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collective.contact.core

collective.contact.core is a Thomas Desvenain’s Plone add-on that can contain contact information for different content types: organizations/sub-organizations, persons,and positions.

collective.contact.core is a  Plone add-on that helps to manage organizations and staff in Plone (main developers are Vincent Fretin and Cedric Messiant). This product provides directory that can contain contact information for different content types: organizations/sub-organizations, persons,and positions. Contact info option depends on for which content types you set the IContactDetails behavior so it can cover many different uses.

Easy in use:

  1. Add directory to your website and insert all the additional information required. You’ll need to specify types of positions and organizations that will be used (e.g. Faculty/Staff/Students for universities). Don’t worry about filling out the form, since it can be edited at any time later.

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  2. Create organization(s) in the directory. Depending on the hierarchy, add other organizations (they may correspond to units, divisions, departments, etc.). An organization can contain position (e.g Dean, secretary, SEO) that will be connected with person (a physical person). Choose Organization/Position from the Add new drop-down menu or click on Create contact to divaricate your directory.
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A person content type can hold one or more positions or be member of one or more organizations. All contact types have optional fields with variety of contact information, including phone, cell phone, fax, email, address, zip code, etc. Such data management is very suitable for universities.

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collective.contact.core can be useful for all kinds of organizations, despite their size, number of employees or subdivisions. Created directory is easy to manipulate and can be branched or edited at any time.

collective.contact.core adds new content types, but preserves Plone functionality, especially concerning users’ rights. Every ‘organization’ content type is similar to folder, thus you can specify in the Sharing tab what rights users have . Moreover, default Plone search is very efficient when you want to search for a specific person or position on all the website.

Use collective.contact.core to arrange your organization and contact information.

Contributors:

  • Gauthier Bastien, IMIO
  • Vincent Fretin, Ecreall
  • Stéphan Geulette, IMIO
  • Cédric Messiant, Ecreall
  • Frédéric Peters, Entr'ouvert
  • Thomas Desvenain, Ecreall

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Collective.clipboardupload

Collective.clipboardupload is a simple Python package that makes the process of inserting images into visual editor easier without the need to upload the image.

Collective.clipboardupload is a Python package that is developed to simplify the process of inserting images into visual editor in the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
Since drag-and-drop image inserting will be possible by default only in Plone 5, collective.clipboardupload provides minimal functionality to make work with images in TinyMCE easier in earlier Plone versions. Collective.clipboardupload allows to spend less time on uploading, saving and rendering the image and use advanced Clipboard functions.

After you have installed the product, you can select:

  • printscreen,
  • area of image, opened in, for example, Paint,
  • drag and drop picture from local folder,

and copy it to the clipboard. Switch to Plone TinyMCE and Paste using your browser menu Edit -> Paste or key combination. The picture will be automatically uploaded to the same folder, which contains an edited page, and stored as an image content type. Title is automatically generated and can be changed any time. Furthermore, the path to the image itself upon saving in TinyMCE is rendered as resolveUID link.

See also screencast that helps to use collective.clipboardupload product for Plone. See video tutorial on how to easily add and manipulate images.

Helpful Links

Collective.clipboardupload is compatible with Plone 4.+ and Mozilla Firefox web browser. This package is easily installed, since it is distributed as a Python egg and can easily be installed into buildout.cfg file. To get more information visit the following pages:

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Collective.easyform

Collective.easyform enables creation of custom forms using dexterity.

Collective.easyform-logo.pngPlone developers constantly search for more efficient ways of Plone performance. Dexterity is a new platform for content types in Plone and will be used instead of Archetypes in Plone 5. As a result there is necessity to create custom forms using Dexterity.
Quintagroup offers new Plone product - collective.easyform that generates web forms that save or mail form input. Easyform provides a Plone form builder through-the-web using fields, widgets, actions and validators.

How to use:

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  • Select Easyform from the Add new drop-down menu. Choose form title, description and other settings.
  • Add fields or fieldsets to create a unique form that will meet your particular requirements. There are enough basic field types to satisfy any demands: File Upload, Text line (String), Integer, Yes/No, Date, Date/Time, Floating-point number, Choice, Rich Text, Image, Multiple Choice, Text, Password, ReСaptcha field.
  • Continue to customize form by setting the order of fields, defining required and hidden ones, choosing validator, if necessary, and other field type specific settings.

Check out our video tutorial on collective.easyform

Try it yourself!

Collective.easyform is compatible with Plone 4.3.2. It is distributed as a Python egg and can easily be installed into your buildout similarly to other Plone packages. Visit the following pages to find more information about collective.easyform:

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Plone 4 gets social: Short review of the Plone products that help to integrate social networks

Short review of the Plone add-ons that integrate social media websites into Plone 4 websites

Popularity of social networks rose considerably over past couple of years and penetrated all other spheres of the web. Now, when website content can be liked, tweeted or pinned, it is important to be quick and introduce these functions to your website.
Wide number of add-ons give opportunity to integrate most popular social networks into Plone and bookmark favourite content or share it with friends. Here is the short review of the Plone products that help to integrate social networks into the Plone-based websites.

XHOSTPLUS Social
sc.social.like
sc.social.bookmarks
zest.social
collective.addthis
Twitter and Facebook widget
collective.sharerizer
Simple Social
collective.portlet.socialnetworks

XHOSTPLUS Social

xhostplus.social 1.4.6 (2013-06-10) is easy to install and use Plone package that helps to display buttons for the 4 most popular social networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Linkedin on the Plone site.
XHOSTPLUS.social
After activating XHOSTPLUS Social on the Add-on panel you can configure several options in the Social Network Configuration.

XHOSTPLUS.social settings

sc.social.like

sc.social.like 2.0a1 (2013-07-23) is a Plone package that provides simple Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Facebook integration for Plone website.

sc.social.like

Several features can be configured in the plugin settings:

  • different Plone content types for which plugin can be applied;
  • social network icons that can be displayed;
  • horizontal or vertical button style;
  • plugin-specific configurations for Twitter and Facebook.
  • sc.social.like settings

sc.social.bookmarks

You can use social.bookmarks 1.2.3 (2012-06-12). This particular package adds a Bookmark & Share action to a Plone 4 website pages. Any user can bookmark or share a content from a Plone site to a huge number of services (62 providers already included), for example: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Google Bookmarks, Yahoo Bookmarks, BlogMemes, blogmarks, Bluedot, co.mments, Bumpzee, connotea, Digg, Delicious, Linkter, MyShare, Netscape, Reddit, Scoopeo, Simpy, YahooBuzz.
You can choose display style: either icons only or bookmark link with options in the popup.  sc.social.bookmarks icons
sc.social.bookmarks
After activating this product in the Add-on panel you can configure its settings in the Add-on Configuration section:

  • choose which of provided services will be used for bookmarking;
  • select for what content type this options will be possible;
  • tick Use as a content action if you want a popup with links to appear only after mouse hovering over Bookmark text, or untick it if you want permanent bookmarks available;
  • tick Show icons only? if you want to display only icons without text. sc.social.bookmarks settings

zest.social

Zest.social 1.3 (2012-09-12) adds a viewlet at the bottom right corner of the page that allows to share content on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google. Additionally there is a print button. It is possible to share page on some other services using a popup menu.zest.social
There are more than 285 services available for sharing and you can quickly search for them using simple popup window.
zest.social search
After activating zest.social product it is important to enable viewlet on the particular page. To do this go to Settings tab on the editing page and tick ‘Show social bookmarking viewlet’.
zest.social settings

collective.addthis

Collective.addthis 1.3.3 (2013-05-27) combines addthis services with Plone CMS. This package produces a viewlet near the bottom of the page. After clicking on the Share button there is a possibility to share the content via more than 285 social network services.
collective.addthis
You can change configurations on the AddThis settings tab. For instance, it is possible to display the most popular social networks icons beside the Share button to make it easier for visitors. Just select necessary icons from the list, choose their order and press Save.
collective.addthis settings
You can add your account name with which you are registered on http://www.addthis.com and you will be able to view statistic information on sharing. Receiving in-depth report you can learn how sharing is increasing your traffic and what interests your visitors. Use this tool freely for your business.  
collective.addthis add option

Twitter and Facebook widget

Embed portlet 1.1 (2012-09-04) allows to embed Twitter and Facebook widget with the respective Like and Follow buttons into Plone website page.
Twitter and Facebook widget
Except activating the app it is necessary to take code from Facebook and Twitter websites. Useful video tutorial is here Plone: embed code from services like facebook, twitter, ....
Embed portlet in Plone

collective.sharerizer

Collective.sharerizer 1.4 (2012-11-29) simplifies the process of adding a third-party widget to the Plone website. It is not bound to any particular third-party tool, but provides a control panel where the needed Javascript widget can be pasted. Some tools that could be used are Add to Any and ShareThis.
collective.sharerizer
In the settings tab you should tick ‘Display Document Actions Icons’ and add code provided by the relevant service. Here is the example of Facebook Like button implementation.
collective.sharerizer settings

Simple Social

collective.simplesocial 1.8 (2013-11-12) is focused on the integration of Facebook within Plone website, including:

  • Like Button
  • Like Box Portlet
  • Feed Form Portlet
  • Post to Facebook Fan Page
  • Custom Facebook Connect Integration

collective.simplesocial
You would need to create your own app on the developers.facebook.com and insert its information to the settings tab.
collective.simplesocial configuration

collective.portlet.socialnetworks

collective.portlet.socialnetworks 1.2 (2013-01-18) allows to add icons with links to your blogger, digg, facebook, flickr, google plus, linkedin, myspace, pinterest, stumbleupon, tumblr, twitter, vimeo, or youtube accounts.
collective.portlet.socialnetworks
After activating the product go to Site Setup -> Configuration registry. Find collective.portlet.socialnetworks there and add links to the social networks you are active on to the record. E.g.:
facebook|http://www.facebook.com/TalkQuintagroup
twitter|https://twitter.com/quintagroup
youtube|http://www.youtube.com/user/quintagroup

collective.portlet.socialnetworks settings
Number of Plone packages for Social media websites integration increases. It is important to choose the one that suits your website or web application. Consider not only display options, functionality, speed, and number of social networks presented, but also the way such add-ons influence Plone website structure and code.
Plone, social networks and Internet in general are constantly developing so it is important to be familiar with the latest trends. Integrate social media platforms to your Plone website and people will find you.

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Scheduled Maintenance 2013-12-10

Dear Clients,

Quintagroup will be performing a scheduled software maintenance on all Quintagroup servers due to planned release of a security fix for Plone. Service interruptions are expected to be brief and will likely go unnoticed, but you may experience some minor ones.

When: December 10th, 2013

Time: 15:00-17:00 UTC (see in your timezone)

Expected Impact: Website availability varies

Recommendations: Suspend advertising programs during this window, disable notifications from website monitoring systems

Security advisory: http://plone.org/products/plone/security/advisories/20131210-preannounce

All updates will be posted here.

Thank you for your patience.

Quintagroup team

UPDATE 2013-12-10 17:42 UTC: Security Hotfix successfully installed within maintenance window.

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Scheduled Maintenance 2013-06-11

Dear Clients,

Quintagroup will be performing a scheduled software maintenance on all Quintagroup servers due to security vulnerability in Plone - it was said that issues lay in code execution and privilege escalation. Service interruptions are expected to be brief and will likely go unnoticed, but you may experience some minor ones.

When: June 18th 11th, 2013

Time: 15:00-17:00 UTC (see in your timezone)

Expected Impact: Website availability varies

Recommendations: Suspend advertising programs during this window, disable notifications from website monitoring systems

Security advisory: http://plone.org/products/plone/security/advisories/20130611-announcement

All updates will be posted here.

Thank you for your patience.

Quintagroup team

UPDATE 2013-06-11 14:40 UTC: Plone Security Team delayed Hotfix release by 1 week (to improve reliability of essential infrastructure). New release date: 2013-06-18 15:00 UTC.

UPDATE 2013-06-18 15:07 UTC: Hotfix was released.

UPDATE 2013-06-18 15:18 UTC: Hotfix file validated.

UPDATE 2013-06-18 15:25 UTC: Hotfix rollout procedure tested.

UPDATE 2013-06-18 16:27 UTC: Hotfix rollout progresses. The Plone 2.5 instances are having issue and we're acting upon them. Plone Security team will be rolling up updated version soon, and we'll be updating the hotfix.

UPDATE 2013-06-18 16:49 UTC: Hotfix rollout finished. There are known issues with Authentication on some sites and specific software configurations. If your site is experiencing issues, please report. We are reviewing the logs, but Unauthorized exception is often filtered and is not recorded in the logs, this complicates issue detection.

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Python Reel: Free Plone Theme for 2013

Recently it was announced of the first release of a free Plone theme, designed and developed by Quintagroup: Python Reel, your Free Responsive theme for Plone 4.2.x  that holds a great promise to become even more popular than well-loved Schools and SunRain, all-time favourites among Free Plone Themes.

Let’s see, if those expectations can actually live up to become true in today’s mobile-dominated web.

Python Reel theme

Visual Design

At first glance design-wise Python Reel gives off that animalistic vibe that is so in for 2013, presenting the graceful styling inspired by the shape of snake. But,  it’s much more softer  take on  a serpent,  with pastel colors and elegant typography Python Reel is suitable for  most business/personal websites.  Still, Python Reel is not so simple and gentle as it may look.

Responsive Web Design

To start off, Python Reel features Responsive Web design to present itself with grace on any device, be it a small smartphone,  a tablet or  widescreen  HD PCs.  Take a look at the website on touch phone, 7-inch tablet, iPad:

Python Reel Mobile

As you see, the whole content is resized and repositioned to be more device-appropriate. 2013 is considered to be a year when mobile web usage will finally overtake PC’s. It’s crucial more than ever to have your website mobile-ready.  Fully responsive Python Reel satisfied all those requirements, coming also with mobile-first navigation and  touch-enabled carousel.

Mobile-first Navigation

Mobile users are often looking for immediate answers; they want the information and they want it now.  Simple responsive navigation won’t do, it will just take up an entire mobile screen, without actually showing much.  Python Reel has a native support for quintagroup.dropdownmenu product that transforms multi-level navigation into an elegant responsive drop-down menu, built following mobile first approach.

With a simple responsive menu you get all menu items listed at the top, which is quite messy.  Mobile-first navigation looks as a select box that triggers a pop-up with the complete multi-level navigation menu.

Responsive/Touch-Enabled Carousel

Having a carousel slider on your Plone website is not a big deal, but making it  responsive to smaller devices, meaning tablets and smartphones is a completely different story.   In Python Reel just with a few clicks you can have an elegant image slider that is not only scalable, but can be positioned in the top area or just below the header.

Сompass-powered Theme

Now, let’s look under the hood, Python Reel is powered by Compass framework built on top of Sass. So, unlike most Plone Themes this one is coded in another, cleaner fashion. CSS templates are well-structured and reusable, thus making maintenance and deep customization  easier as well.

Top Area as a Focal Point

This is where themes like Python Reel come on stage. Python Reel let’s you set your header images with the logo that comes  in a light and dark versions. The theme will allow you to set the colors of your navigation menu, including the text info.  Write your own slogan. Instead of one picture, create a carousel and change its background to match overall color palette on your website. Fortunately, the theme is rather friendly with the user,  changing colors is just a matter of changing its  html number.

With such  a combination of  features,  you can quickly create a good looking home page that looks like it was built by a professional designer.

Layout Flexibility

One of my favourite features in Python Reel is the columns settings. The columns section will allow you to set up to three columns.  You can have your content on the left with a portlet on the right, flip that around, have portlets on both sides, adjust their width or even remove them altogether. ContentWellPortlets extension in turn let you add portlets to any page section header, footer, content.   This way Python Reel theme will display a number of page layouts that allow each page to be individually customized without additional code. This allows for quick creation of multiple page designs within the site.

Social Media

Python Reel would not be mobile enough without social media to share the content and connect with your visitors on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin; keep them up-to-date with the latest news in RSS.

Try it out

After spending several hours playing with Python Reel on plone-demo, I can say it is a pretty solid theme. Seeing Python Reel only on pics doesn’t really do it justice though. You’ll need to switch on your imagination. There is little to nothing you couldn’t customize in this theme with proper tools and knowledge. So you need to try out this theme for yourself and get a real feel of what Python Reel has to offer, how easy it’s to personalize and how great and versatile it can look.

Support

Lastly, let’s cover support.  All Plone themes are not made equal.  Some, like Python Reel, are flexible and can be used for virtually any purpose. This is great, but sometimes the options can be overwhelming. As for Python Reel all customization instructions are provided in README.txt. But if there are some things you don’t fully understand or have trouble with, you can always open the ticket.  Downloading for free Python Reel you get a solid product that will continue to receive updates as well as support into the future.

Get Your Plone Theme

Overall, I really like Python Reel  and think this Plone theme can fit most business fields really well.  It’s easy to set up and customize,  plus it responds to your viewer’s device. Python Reel gives you plenty of options, but at the same time, not enough to overwhelm you. What I love most about this Plone theme in particular is how flexible it is.  It can be used for websites ranging from single-column to 3 column responsive sites.   This theme could be your ticket to mobile market.

You can download Python Reel from:

Homepage: http://themes.quintagroup.com/product/python-reel

Plone.org: http://plone.org/products/python-reel-plone-theme

Pypi: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/quintagroup.theme.pythonreel

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wishing you every Joy and a Happy New Year!

Quintagroup Python Card 2013

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Become Responsive with Plone Themes

Find out more about the benefits of Quintagroup's recently released free responsive themes for Plone 4.2 - SunRain and Schools!

The tendency towards building user-friendly and facilitating technologies is booming, with new methods and strategies appearing with the speed of light. We want all possible life conveniences to be at our disposal twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Internet is not a happy exception. As well as mobile phones - everyone would anyway admit that these two inventions made our lives much easier. Internet available on your cell phone - another benefit, while responsive view of your website when browsed on a mobile device - the following step towards enhancing the quality of our hasty twenty-first-century lifestyle. With responsive themes you can not only benefit from purely technical aspects of surfing the net from your mobile, but also from the aesthetic and functional ones.

Want to make your website easy to browse on a mobile device and engage more visitors? You are on the right way - not only does Quintagroup suggest responsive Plone themes, but we also can offer two of our responsive themes for free - SunRain and Schools. It means one more benefit on behalf of Quintagroup - there are not so many free responsive Plone themes, while using our design services enables you to download and implement them to your mobile website.

Apart from the usual functionality, design customization and bright palette of colors, you can stop bothering about usability of the mobile version of your website. Responsive themes enable your website to widen the list of visitors by engaging users browsing the net more and more often on their mobile devices.

Responsive approach to our themes is based on CSS3 media queries that help easily switch between different layouts in order to accommodate for different screen sizes. You won’t have to wait while your mobile device is ‘thinking’ over loading your website that was primarily designed for desktop browsing, you won’t have to zoom it to see some tiny icons or buttons (because, for example, primarily they were designed for desktop browsing). Responsive themes ensure accessibility of your content and simple mobile-oriented navigation.

So, ‘fresh up’ your website with responsive Plone themes and make it more appealing to your users.

SunRain Responsive Theme

Functional and interesting design of the free SunRain Plone Theme created by Quintagroup with two different views depending on your taste and needs - Sun and Rain - is now also available for mobile devices. Click on the screenshot to find out more about its key characteristics.

SunRain Responsive Theme

Got interested and want to download? Follow this way:

Schools Responsive Theme

Adaptable and functional free Plone Theme designed by Quintagroup team has now become responsive. Click on the screenshot to find out more about its key characteristics:

Schools Responsive Theme

Got interested and want to download? Follow this way:

Quintagroup Plone Themes - SunRain and Schools Cases

If you want to see how our SunRain and Schools themes can be implemented in practice, you may browse the following websites and check presently available solutions:

Give It A Try!

You may also go to plone-demo.quintagroup.com and kill two birds with one stone - not only does it give you an opportunity to try working with Plone, but also deal with the themes themselves. Follow the instructions to log in as Plone administartor, then go to the ‘ploneadmin’ dropdown menu in the right upper corner, choose ‘Site Setup’ button, find ‘Diazo theme’ icon under ‘Plone Configuration’ settings and choose the theme you’re interested in. This will help you make up your mind quicker and prompt you to contact us for further details.

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Plone Demo

Launching new Plone 4.1 Demo site.

Plone DemoQuintagroup has recently launched a new version of our Plone Demo website, where you can see and feel Plone CMS at first hand.

Admin demo account can be used to log in and, thus, get the experience of a true Plone user. You will be able to add content by creating pages, folders, events; move content between site sections; manage workflow for every content item by publishing or making it private; and much more.

Plone Add-ons

Apart from out-of-the-box Plone features, you can try several Plone add-ons in work. These are:

  • PloneFormGen, a tool for creating/managing online forms
  • Plone Carousel, a tool for creating image carousel in Plone
  • collective.embedly, a tool for embedding video, images and other rich media files via providing their URL
  • ContentWellPortlets, a tool for adding portlets into places other than left and right columns
  • Plone Drop Down Menu, a tool for creating multi-level navigation menus
  • Plone SEO, a tool for editing meta tags to enhance search engines visibility of Plone sites

Plone Themes

Plone demo site also has Quintagroup diazo themes for Plone installed. There are 15 themes right now, they are all very different and include a bunch of theme-specific features. You can try any of the installed Plone themes right now by following the instructions on Plone Themes page. Enjoy Plone new look!

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