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ArtCats is a module that can automatically list Articles from within a designated Category or can list Categories from within a designated Section. Compatible only with Joomla 1.5 and later. Not for use with Joomla 1.0.xx. Based on Categories 1.5 module created by Rich Dorfman which was created with inspiration from Module - Content Categories version 1.0.1 by Boris Komraz.
2.5.0 version announcement:
New version 2.0.4 with "Exclude Current Article" ability now available!
Read the release announcement here:
Please post questions there in the comments section or email me!
Additional Information (Please feel free to visit the Demo/Documentation Pages as well):
When set to auto mode this module functions contextually, meaning that it will only return the expected links when on the appropriate type of page.
For example, let's say you had a Section named Section 1, with Categories named Category 1, Category 2, Category 3. Let's say you also have another Section named Section 2, with Categories named Category 4, Category 5, and Category 6. In auto mode the module would automatically show links to Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 when you visit the Section 1 page and show links to Categories 4, 5, and 6 when visiting the Section 2 page.
For Categories the functionality is similar. Let's say you had a Category named Category 1 with Articles named Article 1, Article 2, and Article 3. Let's also say you had another Category named Category 2, with Articles named Article 4, Article 5, and Article 6. If you visited the Category 1 page the module would automatically show links to Article 1, Article 2, and Article 3. If you went to visit the Category 2 page the module would automatically show links to Articles 4, 5, and 6.
Pretty nifty huh? I figured this would be a nice way to have a semi-automatic menu system.
Your ideas are welcome!
I installed the latest version (2.03). However, there are so many problems with it that I've had to uninstall it. Problems are:
1) It doesn't work with Joomla Core SEF.
2) The expandable facility doesn't work. When I go to a section, all the categories plus all their articles are listed in the menu. What should happen is that only the category with the article you are reading should be expanded, the others should be closed.
3) The subcats patches have something wierd in them. After installing them, errors start appearing within core joomla!! Luckily I backed up my site before installing the patches so no harm done.
4) Other people had mentioned some of the same problems I am having on the support page, but there is no reply given to them and some of those comments are 3 months old
I appreciate the developer is offering the plugin for free and this is not a go at him. It's just very frustrating because this plugin would be amazing if it worked.
If it worked, I would even pay for it because the functionality is just what I want! I am wondering what I have done wrong because evother reviewers have idently managed to get it working.
The new version, ArtCats 2.0.2, is as easy to use as the previous version but also displays on the articles pages. It is sooo easy and just what I wanted.
Some users are getting "Call-Time-Pass-By" error messages but a simple php mod resolves that.
Thanks Omar for an excellent module!
Thanks for excellent extension You guys.
This could be the greatest automatic listing extension for Joomla! if it could only track into the article's full view and show up with all the articles in that category. But even without it, it's a time saver unparalleled.
Take a look at the latest version that's been released and let me know how it works for you!
But the idea is very good!
I hope you find the time to add support for the Article links to continue to show when you click on an Article link.
Thank you for the review Ronni! This capability was added (though I haven't updated this area or the JoomlaCode file, which I apologize for) and you can view download the update in the Joomla forums:
I've been working on an update for a while on/off (a full rewrite and adding some new features) but I haven't been able to complete it yet.
We all have a main menu, which always shows. But on a busy site with lots of pages - when you are creating content, what you don't want to have to worry about is creating more menu links.
There is no need with ArtCats. It will generate a dynamic menu that offers the best menu options for you based on where you are. At top level it will show you a list of sections, when you select a section it will display the categories in that section. Select a category and you see the articles in the category (and it does it all automatically).
There are filters to work for certain sections and categories too, if you don't want it on every page.
My only reservation is that when I click on the article itself - the module renders nothing. Just a blank. I would prefer that it still showed the category listing for that category. I had a look and could work out how to hack it to get it to do it :(. I hope that this is available soon and then I'd recommend this mod for every 1.5 site.