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I had a query about a small issue with the component (caused by our SEF component, not by JCal), and this was quickly looked into and solved via the JCal support site.
Can't ask for better than that really.
One drawback is that the event descriptions can be formatted any way the user wishes, WYSIWYG, and if everyone does it differently we'll end up with a very sloppy looking calendar (especially the flat view which is our default, as we need the full information on each event to be visible initially). Maybe there could be a way to optionally force the use of a chosen font and color.
Thanks for a great extension!
If only all extensions worked this well!
I would like to see more than 1 theme included but for $20 I am glad I have calendar that works right.
keep it simple ... that's our mantra but it's tough sometimes with such a complicated, powerful application. Glad you had a smooth transition.
From practical stand point, I find it very easy to use and install. It took me maybe 30 mins to set it up originally when I was still adjusting it to my site with all the features it has. And it took me less than 5 minutes to upgrade from version 1.6 beta version to current 1.5 stable version and will be upgrading to 2.0 when it's stable.
Great part of this upgrade was that I didn't lose any events. I simply uninstalled 1.6 beta, installed 1.5, enabled modules and was up and running.
How is that for a smooth backward upgrade compatibility!
Glad it's going smooth. Satisfied subscribers don't always return to write a review...Cheers!
Thanks for the kind words. We are finalizing the new JCal Pro 2.x and then we will hopefully find time to get our event server sorted.
However, if you run into trouble you are required to pay for support - or hope that someone on the forums can and is willing to help out. This might be a relatively small issue, but there is almost no documentation (the link provided by the developer in these comments returns a 404 error [http://dev.anything-digital.com/JCal-Client/Documentation.html]) and if you're not using it "out of the box" you can spend a *lot* of extra time trying to work it out.
Make sure you read all of the reviews and pay a visit to the forums at AnythingDigital before you commit to this product. When you're billing a client hourly for custom layout, the cost in time can quickly outweigh the benefits of a low initial subscription fee.
I have updated the links for documentation, I appreciate the heads up.
As for support, you get what you pay for, and $20 doesn't go very far given the average fee for programmers is USD $75/hour.
Thnaks for the note. We are looking into a solution for venue management but have not settled on the best solution as yet.
I don't like that it's damn near impossible to customize the look/layout - and almost no real themes for it. But for $20 - you can't beat it.
If you need a calendar, this is the one. I had nothing but problems with JEvents, but JCal Pro was a breeze and continues to work near perfect.
I think most users would agree that the features are comparable, and with the upcoming 2.0 version will far surpass JEvents.
One sugestion, since there's posts that confirm these bugs (developers were aware of it); Please, don't let people subscribe to a service that they cant use.
The forum is public, so no reason you could not have browsed in advance.
As for bugs, these are normal parts of development. That's why we cycle through alpha, beta, RC, etc...
The current release is "Release Candidate 2".
We started with event list, which seems to have decent community support, and was free, but we didn't like the way it did reoccuring events, or archiving, so we kept looking.
JCal Pro was a great value. The 48 hour subscription is chump change, (I pulled it out of pocket rather than fill out the paperwork for and the software works perfectly. We'll sign up for a more extensive subscription in a heartbeat if we have any trouble with it.
Minor bug: End dates for reoccuring events in the front end must be set before 2022 or else a bug occurs in the back end.
Feature missing: no support for reoccuring event exceptions (not that EventList or JEvents supported that either, just something we could really use.)
Thanks for the kind words. We'll be adding recurring event exceptions after the Joomla 1.5 version goes stable.
I mention this both because I've been very satisfied at how usable JCal Pro has continued to be despite its pre-release status, and in light of the possibility that others might notice reviews complaining of bugs in this or prior pre-release versions.
There have been a couple of problems, and they have been frustrating at the time. But hey, that's the risk of beta and other pre-release software and--quite honestly--they are to be expected, which is why the developer warns people to think twice before deploying a pre-release version of the extension to a production site.
The simple truth is, in my opinion this is currently the best calendar available for Joomla and I'm excited about the fact that it's now out of the beta stages and into the release candidate cycle, because the only thing keeping me from using it everywhere I can (everywhere it fits) is its production-ready status.
Kudos to the dev for an awesome product.
Cheers mate. It's starting to look like the all the show stoppers have been sorted, and now it's down to the nitty gritty bugs (usually hard to find but easier to solve).