Mario Thomas

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  1. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: IP.Nexus - allowing users to sell products   


    Sorry, I meant their own "Stuff" not "Staff" ;)
  2. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: IP.Nexus - allowing users to sell products   

    This feature has been asked many times, by me and many other in the last years, but as I see it, IPS staff is really not interested in it. As you can see they give you answers that have nothing to do with what you asked, which is basically the possibility to allow users to sell their own staff.
     
    Said that, it is not that difficult as they say, as most work is already done in IP.downloads. IPS Devs would only need to add the possibility to sell any other thing beside files, which is the only thing you can "officially" sell now in IP.downloads. Forget about IP.Nexus since its code is not visiable and is not possible make or add anything to it from 3rd party developers.
     
    Said that, I modified IP.downloads to sell other virtual stuff and it works perfectly as well. In my case I wanted to build an Events Community so that users could publish and sell their own "Events". Since you can add custom fields to the IP.downloads files submission form, I modified the submission form so that customers could enter their own Event information and renamed the "upload file" field to "Event Information File".
     
    The only thing is that I cannot "switch off" the download field from the "product" submitter, in other words, buyers have to "download" something when they buy the event, in this case the download a PDF with the Event Instructions or whatever you want them to download.
     
    The thing is that IP.downloads is a very flexible software and its potential is really very underused by IPS. If they would make IP.downloads a bit more flexible and link it to the IP.Calendar you could virtually allow your community users sell anything with it.
     
    Yes I also used Classifieds for some other things, but there are a couple of problems with it, one is that it is very little updated, support is not the best, you depend on a software which future is uncertain and it actually does not do what I need.
     
    So in this regard it is what it is. I don't really know how will it be with IPS 4 and if IP.downloads and IP.Nexus will have new possibilities or if IPS Staff will be open to implement these kind of possibilites sometime in the future. Anyway IPS 4 looks very promissing and everybody here is looking forward to it ;)
  3. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Notification When Purchasing a File   

    This is really great Adriano... Thanks a lot...!
  4. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Why is IP.Calendar not even mentioned in your main website TOUR?   

    I just answered some questions a guy made in the forums about IP.Calendar and then I thought about sending him to the invisionpower.com for a IP.Calendar tour and then I saw... IP.Calendar is not mentioned ANYWHERE in your website..!
     
    It is like it would not exist in the whole suite.
     
    It is funny, because you mention even the smallest detail about other funcionalities but nothing about this app... for me has been a key app in some projects. It was the main point to choose IPS for a community website I made for a school using the IPS.
     
    Any special reason for this?
  5. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: IPS Staff On Forums   

    I had some weeks ago a long conversation (over several emails) with Woothemes.com CEO about why they stopped offering support over their forums and turned completely to a Ticket Support System (they use Zendesk).
     
    The conclusion was that offering support through forums became a kind of nightmare and that many times users mixed in the support process fooling users giving them information over that issue that was not the right one or that it is much more complecated to follow to trace a case and when you have many many users with many issues, giving support over forums is just not efficient support solution.
     
    Well the difference between having a helpdesk system like Zendesk (or the ones of that kind) and the one included in IP.Nexus (which is what IPS Staff uses) is that IP.Nexus does not support one click knowledgebase creation from resolved cases which are then pushed to a self service public portal as Zendesk, Freshdesk, Groovehq and such do.
     
    And that is a pitty because there are thousands of resolved tickets with valuable information in the IPS IP.Nexus database which do not see daylight... so it is huge hidden knowledgebase and a pity for a any company using IP.Nexus Helpdesk as there is not a "publish to knowledgebase" button feature... that would be really a super valuable feature in IP.Nexus Helpdesk. The day they include it IP.Nexus will be able to look at the eyes of any helpdesk service software company as a valid competitor.
  6. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Calendar Roadmap   

     
    Well you can create different calendars and assign them to different groups and create different blocks in IP.Content. If you want to create Categories, Custom Fields within a Calender, there is 3rd Party add-on which does all that stuff:
     
    http://community.invisionpower.com/files/file/5165-hsc-calendar-template-system/
     
     
     
    Yes, with or without RSVP and you can set up different group access types with our without moderation control by groups bases.
     
     
    That feature is not supported right now, since IP.Content is not conected to Nexus they way IP.Downloads is. But you could use the "Classifieds" modul to build something similar or build something in that style with IP.Downloads (that is what I'm doing now to get a similar functionality).
     
    The Classifieds modul includes a per-pay featured Ads and works automatically with IP.Nexus.
     
    http://community.invisionpower.com/files/file/4037-classifieds/
     
     
    But in the case of IP.Calendar you could play with Group Access and IP.Nexus, so that you could set up an IP.Nexus subscription Package set in such a way that when a user pays for that subscription that user will be included in a Group with access to create an event in the calendar(s) you choose for them for a certain period of time.
     
     
     
    If you mean feature events in a kind of Slider on the home page or so... you would have to play with IP.Content, Databases and Blocks to get that kind of funcionality.
     
     
    I think the "featured event" funcionality is not included as such (I may be wrong) but you could play with Event categories, create a Category called "Featured" and create a Block with that. There are a couple of mods and hooks in IPS Marketplace in that direction.
     
     
    http://community.invisionpower.com/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=search&fromMainBar=1
  7. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Looking for freelancer to fix IP.Content URLs   

    what was the issue?
  8. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Email integration   

     
    what do you mean with that file?
  9. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: [Request] Allow the Creation of files for only Paid Downloads   

    Well there is always a first step and that is to Request it :)
     
    We all know IPS Staff have a long to do list and work in a lot of fronts and therefore they have to set priorities, and for sure they implement the requests they find to be more interesting for their business model.
     
    Yes I know until the new major 4.0 version is out their main tasks will be to finish the new framework and make the new implementations in that new framework which is understandable.
  10. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: [Request] Custom Fields apply to all Categories if none selected   

    Hi,
     
    Everytime I add a Custom Field I have to add that Custom Field by hand to all Categories. And the other way around, everytime I add a Category I have to add the existing Custom Fields to that Category. In most cases Custom Fields apply to all Categories the ones that do not apply to all should be the ones to take actions and not the other way around.
     
    Wouldn't it be more practical to allow that Custom Field in all categories if none is selected? As it is the default setting in IP.Nexus as well, when none is selected it should apply to all.
     

     
    Thanks
  11. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Is it possible to allow the Creation of only Paid Downloads?   

    Request Done:
     
    http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/384894-request-allow-the-creation-of-files-for-only-paid-downloads/
  12. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: [Request] Allow the Creation of files for only Paid Downloads   

    When you create a new file you have the option to set the file as "Free Download" or "Paid Download". It would practical to make possible to allow the Creation of only Paid Downloads in ACP.
     
    Right now the only way would be something like taking out the "Free" HTML code:
     
    <input type='radio' name='file_cost_type' value='free' onclick="nexusSelect('free')" <if test="nexusFree:|:$default['nexus'] == 'free' || empty($default['nexus'])">checked='checked'</if> /> {$this->lang->words['file_free']}<br />
     
    From this HTML Template:
     
    (Downloads) Submit Download
    mainSubmitForm  
    Thanks
     
     
  13. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Is it possible to allow the Creation of only Paid Downloads?   

     
    But then users will be asking themselves why are there two options to choose from if you can only choose one.
     
    I will take out the code then for now, but It would easier to include that option in ACP... I will submit a request...
  14. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Is it possible to allow the Creation of only Paid Downloads?   

    I know one simple way would be something like taking out this code:
     
    <input type='radio' name='file_cost_type' value='free' onclick="nexusSelect('free')" <if test="nexusFree:|:$default['nexus'] == 'free' || empty($default['nexus'])">checked='checked'</if> /> {$this->lang->words['file_free']}<br />
     
    From this HTML Template:
     
    (Downloads) Submit Download
    mainSubmitForm  
    But I thought maybe there is a more elegant way... :)
  15. Mario Thomas added a post in a topic: Is it possible to allow the Creation of only Paid Downloads?   

    Hi,
     
    When you create a new file you have the option to set the file as "Free Download" or "Paid Download", Is it possible to allow the Creation of only Paid Downloads?
     

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