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3.0.10 Released

Simple Review 3.0.10 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.9 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

The main new features are support for Joomla 1.7 and paging in reviews.

Release Notes:

  • New. Support for Joomla 1.7.
  • New. Support for page breaks in reviews. Uses the standard Joomla page break button. Your templates template.css may require a new class to force the pager on a new line: .pagination{clear: both;}
  • New. Basic Joomla 1.6 ACL support.
  • New. Added support for getting comment avatars from phpBB via p8pbb.
  • New. Added a setting for the date format in comments.
  • Fix. Real name display not working in comments.
  • Fix. Export comments. Not working in PHP4. Not working if using non-default database name. Export getting cached.
  • Fix. Category page, Undefined variable: link.
  • Fix. If you have switched Avatar Providers, try using the previous avatar if the Avatar Provider can’t find one for the user.

3.0.9 Released

Simple Review 3.0.9 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.8 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

Note for Upgraders: Some of the default templates have been modified. Please follow the instructions in readme.txt.

It is recommended to use Disqus as the comment provider rather than the built in one (Simple Review -> Configuration -> Comments -> Comment Provider). You can see an example of Simple Review using Disqus here. Version 3.0.9 adds the ability to export your existing comments in Simple Review and import them into Disqus.

Release notes:

  • New. Added support for getting comment avatars from phpBB via JFusion.
  • New. Comments can now contain new lines.
  • New. Can export existing Simple Review comments to Disqus.
  • Fix. Issue with allowing multiple comments for a user per review and the star rating.
  • Fix. If review listing paging is turned off (Category config ‘Number of displayed Reviews’ > 0) don’t show ‘Display #’.
  • Change. Made the frontend review filters linkable. This also fixed some issues with the pager.

3.0.8 Released

Simple Review 3.0.8 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.7 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

Also don’t forget to download the new search plugin.

The release contains some Joomla 1.6 fixes for user reviews and various smaller fixes and changes. Full list:

  • New. When writing a review the ‘select category’ step is removed if there is only one category.
  • New. Added star rating ability to forms.
  • New. Option to show/hide the review alias on the user review form (defaults to hidden).
  • New. Google image search for selecting user review images.
  • New. Review and category aliases are now optional. If not entered it will be generated from the name.
  • Fix. Issues with including jQuery and jQueryUI.
  • Fix. Frontend user review listing not allowing editing.
  • Change. Updated to jQuery 1.6.1.
  • Change. Tidied up user reviews form (more to come).
  • Change. User review alias is always filtered (based on tag configuration alias replacement setting).

Development Update

I have had a bit of a change of heart, there will be some more 3.x releases.

Some things to expect in 3.0.8:

  • Some users have reported issues with user submitted reviews, so as well as investigating these issues I am cleaning up the submit review form.
  • The form for submitting comments and reviews now uses a star widget for rating instead of a text box (if enabled). I have chosen to use RateIt which is a jQuery plugin by Gidon.
  • If you only have one review, then the select category step is removed when writing a review.

3.0.7 Released

Simple Review 3.0.7 has been released (download). An upgrade is available for 3.0.6 users (download, unzip and then follow instructions).

Some new features as mentioned here.

  • New. Support for comments using Disqus.
  • New. Support for reCAPTCHA.
  • Fix. Category and Review image selector Joomla 1.6.
  • Fix. Backend review filter and pager issue.
  • Fix. Content plugins Joomla 1.6.
  • Change. The default comment template has been simplified and the orange has been removed.
  • Change. The default review listing template (category.css) has been changed and the alternating background colour has been replaced by a top and bottom border. This is due to not currently having nice transparent star icons.
  • Change. Categories and Reviews default to being published.

Development Update

A small update on upcoming and planned releases.

In the next few weeks: 3.0.7
This will most likely be the last 3.x release.
The default comment template will be updated and the much complained about orange background has been removed.
Support for Disqus comments has been added. Disqus comments provides a pleasant commenting experience with many more options including, a global commenting account e.g. use the same account to comment on Simple Review, and, Twitter & Facebook integration, powerful moderation tools, reply to specific comments and notifications. While Disqus won’t allow us to leave a rating, it will allow us to “like” and “dislike” reviews as well as individual comments.
Some other features around comments and fixes will also be added if time permits.

Planning: 4.0
Some big changes and polish are planned for version 4.0. The first thing that will be focused on will be making review templates editable online and providing common options to turn on/off in templates.
We will be requiring your feedback for the direction of this release.