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4.5: One More Thing...

Almost ten years ago we launched the Marketplace; a place to connect Invision Community owners with talented developers creating new functionality.

Over the decade, the Marketplace has grown to hold thousands of applications, large and small. For many Invision Community owners, the Marketplace has become an essential resource.

Our aim was always to have the Marketplace available inside your Admin Control Panel to make it even easier to purchase and install extra functionality.

I'm pleased to say that as of Invision Community 4.5, this is now a reality. You can browse the Marketplace and install new add-ons without leaving the Admin Control Panel.

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Obtaining Resources

Paid resources can be purchased directly from the Marketplace and are available to install immediately after the payment is complete. You no longer need to download and install the files yourself.

You may also notice some additional information with the resource listing, we'll be introducing a new 'tab' to marketplace resources to allow the authors to provide more useful information such as answers to frequently asked questions, or configuration instructions etc.

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The video below takes you through the purchase and installation of a Marketplace application.

Installing an Application

Updates

Some of the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed in the first screenshot that there are more 'bubbles' showing in the menu on the left. These are supported for Applications, Plugins, Themes and Languages.

In Invision Community 4.5 every resource available via the AdminCP is automatically versioned, you will see update notifications for everything you have installed (previously, you would only see update notices if the resource author supports them).

Installing an update is as simple as clicking on the update notice, then clicking 'update' on the Marketplace listing.

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Installing Updates

Downloads Changes

Our Marketplace is built on our Downloads application, during development of this feature we needed to add new functionality. We have included as many of these improvements as possible in our software for the benefit of our customers, some of these are:

  • Custom Fields can now be set to only show to members that have purchased a file.
  • Files can now be set to accept a single file upload instead of multiple.
  • New file versions can now be moderated without hiding the current version from view.
  • Downloads REST API
    • Performance Improvements
    • New /download endpoint that counts the download
    • Added more data to the /downloads/file/{id} response
    • Ability to sort file results by last updated date

We hope you're as excited about this feature as we are.

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9 minutes ago, Stuart Silvester said:

You will only see resources that are marked compatible with your current version of Invision Community.

Files with disabled purchases shouldn’t appear too. Even the free ones (from same author).

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2 minutes ago, Adriano Faria said:

Files with disabled purchases shouldn’t appear too. Even the free ones (from same author).

Those will still be shown, but they'll display a message (just like the normal Marketplace here). We still need to give those that have purchased the resources access to them.

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32 minutes ago, azcazc said:

when will the new version be released? 😍

Hopefully not sooner than need be, there are still some bugs to work out. I'm sure you wouldn't want to deal with members of your forum messaging you or posting how they are dealing with numerous issues. I say it gets released around the beginning of August.

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