Start your update engines! K2 v2.5.6 is now available to download.
If you're in Joomla! version 1.7 (what, you still haven't upgraded to 2.5?) to version 2.5, you can update from 2.5.5 directly via the built-in Joomla! updater. If you're on Joomla! 1.5 or you use a version prior to K2 v2.5.5, just grab the zip file and upload on top.
There are no template changes since 2.5.4 so you can safely upgrade with no need to check you MVC overrides on your template.
This is a maintenance release. Compared to v2.5.5, we fixed warnings/bugs/annoyances/gremlins mainly appearing in Joomla! 2.5.
After almost 3 years of the previous design, it was time for an update. A more "practical" update, almost a real-world site. And this is the result :)
As we announced on Twitter some months ago and just recently, this new demo website will be fully open-sourced so that people can learn by example. But there's another reason as well... Once the site is released as an installable package with its K2 setup and sample data ready, we will launch a small contest for the best redesigns of this website. The goal is simple. Keep the same sample data and work your magic. This contest is obviously targeted at experienced designers/developers and template clubs. The best 3 contributions will also be available on demo.getk2.org along with full credits to the designers/developers involved. K2 pros get ready!
A few months ago we launched the revamped K2 website at getk2.org which integrated a new Community forum, located at https://getk2.org/community.
We decided to move to an "all Joomla!" solution for more flexibility and better integration with the new features launched for the K2 site, like the ability to submit extensions or templates for the new K2 Extensions Directory. This new K2 Community has grown tremendously these few months and it's continuing to grow day by day.
So it's now time to shut down the OLD K2 community site at community.getk2.org, which was hosted on the (proprietary & restrictive) Ning platform. We plan to take down the OLD K2 community located at community.getk2.org on March 30th 2012.
I'll keep this short... Although we kept the version numbering inside the 2.5.x series, 2.5.5 brings some new uber-cool features:
Smart Search integration for Joomla! 2.5
integration with anti-spam service StopForumSpam.com to stop real, human spam - available upon user sign up and for flagging spammers in comments
native support for jUpgrade (both versions) makes upgrading a Joomla! 1.5 site to 2.5 a piece of cake
integration with the Joomla! updater (v1.7+). Using the built-in extension updater in Joomla! you can check if there's a new K2 release and instantly apply the update
Community Builder integration for user profiles/pages
the K2 Media Manager has been upgraded and now supports image resizing as well! Just drag and drop images from your desktop inside the K2 Media Manager to upload them on your server, then resize and use them anywhere in your Joomla! site. The K2 Media Manager, already a full Joomla! media manager replacement, just got better!
(new) Added support for Falang, the JoomFish fork currently working on Joomla! 1.7 & 2.5 (JoomFish is not yet ready publicly for J2.5 - but that will come soon).
I'm also very proud to announce the the translation teams working on K2 language packs are now 52! Congratulations to all contributors and very big thank you from the K2 team! If you want to track the progress of translations or create a new transation team or join an existing one, check out the K2 project page on Transifex.
K2 version 2.5.5 will be released next week on Friday, March 2nd March 7th 2012. Sorry for the sort delay folks but we decided to add a couple of new features in this release.
IAKI (short for Import As K2 Image) allows you to use Joomla! article images (from imported Joomla! content) as K2 images. So you can make use of the options in K2 for sizing and showing/hiding images on demand per category, item or other view.
This plugin is useful after you have imported Joomla! articles into K2, where images used to exist inside the content blocks (introtext and/or fulltext). IAKI will fetch the first image from the article body (usually your main image) and assign it to the image positions used by K2 in all the K2 views (templates). That means you can now control these images as if they were K2 images.
If for some reason you want to move your old article images into a new folder (perhaps away from /images or /images/stories) e.g. so you clean up your folders, but you don't want to re-edit all your articles (in K2), you can simply move the images to the new folder and specify this folder in the plugin parameters, along with the old path. So if we wanted to move all images e.g. from "images/stories/blog" to "images/archive/blog", we would physically moved the images first and then specify these 2 paths in the plugin parameters.
Please note that this plugin will not dynamically resize your Joomla! article images as K2 images. The "resize" is done using HTML attributes on the K2 tag that is output. We plan to add resize options in a later version of the plugin.
A K2 plugin for Joomla that converts the first found image inside your article's content into a K2 image. Handy for migrating sites from the default Joomla article system into K2.
DEMO & SHOWCASE
This plugin has been extensively used in many Joomla sites where the content was moved from the default Joomla article system into K2. Such an example is: http://www.cinemad.gr
If you browse to any category (e.g. http://www.cinemad.gr/news) and navigate (using the pagination links) to some of the oldest articles, you see that any embedded images are now K2 images for both K2 listing and item pages.
This is a K2 plugin for Joomla and the only basic requirements to use it are:
K2 v2.5.x or newer installed
Joomla 2.5 or 3.x installed
This is a Joomla! extension developed by JoomlaWorks and released under the GNU/GPL v2 license.
We have just released v2.5.3 of K2, fixing primarily minor glitches in 2.5.1 and a small (but significant) JS error that appeared in the short-lived 2.5.2 release (which we issued past Friday). If you are using K2 v2.5.1 you can safely upgrade to v2.5.3 by installing the 2.5.3 zip file on top of 2.5.1. As always, it's good to grab a backup just in case (you can use the free Akeeba Backup for that).
We have just released v2.5.1 of K2, a maintenance release, fixing some minor issues as reported by the K2 Community.
This release maybe "maintenance", but we have gone through some "bigger" changes regarding content setup workflow and frontend editing.
In v2.5.1 we have improved the "friendliness" of frontend editing. E.g. when you edit an item via the frontend and close the editing window, the page will refresh, revealing the applied (or not) changes. Frontend users who don't have "publishing" rights will see a notice displaying at the top of the editing window and they will not see the published/featured controls. Additionally, only users with "editorial" rights (but not necessarily publishing rights), aka users with the permission "can edit any item" in their K2 group, are the ones who can now see and change an item's author. Previously anyone with some editing rights could do that. So all in all, frontend editing is a bit more tied up and informative to your frontend users.
I'm glad that after more than a year of constant development and improvements (and a rock solid v2.4.1), K2 version 2.5.0 is now available to download.
The major upgrade to 2.5.0 is that K2 is now a native Joomla! 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7 extension. But upgrades don't stop there. We have significantly improved performance, measuring up to 500% in complex sites with complex structures and pages with lots of items on them (portals, magazines etc.).
Let's take a closer look at all the changes that version 2.5.0 brings. Sit back, relax and start reading (will take time). :)