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bylinux4me, March 8, 2010
Ninja RSS Syndicator
I'm using version 1.0.7 in Joomla 1.5.15. The component installed quickly and without errors. It's easy to configure and intuitive to use if you have ever used an RSS syndicator before. It has all the options I needed except for one. It leaves plugin syntax in the feeds, which are therefore worthless.

You can pay $10 for a Silver subscription on the Ninja web site and then are allowed to download their Ninja RSS Strip Plugin Tags Plugin, which also installs easily without errors and does just what it says; however, I think this functionality should be included in the component itself. It seems like a Micro$oft-like gotcha that I don't appreciate.

Other than that, I'm very happy with the component, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone whose content items are simple and without any plugin tags. If you're like most users, and your content has at least a couple different types of plugin tags, count on spending that $10 or taking the time to build the tag-stripping plugin yourself.
Owner's reply

Thanks for the kind words.

We originally had the functionality built into the component, but we had a mix of people who wanted:

- no plugins run (strip all out)
- all plugins run (strip none out)
- some plug ins run (strip some out)

So I had to split it out into a plugin. At which point we made it a paid extra.

It may seem like a Micro$oft gotcha, but it is just us wanting to feed our families. That $10 gets you access to all of the extended functionality plugins and all of our silver level extensions (40+).

There is several thousands of hours of work in those extensions combined, so we feel it is more than a fair deal for just $10.

Besides which, the vast bulk of the functionality of Ninja RSS is still 100% free of charge. It is just the optional extras that we ask for some money for.

I've been using Rokbox since Joomla 1.0.x, and currently use the Joomla 1.5 versions 1.5/2.2 of the content and system plugins, respectively.

I haven't found a better extension for handling multimedia files. Rokbox is easy to add to content items, handles links to video hosted at YouTube and Hulu, and works marvelously for images--the automatic thumbnail creation is great--with a couple of tweaks.

For some reason, out-of-the-box Rokbox is hard-coded to crop images when it creates thumbnails. I routinely change the line of code to scale rather than crop images when it creates thumbnails. It also doesn't add height and width attributes to the image tags it creates, which would be a small modification for the developers to make.

I have never gotten the local or remote FLV display to work. Apparently, this happens with some servers running mod_security that won't allow JWPlayer to access and play the videos, though other plugins, like Mgmediabot2, are able to do so. It will play other video file formats, so I usually convert FLV to MPEG if I need to run a local file.

The forum for Rokbox is pretty helpful if have issues, though it seems some posts go without response from the developers there are quite a few other users who respond. There are a Tips and Tricks and Solved Issues topics that are a must read if you have issues.

Rokbox, based on Mootools, doesn't play well with JQuery, though it is much better about this in Joomla 1.5.x than it was in Joomla 1.0.x. Think twice before you spend a lot of time on it if you're using a JQuery-dependent extension you can't live without.
bylinux4me, March 5, 2010
Phoca Gallery
I have tried a number of galleries including RSGallery2 and Easygallery. Phoca Gallery is by far the best I've tried. It installs smoothly, the documentation on the home site is good, and the forum is actively watched and responded in by the developer. The slideshow options built in are really nice, and haven't given me any of the nasty javascript conflicts that tend to occur with my template, which makes heavy use of mootools.

I had to migrate a large gallery (~6,000) images, and was able to do so without a hiccup.