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Pete T

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Hello, does this mean from now on Shoutbox from version 1.3.8 and up have to paid now? And Free Version of Shoutbox version 1.3.7 will not be updated anymore?

Its what I think but free version will be encoded even the paid one comes more as unencoded copy. We will just see what the coder have to say. ;)

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Can not shout in shoutbox when use pop-up window. New installation ( shoutbox 1.3.8 Beta 2) on my test site - board 3.3.4.

And same problem with "empty shoutbox table" tool - still stay number of shouts in admin cp - overview?

Some solution?

Use 137 Build 25 and not a beta version?

On edit - sorry just seen this is now a paid app with beta2 having been issued. I still wouldn't use a beta on a live site though :)

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On edit - sorry just seen this is now a paid app with beta2 having been issued. I still wouldn't use a beta on a live site though smile.png

I would agree with you on this normally, but in this case it's basically the same code as shoutbox 1.3.7 and is just another upgrade. It's just called 'Beta' because some of the advertised features (like a built-in notification system) have not been developed yet.

I am running Beta2 and it is working perfectly. However, I wouldn't try running any 3rd party shoutbox hooks.

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(really wish IPS would automerge posts...)

Anyway, I was wondering if there was some setting I was missing to do this:

  • Use as an announcement system (instead of as shoutbox) v1.3.6

I'm not sure if you already developed that or not, but the word 'instead' concerns me. Ideally [it being able to report new post in the shoutbox] and [it still being a shoutbox] would not be mutually exclusive.

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I'm not sure if you already developed that or not, but the word 'instead' concerns me. Ideally [it being able to report new post in the shoutbox] and [it still being a shoutbox] would not be mutually exclusive.

Do not understand why it should concern you. If you turn off usernames, @ and other settings is becomes an announcement system like I have on JLogica, or you use it as it is as a shoutbox. I am not turning SB into another version of Content Spy.

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I had not known about 'Content Spy' before, and so didn't understand that option which offers to enable it. If I buy 'Content Spy' from this site, will it feed new posts into your shoutbox without removing our ability to chat in it?

If so, that's great news. I would just like to check before investing in it.

I am hoping that I am misunderstanding "usernames must be disabled" as a requirement to disable the ability for members to talk in the shoutbox in order for them to see new post there (and therefore also hear it via your sound notification feature). That's the holy grail I've been after and why I've been so excited about the sound etc.

In short, my long-term goal is to have a shoutbox which people can talk in, but also see notifications such as 'personX just posted in topicX'. Perhaps you can advise on how I could do that if this Content Spy app will not make this possible. My elasticity on this is 100%, so I will pay anything if you can point me in the right direction to accomplish this goal. Thanks.

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My sidebar is already too crowded, and displays the past 20 posts.

In short, my long-term goal is to have a shoutbox which people can talk in, but also see notifications such as 'personX just posted in topicX'. Perhaps you can advise on how I could do that if this Content Spy app will not make this possible. My elasticity on this is 100%, so I will pay anything if you can point me in the right direction to accomplish this goal. Thanks.

Is this goal of mine hopeless? Even if it would not be developed for many years, but "one day" then I guess I could live with that.

The problem is that there have allegedly been hooks which accomplish this, one by DevFuse and the other by Adriano, but I couldn't get either to work. that's why I've been so excited about my (misguided notion?) that you were going to be putting that all into one package with the premium shoutbox.

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I've read through most of this topic, and did not see this question answered, sorry if I missed it.

In the features listed for this release, there is:

  • @User custom name format

I haven't noticed any changes to the @ feature since it was first added as a feature. Could anyone explain, or provide information on what I need to do to make this new feature work?

Also, my FURL is still out of date, and have not been able to figure out why it would be causing that. Thanks

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Have you added the format in the settings? Obviously the default is to be the same as it was.

I haven't noticed any changes to the @ feature since it was first added as a feature.

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shoutbox extender in market already does this

well maybe not now
http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/350481-download-sos33-shoutbox-extender/page-3#entry2324702

just saw you already looked at it.


Yes I spent three weeks in vain trying to get that and the other shoutbox extender hook to work, but never posted in their support threads because I didn't want to get in an argument over whether it was really working or not. One actually was causing fatal errors and my whole site to crash whenever an attempt was made to post, the other just never worked. Now that I have this premium version, I feel that it's too late to ask these authors to try logging on my site and playing with their hooks. And it's unfortunate to "feel stuck" about a product which is premium and supposed to be better. I've done a lot of work on my site since I purchased this premium version, and since I suspect downgrades cannot be done gracefully on IPB, it's too late to go back to the free version.

I was really excited about this premium shoutbox project (and probably its biggest supporter) because I assumed that it would absorb the features from the auxiliary shoutbox hooks, and put them into an all-in-one package so we would never have to worry about upgrade-compatibility again.

I personally don't think that this paid version is priced high enough, and was concerned as soon as I saw it under $30; I worry that its low price may not warrant that kind of detail from a developer's perspective. I would be ok with a Shoutbox Premium+ which charges much more and simply does what the shoutbox extender hook was supposed to do, but I foresee some other people raging about that even though it would have no effect on them or their free version.

PS. It looks like the Shoutbox Extender was actually deleted.
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Thanks for a great app

One question. On the right side of the header it displays the text "Toggle shoutbox"

My skin uses an icon for this function.

I found the line in my templates, but if I remove it, the toggle icon also dissapears.

How can i remove the text, but leave the icon and function intact?

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You need to replace the text with the image details. <img src=imagefile />

I'm afraid you've shot over my head. Could you demonstrate how that would look?

currently from hookGlobalShoutbox

<a class='toggle right' href='#' title='{$this->lang->words['toggle_shoutbox']}'>{$this->lang->words['toggle_shoutbox']}</a>

example from boardIndexTemplate This shows the small button with tooltip for my forums and is the behavior i want to duplicate. When I had the free version of Shoutbox - it functioned the same way (though I never looked at the template)

<a class='toggle right' href='#' title="{parse expression="sprintf( $this->lang->words['toggle_cat'], $_data['cat_data']['name'] )"}"></a>
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<a class='toggle right' href='#' title='{$this->lang->words['toggle_shoutbox']}'><img src="{$this->settings['img_url']}/shoutbox/popup.png" alt="{$this->lang->words['open_popup']}" /></a>

None of the templates have been changed in a way that would nuke functions. If you (or someone else like the skin person) has changed a template things may be different.

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As an aside, I successfully replaced the sound in the notification, but only after reinstalling the entire shoutbox. I'm happy now with the sound (the one from that paid hook), just letting others know that you have to uninstall it first and that a simple FTP swap isn't enough.

If you replace the file you need to do a hard refresh so that the browser will reload the sound it is nothing at all to do with SB

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I am struggling to install this... I receive the following message when installing from ACP:

Site error: the file C:inetpubwwwrootForumsadminapplications_addonothershoutboxsetupversionsinstallsqlshoutbox_mysql_tables.php requires the ionCube PHP Loader ioncube_loader_win_5.3.dll to be installed by the website operator.

After researching what VC6 & VC9 are ("If you are using PHP with IIS you should use the VC9 versions of PHP") I have installed the VC9 loaders but I still receive the above error message.

Any ideas?

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If you are installing the FREE version you need the ioncube loaders as is noted ...

Free Version v1.3.8+ notes:

  • IonCube loader required
  • Shout limit 1000 active (auto-prune your shouts to keep below the limit)
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