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byLostLion, September 29, 2009
mavik Thumbnails
This does exactly what it says right out of the box and looks and works great on the front end. After enabling the plug-in, activating it is as easy as grabbing the corner of an image (on the back-end) and resizing it slightly. That's all there is to it!

I did a page load comparison without the plug-in, and with each of the 3 choices of pop-up boxes. Assuming a 56k connection, enabling slimbox added 2 more seconds, and Joomla modal added 5 more seconds. However enabling Highslide added 19 seconds to the page load time. (Highslide only added 3 seconds of load time for a T1 connection).

Although different web pages will vary in these results, this comparison should help you when making those all important decisions between aesthetics and load times.

This is one of those great products which should satisfy the needs of both the experienced and novice Joomla user.
byLostLion, September 24, 2009
Easy installation and setup
With editor button plug-in, easy to include in content.
Works with Tiny MCE editor.
Did not encounter any errors.

Does not work with FCK Editor or X-Standard Lite.
Pop-up not only includes the scripture, but advertising, web-links, html codes for webmasters, their blogs, and quite a bit more. I was very disappointed in the crowded display of the pop-up window. It looks like I'm linking to another website instead of focusing on the linked scripture.
byLostLion, August 23, 2009
Simple MP3 Player
I've tested almost every free audio extension available on Joomla Extensions, trying to find one that is easy to set up and more importantly easy to maintain. After quite a bit of frustration, I tried Simple MP3 player and was amazed at its simplicity. But don't let the name fool you. Although simple to install and use, it gives far more customizing options than other players I've tried. Although most of the website is in German, the Joomla back end is very well documented in English. Everything is handled on the back end without having to ever update an xml file, a definite plus.

It's true that it is somewhat difficult to get the exact color scheme you want because it doesn't give you a skin to choose from. Rather, you get to customize every bit of the player from the text and background colors to the color gradients used to highlight the player, even allowing you to add your own graphic. This can be a little daunting for those of us without artistic talents, but the end results are worth the effort.

The player also has different configurations to choose, from a simple background loop to a fully configurable player with user controls and menu options.

Someone earlier mentioned that the "?" button shows the word "Inconnu" instead of the playing song. Actually, it shows that word if no song is playing, but once the track starts, clicking the "?" does show the name of the song.

This is only one of 2 players that I was able to set up and run without having to search the site and forums for installation and use instructions.