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Posted by AndyF on 24 June 2009 - 10:56 AM
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Posted by Michael on 27 April 2011 - 09:36 AM
Formerly IP.Shoutbox, this application was started way back in the olden days by Dean (dscripting) but was then taken over by the Community Developers group at IPS and released as a Community Project. The application was updated to work with the then-current versions and maintained by a number of different authors. The app is pretty stable (we run it here and have for a while with no trouble) but it does have a few bugs and resource issues that need looked at.
We will be offering this app to be downloaded for free from this site and the IPS Marketplace. This site will be the official home for the app, but support will be offered through IPS as well. we'll have a bug tracker category here for this app, but like the way we use that with the Tutorials app, it would be best if any potential issues were first posted in the support topic. You may then be asked to submit a bug report if it is determined that it is a bug.
The plan is to make a new release of the current product with some basic rebranding and possibly a few minor bug fixes. From then on, the major focus will be to ensure compatibility with IP.Board 3.2. Any bug fixes from then on would be made in the version being developed for IP.Board 3.2. So you're not likely to see a new version for IP.Board 3.1.x with a lot of bug fixes or new features. The main goal will be to just maintain a good, working product, not to start throwing a bunch of new features into it, but new features may be added.
Formerly IP.Subscriptions, this app's functionality has largely been replaced by IP.Nexus, but a lot of folks still want the basic functionality that this app provided instead of all the bells and whistles of IP.Nexus. Again, this is a fairly mature and stable app that just needed someone to take over ownership to ensure it keeps working and fix any existing bugs.
As this was an official IPS application, I have a few terms I agreed to regarding how I support this. From now until the end of 2011, this app will only be made available to licensed IP.Board customers, so it will only be available for download through the IPS Marketplace. At the end of the year, I will be able to offer it for download here. Support will only be available at IPS during the period that it is available at the IPS Marketplace only, but I will have a bug tracker here for reported bugs.
Similar to how the Shoutbox releases are planned, I plan on having an initial rebranding release, then start working on developing it for IP.Board 3.2 compatibility. Any reported bugs would be worked on for that IP.Board 3.2 version, and any newly requested functionality would also be looked at for IP.Board 3.2 only. Again, the plan is to mostly be maintaining an already stable product, so don't expect a lot of new features to be added, but they will be considered.
Full details about where the files can be downloaded, bugs to be reported, feature suggestions, etc. will be coming soon.
Posted by Michael on 27 February 2012 - 04:22 PM
Right now, in both this site and the IPS Marketplace, I have been creating a separate entry in the Downloads system for separate versions of each product. So if a certain file has one version that works on IP.Board version X, and a second version that works on IP.Board version Y, those would be separate entries in the system. This has frequently led to confusion among my customers as to which file they need to get.
My proposed solution for this is to merge the files together, so that a given mod only shows up in the Downloads system once, and when you try to download it you can choose the correct version there. For example:
There are several advantages to this. It makes it easier for customers to find the file in the Downloads system, or to find the right topic to post their support issue in. It also makes it so the same basic product has a more visible history, so we can see which are getting the most downloads/views over time rather than just the oldest ones having their stats skewed.
I don't think this will be anything that most folks who use my free products will find at all controversial, but what does have me a bit concerned is that I would also like to do this with my paid files as well. That will have a pretty big impact, and so I want to discuss that here before I do anything.
A few months back, I'd posted a topic where I'd asked for feedback about this possible change. The response there was that while most people did like the way I handle my product upgrades, some would like to see it changed to a more time-based renewal schedule, but that either way I went it wouldn't be too big of a change to deal with. I hope that sentiment is still accurate as I would like to move to a time-based renewal schedule. I prefer a time-based schedule as it is easier to maintain, and I do occasionally get complaints from people who purchased a product at the tail end of one development cycle, then are asked to pay an upgrade fee shortly thereafter for the new version.
Now, this means a few things. First off, files will now have time-based renewal costs handled completely by IP.Downloads and IP.Nexus. To keep things consistent, I plan on making these renewals work just like IPS. If you buy a product, you can keep using it for as long as you want. You get updates of the product as long as you keep your license active. If your license expires, you can renew at any time by paying the renewal cost (those renewal costs will mirror the upgrade costs I used to use). The license term for each product will be a year. Future products may have different renewal terms, but I want to keep things easy for the initial roll out.
Next, if I'm combining all of the various versions of a commercial file into a single entry, then that means if you bought any one of the previous separate entries, that you'd now be entitled to download any of the available versions without having to make a new upgrade purchase. That means if you bought the Tutorials app for 3.0, you also now get it for 3.1 and 3.2 (and 3.3, if necessary, once I take a look at that) without having to pay an upgrade fee.
When this new time-based licensing system is introduced, I plan on giving every customer a year on their license as of the date I start this policy, not the date you made the purchase. It wouldn't be fair to back-date your license that way, since that wasn't the way these licenses worked back then. In addition, for those who already bought one version and then later bought an upgrade, I plan on setting your license to expire in 18 months instead of 12, since you already essentially have renewed your license, so I think it's fair to give you even more license time.
From a technical stanpoint, this is going to take a bit of work on my part. I've already created a hook that will assist me in letting me merge files (which I'll put out there for download shortly), but I can't merge the commercial files all that easily since I can't go back and add renewal terms to existing files. Those commercial files will have to be re-submitted as brand new entries to the Downloads systems, and then populated with the sales data for those who bought the old products. So this transition will take me a bit of time to perform all of these mergers and then clean stuff up afterwards.
So let me know what you think. I hope it will make things easier for everyone, but it will likely take a bit of getting used to. It is a bit daunting on my part to try and do this, but I think it's worth it as I am not completely happy with the way I charge for renewals currently.
Posted by Michael on 11 May 2009 - 08:39 AM
One thing I'm trying to do is auto-promote folks who register here who were premium members at Invision Modding. I have a spreadsheet I'm keeping that has your old emails there, and I'll use it to match up what your email address is here on this site. So if you want to retain this, please try and register with the same email address you used there. Otherwise, if that's no longer feasible or you forget, then just shoot me a message and I'll manually promote you. People who can be promoted here are anyone in the Premium Members, Management, Moderators, Support Staff, or Modders groups at Invision Modding, as those were all of the folks who either financially or otherwise supported my work.
Please note, though, that this isn't something whereby you can become premium on both sites with a single donation starting now. Basically all of those folks who got this promotion while I was running Invision Modding will get the promotion here, as those people were actually donating to me. Any donations Invision Modding would be receiving now would no longer be going to me, so it wouldn't really impact your status on this site.
Hopefully this isn't too confusing, please post if you have questions.
Posted by Michael on 26 May 2011 - 09:37 AM
For as long as I've had this policy, it's always been a manual process, and very labor intensive on my part. I've had to keep spreadsheets of records of who bought what, email them when a new version came out, tell them to make donations in PayPal to account for this new reduced price purchase, etc. It's been a process I didn't like, but had to maintain in order to keep these policies in place.
I'm pleased to announce that this process should now be a lot less painless for both myself and all of you going forward. I've added a new block onto the home page that is visible to existing customers:
This links to a new IP.Content page that will show you a detailed listing of what IP.Board 3.x products you've purchased from this site, and whether or not there's an upgraded version of this app out there for you to purchase at the reduced price. Right now, the only one this could possibly let you do is upgrade the IP.Board 3.0 version of Tutorials to the version for IP.Board 3.1, as all other commercial mods of mine work for both 3.0 and 3.1. With IP.Board 3.2 right around the corner, though, this is likely to change.
So feel free to check out this new page and see if everything makes sense. If you see a link that indicates an upgrade is available, all you need to do is click on it and it will generate the invoice for this new upgrade cost. Paying that invoice will get you immediate access to download that new version. Also remember that anything purchased in the IPS Marketplace also ties in with this system, provided you are using the same email address both here and at the Invision Power Services forums (more info). And also remember that this new system is only a customer-only feature: if you're just in the Members group you won't be able to access this.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
Posted by Michael on 16 December 2010 - 06:12 PM
Our site is back online, and as you may have noticed, we have a new name: Invision Focus. If you remember the old site, you may not see a whole lot different here immediately, and you'd be right. We haven't changed a whole lot, and all of the old content (or at least, most of it, some legacy downloads were pruned) is still here. We have tweaked some things a bit to make the site more organized, and we also have lots more in store. Let's address what we've changed so far, and what's still to come.
Why the name change?
To understand why we changed our name, it's best to understand a bit about the history of this site. After passing ownership of Invision Modding over to Martin, I founded this site as a small place where I could distribute my mods, service my customers, do some custom work, etc., all while getting a bit of time away from those unsavory folks I tend to attract. Thus, this site was a 'refuge' for me to be doing my coding work in peace.
That's worked out great for me. I've had lots of time to really dig into the new software IPS has produced, interacted with a lot of folks to collect info on what they'd like out of the community, and have made plans for the type of site I think the resource community needs. To put that site together, I felt it was best to slap a fresh coat of paint on the current place. There's a lot of good content here already, so while a brand new site might have been an even better idea for a new type of site, keeping what resources and members we had here and just tweaking things was the best plan.
I decided on this name because it signifies how we're working with all of the items in the Invision suite, not just IP.Board. While that is the foundation of the suite, we have guys here (myself included) who have experience with all of these applications, and are willing to lend a hand to help you with them. The 'focus' part I chose because I wanted to show how we're going to be very customer-oriented. As I alluded to above, I've spent a lot of time figuring out what I think the customers want out of the community, and I want to focus this site on delivering those items.
So what's new?
Apart from the name change, we've done a lot of reorganizing. If you take a look at the Board Index, you'll see we have revamped our support forums for the Invision applications. Each official app now has it's own dedicated forum for support issues and a dedicated forum for resources (downloads and tutorials). There are also dedicated categories in the Downloads and Tutorials systems for each application. As Invision announces new applications, we fully intend to support those as well.
We've gone down to just the skins that come with IP.Board on this site. While we have plans for a new custom skin (more on that later), we want to have to maintain as few skins as possible, given IPS's new accelerated product release schedule. Fewer skins means fewer updates we have to do when applications get upgraded.
One other small thing I personally have changed is the fact that I'll be dropping the (IM) prefixes from my products. I used to use the (FSY) prefix way back in the days when I used the username FuSoYa, then went to (IM) for Invision Modding. I've not done this due to any animosity towards Invision Modding or anything like that, far from it, I just feel that the need for prefixes on resource titles is a little unnecessary these days. I've started to do this for a few updates recently, and will be doing this for all of my resources shortly.
What else you got coming?
Lots. One thing I'm working on right now is a new IP.Content based home page. The main page for it will be a pretty standard portal type site, showing the latest news, recent topics, recent resources, that sort of thing. But one thing I'm really excited about adding to this is a new wizard-style interface for people to find exactly what you need. It'll help direct you to where to get support for IP.Nexus, where to find IP.Board skins, where to get an IP.Content developer to contract for work, and similar types of things.
After that, my next project will be an author feedback system. What this will be is an application where you can review the folks in the resource community who make the files you can download. So many people say they don't know who the good folks are who can really be counted on to deliver top-quality resources, and the goal with this is to let the community share their experiences with each author so that an overall 'score' can be given to each, so that others can see if the file they want to use is from one of the good guys, or someone a bit shady.
We also have plans for a new custom skin that Graeme will be making for us. I've seen some hints of it from him, and I think it looks awesome, I hope you guys all like it too. It should really show off what you can do with the software, and will complement the home page I'm working on quite nicely.
We've got some other stuff we have planned, but we don't want to reveal all of our cards just yet. I hope the coming year finds you as excited about what we are doing here as I am. As always, let me know if you have any questions.
Posted by Michael on 07 June 2010 - 10:24 AM
Since the last release, the following bugs have been fixed:
- A couple of upgrade issues from the 2.3 version
- HTML shows in View New Content
- A couple missing CSS classes
- Convert bug
- 'Could not locate' error
- Tags don't preserve line breaks
- Fatal Error
- Advanced Stats page shows nothing favorited
- Report error
- Search incorrect landing
- Reputation Given Pop-up
- Error when change language
In addition: the following new features have been implemented:
- Pinned tutorials
- Ajax toggling of hidden/shown articles
- Link to mark just the tutorials system as read, only able to do it category-by-category or entire site now
- Email notifications of accepted tutorials instead of PMs (or a choice)
- Social bookmarking links
As this is the first release of this new version, there is the possibility there will be bugs. If you find a bug, please report it in the bug tracker. If you have a support related question, you can post it in the support topic. And if you have a feature suggestion for a future version, you can post it here.
Posted by quietstorm on 06 August 2011 - 11:24 AM
You have an awesome site here and I always come here first for any resources.
On a scale of about 8.5 out of 10, your site will have just what I am looking for
and I do not need to worry to go on to other resource sites.
So, give yourself a pat on the back and a handshake for maintaining this AWESOME site!!
I hope this site will be here for years to come and that it will grow as the years come and go.
This is just a quick thought I had and wanted to past my personal thanks out to you!!
KEEP UP THE GOOD AND AWESOME WORK
Posted by Michael on 17 May 2011 - 11:07 AM
File Name: Shoutbox
File Submitter: Michael
File Submitted: 17 May 2011
File Category: Applications
Shoutbox is a feature-rich shoutbox/chat system for your IP.Board. Shoutbox will enable your users to send shouts to each other and allow others can read them. It is like a chat-room for your forums, without the need for Java, Flash or any other browser dependency!
Click here to download this file
Posted by RicW on 27 February 2013 - 12:05 PM
I thought, I was to busy to learn how to use Tutorials version 1.5.0. So after perchasing, I laid it on the back burner. What a mistake, in searching and learning specific topics, I come across topics, which I knew would eventually become important and I never actually kept track of there location, big mistake.
Last night I decided that is it, I am going to learn and use Michaels mod tutorials. This is great, and helpful in categorizing topic, with a level of imporants for finalizing issues on my board before, I start my board's marketing campaign. Plus many topics, I am interest in are on your board under tutorials, a homerun.
What an exellent tool I encourage everyone to purchase this. There are so many ways this can be used.
Posted by Michael on 14 December 2012 - 01:35 PM
This version focuses merely on getting everything working with the new features of IP.Board 3.4, in particular the new editor and parser code present in this version of IP.Board. IPS re-did a lot of how the editing/parsing works in this version, and new bugs reported to them have continued to be fixed in version 3.4.1 and the (hopefully) soon to be released version 3.4.2.
As such, I think it is critical that anyone using this version of the Tutorials app makes sure they are running the latest release of IP.Board to try an minimize any editing issues they encounter. If you are running IP.Board 3.4.1 already, be sure you have also applied this patch as well as it addresses some issues that you may see editing tutorials in this app. I would also recommend you do take a backup of your entire forum before upgrading (solid advice for any upgrade, really), or at the very least you back up the tables associated with this app prior to upgrading. I've still seen some oddness editing tutorials which appear to the best of my abilities to be related to IP.Board and how it handles trying to edit content saved in previous versions of its editor/parser.
Those warnings aside, there are also a handul of bugs fixed in this release:
- Deleted tutorials ModCP page not showing all
- Mass moderation functions (at least delete) seem broken
- Feed Block, returnContentTypes
- furl issue
If you need support, you can post in the support topic, or you can also report bugs in the bug tracker. Enjoy!
Posted by Michael on 06 August 2011 - 11:14 AM
I wish I was making over $7,000 on the sale of that application, sadly your math is not correct. I'd estimate that nearly half of those who buy each version of the app I sell will also upgrade. So the majority of those 142 purchases are people that bought an older version and are just paying the $10 upgrade cost. Upgrade sales far outnumber new sales. And so it's probably closer to $3,000 I've made on the sale of that app, since I created it about 4 years ago. And that money has gone to pay for hosting this site, buying IP.Board and its applications, paying the annual renewals on those, paying out of my pocket when people do chargebacks on purchases (which PayPal will always grant), etc.
I'm certainly not laughing all the way to the bank, I'm just trying to supplement the income I earn from the two jobs I currently have in order to try and keep my family's head above water, financially. I'm driving a 19 year old car which I just had to put $450 dollars in, which I can't afford. And you're going to begrudge me $10 for paying to upgrade this app?
When I say that $10 is a cheap lunch, I meant exactly that; one individual upgrade sale equals one lunch for me. I'm not sure how you could misinterpret that into thinking I've got a few thousand dollars handy to spend on lunch.
I don't know what more I can say about this, I thought I explained my position pretty clearly here. I haven't charged for an upgrade on this app in 2 years, I don't charge for membership to this site, and I don't plaster this site with ads to make money. I charge people to buy things which I have spent effort in developing, testing, designing, etc. I think that's fair, most of my customers think that's fair. If you don't, then at least now you understand how I manage things here, so feel free to check out some other third-party resource authors and see if you can find ones you like better. I do value the opinions of all of my customers, but I won't change things for all customers based on the views of a single customer.
Posted by Michael on 07 March 2011 - 03:01 PM
- Article preview hover on the category view.
- Promote users to a new group when they successfully submit X articles.
- Filter & sort list of articles on category view.
- Add an option in each group to disallow access to the Tutorials system until they have reached X posts
- Mass-moderation options.
- Quick edit article title.
- Error codes for ACP errors.
- Minor changes to cut down on PHP notices.
terms and conditions. I skipped this term on the IP.Board 3.1 update as I didn't think the changes were that great to warrant enforcing this, but I know that with the changes to the IP.Board editor coming in the next version that I will have to make a new major version of this application. Instructions on how to request and pay for that upgrade will be made available when IP.Board 3.2 and the corresponding upgrade to this application are released.
Like previous versions in the 1.2.x series, this version of the application requires that you are running IP.Board 3.1.4. Existing customers can download this new version from our Downloads system, here. New customers can purchase their copy at the same location. Should you require technical support, please post in the application's support topic here. You may also use the Tracker to report bugs.
Posted by Lewis P on 06 June 2010 - 09:20 AM
File Name: Facebook Like Box
File Submitter: Lewis P
File Submitted: 06 Jun 2010
File Category: Hooks
Shows a Facebook Like Box in a sidebar hook based on your site's Facebook page. Note that in order to have a Facebook Like Box, you must have both a Facebook Page and a Facebook App. If you already use Facebook Connect for your site, you can use the same App ID in this hook.
Click here to download this file
Posted by Michael on 16 August 2011 - 09:47 AM
First off, I made the block on our home page that holds this Upgrades link visible to all Members, not just Premium Members. Obviously only Premium Members (which all existing customers should be) would be able to use that tool, so why the change? The reason is that I've added a new button on this page:
In the upper right corner, there is a new 'Synch with IPS Marketplace' button. Whereas before, the act of synching was run via a Scheduled Task in the forum, and synched up everyone, this button here does similar functionality, but just for your account. So when it is clicked, it compares your sales data on this site with what your email address bought at the IPS Marketplace. If you have sales here that aren't at the Marketplace, they'll be added there, and vice versa. If that means you bought stuff at the Marketplace, and are just a Member here, when you Synch using this button it should automatically promote you to a Premium Member.
The act of synching is a relatively resource intensive one, so I only permit it to be run 3 times an hour. There should be no need to run it any more than that, it would typically only need run if you weren't using the same email addresses here and at IPS and needed to run it instead of waiting for the automatic task to run it.
You'll also notice some other subtle changes on that page. I now note which version of IP.Board your purchased products were developed for, so that there is no confusion there. I also note in the link for ordering the invoice for the upgrade which version you're trying to purchase. And you'll notice that if you have multiple upgrade options available, I list them all.
As an added bonus, more for my benefit than anyone else really, I've consolidated all of the places where I store the data about what the IDs for the various files are on my site and the Marketplace, and what can upgrade to which other app, etc., so that when I do produce new commercial products I have just a single file to modify to get all of these processes talking to each other properly.
As always, if you run into any issues or have any questions, post them here.
Posted by Michael on 04 January 2011 - 10:16 AM
- Custom Mods
- Custom Skins
- Tech Support
Please note that we do not guarantee that we will be able to fulfill all requests. Our staff members here work what they can when they are available, but they have other obligations as well. But every effort will be made to try and work with you to complete the request. Also remember that it is always better to provide as much info about what you need as possible, as it helps us get a better idea on how much work will be involved, and thus a more accurate price quote can be given. Remember that the more complicated your work is, the more you should expect to pay for the work to be completed.
To go along with this, and to help ensure we have adequate folks available to us to complete the work we are requested to fulfill, we have a box on the right side of our home page where you can submit an application to join the Techs team. We're looking for folks with knowledge of the Invision product line and can help folks by making either custom mods, custom skins, or things of that nature. If you'd like us to consider you for one of those positions, submit your application and let us know what kind of work you are capable of doing. Note that we may not contact you back immediately, but when we have cases where we have to re-assess our staffing needs to cope with our volume we may check there to find folks to help out.
As always, we welcome any questions/concerns you may have.
Posted by Martin on 02 January 2011 - 07:40 PM
File Name: Profile Statistics Tab
File Submitter: Martin
File Submitted: 03 Jan 2011
File Updated: 03 Feb 2011
File Category: Hooks
IP.Board 3.0 Compatible?: Yes
IP.Board 3.1 Compatible?: Yes
This hook adds a new tab to your profile, showing some interesting statistics of your posting. Such as number of posts per forum, per hour and your total number of votes/topics/polls.
Click here to download this file
Posted by Michael on 29 December 2010 - 01:25 PM
In addition, a couple of mods that were available to Premium Members on my site only, (IM) Remove Topic Links and (IM) Pre-defined Topic Fields, are now available for sale to the general public as well, also at 50% off of their original price.
Posted by Michael on 08 October 2010 - 02:49 PM
This is just a point release, no major changes to the system, but it includes lots of new features and bug fixes. Some of the new features to look for include:
- Pinned tutorials
- Quick edit an article
- Ajax toggling of hidden/shown
- Link to mark just the tutorials system as read, only able to do it category-by-category or entire site now
- Receiving email notifications when tutorials have comments
- Ability to do a Facebook Like for an article
- Support for Sitemap Generator
- A single RSS feed for the whole system
- Setting for whether RSS updates by article submit date or article updated date
- IP.Content plugins
- Add the number of comments each article has to the category view
- Settings for meta description and keywords for the tutorials index
- Add additional quick tags into support topic template
- Add the tutorial description as support topic description
- Clean up page titles ('main category : Subcategory : Sub-subcategory : article')
- Getting Error while adding new transaction in IP.Subscription
- Error when loading page
- Search displaying html
- Search results
- Profile search issue
- Wording when editing
- Category warning unskinned
- Categories not reverting
- SQL error
New customers who are interested in this product may purchase it through our Downloads system, the cost is $40; just visit that page and click the Purchase link to initiate a new purchase. Once the payment clears you can immediately download your product.
Please use the official support topic for all support questions. If you'd like to make a suggestion for new features, you can do so here.