Next template to get ported will be Avanti followed quickly by Pixel Eight. The new version of Simple Shop is now available in the club member download area and requires the Zen Grid framework to be installed.

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With the release of Folio Life and the Zen Grid framework yesterday Im happy to announce the release of two starter themes that act as blank default templates for the Zen Grid Framework. We will be following today's post with some tips and tutorials on how to go about editing them and making your own Zen Grid compatible Joomla template but for now I just wanted to let club members that they are ready to be downloaded.

These themes are very minimal and not really finished but are good skeleton templates or starting points for working with the framework. there are a number of other simple but more fleshed out themes in the works so stay tuned for them.

Logged in members can find them in the Zen Grid Framework download area.

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Introducing Folio Life

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Im very happy to announce the immediate availability of our April Joomla template called Folio Life as well as the first release of our Zen Grid framework. (The quickstart will follow shortly). The new framework is a complete revisioning of the Joomla template admin and provides a slick UI in which to control the features that we crammed into it. Please make sure you read the KB before diving in so you can get a better understanding of what;s involved and also check out the key features below.

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Zen Grid becomes more zen

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Over the last fortnight we have been furiously recreating our Zen Grid Joomla template framework, adding some great new features as well as completely re-engineering the template backend. Ive attached some screenshots of the template administrator and will post some more about the new features in the next day or so, but for today I wanted to highlight the changes to the admin UI.

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It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and I thought I'd climb back into the blogging chair and give you all a sneak peak at the Joomla template that is coming in April. I have been playing with the second installment of the ever popular Grid template but it's not quite ready to go into production yet. So in the meantime we have started development of a grungy magazine style template that is tentatively called Folio Life. Check out the screenshot below.

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The Pixel8 K2 Theme

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The other day I posted some screenshots for our March Joomla Template, tentatively called Pixel8. Today Im going to give you a sneak peak of the K2 template that we are going to ship with the template.

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I thought Id post a quick preview for the March Joomla Template codenamed Pixel Eight. It's another stunning design from David Vuu who you met back in January with Avanti and via our interview with him and I hope you like the look of it as much as we do. Development is coming along well and it features a brand new K2 theme and we are considering adding JomSocial support to it too.

Check out the screenshot below for a full preview.

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As many of you know the Avanti template was the first Joomla template that we rolled out with our new snapshot system in replace of our older quickstarts. It's been a month and while the adoption has been received generally well there have been some users that have trouble with the new system. In view of this we have released two new quickstarts for Avanti - one for a standard Joomla install and another for Joomla + k2.

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Simpla is safe

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A few weeks ago a false security advisory was circulating regarding our Simpla template.

The advisory pointed to an alleged hack that could be used on a Joomla site using the Simpla template but the hack in question used a url that only related to the front end of the site. Front end urls have no bearing on the Joomla backend unless they are targetting a vulnerable third party extension and even then the url has no relation to the Joomla admin template that is set to default.

Regardless of how baseless this advisory appeared to be I sort the help of three independant advisors who unanimously returned the response that its a front end hack (that doesnt relate to the Simpla admin template) and that in fact the hack also appears not to work anyway.

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Crisp Joomla Admin Theme

Please note that our Admin templates are no longer compatible with the latest version of Joomla and have been retired from service.

We are happy to announce the release of our second Joomla admin theme called Crisp.

Crisp is a slick, minimal and dare I say Crisp theme for your Joomla administrator. We have drawn on a lot of the functionalities found in the Simpla template that we released back in December 2009, but have taken the design to a more mature, clean, almost corporate level, by replacing the textural flare of Simpla with some clear, crisp lines and subtle drop shadows.

Crisp includes the following features:

  • Six Colour Schemes
  • Accordion side bar menu (with sliding toggle)
  • Choice of top or side menu or both
  • Joomla update notifier
  • Session timer and session refresh
  • Server time display

Plus more ....

For more info check out the feature overview, the template documentation or the demo. You can see a slightly restricted version of the template on this link where you can login using the username and password admin and admin.

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Just a quick note to let you know that I've updated Avanti to be compatible with K2 v2.2. There are a few bug fixes in this release too so be sure to check the Avanti changelog for a full run down of whats changed and how to update it.

Please update your K2 installation to v2.2 to use this template.

On a side note we have some major updates for Microblog and BambooBox coming in the next few days. Among other things we have swapped out fancybox for the awesome colorbox jQuery lightbox which will offer some nice new features to play with when launching your content in the lightbox. Ill post more when thats ready in the next few days.

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