Zap Weather Version 10 Released

zapweather200Zap Weather version 10 is now available. This release supports Joomla 3.x and includes support for PHP 7 and adds a new module for displaying forecasts.  This module can display the list of forecasts in either horizontal or vertical mode. There is also an option to enlarge the forecast icon and display a drop shadow below the icon.  Just use the module class suffixes of "horizontal", "vertical", "large" and "shadow" to change the appearance.

Zap Weather is a free Joomla component for displaying weather for any USA location or territory.  Since its first release over 11 years ago, Zap Weather has always been free and with "no commercial interruptions". That is, there are no fees, commercial advertising or links to external sites.  Zap Weather uses data from the National Weather Service, a USA. government organization and its services are paid for by the tax dollars of USA citizens.  If you are not already using Zap Weather on your site, try it out today and let those tax dollars work for you!

More information about Zap Weather can be found here.

Zap Calendar 4.2.1 Now Available

zapcalendarbox200rHoliday importing and Google Maps pin clustering are just some of the features in the latest Zap Calendar release.  Here are the details of the new features in Zap Calendar 4.2.1:

Subscription status displayed on Zap Calendar panel page - Zap Calendar 4.2.0 introduced the Joomla updater capability.  This allowed one to automatically receive updates if the updater key from the subscription page was entered into Zap Calendar's global settings.  Zap Calendar 4.2.1 utilizes this updater key to now display the subscription status on the back-end panel page.  This feature shows the subscription status (current or expired),  the date when the subscription expires and the number of days left in the subscripion.

Read more: Zap Calendar 4.2.1 Now Available

Zap Calendar 4.2.0 Now Available

zapcalendarbox200rZap Calendar version 4.2.0 is now available and contains several new features that we think users will love.  This Zap Calendar release will perform a database upgrade when installed, so a database backup is recommended prior to installing.  Also, the minimum Joomla release supported with this release is Joomla version 3.2.3.  This is due to a Joomla feature added in that release that is used by Zap Calendar for the Joomla updater function.  Older Joomla releases can continue to use the Zap Calendar 4.1.4 release.

Here is a summary of the new features added in Zap Calendar 4.2.0:



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Automatic Posting of Events to Facebook Available (Again!)

rss feedRSS Graffiti recently closed their service that allowed Zap Calendar to automatically post events from Joomla to Facebook.  If you were using this service, you will be happy to learn that we have found another free service to replace RSS Graffiti that accomplishes the same result.

Twitter Feed (not affilliated with Twitter) allows you assign one or more Zap Calendar RSS feeds to post to Facebook.  We have been using this service for a few months with great success.  You can see an example of this feature at the Facebook page , where events are automatically pulled from the Zap Calendar site and published two days prior to the event date (the time when the event is published prior to the actual event date can be adjusted through Zap Calendar's feed settings).

You can define several calendar feeds for one Facebook page with different polling intervals.  For example, we have a Facebook page that displays birthdays from one calendar 2 days prior to the event, and displays conventions from another calendar 1 week prior to the event.

Amazingly, this unique feature of Zap Calendar is available with all Zap Calendar versions (lite version too!).  Web site visitors can also share Zap Calendar events by using the Social Like plugin , or copying and pasting the event URL to their Facebook status.

A step by step tutorial is now available for configuring Zap Calendar and Twitter Feed. 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 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. 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 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:

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