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#2349475 IP.Board 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 3.3.x & 3.4.x Critical Security Update

Posted by IPS News on 27 December 2012 - 03:28 PM

Security Update: 27th December 2012

A security evaluation has revealed a critical security issue and we are releasing a critical security update today to patch this issue.

Instructions

We are providing a patch for IP.Board versions 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, and 3.1. Version 3.1 is end of life for support but we are still providing the patch for the convenience of clients who have not yet upgraded. If you are running a version less than 3.1 you should upgrade to get this and other security enhancements.

Patching is very easy:

  1. Identify the version of IP.Board you are running.
  2. Download and unzip the appropriate patch file below that matches your version.
  3. Upload the contents of the zip to your IP.Board home directory

 

IP.Board 3.4.x
Attached File  ipb34_dec27.zip   13.4KB   6317 downloads


IP.Board 3.3.x
Attached File  ipb33_dec27.zip   13.4KB   5516 downloads

IP.Board 3.2.x
Attached File  ipb32_dec27.zip   13.08KB   2683 downloads

IP.Board 3.1.x
Attached File  ipb31_dec27.zip   12.63KB   2804 downloads

 

IP.Converge

Please be advised that if you use IP.Converge, it has also been updated to resolve a similar security issue, and to ensure compatibility with the patches being released today for IP.Board.  IP.Converge is no longer officially supported and is "use at your own risk".  To patch your IP.Converge installation, simply download the full package from the following URL, unzip to your computer, and then upload the contents of the "upload" folder to your server, overwriting the existing files present.

 

http://community.inv...739-ipconverge/

 

IP.Converge Login Module

Please be advised that if you use IP.Converge, and you upload the updated IP.Converge package referenced above, you will also need to upload the following updated IP.Converge login module.  Download the following patch, unzip to your local computer, and then upload the auth.php file to your server at admin/sources/loginauth/ipconverge/, overwriting the existing file.

Attached File  ipconverge_login_module.zip   3.18KB   1959 downloads



Notes:

  • When you apply the security update the bulletin in your AdminCP will still display. We keep the bulletin in place for at least a week after a security release.
  • Our main software packages accessed via the client area have already been updated with this security update.
  • If you are an IPS Hosting client your community will be automatically patched.

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#2373182 IPS Social Suite (4.0)

Posted by IPS News on 20 February 2013 - 09:00 AM

While we introduced some of our basic plans for 4.0 many months ago, we wanted to touch base again on some of these plans and expand upon some of our motivations behind decisions we have or will make for our upcoming 4.0 software release.
 
Before we get too far, let me just state now that there is no expected (or even estimated) release date for 4.0 yet.  While we always have internal guidelines, timeframes and milestones, we do not communicate these publicly until we are absolutely sure they are as accurate as possible.  The 4.0 Suite will be a major overhaul, effectively a rewrite of most areas from the ground up, and there are many factors that can affect delivering within expected due dates.
 
You may also have noticed the title of this blog entry uses a term for the suite you may not have seen used previously.  We have decided to name the 4.0 Suite (which we will often refer to as "4.0 Suite" or "Social Suite", informally), officially as the IPS Social Suite.  We feel that as we expand our line up and remove community-related dependencies, it is important that our main product release reflect the fact that our software can power more than just traditional communities.
 
Formalities out of the way now, here are a few of our driving motivations behind 4.0...
 
Modernize the interface
The skin delivered for 3.0 and again for 3.2 was great, but several years have since passed.  It is time we modernize the user interface in our software lineup once again.  Features have been added, trends on the web have shifted, and technologies have advanced.  Some specific points you may be interested to know:
  • All areas of the suite will support the mobile interface.
  • We are heavily investigating using a "response design" for 4.0.
  • We will be switching to jQuery
  • We will be embracing HTML 5 fully
 
Modernize the underlying codebase
While 4.0 will not technically be a "complete rewrite", most of the underlying codebase will be rewritten in some manner, and all of the code will at least be updated to work within the new framework we are developing.  There is a lot to go over for those of you who may be interested in the developer side of things, and I'll point you to the right place later in this entry, but as a general outline here are some things you can expect to see:
  • PHP 5.3 will be the minimum supported version of PHP
  • MySQL 5.0.3 will be the minimum supported version of MySQL
  • IP.Board will fully utilize namespaces in PHP
  • The entire directory structure, class naming structure and more will be completely overhauled
  • Applications will truly be self-contained within their own folders (currently javascript, skin and language files, for instance, are scattered throughout miscellaneous directories)
  • The entire code base will be modernized.  More use of formal design patterns will be employed, where appropriate.  Dumping ground classes (such as IPSLib) will be avoided at all costs.  More consistency between how applications implement functionality will be seen.  Naming conventions will be more consistent.
  • The way hooks work will be completely rewritten, making things simpler for us and for developers, and making hook usage behind the scenes more reliable (no more loadLibrary calls - everything is handled automatically by the framework instead).
 
Make things more consistent
We are also working towards making all of our applications more consistent.  The approach to this actually has much more to do with planning and how we approach new functionality than it does any specific technical aspect of software development.  In a nutshell, we will have one "suite" release moving forward starting at 4.0.  Every application will be on the same versioning system and share the same version number, and every release will include every application (although you will only have access to the applications you have purchased, of course).  What we will do as we implement new features is implement new functionality suite-wide from the start.  If we were to add a new feature to 4.0, we would not add the functionality to the forums and then roll this change out to other applications as they see updates.  Instead, we will be implementing changes suite-wide from the start, which has several benefits:
  • From a user standpoint, the software will be more consistent.  You won't have situations where a feature is available in Application X but not in Application Y.
  • From a technological standpoint, we will be forced to implement functionality in an optimal manner where it can be utilized by all areas of the suite.  There will be less application-dependencies for features that are intended to be suite-wide.  There will be much, much less duplicated code as features will be designed from the start to work in multiple areas.
  • Point #2 above will also benefit modders - APIs will be much more robust, yet more generic and reusable, for features implemented suite-wide rather than features implemented for one application and then shared across others.
 
Beyond changing our approach to functional changes in the software itself, we will also be focusing on consistency while redesigning the interface, and throughout every facet of development of 4.0.
 
 
Want to hear more specifics?
We have recently launched our new development blog where we will routinely be posting about the nitty-gritty of our day to day development duties here at IPS.  While this blog is not at all intended to be specific to the development of 4.0, you will find us posting about upcoming changes and decisions made in 4.0 quite regularly.  We welcome you to follow The Development Channel blog if you are interested in reading about these changes.  If not, don't worry - any major announcements will be blogged about here in our company blog as well in due course.
 
If you aren't sure, just to be clear....development of 4.0 is definitely underway.  A lot of planning and discussion took place prior to ever writing a single line of code for 4.0, however we are definitely working on 4.0 now and you will likely see blog entries about upcoming changes before long.  Stay tuned!

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#2360714 IP.Board 3.4.2 Released

Posted by IPS News on 23 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

Invision Power Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of IP.Board 3.4.2
 
The release of IP.Board 3.4.2 is a maintenance release.
 
What's New in 3.4
 
Please read these blog entries for a full list and explanation of what's new in this release.

How to Upgrade
 
To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".


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#2399582 IP.Board 3.2.x, 3.3.x, and 3.4.x Critical Security Update

Posted by IPS News on 03 May 2013 - 03:21 PM

Security Update: 3rd May 2013

A critical security issue has been reported to us which may allow unauthorized access to an administrator account.  We are releasing a security patch to address this issue. In the interest of allowing customers ample amount of time to apply the patch, we are not disclosing further details at this time.

Instructions

We are providing a patch for IP.Board versions 3.4, 3.3 and 3.2. If you are running a version less than 3.2 you should upgrade to get this and other security enhancements.

While IPS does not apply patches for you, patching is very easy:

  • Identify the version of IP.Board you are running.
  • Download and unzip the appropriate patch file below that matches your version.
  • Upload the contents of the extracted zip folder to your IP.Board home directory
  • If you have renamed your admin directory, then copy the files manually to the appropriate admin folder.

IP.Board 3.4.x
Attached File  3.4.zip   76.46KB   6695 downloads

IP.Board 3.3.x
Attached File  3.3.zip   70.88KB   2261 downloads

IP.Board 3.2.x
Attached File  3.2.zip   64.78KB   1437 downloads
 
 

Important Notes:

  • When you apply the security update, the bulletin in your AdminCP will still display. We keep the bulletin in place for at least a week after a security release.
  • Our main software packages accessed via the client area have already been updated with this security update.
  • If you are an IPS Hosting client your community has been automatically patched. No further action is needed.
  • As this is not a full upgrade but a simple upload a file and you're done patch, IPS staff will not apply this patch as part of our support services.

 

We would like to thank security researcher John JEAN for his responsible disclosure of this issue to us.  His information is as follows, and shared with permission:


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#2386393 IP.Board 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 3.3.x & 3.4.x Critical Security Update

Posted by IPS News on 25 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

Security Update: 21 March 2013

As part of our ongoing security auditing we have discovered a possible security issue. We are releasing a critical security update today to address this issue.

Instructions

We are providing a patch for IP.Board versions 3.4, 3.3, 3.2, and 3.1. Version 3.1 is end of life for support but we are still providing the patch for the convenience of clients who have not yet upgraded. If you are running a version less than 3.1 you should upgrade to get this and other security enhancements.

Patching is very easy:

  1. Identify the version of IP.Board you are running.
  2. Download and unzip the appropriate patch file below that matches your version.
  3. Upload the contents of the extracted "upload" folder to your IP.Board home directory
  4. If you have renamed your admin directory, then copy the files manually to the appropriate admin folder.

 

IP.Board 3.4.x

Attached File  ipb34_mar21.zip   2.58KB   7140 downloads


IP.Board 3.3.x

Attached File  ipb33_mar21.zip   2.58KB   2934 downloads


IP.Board 3.2.x

Attached File  ipb32_mar21.zip   2.65KB   1969 downloads


IP.Board 3.1.x

Attached File  ipb31_mar21.zip   2.68KB   1987 downloads

 


Notes:

  • When you apply the security update the bulletin in your AdminCP will still display. We keep the bulletin in place for at least a week after a security release.
  • Our main software packages accessed via the client area have already been updated with this security update.
  • If you are an IPS Hosting client your community has been automatically patched.

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#2391395 IP.Board 3.4.4 Released

Posted by IPS News on 09 April 2013 - 11:39 AM

Invision Power Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of IP.Board 3.4.4

 

IP.Board is a fully featured community platform including forums, members profiles, calendar, status system, integration, and much, much more.

 

The release of IP.Board 3.4.4 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

How to Upgrade
 
To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".


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#2368127 IP.Gallery 4.2.x and 5.0.x Security Update

Posted by IPS News on 08 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

Security Update: 7th February 2013

A cross-site-scripting (XSS) exploit has been discovered in IP.Gallery. We are releasing a security update for versions 4.2.x and 5.0.x today to patch this issue.

Instructions:


Patching is very easy.

  1. Identify the version of IP.Gallery you are running.
  2. Download and unzip the appropriate patch file below that matches your version.
  3. Upload the contents of the zip to your /public/js directory, overwriting the existing file.

IP.Gallery 4.2.x
Attached File  ipg42_feb13.zip   831bytes   2076 downloads

IP.Gallery 5.0.x
Attached File  ipg5_feb13.zip   2.41KB   2893 downloads

Notes:

  • When you apply the security update the bulletin in your AdminCP will still display. We keep the bulletin in place for at least a week after a security release.
  • Our main software packages accessed via the client area have already been updated with this security update.

 

 

Our thanks to Mohamed Ramadan ( Attack-Secure.com / https://twitter.com/Attack_Secure ) for bringing this to our attention.


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#2395445 IPS Marketplace Update

Posted by IPS News on 20 April 2013 - 06:30 AM

The IPS Marketplace is the place to go for plugins, skins, language packs, full applications, and other resources provided by the IPS community. Some resources are free and some have a small fee. It's a great way to find ways to personalize your community and expand its functions.
 
 
Some updates...
 
I wanted to share some general statistics on the Marketplace (yes, I'm channeling Apple here). Yesterday we reached a great milestone:
 
Since its inception, we have paid out over $250,000 to contributors. Yes over a quarter million dollars has been paid out to those that sell resources in the Marketplace!
 
What's even more exciting is the growth we are seeing. In fact over 40% of that total payout was done just this year! Because I love any excuse to play with Excel here's a chart showing growth trend:
 

 
We also now have over 500 individual contributors that are providing both free and paid resources in the Marketplace.
 
Improvements coming soon
 
We are in the process of doing some cleaning up to make resources easier to find. Expect to see new categories based on what things do (moderation tools, promotion, utilities, etc.) rather than what they are (hook, mod, app, etc.) which we think will make finding resources for your community even easier.
 
 
A new ability to allow us to feature more than one resource at a time has already been launched.
 
Take a moment to browse the IPS Marketplace and see if there are any resources that would benefit your community. If you find one don't forget to thank the contributor!
 
 

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#2369742 IPS Development Channel Blog

Posted by IPS News on 11 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

We have launched our new blog The Development Channel to allow our development staff to more frequently update our clients on everything that goes on behind the scenes. From the technical aspects, to fun insights, and new feature announcements you can follow The Development Channel to follow our software being made.

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#2398365 IPS Converter Update

Posted by IPS News on 29 April 2013 - 07:00 AM

We are pleased to announce an update to our popular converter application and with it support for conversions from vBulletin 5 Connect.

This release has been particularly focused on converter stability and performance improvements. At the time of writing there are 0 open bug reports in the bug tracker.

Performance Improvements

Whilst data integrity will always be our number one priority we do often review and apply performance improvements where appropriate.

In a previous release we introduced a feature that would significantly reduce the time taken when selecting data from the source software but this was only applied to a select few products. We are happy to report this change has now been applied across all converters. For the technically curious, this eliminates the need to use expensive LIMIT clauses with high offsets when converting forums with large amounts of posts.

Additionally we identified a few areas that would benefit from extra indexes particularly in the area of looking up relational content.

Software Specific Improvements

Support for vBulletin5 Connect is now available and the following items are converted - Permissions, Groups, Members, Passwords, Forums, Topics, Posts, Attachments, BBCode, Profile Fields, Emoticons, Moderators, Friends, Ignored Users, Reputation, Ranks, Warn Logs
 
The Ning converter has been greatly overhauled and now works much more reliably.
 
Considering switching to IPS?
 
Now is a great time to switch to IPS. We have a full community suite of products and a great resource community in the Marketplace. For a limited time through May 15 you can use the coupon code SWITCH at checkout to take 10% off your order. Feel free to email sales@invisionpower.com with questions or post in our pre-sales forum to get feedback from other clients.
 

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#2388974 Tier II Support Vacancy

Posted by IPS News on 01 April 2013 - 09:51 PM

IPS is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced individual to join its support team in an advanced support capacity. 
 
Successful applicants will be responsible for answering general support tickets, including providing customers with information, troubleshooting issues not resolved as part of the general product support process and performing maintenance. You would be expected where appropriate to interact with other technicians and developers to resolve issues. 
 
Requirements: 
 
* Must be familiar with IPS applications. 
* Must have advanced knowledge of PHP and MySQL. 
* Must be able to effectively work remotely. 
* English must be your primary language and you must possess strong verbal and written communication skills. 
 
Preferable, but not required: 
 
* Knowledge of server administration and experience working for a web hosting company. 
* Knowledge of additional web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, XML, etc. 
* Experience of working in customer support. 
* Experience working with the codebase or creating hooks/apps in the IPS Suite 
 
Working hours are flexible and pay will be based on knowledge and experience. Due to the nature of the position, we require all applicants to be physically located in the United States. No exceptions to United States residency requirements. 
 
Please contact  hr@invisionpower.com for more information on this position. Please include your salary requirements, availability and an overview of your experience. 
 
We look forward to hearing from you!
 

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#2395431 Monetize your traffic with VigLink

Posted by IPS News on 20 April 2013 - 06:21 AM

IPS is always looking for ways to assist our clients in monetization and promotion of their community traffic. After we saw so many clients successfully using VigLink on their community we decided to bundle it directly in the AdminCP under the Community Enhancements section. Since then many clients have reported success in using their service. Many clients have also since looked into other monetization options and have started to really grow.
 
Information from VigLink:
 

VigLink is a content monetization service used by tens of thousands of publishers. While most monetization services focus on the traffic you receive - usually by displaying ads that distract and interrupt - VigLink is focused on the traffic that’s already leaving your community. Here’s how it works: Often your communities will post links to retail sites like eBay or Amazon. With VigLink, clicks on these links are automatically monetized. There’s no change to the user experience. It’s simple: when a user clicks and purchases something, you earn a commission. Through their relationships with over 30,000 merchants, including over 90% of the top 500 affiliating retailers on the web, VigLink automatically monetizes more links than any relevant competitor. Because of their size and success they have negotiated spectacular commissions with some of the top merchants. If you or your community already posts affiliate links or uses any other form of monetization, VigLink will not interfere.
 
To further increase your revenue, VigLink also offers Link Insertion, a technology that can automatically create links when brands, products, and stores are mentioned. These links are normal, everyday links, except for the fact that they can earn you money. For example, if a user posts about a camera they are thinking of buying, VigLink can detect the product mentioned and link it to a retailer that pays top commissions. Typically, publishers get more than half of their earnings from this technology.
 
There are others who try to offer similar technologies, however we have selected to integrate with VigLink because of their superior technology, performance, and customer service, especially among discussion-based communities. The largest network of its kind, VigLink processes billions of page views and over three hundred million clicks every month.

 
If you want to give it a try simply visit your AdminCP and click Community Enhancements to turn VigLink on and start earning. IPS does benefit from this relationship however we do not take any of your commission of course.

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#2345708 IP.Content 2.3.4 & IP.Chat 1.4.2 Released

Posted by IPS News on 17 December 2012 - 03:55 PM

Invision Power Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of IP.Content 2.3.4 and IP.Chat 1.4.2!

 

The release of IP.Content 2.3.4 is a maintenance release which resolves bugs reported since the release of IP.Content 2.3.3.

 

How to Upgrade

 

To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".

 

IP.Chat 1.4.2 Released

 

The release of IP.Chat 1.4.2 is a maintenance release which resolves bugs reported since the release of IP.Chat 1.4.1.

 

How to Upgrade

 

To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".


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#2408066 IP.Board 3.4.5 and Application Maintenance Updates Released

Posted by IPS News on 30 May 2013 - 08:49 AM

Invision Power Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the following applications:

  • IP.Board 3.4.5
  • IP.Blog 2.6.3
  • IP.Calendar 3.3.4
  • IP.Chat 1.4.4
  • IP.Content 2.3.6
  • IP.Downloads 2.5.4
  • IP.Gallery 5.0.5
  • IP.Nexus 1.5.8

 

IP.Board 3.4.5

 

IP.Board is a fully featured community platform including forums, members profiles, calendar, status system, integration, and much, much more.

 

The release of IP.Board 3.4.5 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Blog 2.6.3

 

IP.Blog enables users to create and maintain their own individual or group blogs right from within your community, to share ideas & thoughts.

 

The release of IP.Blog 2.6.3 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Calendar 3.3.4

 

IP.Calendar is an integrated calendar and event management for your IP.Board.

 

The release of IP.Calendar 3.3.4 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Chat 1.4.4

 

IP.Chat is integrated chat software for your forum. Allow your members to chat to each other in real time.

 

The release of IP.Chat 1.4.4 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Content 2.3.6

 

IP.Content is our community content management platform for IP.Board allowing you to create content for your site ranging from a simple portal to a full website with custom databases and more - the possibilities are endless!

 

The release of IP.Content 2.3.6 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Downloads 2.5.4

 

IP.Downloads is an integrated download management for IP.Board allowing you and your members to upload files for sharing in an organized category listing with permissions, version control, and more.

 

The release of IP.Downloads 2.5.4 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Gallery 5.0.5

 

IP.Gallery is a fully-featured photo and multimedia sharing app for the IPS Community Suite. Create albums, upload photos, discuss the hottest shots and much more.

 

The release of IP.Gallery 5.0.5 is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes.

 

IP.Nexus 1.5.8

 

IP.Nexus is our fully featured commerce system to sell products, membership access, advertising, digital downloads, and more. Includes tools like a support desk to help manage your clients.

 

The release of IP.Nexus 1.5.8 is a maintenance release and includes

 

 

How to Upgrade

 

To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".  You can read more about upgrading in our documentation.


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#2410363 IPS 4.0: Editor - Part 1: Content

Posted by IPS News on 06 June 2013 - 08:30 AM

Introduction
 
The post editor is undoubtably one of the most frequently used features of the IPS Social Suite as it's the way users submit content to your community and functionality has evolved dramatically from the early days of forum software which consisted of a plain textbox in which users would type BBCode into the feature-rich WYSIWG (What You See Is What You Get) editors prevalent on the web today.
 
For the IPS Social Suite 4.0 we really wanted to focus on making the editor as good as it can be: feature-rich, intuitive to users and highly customisable.
 
Over the next 4 blog entries I'm going to cover the functionality of the editor and related features (attachments, emoticons, etc.) and the customisation options that will be available in 4.0. The theme of each blog entry will be:
  • Content
  • Uploads
  • Customisation and BBCode
  • Special features
Here's a screenshot of what it looks like (by default, on a desktop, more on that later):

 
 
Quotes
 
A feature added to IP.Board in the 3.x series was "visual quotes" - when adding a quote the box shows directly in the editor as it will show in the post, rather than as just normal text with a quote BBCode wrapped around.
 
In 4.0 we've rewritten how this works to use a CSS3 based solution rather than JavaScript to keep the citation header attached to the quote, which makes the feature much more reliable and easy to use when splitting quote boxes, moving the cursor before or after the quote box or dealing with embedded quotes.
 
Code
 
We've also rewritten how code can be inserted into the editor to be more reliable.
 
Adding code now initially brings up an editor which supports syntax highlighting:

 
And after inserting, you'll see the code exactly how it will be displayed after posting and you can interact with it exactly how you'd expect:

 
Spoilers
 
Spoilers are now also visual (though of course they're not true WYSIWYG as you need to be able to see what you're typing) and a built-in feature enabled by default.
 
When you click the spoiler button you'll be given a darkened box in which to type the content:

 
The spoilers display in the post as the same coloured box with a "click to view" message. When clicked, the dark box fades away revealing the content underneath.
 
Emotions
 
We've completely overhauled emoticon management in 4.0. You can now create multiple "groups", drag and drop to reorder and (using the same uploader as shown above) quickly upload loads of emoticons at once.

Video Demonstration
 
When you click the emoticon button in the editor, you'll see a popup with an overview of all the groups. If your community only uses the default emoticons, this is big enough to show all the emoticons, however, if you like to install lots of emoticons, you can select any group from the dropdown menu to show all emoticons in that group, or use the search bar to find a particular emoticon.
 
In addition, your most recently used emoticons will show right at the top.
 
Video Demonstration
 
 
Embedded Media
 
In 3.0 we introduced a media BBCode tag. By wrapping a URL to media such as YouTube or Vimeo videos in media BBCode tags, the correct embed code would automatically be worked out and embedded into the post. In later versions, we added automatic embedding support, so just pasting the URL into the post would cause the video to be embedded.
 
This still works exactly the same in 4.0 with a couple improvements:
 
Previews
 
If you type the URL to a supported media in the "Link" dialog, a preview will be shown in the dialog - you can choose to insert the embedded media or just a regular link. If you insert the embedded media, it will show directly in the editor.
 
Video Demonstration
 
 
oEmbed
 
Currently URLs which gets picked up for media embedding and the output they produce are managed in the Admin CP. The idea was that this would allow admins to add support for additional services, however, it has caused some problems when for example, YouTube has added new URL formats or changed their embed code and they don't work on most communities until we release an update to change the default record for YouTube.
 
oEmbed is an API which allows you to make a call to the provider giving them the URL and they respond with the best embed code to use, if that URL can be embedded. In 4.0, if a URL for YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, College Humor or Hulu is inserted, we make a call to their oEmbed provider to obtain the embed code, so it's always up to date.
 
 
Conclusion
 
This is just the first in our series of blog entries on the editor in IPS4. Please do let us know what you think in the comments, but remember there's much more to come!

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#2343480 IP.Board 3.4.1 and IP.Nexus 1.5.6 Released

Posted by IPS News on 12 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

Invision Power Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of IP.Board 3.4.1 and IP.Nexus 1.5.6!

 

The release of IP.Board 3.4.1 is a maintenance release.

 

What's New in 3.4
 
Please read these blog entries for a full list and explanation of what's new in this release.

 

How to Upgrade

 

To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".

 

IP.Nexus 1.5.6 Released

 

The release of IP.Nexus 1.5.6 is a maintenance release.

 

How to Upgrade

 

To upgrade simply log into your client area, click on "Purchases" from the menu and select the community you wish to upgrade and click "Upgrade Now".


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#2337201 IP.Board 3.4.0 and IP.Nexus 1.5.5 Released

Posted by IPS News on 27 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

Invision Power Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of IP.Board 3.4.0!

 

This new release contains many refinements and new features to help promote, monetize, and grow your community.

 
What's New
 
Please read these blog entries for a full list and explanation of what's new in this release.

In addition to the specifics in the blog entries we have fixed many issues and made many smaller improvements.
 
New Backup Service Delayed
 
We had announced a new Backup Service however this service will be not be available at release time. We want to be sure the service works reliably and would rather delay a bit than give you something that may not work properly. Obviously something as important as backups on your community is something we want to feel confident about offering.
 

How to Upgrade

 

You can access IP.Board 3.4.0 in the client area. Please follow these easy instructions for upgrading.

 

 

IP.Nexus 1.5.5 Released

 

This release contains an important bug fix which addresses an issue which may cause prices to be calculated incorrectly if certain combinations of discount options are used. It is strongly recommended that anyone running IP.Nexus 1.5.x upgrades as soon as possible (older versions are not affected).

 

This release also contains other bug fixes and enhancements, and a small feature addition which allows users to purchase account credit.

 

 

How to Upgrade

 

You can access IP.Nexus 1.5.5 in the client area. Please follow these easy instructions for upgrading.

 

 

 

 

IP.Board 3.2.x and Applications: End of Life Announcement


So that we can focus all of our development, support, and service efforts on the newest version 3.4, we are announcing the end of support (sometimes called end of life or EOL) for the following IPS software versions (and earlier versions):

  • IP.Board 3.2.x
  • IP.Blog 2.5.x
  • IP.Gallery 4.x
  • IP.Downloads 2.4.x
  • IP.Content 2.2.x
  • IP.Chat 1.3.x
  • IP.Nexus 1.4.x

Technical support, installations, and services will end for these products on June 1, 2013. On that date all technical or service requests will be advised to simply upgrade to the most recent versions of the products. We will not force upgrades but will also not be able to diagnose issues or answer questions relating to the older software. Also, on that date, IPS will no longer address any new issues or bugs reported in the older software versions.

You are of course free to continue using these older versions if you wish but IPS will no longer provide assistance after the EOL date.

Security Updates

In the event an issue is discovered impacting the security of these older versions of the software, IPS will provide a patch posted in our announcements forum. We will continue to provide security updates for several months after the EOL date based on severity of the issue.

 

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#2410671 IPS 4.0: Editor - Part 2: Uploads

Posted by IPS News on 07 June 2013 - 08:30 AM

Introduction
 
In the last blog entry I introduced some of the features in the post editor in IPS Social Suite 4.0. In this blog entry I'd like to show you the uploading features in the editor.
 
 
Using the "Image" and "Attachment" dialogs
 
Along the bottom of the editor there are two buttons that deal with uploading files: image and attachments. Both present a dialog which looks like this:

We decided to keep both an images and an attachments dialog as users wanting to insert an image will naturally look for the "Image" button - if however, you upload an image to the attachments dialog, it will work completely as expected.

The upload panel here is based on HTML5 which supports drag and drop uploading, if your browser doesn't support this, it will use Flash, Silverlight or Google Gears if you have any of those installed, and if not it will fallback to a HTML4 & JavaScript implementation (none of these support drag and drop, but instead you click the "Choose Files" button just as you do now - the label in the box will change to reflect this).
 
Uploaded files then show below the box (images will get a preview), and you can click on any to add them into the editor, or click the "Insert All" button. When you insert an attachment into the editor, it displays either the image if it's an image, or a link if it's anything else, just as it will actually appear in the post (rather than the current " " tag).
 
You can also of course delete the attachment, which will automatically remove it from the editor if you've already inserted it.
 
Video Demonstration
 
 
Quick drag-and-drop
 
In addition to interacting with the panels, if you're using a supported browser, you can drag and drop straight into the editor. It will automatically figure out whether the uploaded file(s) are images or other files and add them to the appropriate panel automatically.
 
Video Demonstration
 
 
Image URLs
 
In the image panel, there is an additional "From URL" tab which allows you to insert an image from a URL, as you type the URL a preview is shown, and you can optionally link to the image.
 
Video Demonstration
 
 
My Files
 
In IP.Board currently, there is a "My Media" button which allows you to insert content submitted either in other posts or elsewhere in the community (images in IP.Gallery or files in IP.Downloads for example) into the editor. In 4.0, this feature is found in the images and attachments dialogs.
 
Just with normal attachments, the content is inserted as it will be shown rather than the current " " tag.
 
 
Conclusion
 
Please let us know what you think of the uploading features in the comments. Remember though that we're only half way through our series on the 4.0 editor. In my next blog entry I'll be talking about customising the editor and the place of BBCode. 

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#2412209 Spam Service Updates

Posted by IPS News on 12 June 2013 - 07:07 AM

Our proprietary Spam Service which was launched in 2009 has been a very popular feature for IP.Board license holders.  This service (which is included at no additional cost for all active license holders) is queried during account registration on your IP.Board installation and will respond to the query with a flag to indicate the likelihood that the registration might be a spammer.  You can control how your site should react to the various responses the service may return in the admin control panel, and combined with other anti-spam tools in IP.Board you can help prevent spam registrations from occurring on your site.
 
While the system is constantly "learning" and blocking new spam signups, we have performed some updates to the service recently that we feel will help the system respond even quicker and more reliably to spam account registrations.
 
 
First, Some Stats
 
For those interested, we have some interesting statistics to share with you.
 
To date, the spam service has responded to over 58 million requests!  The service has responded to almost 163,000 requests in the last 24 hours alone, and the service continues to respond to between 5,000 and 10,000 more requests day over day.
 
A total of over 23 million user registrations have been blocked (i.e. a status code of 3 or 4 was returned by the spam service) to date.  That's 23 million spammers we've helped you prevent from disrupting your community.
 
 
Quicker Responses
 
With the recent updates we performed, the system will more quickly respond to new spammer accounts than it did previously.  It is important that the system do not treat a single report of a spammer as a permanent block on that account of course, however we identified several areas where the algorithms used could be tweaked to more quickly identify potential spammers and have performed these changes.  Additionally, by use of decaying flags (treating newer reports with a higher priority than older accounts), the system can more quickly respond to new spammer threats.
 
 
Project Honeypot Integration
 
We have integrated our spam service with the popular Project Honeypot service.  This means that all account registrations are checked through Project Honeypot, and the threat score that is returned from this service is used to help determine the likelihood of the IP address being associated with a spammer.
 
 
Stop Forum Spam Integration
 
In addition to integration with Project Honeypot, we have integrated the IPS Spam Service with Stop Forum Spam.  Our spam service will check the Stop Forum Spam email address and IP address databases and use any information found here to help weight and score the likelihood that the registration is coming from a spammer.
 
It is important to note that we do not rely directly on the Stop Forum Spam data to determine a spammer status, but are instead using the data from this service to help weight the overall score based on all of the flags we have available.
 
 
Enterprise Spam Mitigation
 
If you are in a load balanced or cloud environment, you may wish to take advantage of this new offering which allows calls to the spam service from multiple origins using the same license key. Additionally, this service allows greater control over your spam mitigation service including weighting algorithm preferences and customized blacklists and whitelists. This addon service is available for $100/6 months. For more information, please contact our sales department. 
 
 
 
Collectively we feel the changes we have made to the service will benefit all IPS customers who are making use of our IPS Spam Service.  We hope these changes help your community fight the threat of spam more rigorously and more reliably than ever before.

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#2341294 Auto-Upgrader

Posted by IPS News on 06 December 2012 - 09:21 AM

Last year, we added an auto-install/upgrade tool into our client area. The tool would upload the latest version of the IPS Community Suite to your server automatically.
The way it worked was after submitting the request, you were entered into a queue, and a program on our server uploaded the files, and emailed you when it was done so that you could run the upgrader script. It normally took about 30 minutes.
 
 
30 minutes is pretty good. For someone without the technical knowledge to upgrade, it's a great alternative to asking for a support agent to do the upgrade for you (especially just after a release when everyone is doing just that). However, many users still prefer to do the upgrade themselves (after all, if you can download the source files and upload them to your server in the same time, what's the point?).
 
 
We decided we should try and get that time down. We also wanted the process to be much more seamless - so you click "Upgrade", get a loading screen, and then are taken immediately to the upgrade script when it's done, rather than waiting for an email.
 
 

Interested to see how fast we managed to get it? Take a look for yourself:
Watch Video
 
 
 
 
In addition, the system can now handle communities that have renamed their admin directory seamlessly without issue (it previously reset to /admin), and the system will automatically detect which encoding of IP.Nexus to use for your server, if applicable (previously it would only use Zend).
 
 
 
 
We really hope the Auto-Upgrader will provide a much easier way for you to keep your community up-to-date with the latest features and enhancements.
 
 
If you've not already upgraded to IP.Board 3.4, why not go and try it out now? To access the tool, simply go to the Purchases area of the client area, select the community you want to upgrade and click the big "Upgrade Now" button.

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