Joomdle doesn't meet them. There are lots of plugins included with the extension to create menus and modules and i can rely on my nice commercial template to make those look good. Great. But what I really want is a way of making moodle content look nice.
Now this is clearly a tall order because, quite frankly, moodle is pig ugly at the best of times. So I've spent a couple of days playing with Joomdle but as I'm not interested in the plugins and the modules I just want to host moodle content and make it look good what I really need is a something more than just a wrapper - which is essentially what Joomdle offers for content display.
So if you can work out how to strip out the moodle blocks from the course view and adjust your template to suit the wrapper then all is good. You've got moodle content in a wrapper. So where does Joomdle come in? Well that's the wrapper. But couldn't you create your own wrapper? Well yes I suppose so... so isn't Joomdle a bit unnecessary? Well quite possibly yes....
Actually I found hosting the course files (adobe captivate) directly in Joomla and using a php script to store results on the server seems to give me the results I need. And I have more control over the look and feel of the material - without the hangups in connection to moodle etc.
If I hadn't read one of the designers saying "we don't really "do" templates..." I may have persevered. But really for me - and surely lots of other users - it's the looks we want Joomdle for not just the wrapper and the modules.
I think the core issue is that Moodle seems to be at a level that academics would accept - scruffy, slightly unreliable and disorganised. But I think a commercial project could probably integrate the two better than Joomdle does. In fact I think a good commercial project could probably swallow moodle whole.
I currently use the free JobList component as it suffices but I'm considering the full version for a more comprehensive featured site.
I use it for posting vacancies for the recruitment side of my business. Many years ago I paid a developer around $150 to create a very simple component to allow me to do this, so to have a free component that does more is excellent.
It's also refreshng to see an active support forum as I nkow if I invest my time and effort into populating and using the component it will be updated as required as and when Joomla evolves.
Verdict: Top work.
Even though there is a free version I wont waste time on it as the demo doesn't work correctly. This is a shame because at some point someone has clearly invested some time developing this.
The nature of the component is such that it is for use by businesses - who cannot afford to be let down by unreliable components. Better to focus on a paid version and invest the time in maintaining it.
Verdict: a potential derailer, avoid.
The zoolander plugins and components are expensive addons and / or bridges between zoo and other third party components. For this particular product the 6 month support fee, over the course of a year, will cost more than the subscription to acymailing and zoo (which is free).
From my POV the zoolander pricing policy makes their extensions a no go. If the support subscription was for a year then maybe on one or two. But these prices just seem well above average for what are often fairly trivial enhancements to comprehensive products.
I understand that we all have a right to set our own prices, but I'd genuinely hate to see this type of pricing become standard practice off the back of an OS product.
Hi, i'm sorry that you feel that our prices are too high.
We always strive for lowering them as much as possible, since we want to reach the broadest audience and let as many people as possible use them.
We need to balance our expenses though, and 39€ for making sure that we answer support tickets in a timely manner (we are proud to say that we answer within 12 hours to the ticket, and our customers are always VERY happy with our support, like the customer who left the previous review), and to do that, we need to have a professional staff that deals with it.
Moreover, if you use our products in a no-profit website, we offer our products for free, so people that have no gaining from their websites do not have to spend money to buy our extensions.
If you use our extension to built either a company website or a website for a client, we feel the the prices we put there are the right one to allow us to support you during the development of the site in the fastest and best way we can manage.
Hope to have explained our POV on the price policy
I'm currently using the free version to enable me to collaborate on projects more effectively with an associate. We'd been emailing one another and it was getting out of hand. This extension solves that issue.
The two things I'd look for in an update are:
1. greater functionality around date filtering - extending the utility of the tool into task / time management.
2. A printable reporting system for the various viewable formats.
But as it stands, for free, it's already an exceptional extension so it gets full marks from me.
For me though - as an interested but non pro developer, the total lack of anything approaching adequate support makes a huge dent in the value of the yootheme products. These products are fairly complex and clearly well thought out and designed. But that makes them impossible to customise without at least some support.
So, having waded through numerous forum posts for the last 40 mins it is a little frustrating to be confronted with - "contact us by email with access to the back end of your website" every time someone has a problem, the answer to which may be worth knowing.
How about helping people to help themselves. What is the point in providing a free extension then making it next to impossible to use ?
Lite Edition allows to get data from database and show as sortable HTML table.
Full version can read database, CSV files, HTML tables and convert them to sortable tables.
This is puzzling and seems ridiculous to me. If it didn't work or the support is poor - it isn't a 5 star product. Surely this is common sense. You are misleading people who then download on the basis of inflated review scores. This product should not be a 4.7 out of 5 when it simply hasn't worked for over a third of the reviewers.
For me it just doesn't work. It looked promising but the table cell codes are stripped out when I publish with the Szakitable tags, so I end up with a line of text rather than columns and rows.
Because the site is poorly written and it hasn't worked for numerous other reviewers I wont be wasting my time trying to get it working. Instead I'll download 'picnet table filter' and use jumi or AN Other script plugin to allow me to set my own advanced sorting and filters on tables.
Shame, I'd much rather have a plugin solution, I think built in table filtering is a basic need in Joomla. This plugin doesn't fill the gap, not reliably anyway.
I'm using Joomla 1.6.
The carousel worked straight away but I had one or two incompatibility issues (template etc) that I needed some technical help with. I have to say the technical support on this product is second to none and for the price I paid way beyond my expectations.
I've also used the other 2Joomla extensions and all their products seem to be professionally put together and well supported. Couldn't recommend the service any more.
My only gripe is that every time I have a question I have to log in to the ticket system support area. There appears to be no forum. This is more than just a shame - it's actually quite annoying. I make simple usage of most of the extensions I buy and I only buy extensions that have been well reviewed. I am fairly certain that any problem I encounter will have been encountered by more before me. It's not that the support questions go unanwsered - but it's a pain to have to wait for someone to answer your questions - which have no doubt been encountered and answered by a hunderd different users already. Why not make that knowledge publicly available ???
If there is already a forum I apologise, but I can't find it.
The product is excellent but I set aside time to make changes to my websites. Not being able to do things when I want to do them downgrades the value of the product for me.
Thank you for your comments, we’re really appreciate it. According to your questions we’re using our own model of support: we have knowledge base with frequently asked questions and we have documentation with details of the installation and setup process for every product at client member place section.
In the case if customer do not able to find reply for they questions in FAQ , they able to post ticket to support section and we’re do our best to reply ASAP for all questions! (btw. Right now we’re working on new version of our CRM system with more advanced support section integrated with another products management tools. Main goal of this updates make life of our customers more easy and comfortable!)
Forum in the most cases it’s tool for slow support, where customer have to looking for reply during days and in the some cases with forum customers even stay single with they questions/problems most of the times, as result they trying to find solution communicating to each other.
We’re providing professional support for commercial extensions, so with our support ticket system we’re much close to our customers, then some other developers with forum.