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IP.Nexus Dev Update

Since we announced IP.Nexus back in May, the interest shown has been phenomenal. We have held two limited pre-sales of IP.Nexus providing participants with a beta version of the product to provide feedback and testing beyond our internal QA team.

The ideas presented by the participants of these pre-sales has been invaluable. By using Nexus in real-world situations, users have provided some great ideas both for putting the finishing touches on 1.0 and for future versions. I wanted to go over some of the bigger things we've improved on since my original development entries so you can see how the feature-set has progressed thanks to these pre-sales.


Improved Tax Classes and Shipping Methods

For users selling physical items, we have improved and expanded on the tax class and shipping method functionality and interface.

It is now easy to set up multiple tax classes with rates dependant on the location of your customers, and flexible shipping methods which are also location-dependant and taxable.

See these short videos for an short overview:






Upsell

Lots of stores offer addon products and services for a product. When a user adds an item to the cart, this is a perfect opportunity to present such addons to customers to upsell.

We've added this to IP.Nexus. This is an example of what you might see now when you add an item to your cart which has addon services:




Improved IP.Downloads Integration

IP.Nexus integrates with IP.Downloads in a way that allows you (or even your users) to add files to IP.Downloads and specify them as being paid.

While this works great if you're selling single files, some users wanted a way to sell items through the IP.Nexus Store, but still be able to take advantage of the great IP.Downloads file handling features like secure non-web-accessible files and version handling.

We've tightened up the integration between IP.Downloads to provide an additional option when uploading a file: the option to associate a download with an IP.Nexus package.

To the administrator, what this means is, if you're setting up a package in IP.Nexus which you'd like to add a download to, you would then go to IP.Downloads and add the file there. You can use a category no users can access to make the process a bit more seamless, but if a user who hasn't purchased the package stumbles across the file in IP.Downloads, they'll simply be redirected to the Store if they try to download.



To the user, when they purchase an item in IP.Nexus which has a file associated with it, they will then see a "Download" button when they view that package in the client area:



Clicking that link will begin the download immediately - the integration is completely seamless to the user.

You can of course, have downloads which are associated with more than one package, and packages that are associated with more than one download (multiple download buttons will show).


IP.Nexus Release Schedule

As we have received so much great feedback from our pre-sale beta testers, we have been implementing many of their ideas and fixing issues they have discovered. This does mean that the first supported release of IP.Nexus has been delayed as we add new requests and then must test those new additions. However, we believe that taking this extra time to mature and expand the product's feature set will benefit everyone in the long run. As IP.Nexus deals with commerce on your community we of course want it to be as stable as possible for its first release.

We are anticipating a final, supported release of IP.Nexus sometime in October at the current time. We may do another pre-sale between now and then for those who cannot wait to try IP.Nexus so keep an eye on our Blog or subscribe to our Blog for updates.

Thank you all for your interest!
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[quote name='peaderfi' date='25 August 2010 - 03:46 PM']
I have to say I like the improvement in IP.Downloads integration. Is this present in the current Beta 3 version? or in a yet to be released beta 4?


The latter.

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I have not purchased the system yet, but i was able to test it on a board I admin.
One of the major issues i met was allowing members to subscribe before even purchasing the item with the 1st payment fees!

I mean if you have an item that is sold for 50$ and the currying payment is 10$ members can actually "subscribe" to the currying fees without paying the 50$. I'm not sure this ws reported or not even an issue s i have no access to the support forums.

I also have a lot of ideas since i have had great experience with that kind of systems, but not sure where to post them as i do not have access to the support forum

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[quote name='Sacred' date='25 August 2010 - 04:54 PM']
I have not purchased the system yet, but i was able to test it on a board I admin.
One of the major issues i met was allowing members to subscribe before even purchasing the item with the 1st payment fees!

I mean if you have an item that is sold for 50$ and the currying payment is 10$ members can actually "subscribe" to the currying fees without paying the 50$. I'm not sure this ws reported or not even an issue s i have no access to the support forums.

I also have a lot of ideas since i have had great experience with that kind of systems, but not sure where to post them as i do not have access to the support forum


I am not aware of any such issue. The bug tracker is open for all, if you could post some more details about that I'll certainly look into it :)

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[quote name='Sacred' date='25 August 2010 - 04:54 PM'] I have not purchased the system yet, but i was able to test it on a board I admin.

I also have a lot of ideas since i have had great experience with that kind of systems, but not sure where to post them as i do not have access to the support forum

Post any suggestions in the feedback forum for IP.Nexus - http://community.invisionpower.com/forum/448-ipnexus/ look forward to reading them.

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[quote name='Mark' date='25 August 2010 - 06:01 PM']
I am not aware of any such issue. The bug tracker is open for all, if you could post some more details about that I'll certainly look into it :)

Mark, Let me start with good work so far. as for this issue there is nothing more to explain then what i said but i hve the system installed on "private" unleashed website will PM you with link so you can try it live, also thanks for the tracker link as i have found few bugs in browser compatibility as well. will post them ll tonight

[quote name='.Ian' date='25 August 2010 - 06:35 PM']
Post any suggestions in the feedback forum for IP.Nexus - http://community.invisionpower.com/forum/448-ipnexus/ look forward to reading them.

Thanks .Ian will post them tonight as well!

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I have not purchased this during the pre-sale period (mainly because I wouldn't have any time to provide feedback), but I'm following it very closely and I think the new features are just impressive.
I'll definitely be buying this. Keep it up, guys. ;)

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