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    Ludificor got a reaction from Fast Lane! in Marketplace   
    I'm sad to say this, but these recent decisions of Invision Power to make it harder for their customers just to prevent Piracy has given Xenforo a complete monopoly in paid forum software. 
    Vbulleting and IPS are running further and further behind focusing on the wrong things.
    For example my one big issue before 4.5 was IPS inability to create small thumbnails for every image attachment automatically like Xenforo does. you could argue that it does if you change the image size but you will never be able to choose between a tiny or large image, you will be stuck with small images then.

    @onlyME is a great developer and one of the biggest reasons why I stayed on IPS so long, however his addon : https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/7436-bim-topic-thumbnail/ BIM Topic Thumbnail needs to create his own thumbnails in order for your website to load in a couple of seconds.
    Compare that to xenforo where the developer just can use the thumbnails from the inherent system. @onlyME had to make one himself.
    In my opinion something like that should be a priority including a new text editor that apparently you'll add in 4.6, because the current editor takes a couple of seconds to load.
    You have lost a customer with me, I and many others don't like a closed system where the creator tells you how to do things, and you can't do it any other way. 
    In the long run you will financially lose more from this than piracy ever will, this includes 3rd party developers. 
    I'm not defending piracy at all here, just your customer treatment in limiting their freedoms the way they use your products. I probably spend 1000+ dollars on custom development, plugins, themes, and the core products during my membership here.
    I don't want to be rude or disrespectful just giving my honest opinion, I suspect a lot of other customers feel the same way.
     

     
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    Ludificor got a reaction from bosss in Marketplace   
    I'm sad to say this, but these recent decisions of Invision Power to make it harder for their customers just to prevent Piracy has given Xenforo a complete monopoly in paid forum software. 
    Vbulleting and IPS are running further and further behind focusing on the wrong things.
    For example my one big issue before 4.5 was IPS inability to create small thumbnails for every image attachment automatically like Xenforo does. you could argue that it does if you change the image size but you will never be able to choose between a tiny or large image, you will be stuck with small images then.

    @onlyME is a great developer and one of the biggest reasons why I stayed on IPS so long, however his addon : https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/7436-bim-topic-thumbnail/ BIM Topic Thumbnail needs to create his own thumbnails in order for your website to load in a couple of seconds.
    Compare that to xenforo where the developer just can use the thumbnails from the inherent system. @onlyME had to make one himself.
    In my opinion something like that should be a priority including a new text editor that apparently you'll add in 4.6, because the current editor takes a couple of seconds to load.
    You have lost a customer with me, I and many others don't like a closed system where the creator tells you how to do things, and you can't do it any other way. 
    In the long run you will financially lose more from this than piracy ever will, this includes 3rd party developers. 
    I'm not defending piracy at all here, just your customer treatment in limiting their freedoms the way they use your products. I probably spend 1000+ dollars on custom development, plugins, themes, and the core products during my membership here.
    I don't want to be rude or disrespectful just giving my honest opinion, I suspect a lot of other customers feel the same way.
     

     
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    Ludificor reacted to Davyc in Marketplace   
    Having the marketplace inside of the application in the ACP is a good idea, but - access to the marketplace is governed by having a current license renewal in place.  This means that if a license has expired and the user does not wish to renew at this point in time (for whatever reasons), if their site has a catastrophic failure and they need to reinstall from scratch, the applications they have purchase which need to be reinstalled, what happens to them?  Will they be available in the ACP or will they need to renew their license before they can access what they have paid for?
    I believe that the option to install from the ACP should be retained as it's helpful, but the option to download what you have paid for should also be made available.  After all, it is we the users who have paid for this app or plugin.  Thoughts?
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    Ludificor reacted to xtech in Marketplace   
    Totally agree. You buy an APP, you retain the right to use it, regardless of having an active IPS licence.
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    Ludificor reacted to bosss in Marketplace   
    Agree with You ( @Davyc and @xtech) 100 %. Wrote before that our paid files are stealed from us and got warning because of criticsm. Will never buy something from Donatorplace (Marketplace) and will never renew my paid files because my paid files will have on my computer and used when i need them (and also protect them on my way). IPS do not need protect my paid files because they can not protect their owns (allready you can download 4.5.2 whole package - nulled).
    Will buy something only on developers site in future. Bought Ipsproarcade - on developers site and had never problems (you can not find nulled arcade) - developer protected his files = Bravo - teach lesson IPS.
    @Lindyyou can give me another warning but i understand You - criticsm is not welcome here but kissing ass is ok!
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    Ludificor reacted to Davyc in Marketplace   
    What about if some just wants to do a refresh and start again?  There will always be pros and cons and there will always be those who will provide an answer that is not necessarily something that others are prepared to carry out or have the ability to do so, for whatever reason.  The point here is that you have purchased something from a third party that is now conditional on having an active IPS license if you want to use it again
     
    That is the point, there is no reason to deny downloading as well as using the Marketplace in the ACP - this is not an 'instead of' but an 'as well as'.  
    That's severe and a little over the top, but I do understand the sentiment lol.
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    Ludificor reacted to christopher-w in Marketplace   
    Anybody know if 4.5 marketplace changes were accompanied with changes to the software licence and or, terms and conditions? I don't recall seeing anything when I downloaded 4.5 for standalone install. Maybe I missed it?
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    Ludificor reacted to bosss in Marketplace   
    if I buy milk in store want to take the milk home do not leave in the store and bring pancakes dough to the store to use my milk
    If I buy tires for my car - do not need to show a driver's license - such visions do not like
    Such rules can not be insert in the middle of the process (4.4.10 - 4.5)

    Backups have nothing to do with this - my paid files can not make backup - not needed - paid for them.
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    Ludificor reacted to Davyc in Marketplace   
    I do agree that disaster recovery plans should be part of everyone's routine, but it's not always that cut and dried and people are sometimes either lazy, blaze or just don't know how to do this, therefore if a reinstall is required the resources purchased should always be available whether an active license is in place or not.  This is not about backups or anything like so, it's about taking ownership of what has been purchased and that purchase is available whenever it is required; at present with 4.5.x that is not possible.  It's like buying a car and not being able to take it to who you want for a repair or service other than the dealership that sold it to you and they ask for a fee to ensure continued use of what you have already paid for.
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    Ludificor reacted to Davyc in Marketplace   
    This is for IPS software and services, nothing to do with third party applications.  The Marketplace is an optional addition supplied as a point for buying third party resources for which IPS takes a commission from each sale.  It has been stated elsewhere that IPS barely break even with the Marketplace in terms of server resources, space, administration etc., but that's between IPS and the third-party developers.  When we 'buy' a resource we are buying from the third party not IPS, so IPS should not have control over our ability to download that purchase whenever we feel like and for as long as IPS retains the Marketplace and we pay renewals to the third-party as part of the overall purchase for support and updates. 
    As it stands right now, there is no visible way to download any third-party purchase we make as it must be installed from the ACP. For previous iterations of the IPS software before 4.5.x those resources purchased can be downloaded.
    I understand the reasoning behind the ACP Marketplace, and it is handy to be able to install direct, but as in your quote above access to that resource is conditional on having an active license, so that obfuscates the ability to install your purchases and you have no recourse to pay for renewals of the IPS software to get access to what you have paid for, thereby preventing you from reinstalling from a downloaded copy.
    As someone who will always have an active license I have no issue with this, but if ever there came a time when I could not afford a renewal fee and I hit an issue with my site and just wanted to do a refresh, I'd be stuck.  In many ways I'm playing Devil's Advocate for those who may come across this limitation.  Some clarification from IPS would be good to have so people understand what they are buying into. 
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    Ludificor reacted to Davyc in Marketplace   
    Completely agree with this - if there is a security risk then there is a flaw in the code, and it should be fixed regardless; that's the ethical thing to do.
    It's always, as far as I know, been a requirement to have an active license to access the Marketplace, but then it was always possible to download your purchases and use them whenever it suited.  Install, uninstall, some like the feature, some don't and so on. But now it appears that you MUST have an active license to access your purchases and no download option is available. I believe, rightly or wrongly, that this is not an acceptable way forward for people buying from third parties as you are buying from them and not from IPS but IPS removes that ability to download thereby, in some estranged way, holds you hostage to renewing your lPS license to access your purchases - this seems very wrong to me.  Of course, it is IPS's business and they can do what they like, but that doesn't necessarily make it right.
    I'm sure that for most people this isn't a huge concern, but it is a strange way of conducting business.
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    Ludificor reacted to ibaker in Localhost Downloading of marketplace apps/plugins (manually)   
    Interesting seeing that XF has had one for over 8 years with over 5,000 mods, addons etc from developers for either sale or for free:

     
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    Ludificor reacted to Paul E. in Localhost Downloading of marketplace apps/plugins (manually)   
    I don't think it's the issue that you can't point to the marketplace. It's the issue that you can't download and inspect the packages directly from IPS any more. There's now a requirement that the test install have internet access and that you install things before inspecting them, and for localhost installs, you can't install and test applications and plugins published by the community (without a roundabout process of installing in test and then extracting the resource).
    For many communities, plug and play is probably just fine. But it's not serving the needs of those clients that have more stringent policies or requirements that they follow in the development lifecycle. Now, there's an extra step of using a test install to acquire files rather than being able to download and inspect them as before (or put them in a virtual localhost environment).
    The IPS marketplace should have a download button for 4.5 resources, and have its current integration as well. Go install from your ACP, or download here. That would be ideal.
    Just to add for context, we've purchased, downloaded, and installed a few applications and plugins from IPS Marketplace that, when tested in our local environments, we quickly identified conflicts, issues, and breaking changes that would degrade our member experience and/or simply not work at the scale of a community the size of ours. We identified issues that would have otherwise taken down our production copy and/or production installs due to things like altering the core_members table rather than having an application/plugin specific table. Whatever checks of things (if any--I'm not sure) happening at IPS, they're insufficient for our needs, and we have a duty to our stakeholders to test things and ensure they're ready for our environment and configuration.
    This change is an obstacle to that process. We have a workaround, yet it's needlessly causing us to install things in test and have to revert that environment after the fact when our workflow of installing in a local dev first and doing comparisons was much preferred.
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    Ludificor reacted to watchhead in Localhost Downloading of marketplace apps/plugins (manually)   
    Totally agree with @Dean_ &  @Paul E. this needs sorting. 
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    Ludificor reacted to Dean_ in Localhost Downloading of marketplace apps/plugins (manually)   
    As recommended, I'm creating this topic to reinstate the option to download files manually from the Marketplace.
    It's bad enough you don't allow the download of apps we purchased when our licence has expired. But, to completely change the way file downloads are handle is a little much.

    Please don't get me wrong, I love the idea that we can now do it all with ACP, but you shouldn't disable/change the way that a lot of us download files for localhost setups to test our sites before going live.

    Please, please, please allow the option to download files manually like we've done for so many years!
     
    (Edit: Happy 600 posts to me, woo!)
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    Ludificor reacted to Paul E. in Localhost Downloading of marketplace apps/plugins (manually)   
    Absolutely a necessity to support multiple localhost development environments and to support the download of application/plugins directly from the IPS marketplace as existed in 4.4 and earlier. The inability to download files directly from the marketplace limits severely limits those that have installations that are not accessible from the outside internet, whether that be an internal corporate install or various development / virtualized environments.
    It also prevents administrators and security folks from being able to audit applications and plugins prior to installation in any environment. At present, one must install an application/plugin prior to being able to review. In the past, we've purchased plugins/applications that upon inspection of the downloaded file, we found that there were breaking changes that did not follow IPS development guidelines and that would have resulted in a degradation of service in our production environment. Without inspecting those files in advance, we would have not been able to identify these issues.
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    Ludificor reacted to Makoto in Radical Tags   
    Hey @Serayah!
    At the moment, this is currently not a feature, but that's a good suggestion!
    I'll add it to the issues tracker and see if I can get it in to the next major release.
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    Ludificor reacted to kmk in Sort by tags   
    In forums there is custom sort by option, please add sort by tags possibility. 
    If choose sort by tags, there should appear all tags of the same forum on top of all topics... 
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    Ludificor reacted to Gabriel Torres in Radical Tags   
    @Makoto Don't forget about the small issues I reported to you in private. We are still with this app disabled and using AT&P because of that... 😕
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    Ludificor reacted to jp in Radical Tags   
    i am being asked to renew this app. Is development still active? It doesnt seem like much is happening on this app to fix errors and improve features
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    Ludificor reacted to opentype in Wiki-like-editing is useless at this moment   
    I agree to the feature request. 

    However, I would suggest that you stick to calm factual descriptions for such requests. IPS will judge the feature request by itself. It doesn’t need red, exclamation marks or exaggerations (i.e. “it’s useless”). 
    If it helps you as a work-around: On my 3.4 site I monitor Wiki article changes by having set up blocks which are ordered by last change. It’s much easier to spot changes this way. 
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    Ludificor reacted to Michael.J in Portal   
    Seems to be an issue with the new lazy load feature, can you try this patch and let me know if it works.
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    Ludificor reacted to mcsg in Post Anonymously in Forums   
    If you're using the 1.1.0 version of the plugin with 4.4, I want to affirm that setting a dummy user as the anonymous user is a workaround to getting the plugin to work as TSP states above.
    For our community, we cannot have all anonymous posts as one user, so we're waiting for an update to the plugin.
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    Ludificor reacted to TSP in Post Anonymously in Forums   
    You can circumvent the issue by creating a dummy account and choosing that account for the setting "Posts appear as posted by". 
    Once again sorry for the inconvenience. I've just started looking closer into the issue. 
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    Ludificor reacted to Adriano Faria in Question and Answer Guest Topic   
    Compatible with IPS 4.4.
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