In a nutshell:
- Performance -
ARS is designed to handle massive amounts of data. Tested with hundreds of download items and hundreds of thousands of log records, it groks through this vast amount of data in a heartbeat. Intelligent caching makes it blazing fast.
- Bootstrap -
ARS seamlessly integrates with the Boostrap styling upon which Joomla! 3 is standardised. It includes its own copy of Bootstrap, used only on Joomla! 2.5.
- Control Freak -
Control who can download what. ARS integrates with Akeeba Subscriptions, PayPlans and Joomla! View Access Levels to fine-tune who can view and download anything.
- Perfect Logs -
ARS will log who downloaded what and when, or even who tried but failed. IP addresses, HTTP referrers and country statistics are all logged and can be used to filter the log display. The Control Panel offers a bird's eye view of how well your downloads are doing.
- Attention to detail -
Minute details make the big difference. From copied items defaulting to being unpublished and files you've already used being hidden from file selection drop-downs and from automatically naming and describing your files to zero-click file publishing, ARS has got you covered.
- Updates galore -
ARS can automatically create update streams in multiple formats. INI format which can easily be used from any software. Joomla! XML format for extremely easy updates of the extensions you create.
- Amazon S3 Support -
Store your downloads on Amazon S3. Integrated S3 file browser and ability to upload directly to S3!
Experience the future in download components. Install and use Akeeba Release System. It's completely free of charge.
Note: The software is free of charge, its support is not. You need a valid subscription to request support. However, its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the public tickets is free.
It interfaces beautifully with Akeeba Subscriptions and the Joomla! ACL's (via an AS plugin which adds/removes users to the relevant groups when subscribing/expiring), and even allows you to create update streams for each item.
We've been using this since it's early days and it's been great to see it become a stable product, with new features being introduced and things being tidied up to make it a really solid system.
Any suggestions, feedback or support requests have been dealt with quickly and professionally, with releases being made available within an hour or two of problems being identified. Definitely the extension of choice for providing subscription/payment-driven software downloads.
This is THE download component, imho.
I plan to use it both as generic download component, and to release new firmwares for the machines my company sells. It seems perfectly fit for both uses. I am still making some fine-tuning, but it doesn't seem too difficult to customize everything exactly as needed. ;)
Absolutely suggested to everyone (everyone who is willing to spend a few minutes to get to perfection, at least... maybe the absolute noob could have problems)! And recently, i found here on JED even ARS plugins for Xmap and Joomfish. :)