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JForum 2.1 Release Notes

 
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Here are some of the new features and improvements of JForum 2.1:

UPDATED
Including all features listed here, version 2.1.4 includes several fixes, specially for PostgreSQL and HSQLDB. Other minor improvements, including for the email tasks were made as well.
For users who are already running version 2.1 or 2.1.3 and would like to migrate, a patch is available in the download page: http://www.jforum.net/download.jsp


List of changes in JForum 2.1
:arrow: Attachments - Now it is possible to attach files to the messages. JForum provides a complete and powerful management, including Extension Groups, with the option to block some set of extensions, Quota Limits configurable by user groups and individual users, so you can impose a limit of size to the uploaded files, maximum number of attachments per message, and some more configurable options.

:arrow: Bookmarks - Did you liked of some thread? add it to your bookmark. Each discussion thread has a like named "Bookmark it!", which, when used, will save the thread's address in your bookmark list, so you can refer to it at any time. You may also choose to make your bookmark entries visible to other users, sharing information with everyone.

:arrow: Karma - "karma" is a rating which messages and users get according to the quality of the discussion. You may rate each message individually, be it good or bad, and then have a clear and simply visual of the best - or worst - messages. The karma is represented by little stars icons, which appear in each message and in the user's profile.

:arrow: Message Moderation - Now, board administrators may choose to only allow a new message be posted to some Category or Forum after it is approved by some administrator. So, when an user post a new message, it enters in a queue, waiting for the approval. If it gets an "ok", then all users will be able to see the message.

:arrow: Member Listing - JForum 2.1 includes a new feature, Member Listing, which lists all registered users in the board.

:arrow: Read-only / Reply-only forums - Now forums may be set as "read only" to some pre-determined users or groups, making it impossible to create new messages in the respective forum. It is useful in cases when the administrator decides that some forum should not get any more messages, but wants to keep the content available for consult purposes. On the other hand, "Reply-only" forums allow that users or groups with special privileges create new threads, but restrict regular users to be able to only reply to existing topics.

:arrow: Localized Icons - Icons which have text, like "New Topic", "Reply" and "Quote" now can be configured to be shown in different languages, independently of the board's language.

:arrow: Online status in the messages - When reading a thread, the online status of the message's author is displayed along to its username and personal information.

:arrow: Plugable cache engine - Starting from version 2.1, JForum is able to use different ways to cache data. The default implementation uses regular collection classes and comes with an implementation using JBossCache, for replicated cache.

:arrow: Configurable login authenticator - Also, JForum 2.1 can be configured to use domain specific classes to autheticate users. This is very useful when integrating JForum to other systems.

:arrow: Other features:
  • Improved bbcode handling - now URLs are automatically transfored into links. Bug fixes in the parser were also made
  • DataSource connections - possibility to use a DataSource to connect to the database
  • Captcha - JForum can be configured to require users to prove they're human, by asking them to enter a text which is displayed in a image. Very useful to prevent robots to regiter.
  • User registration locking - the administration can "lock" the register proccess, to avoid users to register in the board.
  • MySQL 4.1+ support - support for the newest versions of MySQL
  • RSS for Recent Topics
  • Lots of bug fixes - many new bug fixes and improvements to existing code were made
    [originally posted on jforum.net by Rafael Steil]
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    Wool, coooooooooooool!

    Great Job, Rafael! Thanks for your hard work!
    [originally posted on jforum.net by ant21]
     
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    It works really good.

    The admin panel looks better the before releases, but I need a help in understanding all the option I can set to the attachment administration and I also need an help to understand the cache use.

    Can you explain me?
    [originally posted on jforum.net by 0m4r]
     
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    Rafael Steil wrote:Here are some of the new features and improvements of JForum 2.1:

    :arrow: Karma - "karma" is a rating which messages and users get according to the quality of the discussion. You may rate each message individually, be it good or bad, and then have a clear and simply visual of the best - or worst - messages. The karma is represented by little stars icons, which appear in each message and in the user's profile.



    how do u use this feature? I see the stars but how do i rate a message or a user?
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    Look for the "Rate" combo box in the bottom of each message. Use it to rate the message. User rating is calculated based on the rating of the messages the user has posted.

    Rafael
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    0m4r wrote:It works really good.

    The admin panel looks better the before releases, but I need a help in understanding all the option I can set to the attachment administration and I also need an help to understand the cache use.

    Can you explain me?



    You first create a group to add extensions. For example, "Images" will contain all extensions related to images files (jpg, gif, png etc etc). Then, after you create the Extension Group, you register the extensions itself.

    The Quota / Quota Limit is used to control the maximum size of the attachments the user can upload. You create a Quota Limit and then associate it to some Group (Group of users, not extensions).

    The Cache module is in the initial state of development. The idea is to use it to see how many objects are cached and to restart / clear the cache when appropriate.

    Rafael
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    thx Rafael, useful as usual!
    [originally posted on jforum.net by 0m4r]
     
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    I installed 2.0.2 yesterday but downloaded it last week, so i didn't see that there is a new Version out.

    The bad thing: I have to Install again ( I think with just 15 empty Forums Created and some small configuration changes this is less work than upgrading)

    The good thing: The issues that I missed most are in there now:
    - Reply Only Forums
    - Member List
    - Localized Icon support

    Also the configureable login Authenticator is something I want to look into for another project.

    Thanks,
    Simon
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    Hey Simon,

    in fact, if you have just a small number of data and it is not vital to keep it, installing from scratch is easier than upgrading .

    If you have any suggestions / comments regard the new features or improvements, please let me know.

    Rafael
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    Rafael Steil wrote:Here are some of the new features and improvements of JForum 2.1:
    :arrow: Localized Icons - Icons which have text, like "New Topic", "Reply" and "Quote" now can be configured to be shown in different languages, independently of the board's language.


    I am a chinese.I did some configreations in my profile(I registed in this forum).But the icons still is english. And I could not find where to do it(I can not see it anywhere in my profile).
    Thanks
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    Yep, the icons will still show in English. Currently, supports for localized icons are only to all the board, and not per user. In a new release you'll be able to change the icons as well.

    Rafael
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    Also I have one question. I don't know how to set the properties to make the BBS show Chinese correctly, they are only "???". what shall I do then?
    Thank you so much for paying attention to my problem. Thanks a lot.
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    Open WEB-INF/config/SystemGlobals.properties and change the key "encoding" to "BIG-5" (or any other character encoding of your region). Also, take a look in WEB-INF/config/jforum-custom.conf ((if the key is there too, change it as well)

    Rafael
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    I apologize if I'm missing something obvious, but I haven't been able to get attachments to work.

    Here's what I did:

    Attachments -> Configurations: took all defaults.
    Attachments -> quota limits: created something called "default" for 50MB. Associated it with groups "General" and "Administration"
    Attachments -> Extension groups: Created something called "Documents" that includes 3 extensions: "doc", "vsd", "htm"

    All of my users are in the "General" group. How come no one can add attachments? Is there something I didn't cover? Is there documentation on how this feature works?

    One last question: for backup, if I backup my MySQL JForum DB, does that cover everything including search?
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    Hi Rafael Steil ,


    I am Niharika working with Qwest Software systems . We have downloaded Jforum and since its free we planned to use it as a discussion forum internally. We configured the things and started using the jforum but we are getting the following error after i gave the link to my friends to test it and use it.

    "The Server is not licensed for this operation.Connection rejected, the server license allows connections from only 5 unique IP addresses."


    Only five colleagues from differenet m/cs are able to access it , the sixth person is not able to access the page.

    Could you tell me kindly the class or that particular code where I can change it so that many people can access it as its free compared to Jive and and has many attractive features.


    Anticipating a favorable reply,

    Kind Regards
    Niharika

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    Hi,

    Under which servlet container/application server are you running JForum? Are you sure the message is not coming from the server instead of JForum? As far as I know, JForum does not have such limitations and it's just free with no license required to connect from more than 5 IPs.

    Regards
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    niharika wrote:

    "The Server is not licensed for this operation.Connection rejected, the server license allows connections from only 5 unique IP addresses."


    Only five colleagues from differenet m/cs are able to access it , the sixth person is not able to access the page.



    Hi there,

    as GreenEyed pointed out, this is not from JForum - much probably it is from the servlet container / application server you're using.

    Rafael
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    I guess niharika is using BEA WebLogic Server with developer license.
    Check this for information
    http://e-docs.bea.com/common/docs90/install/license.html#1046300

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    Hi All,

    I am Niharika's Colleague.

    Yes you are right. We are using weblogic and that's the reason for the error message. We will launch it using TomCat i guess.

    Thanks.

    Regards,

    Deepak
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