For Joomla 2.5 and 3.+ only:
• 2.5.2: Creating thumbs from the images.
For Joomla 1.5.x only:
• 2.1.6: New option not to limit the text and not to strip tags.
• 2.1.5: Specifying how many days ago to list articles from.
• 2.1: Possibility to show the author.
• 2.0: More flexible content output through an html supported textarea.
It is ridiculously easy to customise, with only CSS and the module parameters (I made it show only images, overlaid with the article title, which looks superb, and added a tiny hack in the very clean code to allow me to push articles to the module with a string in the Meta Description).
Works a treat, highly recommended!
I successfully implemented the version for joomla 1.5 in a joomla 1.5 site where I needed to list articles from a particular section on the home page. I thought it would be a breeze to updated the site to joomla 2.5, but alas, the function to show articles from within a particular category has gone. I suppose it's been replaced with the 'Exclude Categories' options, but this again doesn't seem to work. Or I simply don't understand how to use it.
Saying that, recently build a joomla 2.5 site where I used one instance of the module in on pages within categories through the whole site. This brought up an idea for a function for this extension. This being to concatenate the module title with the category it appears in. ie. module title is 'More...' and the module is used in a category called say, 'reviews' and another, say, 'interviews', the 'More...' is concatenated with 'reviews' when the module appears in the 'reviews' category and when it appears in the 'interviews' category it is concatenated with 'interviews'.
Like many have expressed, the support for this extension is particularly irritating. I appreciate the developer not having time to contribute to the forum but it's always helpful to find and contribute solutions from/to posts. But when the forum is locked...it's just plan annoying.
Would it be possible to set up a forum for this extension within the a joomla forum?
wish i would have know about it before, I am using over 100 instances of this module and it works like a charm!
The ease of use, flexibility of configuration and the added values for content administration and correct display of intros across browsers is just spectacular.
One of the major bonuses of using this module, is the content admin doesn't have to worry about resizing the thumbnails and placing them into an intro text to display a news article correctly in the homepage or lobby page or in a blog view, the first image will appear as predefined for each instance (for example for one lobby you can 90*90 thumbs and for another 200*200pixels thmbs - the original pictures being random sizes.
The module will cut the text at the exact number of character as required and the formatting of the html happens in the module, so you can define very complex and fully customizable display structures for each instance!
Another major advantage is your ability to switch an instance between list view, scrolling ticker view, items view(picture + text), so you can play with the same instance on the fly and just apply it differently every time,
EXAMPLE: below every article i use an instance to show 2 random articles with picture and text,
to the left of the article i have a list of the top articles in the same category, and these two are copies of the instance i used to display articles in the lobby page...
This product makes Joomla webmastering more accessible than ever!
i think it's a great innovation and most certainly one of the best modules i have ever used, big respect and thanks to the authors!
the only thing missing to make it perfect is some way to handle pagination, when they get this done - i could create half a portal using only this module.
There seams to be absolutely no support at all from the developers. I also noticed a great amount of unanswered topics with similar problems as mine.
So far, looks like a deserted forum. To bad because it's a good module (when it works).
I strongly recommend Devs from other groups that offer great support for their products, to create a similar component so I will (and probably a lot of people to) use theirs instead.
This has been an unsatisfied customer's review.