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Issue 108 - Mar 16, 2011



1. Get a $100 credit for Add Ons with CMS Builder purchase (Until March 23rd)
Save 50% off Download Mail Plugin (Until February 24th)

Save $100 on the future purchase of any add-on or template when you buy CMS Builder at its regular price of $199.97. For one week only, until March 23, you will receive a $100 credit towards the future purchase of any plugin or template. Browse the Add-on store and find new ways to enhance CMS Builder. Look for the plugins and templates that will best serve your web development needs.

2. New Plugin: Report Builder
New Plugin: Report Builder

Creating reports has never been easier! Our newly-released plugin lets you create custom reports in minutes that can be viewed from within your CMS, or directly downloaded as CSV. Report Builder automates most the work required to add any report to your CMS.

Download report data as CSV and import spreadsheet programs like Excel for further processing. Reports are written in standard MySQL, allowing access to all of the data stored in your CMS. Reports will automatically appear in the menu, and sample data and reports are included. Admin users can create or modify reports, or limit which users have viewing access to the reports section. Create unlimited reports and utilize powerful MySQL features for gathering, aggregating, and sorting your data.

Key Features:

  • Create unlimited reports for your users.
  • Harness powerful MySQL features for analysis.
  • Download any report as CSV for further analysis or presentation.
3. More User-Submitted Plugins
More User-Submitted Plugins

Bulk User Access Editor:
This plugin lets you simultaneously reset the section access for all of your users. Simply select the users you want to update (all users, all admins, or non-admins), select the access level you want to apply, and click the button.
http://www.interactivetools.com/add-ons/detail.php?Bulk-User-Access-Editor-1042

Plugin posted in the forum:
Smart Phone Click Sort plugin:
This plugin replaces "dragSortOrder" fields with numeric text fields allowing records to be moved quickly on a small screen. This feature is only enabled on mobile devices such as the iPhone.
http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/gforum.cgi?post=78268#78268

4. Tool Tips
Tool Tips

Learn how to create and publish random quotes on your site using CMS Builder in this step by step tutorial.

This example will use customer quotes but you can use the same steps for virtual any content. So lets get started:

  1. Login to CMS Builder and go to Admin > Section Editors and click the "Add New Editor.." button.
  2. In the Add New Editor window, choose from the preset menu Quotes. Then click the "Create New Menu.." button.
  3. Now you have a "Quotes" section, go to Admin > Section Editors > Quotes. Click "Save Details" when done.
  4. Go to the Quotes menu in the left navigation and add some content that can be used for testing. For quotes, add more than you want to have appear so they can randomly rotate every time a user goes to the published page.
  5. Click the Admin Code Generator from the dropdown on the bottom of the Quotes Editor page.
  6. On the Admin > Code Generator page, choose Quotes form the Select Section dropdown, and for Viewer Type, choose the List Page radio button. Next choose the number of quotes you want to appear for the How Many radio buttons. For this example, I choose two. Choose Random for Record Sorting. And for the last settings uncheck both Show Uploads and Allow Searching.
    Click the Show Code button.
  7. Copy all the code shown on the Admin > Code Generator > Show Code page and paste into your code editor. You can use Dreamweaver or any other editor as long as you use code view.
  8. Save the file as quotes.php, upload it to your site via FTP and view it in your browser. For example:

    http://www.example.com/quotes.php

    Clicking refresh in the browser will randomly rotate through the quotes.
  9. Go back to your code editor and edit the quotes.php file and remove code not needed and style as required. Upload it again to the site via FTP and preview in the browser.
  10. Include the quotes on any page with the publish code and the top required code.

Any questions about the tutorial, please send let me know.
thanks!
Damon Edis
support@interactivetools.com

5. News from the Forum
News from the Forum

Jason has written some custom PHP code that lets you search for keywords in more than one field. He has posted the code in the forum. Check it out.
http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/gforum.cgi?post=86233#86233

More code examples Jason for sorting records by heading ex. 2010 followed by records from that year and so on.
http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/gforum.cgi?post=86201

6. Developers Resources & Fun Links
Developers Resources & Fun Links

Use this Google extension and get awesome screenshots that can be easily captured, annotated, and shared.

Rackspace has to have the best or at least the cutest Captcha ever! Take a look on their contact page, then scroll to the bottom to see. Refresh the browser a couple of times but be careful of cuteness overload!

Decide for yourself. Is this the best action scene ever?


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