iCalendar.org: Promoting the Standard, Powered by Z Content and Joomla

calendars 200This has been a project that we have wanted to do for a long time and now it is finally completed.  We are proud to announce the iCalendar.org site is now live.

Here at Z Content we have been champions of open source and open standards.  One of those standards is iCalendar, which provides the ability to exchange calendar events and scheduling between various systems from various vendors.  Without standards like this, users would be locked into a vendor solution and be prevented from sharing or transferring data to other systems.  The iCalendar specification promotes interoperability among calendar systems, and Zap Calendar has supported it from the beginning of the project.

iCalendar.org is devoted to promoting the iCalendar standard by providing iCalendar information and resources.  You will find the technical specifications to several iCalendar related standards in an easy to use format.  These articles were converted from the original plain text documents to more visually appealing XHTML articles using a Z Content developed conversion tool.  Of course, all of this is powered by Joomla, an open source content management system.

Check out iCalendar.org today and read more about this important standard.

RSS Graffiti Closes, Affecting Automatic Posting of Events to Facebook

rss feedIf you are using RSS Graffiti to automatically post your Zap Calendar Events to Facebook, you will be saddened to hear the service has been shut down.  You will no longer be able to automatically post Zap Calendar events to Facebook using this service.  Here is the statement from the RSS Graffiti web site:

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Zap Calendar 101: The Upcoming Events Module (video)

Video linkWe have just released a new video in our Zap Calendar 101 video series. This new video demonstrates the upcoming events module.  It also demonstrates modifying a module's settings from the front end, a new feature in Joomla 3.4.  Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Joomla 3.4 is now available, new Zap Calendar release too

joomla logoJust announced by the Joomla Team is the release of Joomla 3.4.  Also available is Zap Calendar 4.0.20, which addresses some display issues with Joomla 3.4.  You should update Zap Calendar to 4.0.20 (if not already) when you update your sites to Joomla 3.4.

Joomla 3.4 has a couple of cool new features.  The back-end sidebar menu is now collapsible, allowing more screen real estate to pages like Zap Calendar's event, category and location managers.  You can now also edit module settings in the front-end, eliminating the need to switch between front-end and back-end screens when configuring a module.

Also in this release, Joomla has begun the process of removing the standard components from the base release, opting instead to give users the option of installing them after the base install. This will ultimately result in a smaller, faster install for Joomla.  This new behavior is for new sites, so don't worry about components disappearing on your existing sites.  The first component to be removed from the base install is the web links component.  More will follow in future updates.

Zap Calendar 4.0.20 has a couple of cool new features too.  The upcoming events module has been enhanced with 9 module styles and new class attributes, allowing for dozens of display variations.  There are also multiple event download options for several popular calendar programs.  You can read more about these features here.

Zap Calendar 4.0.20: Enhanced Upcoming Events Module, Joomla 3.4 Support

zapcalendarbox200rWe continue to strive to make Zap Calendar the very best calendar program available for Joomla, so we are proud to announce the availability of Zap Calendar 4.0.20 with several enhancements.  One of the major enhancements in this release is the enhanced upcoming events module.  There are now a total of 9 upcoming event styles, and the new class attributes feature provides dozens of style variations.

Read more: Zap Calendar 4.0.20: Enhanced Upcoming Events Module, Joomla 3.4 Support

Zap Calendar Lite Now Listed on the Joomla Extensions Web Site

zapcalendarlitebox200rAfter some delays related to the recent Joomla Extensions web site upgrade and issues regarding new product submissions, Zap Calendar Lite is finally listed on the Joomla Extensions site.  Zap Calendar Lite has been available for several months so we are glad the new listing is finally live. This will allow more people to discover Zap Calendar Lite.  The listing can be found here:

http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/extension/calendars-a-events/events/zap-calendar-lite

You can visit this link to read more about Zap Calendar Lite and also vote and/or review it.