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UI for 2.0 preview: Smarty debug

One of 2.0 release goals is get a more friendly and responsive UI in User and Admin Side. The job is next to the end.
A minor advance shows the point: Smarty debug.
The classic look and feel is really ugly and outdated. keep reading ...

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icmsBootstrap the basic theme for ImpressCMS 2.0

Bootstrap, or Twitter bootstrap as it was called at the beginning, has taken the design world by storm. This has translated itself into lots of CMSes adopting it as the base CSS framework for their designs, Joomla being one of the most prominent ones.

At the release of ImpressCMS 2.0 final, the default theme will be based on icmsBootstrap. This will allow theme designers to re-use their existing bootstrap experience also on ImpressCMS sites, and will align us with one of the most popular projets on github.

icmsBootstrap will be refined and updated in future releases of the theme, for which I created a new subproject on assembla. I try to give core components separate subprojects, that makes it easier to handle them.

Expect a first introduction to icmsBootstrap in the next alpha release for ImpressCMS 2.0, which is imminent.


Different theme styles for different modules

You have a nice theme for your ImpressCMS site, but what of you would like use different styles for each site section, as news, downloads, wiki, etc. There are themes with different colors; why uses only one color if you can use all availables? Here if Smarty tag shows its power. Let´s go! keep reading ...


How create a fancy Theme Select Block

A nice ImpressCMS feature is if you like users or visitors can select themes  But the classic Select Theme Block looks old and if you like play with modern select scripts or HTML5 there is a problem: template file (system_blocks_themes.html) has only one smarty var: <{$block.theme_select}>. All HTML code is in a core php file.

Well, let´s go change.

First edit /modules/system/blocks/system_blocks.php file and replace lines 593-600 with

$block = array();<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['imagenes'] = $options[0];<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;if ($options[0] == 1) {<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['imagenesruta'] =&nbsp; "" . ICMS_THEME_URL . "/" . $icmsConfig['theme_set'] . "/shot.gif" alt="screenshot" width="". (int) $options[1] . "";<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;} <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['numero'] =&nbsp;&nbsp; sprintf(_MB_SYSTEM_NUMTHEME, count($icmsConfig['theme_set_allowed'])) ;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['opciones'] = $theme_options;<br />

We have now new smarty vars and can play with them in the template file.
    In /modules/system/templates/blocks/system_blocks_themes.html
    replace for
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<div style="text-align: center;"><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<form action="index.php" method="post"><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<{if $block.imagenes}><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="<{$block.imagenesruta}>" vspace="2" id="icms_theme_img" /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<select id="theme_select" name="theme_select" onchange="showImgSelected('xoops_theme_img', 'theme_select', 'themes', '/shot.gif',<{$icms_url}>)"><{$block.opciones}></select><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<input type="submit" value="<{$smarty.const._GO}>" /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<{else}><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<select id="theme_select" name="theme_select" onchange="submit();" size="3"><{$block.opciones}></select><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<{/if}><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<p><{$block.numero}></p><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</form><br /></div><br />

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Now you can use mousewheel or fancy select scripts.
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Updating the 1.3 branch

ImpressCMS 1.3.8 is on the horizon, essentially an update of the external libraries with some small bug fixes included.

We decided some time ago to focus new developments on the 2.0 branch,  and to keep the 1.3 branch as a corrective maintenance branch only. Work on the 2.0 branch has accumulated delays, however, and that means that we will need to maintain the 1.3 branch longer than we had anticipated.

With that in mind, it's time to freshen up on our external dependencies such as jquery and other javascript and php libraries. Even though they aren't impacted by security issues, the internet landscape changes fast, and it is good practice to keep up with your environment.

As a consequence, ImpressCMS 1.3.8 should be released in beta in the near future (view the roadmap on Assembla).

The 1.3.8 release of ImpressCMS will also be the first version in the 1.3 branch that will be developed in a Git repository.

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