In the very sophisticated and user friendly component administration you can design unique slideshows, showcases, galleries and animations within minutes.
Works perfect with Joomla content, image folders, social media sources like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr or YouTube. And also 3d party extensions like Cobalt, K2, ZOO, JoomShopping, MijoShop, Phoca Gallery, Ignite Gallery or VirtueMart 2. can be sources for your slides and showcases.
You just have to take care not to use too many image layers, this may cause jquery errors and very slow performance. This happened to me in my first experiments. But the more you learn about the structure and workflow logic the faster you will be able to create stunning slideshows and animations.
Support is very good, the documentation also. So Smart Slider 2 is worth every cent and one of the very best and most flexible Joomla extensions available.
In my review I don´t want to talk about the good features, but talk about two problems, that really should be solved in the future.
In my point of view JiFile has two big disadvantages:
First it has no integrated ACL system. Every file is public, and so the results can be very dramatic, if you want to use sensitive files, that only some user should be able to see. For instance if you use Joomla for a intranet etc. You can implement a homebrewn solution via the JiFile search plugin, but this should be standard. Second if you index many documents you will feel the disadvantage of the old fashioned search algorithm. The effect is a very long waiting time when you seach for JiFile indexed data (up to more than a minute). So with one project I had to exclude the JiFile search plugin from the default results, because the time of waiting wasn´t accepptable.
On the other hand JiFile is freeware and the developer is giving a good support to their customers. That´s why I give four stars to it, although the two problems I mentioned can be criterions for exclusion for more ambitious joomla projects.
thanks for your review, this is very important for us. We appreciate receive a comment that describe also the weaknesses on which to work. This help us to improve this project.
For the first problem, we started to develop a process for the management of the ACL of the documents, we think to release this new feature in the coming months.
For the second problem, JiFile uses "Lucene Search Engine", and for improve response times in searches, you need configure correctly JiFile for optimize the process of the "Indexing" and improve your search time.
If you want you can contact us for more information and find a good configuration for improve your search time.
- better frontend article management
- working frontend approval system enhancing the editorial workflow
- group management integration
- viewing and editing Articles waiting for approval
-rejection snippets, bad words list
- completely out-dated template design (tables etc.) - templates not suitable with responsive layouts
- templates not suitable with multi column layouts
- important features available in the joomla standard edit view are simply missing (like image management, for instance)
- no language packs and files (only
- weak css styling
- slow performance
- very high price
- insufficient customer support
So in the end this extension is not living up to its promises. Hopefully it will competely redesigned in the future. Because it has enough potential to become a "must have" for editorial focussed website.
It's very strange that you acquired a product for an older Joomla version, but you expect it to look like a J!3.x product. It is unfair that you felt the need for a bad review, just because you wanted some customizations that we could not provide due to our current schedule.