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byumbris, September 20, 2014
Social presence
This is a simple yet attractive way to display social network links. The back end is intuitive. I like how the button bar floats at the corner of the browser window. Contrary to the editor notice, there does not seem to be any hidden backlink to the developer's website (or anywhere else), although I am aware that JoomSpirit has put backlinks in their templates in the past.
Owner's reply

Thank you ! I can confirm that there is no backlink in my free extensions.

Calc Builder
When I read all of the glowing reviews about this extension, I was skeptical that it would live up to my expectations. I'm happy to say that it has, and then some.

I have been trying to create a instant price quote form for my commercial photography business. I had previously used RSForm!Pro by RSJoomla!, but found it a little too complicated and quirky to complete the quote functionality, so I simply gave up. (Note: RSForm!Pro is an excellent extension; I simply found it to be a little more than I needed for a basic quote form).

What I like about Calc Builder is that it is simple to use for basic calculators, but has enough additional capability to do some really slick things. For under US$30, it's really quite handy.

I will say that, for anything other than basic calculations, some knowledge of programming is useful (PHP, JavaScript, CSS). However, Moonsoft will design a calculator for you or customization their code, and their fees seem very reasonable.

Moonsoft's support is exemplary. I had some difficulty getting started with my first calculator because the interface is different from RSForm!Pro. I simply created a couple of support tickets and a couple of forum posts, and I received helpful answers VERY quickly.

The only shortcoming that I can think of is that there is no way to design separate user and admin emails as in RSForm!Pro, which somewhat limits how Calc Builder can be used. That said, this is a great extensions and, for the price, an excellent value.
Monials Fader
This module has many nice features, but it needs some work, especially in the CSS area. For example the placement of the navigation arrows should be relative to the content, not an absolute distance from the top. Also, it would be nice if the height and width parameters could accept % values. Overall, the module is a very good start and I would encourage the developer to continue to improve it.
Owner's reply

Thanks for the feedback umbris :)

I will add the acceptance of % values in the next release. And about the arrows, I feel that this is not a problem, if some other users feel so, I will change that too.

byumbris, November 16, 2011
Nice Social Bookmark
This is an attractive and very useful module for social bookmarking. I only wish that it had a Google+ button.
byumbris, October 27, 2011
Admin Tools
Another excellent extension from Akeeba. Clean, attractive interface and easy to use. It's amazing that for so little effort I can upgrade my site, lock down security and sleep well at night.
byumbris, May 16, 2011
After wasting days trying to get Phocagallery configured to work the way I needed it to, I decided to try sigplus. What a breath of fresh air! I needed a simple, but flexible solution for placing galleries in content. Sigplus more that met the challenge. I had it working exactly as I needed within minutes. (BTW: Not to disparage Phocagallery; it just has too many cumbersome, difficult to configure, and unneeded features for my purposes.)
byumbris, November 13, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The author really thought of just about everything when developing this plugin. It solves a multitude of problems faced when trying to manage images on a Joomla! web site. It's easy to enable to disable features by category, to change the styling and even to control how images are watermarked. On a scale of 1 to 5, this gets a 10!
byumbris, October 14, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Intellectual Property is a solid extension with many powerful features. It also plays well with Joomla! and produces attractive front end output. It's very intuitive to set up and the support from the developers has been both responsive and helpful.

One of the features which I found to be very useful is the capability to have properties included in several categories, including nested categories. This allows you to create menu links to various categories and category groupings.

Currently the component lacks IDX capability, and has only limited ability to link menu items to searches, but The Thinkery says they are working on these features for future releases. In my opinion, they will then have a truly top-shelf product.
byumbris, August 31, 2009
This is really a nice gallery component that is very clean, intuitive and well thought out.

Unfortunately, some of the configuration parameters simply do not work for existing categories, for example, disabling hit counts. There is no way to disable voting or control the display dimensions of images in detail view (or thumbnails for that matter).

I am a professional photographer looking for a simple gallery component with SEF links and photos with title, description and keywords that will be mirrored in the HTML meta tags. JoomGallery does not foot the bill, but should work well for most users..