< 1 2 3 >  June 08, 2015  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Zenbu for Craft Summer 2015 Sale

Summer is already upon us (or at least the date says so depending on where you live). Many might take some time off to relax and recharge batteries, and if you’re one of those lucky people, please enjoy your well-deserved vacation. For those who won’t or can’t, maybe you have some CraftCMS projects in the works. If that’s the case and you’re looking to boost the entry searching capabilities of your control panel, why not give Zenbu for Craft a try? Zenbu for Craft is substantially discounted for the rest of the summer (that means up to the end of August). Any questions about Zenbu for Craft? Feel free to contact Zenbu Studio and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Have a great summer, everyone!

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z4ab


April 22, 2015  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Zenbu for Craft released!

It’s with great pleasure that Zenbu Studio announces Zenbu for Craft. For those unfamiliar with the ExpressionEngine® version, Zenbu (EE version link) is an entry manager that displays entry custom field data in the Control Panel, and also allows for powerful searching (and search saving) through these fields.

It’s been a pleasure developing this in Craft. This is a initial release, and therefore not a final release. Although it’s been working very well for beta testers, you can expect improvements in Zenbu with time.

More details about Zenbu for Craft can be found here.

Also, please use coupon ZENBU4CRAFT to get 30% off your next Zenbu license (limit 1 per user, valid until Friday next week).

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z59


August 13, 2014  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Website gets tweaks, now uses HTTPS everywhere

Zenbustudio.com was recently updated with a few tweaks in the layout, as well as in the frameworks used. Of note during the process was how some may complain of a few simple, and sometimes unexpected, changes in software (expected is always better of course), but compared to these frameworks that change their whole nomenclature and way of working at every major version number, which happens every 6-12 months and is not always quick to implement, I say we’re not faring so bad. ^_-

Zenbustudio.com now also uses https on all URLs under the domain, in addition to the previously secure cart and purchase sections. This is to increase security even further while you browse the site, not worry whether the page is http or https, and for SEO reasons, given that some search engines now value https sites higher than http.

As always, if you encounter any issues, feel free to contact me.

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z46


July 10, 2014  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Henshu (Zenbu Edit) v1.0 announced with new feature: multi-entry custom field editing

One year ago, an idea was brought to the world to find a way to edit entry data without having to load that slow entry form. Today, Henshu reaches its initial goals and is mature enough to be version 1.0.

The BIG feature this time is multi-entry custom field editing, a very often requested function which allows to set a custom field value across multiple entries at once. Before this feature, there was no simple way, short of occasionally running complex MySQL commands, to affect the content of custom fields across multiple entries. The multi-entry custom field editing feature is described in detail in the documentation.

I hope you enjoy this latest version and that it saves you times when managing your entry data. Omedetou Henshu!

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z43


July 01, 2014  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Henshu almost 1 year old, soon to reach 1.0

A year has almost past since Henshu was publicly released. In that time, Henshu has gone from relying on the Channel Entries API to running its own methods, leading the way to one of the most popular features: multi-entry custom field editing. After much testing, the day where this feature is a reality is here.

A beta of the upcoming Henshu 1.0.0 is now available for paying users to try out (EE will display it as 0.9.9.1 until 1.0.0 is officially released). The main feature is of course multi-entry custom field editing. Another is the often-requested ability for Henshu to trigger hooks usually found natively in EE, so that third-party add-ons such as Stash or CE Cache can be called when saving data, as you would when saving from an entry form. The full changelog can be found here: https://zenbustudio.com/software/changelog/henshu#1.0.0

With Henshu 1.0.0, the core set of features that were originally planned for Henshu is finally complete. This also means the end of pre-1.x pricing for Henshu, which will more closely follow Hokoku’s pricing once Henshu reaches 1.0.0.

Henshu 1.0.0 is planned to be released on its 1-year public release anniversary, on July 9th, 2014. In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you encounter any issues. Thank you as always for being so enthusiastic about Zenbu Studio’s software. \(^_^)/

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z44


June 24, 2014  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Hokoku 1.2.0 - Custom Export Options and Batch Size Control

Hokoku 1.2.0 has been released with two new features:

Custom Export Options

Need data exported in a different format than what is displayed in Zenbu? Hokoku now comes with additional options for exporting data. These are per-export profile, per-fieldtype settings.

Hokoku Extra Export Options

Want to extend or customize the exported data further? Add options specific to your 3rd-party fieldtype? Developer documentation is also available. Those familiar with adding Zenbu support should feel right at home.

Batch Size Control

Before 1.2.0, Hokoku was hard-coded to export entries in batches of 100 entries when more than 100 entries were to be exported. Depending on your EE and server setup, this either led to a performance hit or resources running out (eg. out-of-memory errors). In other cases on servers with plenty of resources, batches of 100 entries on an export containing thousands of entries could take time to complete. You now have the option to control how many entries are included in a batch.

Export Batch Size Control

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z7W


March 02, 2014  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Add-On Compatibility with ExpressionEngine 2.8

If you haven’t heard yet, ExpressionEngine 2.8 was released last Friday. Compatible versions of Zenbu Studio’s commercial add-ons are planned to be released very soon.

In the meantime, early tests show that Zenbu 1.9.0 generally works when accessing the add-on directly from the Modules section in the EE Control Panel. Content => Edit and similar links, however, do not. This is due to the change in CP URL format that is introduced in EE 2.8. Hokoku (Zenbu Export) also suffers from this change, and both add-ons will have a fix release very soon. Henshu (Zenbu Edit) remarkably worked without any issues, but a maintenance release will be released nonetheless.

As always, make sure all commercial add-ons (any add-on, not just those from Zenbu Studio) are up-to-date and known to work with any new released version of ExpressionEngine before upgrading.

Follow Zenbu Studio on Twitter, or the #eecms hashtag, for announcements on add-on releases.

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z5T


December 10, 2013  -  by Nicolas Bottari

The Three Updated Add-Ons of Christmas

Today, three of Zenbu Studio’s add-ons were updated, two of which with new features.

Hokoku 1.1.1

The more boring of the three updates, but still important. A small maintenance update which fixes a number of issues especially related to EE 2.7+. If you happen to encounter errors (hopefully you won’t!), those are also a bit more verbal now.

Henshu 0.7

The major change for Henshu (a.k.a. Zenbu Edit) is the death of the whitelist. This is a bigger deal than it looks. There is a limitation in the way the native EE Channel Entries API works which forced ALL fieldtypes used in a channel to be whitelisted before being able to use Henshu with that channel. This restriction has been removed in version 0.7. Further, Henshu now precisely updates only the data it needs to update, instead of the old method where ALL data for an entry had to be curated and checked for integrity despite updating a single piece of entry data. In addition to this major improvements, the following features have been added:

  • Ability to edit an entry is now based on the EE permissions for the user. Requires Zenbu 1.8.5+.
  • Fieldtypes can be individually disabled in settings section: Fieldtype X is causing problems but you still want to use Henshu? Just disable that fieldtype.
  • Dialog sizes can be set for each fieldtype in settings section: Want more height/width on Fieldtype X’s modal popup window? You can now set that to the height you want in Henshu’s settings.
  • Permissions section: Control which member group has access to Henshu and its settings.

Zenbu 1.9.0

In addition to a number of bug fixes, here are the main highlights for the Zenbu update:

Better category add/remove functionality

Until this version, Zenbu actually sent users to the native EE multi-entry category editor for adding or removing categories to entries. This is now running in-house (except for final submission of changes, which EE still takes care of), and allows the display of extra information for easier category management:

  • A clearer display whether you’re adding or removing categories
  • A list of your selected entries, for easy reference
  • Currently associated entries are listed next to each category
  • For removing categories, categories with no selected entries associated are greyed out. Less guesswork for which categories to select.
  • A convenient “Cancel” link to go back in case you change your mind.

Zenbu category add/remove for multi-entries

Pages URI display

At last Pages URI are displayed, as is, in their own column in Zenbu. They can also be searched on and ordered. Great for managing page-based content!

Show/Hide non-visible columns in Display Settings for easier management

Display Settings now has a button to temporarily show/hide columns that are set to not be displayed in Zenbu, leaving only columns set to be displayed as visible. Very useful if you need to get rid of visual noise to quickly view your visible fields. It makes shuffling the order of those visible columns around a lot easier as well.

Expanded:

Zenbu Expanded Columns - Display Settings

Collapsed:

Zenbu Collapsed Columns - Display Settings

I would also like to take the time to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you for all your support during the year, and please take some time to get some rest. It’s as important as work!

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z4U


August 05, 2013  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Moved to New Host: DigitalOcean

I decided to move zenbustudio.com to a new host, as my previous hosting contract was coming to an end, and the hosting lacked the flexibility and performance I was looking for. I was recommended DigitalOcean, and decided to give it a spin. Needless to say I am very satisfied with the result.

The VPS servers they offer are cheap, very fast, and documentation/community articles are excellent. You also get a fixed IP and a clean/flat design control panel to work with. None of that ugly cPanel/Webmin stuff (unless you want to install that, which you can). For anyone with some server management knowledge (there is no UI off-the-bat, mostly terminal), I highly recommend signing up with DigitalOcean. Now working on zenbustudio.com feels like running a local machine! I hope you enjoy the preformance boost as well.

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z9Q


July 01, 2013  -  by Nicolas Bottari

Yukijapon.com Launched - Built on Craft

Late last week I launched Yukijapon.com, an art portfolio site for my wife, Yukiko. The site serves as a place to show her amazing Japanese art (among a number of types of art she does), as well as give a bit of information about herself. Eventually we’re hoping to add products for sale on the site, although Yukiko already accepts offers for work.

The site was built using Pixel &Tonic’s excellent Craft CMS.

Yukijapon.com - Yukiko Hashizume Japanese Painter

Under the Hood

  • I used Zurb Foundation 4 to quickly get the layout and functionality up and running.
  • I decided to make each entry a “category”, with each entry containing an Assets field. An Asset field can have multiple images (files) attached to it. The user can also change the order of these images/files through drag & drop.
  • The About and Contact pages were set up using Global Sets. The contact form uses the Contact Form plugin by Pixel &Tonic.
  • The Blog section goes to her longstanding Blogger site. Blogger has some features she still finds useful.

“Issues” (note the quotes)

  • I ran into a tiny problem with deleting entries containing assets, but the P&T team helped me almost instantly. An update fixed the issue for everyone.
  • The Craft Google+ community helped me with randomizing entries (not assets yet, but it’s something Craft will likely flesh out more in the future). Everyone was incredibly responsive there as well.
  • I had issues with uploading files since going live, but that was a host issue: apparently the webhost used was blocking some POST requests using Web Application Firewall (WAF). Turning that “feature” off resolves the issue.

The Client’s Impression

Yukiko (a.k.a. the “Client”) seems to really enjoy using Craft, even with the extra step where assets (currently) need to be uploaded in a separate section before being adding to an entry. Despite this additional step, she finds the Control Panel UI cleaner and easier to manage compared to what she is used to up to now. Interesting how a different design can give that impression: after all, the client is still just filling out boxes and uploading files, right?

Craft was also translated to Japanese (by guess who? ^_-), and the fonts look great in the CP. She had issues with the naming for “Assets” and “Globals”, which wasn’t initially obvious. I changed “Assets” to “File Management” in Japanese since there is no non-technical word for “assets” in Nihon-go. I’m considering changing “Globals” to “Site General Settings” as well, maybe just for her site’s purposes.

Craft CMS - Control Panel in Japanese

Other Interesting Facts

  • It took me only a few days to build the site. A third of that time was argu… uh, discussing the design ^_^;;
  • I went through 2-3 Craft updates in the course of development.
  • Developing with Craft was easy and I could hit the ground running with templating, and the unbelievably speedy response and friendliness calmed any fears I might have had during development.

Finally, if you like Yukiko’s site, are interested in some of her work, or just want to say hi, please feel free to drop her a line.

Short URL: https://zenb.us/z6v


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