"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other."

- Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
Bloo version 1.35 released

Bloo version 1.35 has been released. You can download it here.

This release is primarily focused on improving the comments-management of blogs. Below are the significant features and bug fixes in this release:

  • Bloo now supports full comment moderation
  • The comment thread subscription is enhanced. For instance, you can now cancel your subscription to a comments thread - every comment email you receive has a link which, if clicked on, will unsubscribe you
  • Added two new spam Captchas: Bloo Captcha (which we've been using here for awhile and which is currently in force for Thinklings comments) and Google's reCaptcha service.
  • Private Site, a new Bloo extension SnapOn, which allows you to set your entire blog private, meaning that only logged-in users can see it
  • Max Links Spam Filter, also a Bloo extension SnapOn, in the Spamicide collection. Spammers, we hates them. we hates them forevah!!
  • Emails coming from the system now look better (or that's the theory)
  • Fixed a bug that caused comment counts to show no comments when viewing posts by category
  • Performed various other bug fixes and architectural improvements

For some of you who have been thinking about starting to blog, and want to go the less-travelled road, you might think about giving Bloo a try. Be part of something small! (As you can see, marketing and snappy slogans are not my forte)

Watch me for the changes . . .

Bloo version 1.35 - wrapping up

Currently packaging up the files for Bloo version 1.35, checking in code, creating release notes, etc.

About to run through the test-plan on several blogs.

It's kind of inexcusable how long this update has taken. But, what the hey - it's coming out soon - hopefully in the next week!

Bloo version 1.35 - in the works

Though this blog has been quiet, there has been a decent amount of work ongoing.

Bloo version 1.35 is imminent (ha ha). 1.35 contains enhancements that mostly center around discussion management (better comment moderation, spamicide, etc)

Also work has begun on a re-architecture of Bloo that will result in Bloo 2.0. This release is planned to contain many new usability features, and will feature better performance.

More on Bloo 2.0 later . . .

Watch me for the changes . . .

Doings

Much work is continuing on Bloo (and sorry for the lack of updates). Version 1.35 will be primarily centered around improvements in spam control and moderation, along with better notification and subscription control.

Also in the hopper . . . a new 2.0 version containing a redesigned and optimized Bloo architecture.

Watch me for the changes (even though watching me sometimes is like watching grass grow . . . it's been a busy year and my open source work often drops to the bottom of the stack!)

Bloo version 1.34 released

Bloo version 1.34 has been released. You can download it here.

Below are the significant features and bug fixes in this release:

  • Bloo now has an Image Uploader SnapOn, which can be activated to allow you to upload images directly to your blog's filesystem with one-click adding of those pictures to your posts
  • Bloo now has Ajax capabilities, through the Bloojax SnapOn. Expect more dynamic content in future SnapOns and general releases of Bloo. For now, this primarily is used for the Image Uploader SnapOn
  • Some other tweaks - added throbbers to the install and upgrade programs, Removed the "Powered By" credit text because that's so 2002
  • Fixed an issue with complex characters not being translated correctly in the RSS feeds
  • Fixed an issue with the Bloo WIKI SnapOn that caused problems identifying the main page when the WIKI SnapOn was enabled for more than one blog in a blog community
  • Performed general code cleanups


As always, my new year's resolution is to produce new releases more frequently! Look for a roadmap for future releases to come out soon.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Follow Bloo Development on Twitter

You can now follow the ins-and-outs of Bloo Development on Twitter, here: http://twitter.com/#!/BlooDevelopment. Progressing toward version 1.34 (which, er, isn't out yet, but gaining momentum!) one tweet at a time . . .

What's coming in Bloo version 1.34

A new version of Bloo is being worked on as we speak. Among the features included in this version will be BlooJax, which will Ajax enable the software, and a true, secure image upload feature.

Coming "soon"!

Bloo version 1.33 released

Bloo version 1.33 has been released. You can download it here.

Below are the significant features and bug fixes in this release:

  • Version 1.32 introduced a bug that caused comment counts on posts to be, at times, reported incorrectly. This has been fixed.
  • Comment moderation works again (it kind of, um, quit working there for awhile).
  • Community blogs (member blogs) were not able to create their own themes. Now they can.
  • Pop up comments are now optional. In the Discussion Settings in the Lists and Settings administration panel a setting now controls whether the comment link produces a pop up or in page comments.
  • Alternating styles are now available for comments and trackbacks, by setting the CSS style classes comment_row_even, comment_row_odd, trackback_row_even, and trackback_row_odd.

Bloo version 1.33 in user test now

Bloo version 1.33, which fixes the aforementioned comment count and moderation bugs, and adds a few new features, is currently being tested on some blogs. It is expected that the version will be released for public consumption in the next few days.

Comments bug

A bug has been discovered in version 1.32 related to Comments handling. This bug causes comments to sometimes be miscounted on posts, and also appears to have disabled the Moderation function for comments (i.e., comments can't be marked as spam within the Moderation panel).

This is being worked on and a new release will be forthcoming shortly.

Bloo version 1.32 released

Bloo version 1.32 has been released. You can download it here.

Below are the significant features and bug fixes in this release:

  • Added the BlooStats package, which keeps statistical counts on posts and thus aids in the performance of the blog
  • Fixed a problem with the dates on draft posts, which were not advancing to the current date when the post was made public
  • Was unable to delete comments on blogs that had Bloo Wiki enabled. This has been fixed
  • Notification settings for new comments/new posts for a sub-blog were being sent to users of the main blog as well. Fixed this
  • Fixed a none-too-friendly error message when bloo.config.php is missing.
  • For users of Bloo version 1.30, there is now a quick upgrade option.

More releases coming soon!

Bloo version 1.32 now being tested

Bloo version 1.31 (release candidate for version 1.32) is being rolled out to several blogs for testing. If all goes well, version 1.32 should be available to the public in a few days.

More info coming soon . . .

Bloo version 1.30 released

Bloo version 1.30 has been released. You can download it here.

Below are the significant features and bug fixes in this release:

  • Posters can now alter the date and time on a post
  • BlooNews is now available. BlooNews allows for blogs to subscribe to Bloo news from the Bloo Development blog (devblog.outofthebloo.com). This extension also allows a blog to become a news publisher
  • Added an RSS feed for Post Categories
  • Community blogs can now be set as public/private. Only public blogs will be displayed on the front page of a community blog.
  • Added profile settings to provide for email notification to a user if a new post and/or comment is created on the blog. If you want to be notified anytime another poster creates a post on your blog, or anytime someone comments on a post written by another poster, turn these settings on in your profile (obviously, this mainly applies to group blogs)
  • Fixed a problem with decomposing ampersand entities in posts and pages.
  • There was a problem logging in; if the server didn't have a valid domain name it wasn't saving the cookie. There were also problems related to logging out that have been fixed. Some of these problems were related to how the unique "blog signature" was being created. This root cause has been fixed.
  • Foxed a problem with the RSS feed, which often did not work in bloglines.
  • Fixed slashes/magic quote processing. Improper handling was causing slashes to appear in notification emails, for instance.
  • The guest account was logging in to no specified administrative panel. Now is taken to the My Profile panel
  • Fixed a problem that was discovered in the upgrade program when upgrading from a 1.10 blog.
  • Generalized the RSS Collector, to allow it to be used for multiple types of RSS feeds
  • Added the PhooCheckBox class to the Phoo Phramework
  • Parameters can now be passed to a SnapOn

Work will soon commence on the next release of Bloo.

Happy New Year!

Bloo version 1.30 coming soon

The next version of Bloo is now being tested on some key blogs and will be released for general consumption sometime in the next week or two.

More information coming. The Bloo New Year's Resolution is to have more frequent releases!

Just upgraded the development blog to Bloo version 1.25

Bloo version 1.25 has not been released for public consumption yet, but the development blog has been upgraded to it so that it can start doling out Bloo News, using the new Bloo News extension. This is the first news post.

Once this version is fully vetted and rolled out, anyone who upgrades to it will have a much more direct way of being notified of new Bloo releases and other Bloo doings.

There are some new themes coming soon as well.


Login problems?

If you're running Bloo version 1.20 through 1.22, you might, through luck of the draw, be having login problems. This is due to a cookie-unfriendly character (a percent sign) that might be generated as part of your blog's unique signature.

The solution for this is here.

This will be fixed in the next release.



Bloo version 1.22 released

Today Bloo version 1.22 was released. You can download it here. This release is primarily a bug-fix release, with specific attention toward fixing theme problems that manifest in earlier versions of IE.

Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed the Pre Render event, which was not working on menu items. Fixed
  • In IE, when logged into a community blog, the front page of the blog did not acknowledge the login. This has been fixed.
  • Fixed problems with the base three column theme - had a fat-fingered style
  • Fixed some themes that were not rendering in earlier versions of IE. Included in this were the Bloo Clouds theme, Red Train, Camera, Jill, Field of Dreams and Pure. These themes can be found at the Bloo Themes site.
  • Bloogroll Posts description was incorrect. It needed to reference the RSS Collector which was established in version 1.20. This is fixed.

Some New Themes

Three new themes have been deployed to the Bloo Themes site and can be downloaded from there. More are coming - the hope is to start releasing more themes and extension SnapOns in the near future.

Here are the themes.

Flower Power, based on the Wordpress theme by Mark Hoodia.

Flower Power


Japan Style
, based on the Wordpress Theme by Good Design Web

Japan Style


Old Type
- an original Bloo theme.

Old Type


In addition, some problems that have been discovered when browsing with IE 6 have been fixed in the following themes:

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams


Red Train

Red Train


There are other themes, some in the core product, that don't render correctly in IE 6 (bleaugh on that browser). These will be fixed in the next version of Bloo, coming soon!


Login bug on Bloo Community

To any Bloo Community users who use Internet Explorer: a bug was discovered which causes the system to not "remember" that you are logged in when you view your main blog page. This is being fixed and a new release will be out, hopefully, soon.


Bloo version 1.20 Released!

Bloo version 1.20 is released! You can download it here.

In many ways, Bloo 1.20 will look a whole lot like Bloo 1.10. But it contains some pretty significant feature additions, and represents a real firming up of the underlying Bloo architecture as it's always been envisioned (but not quite implemented, until now):

Below are the major features and bug-fixes included in this release:

  • Bloo Community - this one is pretty huge. Bloo Community is an extension SnapOn included in the core release that allows you to, on the fly, create sub-blogs off your main blog. Each sub-blog is a full-blow Bloo release, but entirely segregated from the content on your main blog. You can even open up things so that guests can request a sub-blog under your main blog (you have full control over accepting or rejecting that request, and also you can suspend or delete sub-blogs that don't behave). You can read more about Bloo Community on the Bloo Wiki, here.
  • RSS caching and collection is now centralized and part of the core release. You can read more about this on the Bloo Wiki here
  • Added About Me link to the Sidebar
  • Provides for version checking on snapOns
  • Cleaner error messages
  • Created new Wrapper styles for themes - this gives more flexibility on how themes behave. You can read about the changes to themes in 1.20 on the Bloo Wiki, here (and if you've created your own theme in Bloo, you really need to read that to help convert your theme)
  • Removed some old core themes. So there are less themes delivered with Bloo, but the ones that were removed were pretty cr@ptastic anyway. You can find more themes for Bloo on the Bloo Themes Site.
  • Add more base themes for sidebar right, sidebar left, and three column. All Bloo themes at this point cascade from one of these three.
  • Added the BlooWiki SnapOn to the release. Using this extension SnapOn, you can now easily turn your blog into a WIKI (our own Bloo WIKI is built off of this).
  • Fixed a problem with localhost login (for people testing Bloo locally)
  • Fixed a problem with trackback and comments links when title permalinks are enabled.
  • Improved the RSS Feed
  • Fixed a problem with the FavoritePosts extension SnapOn that made it not work if permalinks not set to title
  • Fixed a problem with Theme Preview - Stop Preview wasn't working
Now that 1.20 is out, a lot more attention is going to be paid to creating new Themes and extension SnapOns.

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