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byNickC4555, August 22, 2014
Ignite Gallery
Ignite is the best gallery I have used by far. It looks great in the front end with endless configuration possibilities, including the option of different configurations on the same website through the use of multiple profiles. It is fully responsive, even the lightbox views resize on the fly.

The back end is intuitive, modern and very well structured. Drag and drop uploading makes adding images simple and quick. This is software that is thoughtfully designed for people to use. Support is excellent too, I had a couple of questions which were answered fully in less than a day.

Where is the 6 stars button?
byNickC4555, August 20, 2014
ARI Data Tables
One of the most useful extensions I have used. The ability to wrap a JQuery based table around an SQL query, with endless formatting options and css overrides makes presenting structured data a matter of a few minutes work. This powerful collection of plugins and modules has saved me days of custom work. It would benefit from some decent documentation, the notes you get with it don't begin to reveal all of the things it can do, but the support on Ari Soft's forum is instant. If they can't work out the answer, they are happy to go onto your site and help out.
R Antispam
I had disabled new user registrations because I was getting so much spam on my forum. I installed R Antispam a couple of months ago and re-enabled new users. Not a single spam message has made it through since, hundreds of them have been trapped. Everything a good extension should be; simple, easy to use and does what it says on the tin. Excellent plus.
byNickC4555, February 20, 2014
DirectPHP
DirectPHP is turning into one of my most used plugins. This functionality should be part of core Joomla. Excellent.
byNickC4555, February 21, 2013
jQuery Easy
I have never found such a simple and elegant solution to such a complicated problem before. I was tearing my hair out trying to get a component not to break a responsive template and JQuery Easy fixed it in 5 minutes.

Triple excellent!!!
Owner's reply

Thank you, I am trying my best to make the plugin as useful as possible and help as many issues as it is possible to do without manual intervention. You have no idea how many problems arise with the exponential use of jQuery in extensions...

byNickC4555, April 8, 2012
JoomDOC
I really wanted to like this extension. It's the only free document management component that fully integrates with the Joomla ACL that I could find. It looks pretty good too, but it's just too quirky and obscure for users. The concept of adding a document to a file for metadata and permissions is seriously confusing. The work "document" means different things depending on where you are too.

And it's buggy. Creating a document on a file in the front end adds a record to the database, but it doesn't show up after saving. It knows there is one there because if you try to add another one it fails, but you can't see it in the back end either so it has to be deleted from the database. Every time you perform an operation on a file, it returns to the root folder instead of staying on the page you are working on. It took me ages to work out that you need "Access Administration Interface" permissions to edit metadata on the front end.

Back to the drawing board.
byNickC4555, June 11, 2011
Fabrik
I spent about 3 months trying to get other Joomla development tools to do the job I needed, to create a gig engine for a fan site. None of them came close, so then I decided to start from scratch and write a component. I found fabrik by accident and gave it a go. To cut a long story short, this is one of the best development tools for any environment I have ever used - it did the job I needed, my site looks great and the back end admin is amazing. It is incredibly powerful "out of the box", but with all of the extensions available, and the ease with which it can be customised, it beats all of the others by a mile. I use fabrik in conjunction with CB, Kunena and Community ACL and have a site that my users are delighted with.

Just one complaint - why is it hidden in Contacts & Feedback -> Forms? There must be loads of people looking for a component like this that never find it.