I wanted to use a Joomla component so my clients could log in and see the hours spent (under implementation in TrackTime as I understand it) or get a manually created e-mail (with a PDF) about it. Hopefully this can be done automatically in the future to save lots of hours (when you have many projects and clients). TrackTime could also benefit a lot if it too had management of employees and their way of submitting their hours spent on the different client projects (from the frontend – quick and easy).
TrackTime has most of what I need. The support is very fast and the developer Davide seems to be very dedicated to his work. I love being a part of great Joomla components – helping with ideas, suggestions, bug fixing (I am a programmer) and so on.
In essence: TrackTime Free is great but TrackTime Pro is the best project management system I have used for Joomla. I have spent way too many hours on project management systems that did not do the job.
I see the option to connect TrackTime’s invoicing part with my accounting system (e-conomic – web-based with an open API) and having the invoicing and bookkeeping (for the client projects) done semi-automatically.
If TrackTime in the future would manage to improve the invoicing part to including the cost (billing) for the client’s web hotel and other ongoing client services I would have a complete solution in one great component.
Thank you for a very fine component - I just knew it when I finally found it :-)
But by the new version (version 2) Ad Agency got a lot better. The videos are very informative for us admins and the frontend is getting more intuitive for the ad clients too. After the installation of the new version I just had to do some few re-hacking in order to get it working as I would like it to.
Ad Agency is getting more and more flexible. Merav is doing a fine job among demanding webmasters and developers that perhaps should be a bite closer connected into the community debates. It is really hard explaining technical terms to a non-technical person so I hope to see the developers more in the debates in the future.
Otherwise when I in version 1 experienced errors I got relatively quickly and relatively good support from the developers via the ticket system.
I have reported many ideas and bugfixes that I would like to be a part of future versions. What I reported 1-2 years ago are mostly implemented now and I am now enjoying using Ad Agency and looking forward to what new versions will include of the posted suggestions from many users.
I must bring a warning to webmasters with sites that have more than one template and where Ad Agency’s frontend administration is set up (in the menu manager) to be used on a template that is NOT the default template. I think that Ad Agency has not been tested on a Joomla installation where Ad Agency (frontend admin) was using a non-default template. The ItemID-value is only used in 10% of all links, form-submits, buttons, redirects etc and therefore you “loose” your template and all modules in it when clicking on something where the ItemID-value was not used.
This bug has been there since the beginning and it is not on the radar screen of Merav and Co. Anyone that opens the source code can see that ItemID value is mostly not used (even in version 2). But with at bite of hacking the ItemID value was inserted in the most important files and we could use it.
Ad Agency is very cheap compared to other ad system (not for Joomla) and because of this I think there is not much money for the developers to develop the new things. I would gladly pay more – for example for new versions if I was getting more new features and a more tested and bugfixed system.
I am giving Ad Agency 5 stars because Ad Agency is the best full featured ad system for Joomla and it is getting better by each version.
And by the way, just ignore BlackHat_Inc’s review (below mine). I do not agree with this user – it is way too negative.
Now I love it :-) It was a bit complex to start with, but now I see all the great opportunities that MageBridge offers.
Jisse, the developer, is a fantastic supporter and MageBridge is really a good product.
The only bad thing to say is that they have chosen not to support windows servers. It works fine on my dedicated windows server with only one little problem and that's the Update function on the Magento side - it does not work (but that is properly a general Update problem on Magento installation). So MageBridge has to be updated manually, which is also really quick. On the Joomla side the update works great.
I am so glad that I took over a project that used MageBridge, so I could learn how to use it. Now more clients want to same solution on their sites :-)
The download link opens the files in a new window, which is not good. There is no option to choose the download files to open in this or a new window, so I hacked the MP3 browser a bit so it did not open in a new window.
A TIP FOR EVERYONE
If you insert this into your vhost file then you can force the downloading of the mp3 files in all browser types. This makes MP3 browser even better :-)
# forces mp3 files to download
Header set Content-Disposition attachment
Adrien (the developer) is extremely fast in his support and he gladly implements suggestions and that is properly why AcyMailing is very rich in features and has very user friendly intuitive pages :-)
The file is too large and the installation takes too long so several timeouts are reached in the PHP. The workaround is to increase the timeouts before installing and decreasing them after the install. This you can only do if you have your own server or the hoster gives you access the php settings.
I recommend that the team behind CiviCRM rethink the installation – perhaps install the core of CiviCRM and move the rest to a second installation (like for example done in the JCE plugins, not said that the JCE plugins are demanding), perhaps with the use of Ajax so the execution timeout is not reached.