0 and rather focus on simplicity and usability.

By Steffan | | Posted in ZOO | 19 comments

ZOO 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions

Mar
18

In the comments of our latest blog posts and on Twitter, we recently noticed some questions about ZOO 2.0 that were being asked more than others. There seems to be a lot of confusion if some demanded features will make it into ZOO 2.0 or not. Our latest posts are about the new architecture of ZOO 2.0 and all new features we developed. But of course we want to answers all your questions and clarify the features of ZOO 2.0.

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 37 comments

ZOO 2.0 Element Updates

Mar
15

In this blog post about the new ZOO 2.0 we are taking a closer look at a fundamental part of the ZOO: The elements! For the new ZOO we reworked the entire elements architecture to make them more flexible and easier to use. And of course we added a bunch of new ones to extend the possibilities of what can be done with ZOO.

Repeat Functionality

New Elements for ZOO 2.0 - The Repeat Functionality

One of the things bothering us when creating content with ZOO 1.0 is the fact that if you have several paragraphs, for example in your article, you still have to code HTML in the textarea element. Wouldn't it be nice if the textarea was repeatable and you'd have one for each paragraph? The text paragraphs should be automatically separated by the needed HTML code. For example if you are creating a new item and you need a second text you simply click on repeat and a new textarea is injected into your item. We implemented this fantastic feature in ZOO 2.0 for the textarea and text element and also for some new ones. We took this idea a little further: if you can have multiple textareas, why not get rid of the way Joomla! handles the "System Readmore" break. It certainly feels better to have two independent textareas instead of some ominous code break in one textarea. Reduced complexity.

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 19 comments

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