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On ‎5‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 2:41 PM, HeadStand said:
On ‎5‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 10:49 PM, Cyboman said:

filtering for special values in special database columns of 3rd party developers. I'm using the project manager app by @Fosters, maybe it could be possible to filter for issue status (open, closed, in progress...)? These status might be saved in a special table column, so maybe there could be an option to filter for special table columns (to be specified by the admin) and filter for special status (specified by the admin)? This would enhance the project manager tool immensely, and also for other apps, such a flexible filter would give us complete freedom of opportunities ?

This one is never going to happen. It's very close to impossible, and even if I could somehow pull it off, I'm essentially guaranteeing to support any kind of data, no matter what it looks like, no matter where it came from.... if I did this I would be forced to double the cost of this modification just for the support alone. And even then it still wouldn't be worth it. ? 

That being said, custom modifications can be done for a cost. You can contact me via PM, or you can contact @Fosters to see if he's interested in doing it (since it's his code, you should probably ask him first). The newsletter app was designed so that other contributors can integrate with it easily.

Thanks for your response and explanation, I think it would be sufficient, if we could combine the current filter criteria for content items (f.e. topics, they are handled the same way as project issues) with another secondary filter criteria like "locked" or "closed". It would be easy to just lock accomplished project issues/tasks, so after that, they won't appear anymore.

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On ‎5‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 10:49 PM, Cyboman said:

additional filters that filter on top of the existing ones: status like pinned, unpinned, locked, unlocked, hidden, unhidden

Please consider this, thanks.

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I am thinking I have done something wrong or I don't fully understand how this is supposed to work.

I set up a newsletter and did a test distribution to myself. This is the email content I got back:

*|member_name|*, here's what happened today on ThriveThrough.

Today's Events
Today's Articles
New Guides
Today's Images
Today's Files
Today's Barter Blanket
Business Directory
To read this issue online or to share it with friends: *|weblink|*

Shouldn't member name actually show my name?

No content is being displayed. If there is no content, if no content is displayed shouldn't the titles also not show?

Weblink should show the link to the forum post correct?

 

- Edit - looking through previous posts I see this as an answer to my first and third question:

On 12/18/2016 at 7:24 PM, HeadStand said:

Those particular values will only show up when the newsletter is actually published. They won't work in a test distribution (or a preview). That's because they are related directly to the issue, but issues aren't generated until a publish. (I hope this makes sense, let me know if I need to clarify further.)

 
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Yeah, that was it. I got the distribution. Whew.

Okay, now my next issue. My newsletter looks awful. How can I make it look like IPS email template? Also, I cannot figure out how to hide the block titles if nothing is new to show.

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I am hoping it can look something more like this but with images above each:

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On 5/23/2018 at 2:58 PM, Josiah Wallingford said:

Also, I cannot figure out how to hide the block titles if nothing is new to show.

I suppose what I am asking for an additional feature to be added to Newsletters that inside every content item that is added there be an option to hide if there is no nothing to show within the selected time cutoff period.

Would anybody be will to share their customized templates so that we can try them out and see if they will work for us?

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On 5/24/2018 at 5:48 PM, Josiah Wallingford said:

Feature Request:

Would it be possible to have a drag and drop blocks feature for newsletters? Just like if I were dragging blocks onto a page on the front end. I could drop that block into the newsletter and have the formatting look like it would on any other page inside of the email?

 

That's not in the plans. I simply don't have the time available to build something like that. 

Right now you do have the ability to customize the newsletter templates, as well as the individual block templates. That should be more than enough to give you any layout you want.

On 5/24/2018 at 8:39 PM, AlexWebsites said:

Is there an easy way to add a feed of clubs as a newsletter block? 

Clubs integration is the top item on my list of changes. I'll be doing a "sweep" of my enhancements list, starting end of this week. That means you can expect an awesome new release coming soon. ? 

On 5/26/2018 at 4:11 PM, Josiah Wallingford said:

I suppose what I am asking for an additional feature to be added to Newsletters that inside every content item that is added there be an option to hide if there is no nothing to show within the selected time cutoff period.

It should already work this way, so that looks like a bug. I'll fix that.

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2 hours ago, HeadStand said:

Right now you do have the ability to customize the newsletter templates, as well as the individual block templates. That should be more than enough to give you any layout you want.

The problem I have (and that I think a lot of people have) is that we don't know how to customize templates and don't know how to code other than making some small changes to things like color codes.

I think it would be great if there were more templates to choose from that were pre-made or if others (who know how to build templates) would share the templates they have created.

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2 hours ago, Josiah Wallingford said:

The problem I have (and that I think a lot of people have) is that we don't know how to customize templates and don't know how to code other than making some small changes to things like color codes.

I think it would be great if there were more templates to choose from that were pre-made or if others (who know how to build templates) would share the templates they have created.

Design is really not my forte. So pre-made templates might be nice, but I'm simply not the right person to make them. ?

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I am excited for the new release of Newsletters.

Maybe a button that would allow people to submit their custom templates "Share your template with the community" from within the app would help make this possible? Those shared templates would then appear in a drop-down menu when selecting templates (or maybe a new drop-down next to select template that says "select shared templates".

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8 hours ago, Josiah Wallingford said:

I am excited for the new release of Newsletters.

Maybe a button that would allow people to submit their custom templates "Share your template with the community" from within the app would help make this possible? Those shared templates would then appear in a drop-down menu when selecting templates (or maybe a new drop-down next to select template that says "select shared templates".

I don't have a way to push those templates to other installations, so the most I could do is collect them and then release them with another version.

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Seems to be an issue when using a custom url in Amazon S3 storage. I just added a custom url this week and my newsletter went out with the gallery block images incorrectly pathed. So I checked the image url and it's only using the custom url and not appending the image file name so images do not show. Here is the setting under storage:

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On 6/3/2018 at 11:03 AM, AlexWebsites said:

Seems to be an issue when using a custom url in Amazon S3 storage. I just added a custom url this week and my newsletter went out with the gallery block images incorrectly pathed. So I checked the image url and it's only using the custom url and not appending the image file name so images do not show. Here is the setting under storage:

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Seems its not with the external storage because I removed and tested and am still not getting images when using the gallery block.

<img src="{$image->url}" 

Is not pulling the image full path and only pulling https://www.yoursite.com/uploads/ leaving out the filename of the image.

@HeadStand was there a change with IPS 4.3.3 to cause this? All I'm getting is broken image links.

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51 minutes ago, AlexWebsites said:

Seems its not with the external storage because I removed and tested and am still not getting images when using the gallery block.

<img src="{$image->url}" 

Is not pulling the image full path and only pulling https://www.yoursite.com/uploads/ leaving out the filename of the image.

@HeadStand was there a change with IPS 4.3.3 to cause this? All I'm getting is broken image links.

I fixed this by going in to the gallery block template and changing

 {{$image = \IPS\File::get( 'gallery_Images', $item->thumb_file_name );}}

to

 {{$image = \IPS\File::get( 'gallery_Images', $item->small_file_name );}}

 

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The link for *|unsubscribe|* appears as plaint text in my footer. The link doesn't work.

Your support would be appreciated!

Thanks,
William

 

Edit: Please disregard I found the issue elsewhere:

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The unsubscribe link is connected to an issue. A test distribution generates a "dummy" issue that isn't saved anywhere. As a result, the unsubscribe link would never work, because it would be connected to nothing. I left the placeholder there so that Admins could see where the link would go, but I didn't want to put a broken link in there. When you do an actual distribution, the unsubscribe will be replaced with an actual link.

 

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On 6/8/2018 at 5:19 PM, AlexWebsites said:

I fixed this by going in to the gallery block template and changing


 {{$image = \IPS\File::get( 'gallery_Images', $item->thumb_file_name );}}

to


 {{$image = \IPS\File::get( 'gallery_Images', $item->small_file_name );}}

 

I literally just fixed this issue in my dev environment... before I saw your post. ?

Update coming today with bug fixes. Update with enhancements coming later this week, I just want to get the bugs done first.

On 6/8/2018 at 5:29 PM, AlexWebsites said:

Feature suggestion, right now with content blocks you have recent, featured and popular sorting. Can you add a recently updated where the last post drives the order not the topic start time? :biggrin:

On my list.

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A new version has been uploaded to the Marketplace. Changes include:

  • Gallery images were not rendering correctly. Fixed.
  • Newsletter content titles were displaying even if there was no content. Fixed.
  • Hard-coded date formats have been replaced with the topic title date format specified in the newsletter settings.
  • Unsubscribe in the topic view now links to the newsletter settings.
  • "Default Groups" property can now be set to "none", creating an opt-in only newsletter.
  • New newsletter index page at /newsletters, which lists all current newsletters and user's subscription status.
  • User's subscription status is displayed when viewing the newsletter in web view. User can also subscribe/unsubscribe directly from that page.
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