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.

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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.

Zap Calendar 4.0.19 Brings Enhancements And A New Add-On

zapcalendarbox200rWith the new year in full swing, we have released Zap Calendar 4.0.19, which contains enhancements and a new add-on (and bug fixes too).  Our updates are based on feedback by our users, and we thank you for your continued support and feedback.

 

We have made some improvements to the event display on the front end.  Did you notice the bar underneath the event title was the same color as the category? Not many people did, so we made it a bit bigger and also used a gradiant to blend it into the background.  We also color coded the category names, similar to what you see in the back-end event manager.  So the typical event display will look like this:

 

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Promote Your Calendar Using This Web Site

calendars 200If you have enabled Zap Calendar for iCalendar downloads, or if you are looking for a calendar to import into Zap Calendar, then this site may be for you.  The iCalShare.com web site provides a directory of downloadable calendars.  You can download any of the thousands of calendars available on the site and import them into Zap Calendar, or you can promote your own calendar by sharing it with others using this site.

 

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Dutch Language File Released for Zap Calendar

image of Zap Calendar boxZap Calendar has released its first language file for Zap Calendar 4.  The Dutch language file is available for both the front-end and back-end of Zap Calendar, and can be downloaded from the subscription page.

We are working on other translations, but we need your help.  To help with a translation, go to the Zap Calendar page at transifex.com and sign up to be a translator.  Translators can receive additional time to their Zap Calendar subscription for their efforts.

Joomla! Retires Version 2.5 With Final Release

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Just as in the song, "Auld Lang Syne", our old friend Joomla! 2.5 retired at the end of 2014 with the final release 2.5.28.  Our old friend has been replaced with a new friend, Joomla! version 3.  Since this is the last expected release for Joomla! 2.5, current 2.5 sites should be migrated as soon as possible to Joomla! 3.x to avoid potential security issues in the future.  If you are using Zap Calendar with a Joomla! 2.5 site, read this article on methods on migrating your Zap Calendar data to Joomla! 3.x.

Zap Calendar 4 was developed for Joomla version 3.x exclusively and has been available for over 1 year.  Nearly all of the 30+ add-ons that were available in Zap Calendar 3 are available in Zap Calendar 4, including a few new ones.  This new version has incorporated many of the new features introduced in Joomla! 3.x, including GUI improvements utilizing jQuery, Bootstrap and icoMoon fonts.

If you need to upgrade Zap Calendar and your subscription has expired, don't worry.  You can renew your subscription at the renewal price by logging into your account at ZContent.net and clicking the renew or upgrade buttons on your subscription page.

Introducing Zap Calendar Lite

image of Zap Calendar Lite boxWe have recently released Zap Calendar Lite, a free version of the Zap Calendar application for Joomla.  Now with 4 versions to choose from, Zap Calendar provides a calendar solution to suit everyone's budget.  Zap Calendar Lite is built upon 8 years of development and provides these features:

  • Extensive iCalendar support for exporting a single event or an entire calendar
  • Joomla SEF support
  • AJAX support for displaying calendars by month, week, day and year
  • RSS feed for upcoming events
  • Multiple calendars supported with different layouts to choose from
  • Multiple time zone support
  • Automatic e-mailing of upcoming events
  • Add-ons for displaying upcoming events, mini-month display, searching and category filtering
  • Advanced event management for supporting multiple categories per event, repeating events, removing or editing an event within a repeating series, and batch editing
  • Front end adding and editing events
  • Group events by location/venue

Click here for a comparison of the features of the 4 Zap Calendar versions, including Zap Calendar Lite.  To download Zap Calendar Lite, login or create an account and navigate to the "My ZApps" page.

Note: The support forum is not available to Zap Calendar Lite users.  To use the support forum, you must have an active subscription to either the Basic, Standard or Pro versions of Zap Calendar.

Zap Calendar 101: Back End Administration (video)

Video linkWe have just released the second video in our Zap Calendar 101 series. This new video demonstrates the back end administration of Zap Calendar. If you are new to Zap Calendar or even if have used Zap Calendar for a while, you should learn something from this video. This video will also help those who are not yet Zap Calendar users but are thinking about using it in their projects.

In case you missed it, our first Zap Calendar 101 video about the Google Maps plugin is available by clicking here.

Zap Calendar 4.0.15 Has "Something For Everyone"

zapcalendarbox200We have been working hard this past month and are very excited to tell you about our latest release of Zap Calendar.  Version 4.0.15 has "something for everyone", including one or two cool items that we think will make you smile. Read on to see if we were right.

 

 

 

 

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National Weather Service Affected by Abusing Android App

zapweather200The National Weather Service (NWS), the weather service used by Zap Weather, was severely impacted last week due to what appears to be a badly written Android app.  Details on the name of the app and the exact cause have not been disclosed.  Unlike this app, however, Zap Weather behaves nicely with the NWS by caching its weather data it receives from the NWS to minimize data loads between your Joomla site and the NWS.  Our guess is that this app did not cache its data, causing a network load on the NWS servers as more people downloaded and used the app.  You can read more about it in an article from mashable.com.