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So...they've taken up your challenge to get SMF2 Gold in a month, huh?  ;) :mdr:

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It's not quite like that, but rest assured, I'm sure we'll make a public announcement on where we are with them once a few more things have been firmed up.

As it stands, I don't seem 2.0 final in the next month. I'm not even entirely sure I see it this side of 2010 if I'm honest. But depending on how things turn out, you never know.
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Well, whatever deal you guys work out, I know that it'll truly benefit the entire SMF Community, regardless of how other Team Members may feel about it.

Even if it takes another 6 months for SMF2 to go Gold, knowing that you two are involved in it again (in whatever capacity that might be), it will ease the minds of a LOT of Community Members.  It will also, dare I say, improve the overall Community morale of the support site, which will, in turn, once again portray SMF in a positive light...something it's been lacking most of this year.

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All I'll say at this point is wait for an announcement from us clarifying what the state of play is and where we go from here. Something is going to happen, and it may well sound different at first glance. Not that it won't stir some community interest, because it most definitely will, however it may cause some initial unrest too.

But again, we'll release more as and when we finish up the last remaining details that need clarifying.

* Arantor hates being like this, would much rather just say it, but knows it's not in anyone's interest to release a premature announcement.
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* Lord High Warlock eagerly awaits the "Official Announcement," like a kid waiting to open his Christmas presents.   :mdr:

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I'm waiting for the announcement!! Maybe they allowed you to fork smf?
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If there's an official announcement, it will first be in the Aeva Media 2 boards because it's a private area and we need privacy, and to plan stuff as well.

I'm very tired today so I'm going slowly, sorry.
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I finished fixing YouTube support. What happens is that on some servers (including at least noisen.com), YouTube is now requesting a captcha to be filled during a lookup, because it's requesting data too much, and it's fighting against comment bots. Problem with Aeva was -- it IS a bot indeed, but not a spam bot! So, in order to avoid failed lookups (which in turn showed a title that said "YouTube - Broadcast yourself" or something), I had to resort to using the YouTube data API, which seems to work fine even on 'blacklisted' servers, thankfully.
However, a small change was needed in Aeva-Embed.php to account for deleted videos (and only these), because it would spit out a wrong URL instead of a regular link (that will, at least, show the thumbnail for the deleted video.)
I could implement something that says "This video is no longer available" or something in the title, but right now it's okay, and I'd rather take into account the minor possibility that YouTube might restore the video after the lookup was made. So, if you see no title below the video and the title actually shows up in the thumbnail, then chances are that the video has been deleted (you can always try playing it, maybe it'll work.)

Anyway, because of that very minor change, I'm forced to increase the minimum version again. So I'll try to release updates for Aeva Media 1.x and Aeva Lite as soon as possible, so that they're finally made compatible with the latest versions of Aeva Media 2.x when it comes to the sitelist.
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I'd like to put up a new topic, but there is no where else in this forum will allow me to do as such a thing.;)
What I would like to see in the new commercial version, which I have no issue to purchase, is the "slide show" feature link.
I know that the feature is already there, but it is not " friendly user".  An average user will not know how to access (use) this feature, if he/she is lucky enough to click on any photo, then he/she MAY find out that he/she has to click on the "right arrow" to activate the slide show.
A " slide show" link on the main page of any photo album would be a big help!

One more thing, the slide show feature only plays the current page, not the whole album.
I will support this software in a heart beat, if this feature is available
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I'd like to put up a new topic, but there is no where else in this forum will allow me to do as such a thing.;)
Technically, this topic's purpose was also to leave a door open to non-AeMe2 customers to talk with me. I'm not opening an entire board or custom-titled topic mainly because I don't want to get another flood of support requests. I really, really, REALLY do not have time right now to provide support for Aeva Media 1.x and Aeva Lite. Actually, it's a pretty good thing I got banned... Now that I've recovered my access to the mod site, I don't really have a reason to fight against the ban anymore. I'm too busy to think about it anyway.
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What I would like to see in the new commercial version, which I have no issue to purchase, is the "slide show" feature link.
I know that the feature is already there, but it is not " friendly user".  An average user will not know how to access (use) this feature, if he/she is lucky enough to click on any photo, then he/she MAY find out that he/she has to click on the "right arrow" to activate the slide show.
A " slide show" link on the main page of any photo album would be a big help!
I see... Well, Dragooon's mod is still available on smf-media.com I believe, but it only works on SMF Media Gallery.
I assumed that the free slideshow in AeMe1 would be well enough for everyone to be happy with. I myself don't use any kind of slideshows really. I agree that a button would be nice, though. And being able to view all of the gallery pics in one place. I *could* write something indeed. Like, spitting out to a Javascript block a list of all items in the album, and just make the code show each associated preview, through Ajax, wait a bit, and skip to the next. I just don't want to take Dragooon's mod without his authorization. (And I haven't had the opportunity to talk with him for several months.)

Unfortunately, I have so many interesting features to add to AeMe2, and so little time, that I can't promise it will be done before the next few months. I'm currently overwhelmed by the amount of work I have in various projects.
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One more thing, the slide show feature only plays the current page, not the whole album.
I will support this software in a heart beat, if this feature is available
I understand your concern, but it is not customary for me to implement a feature because someone pretty much says they will buy the software if it has it. My custom is to say, if you like the software, support it. If you want a feature, write it. If you can't, you may ask for it, but I'll never take "preorders" on my software. Why? Because if you're buying something only because it has feature X or Y, it means you don't care about the hundreds of features AeMe has, and you don't realize that they took me 2 years of work to implement and that, as such, if you're using AeMe1 right now and plan to keep using it, you really should be upgrading it, regardless of whether a feature will be added to it in the future.

Anyway. AeMe1 will not add any features in the future, so if this one is added, it'll be in AeMe2. You can just wait and see if I announce support for it one day.
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Now that I've recovered my access to the mod site...
Good for you!  :cool:

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Good for you!  :cool:
I never actually lost it... I was just IP-banned and since I'm on a dynamic IP, all I needed was to change my IP, log in again, get the "you're perm-banned" message and then click the Modifications tab to be able to access my mod pages regularly. They just didn't build the ban system into SSI pages.
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I never actually lost it... I was just IP-banned and since I'm on a dynamic IP, all I needed was to change my IP, log in again, get the "you're perm-banned" message and then click the Modifications tab to be able to access my mod pages regularly. They just didn't build the ban system into SSI pages.
I was about 80% sure that was the case but I didn't particularly want to advertise that fact. (I have seen the code used in the Cust site before it was Curve-ified, and it's... um... ... say, do you like candy?)
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They just didn't build the ban system into SSI pages.
Did vbgamer code that?   :mdr:

Nao, I have said it before and I will say it again.  Aeva and SMG are what kept me from switching forum scripts a long time ago... I was going to go to phpbb (not really because its better or worse but had something my site needs).  In fact, I loved smf and aeva/smg so much, I learned a very small amount of php and crudely ported the thing I needed to smf instead.

Personally, if you port aeva to something else I will no doubt end up following.  I just hope I can transfer my sites database.. then I will probably be porting my mod again but such is life but it is a big relief to hear that things might be getting back on track with you and smf.org.

  I can tell that you are one of the best mod makers supporting smf and for them to close you out is crazy.  You're an engineer and engineers are not usually people persons, they should understand that and account for it..  assign some people persons under you to provide more customer friendly if they want... (I doubt you would mind if other people answered all the annoying little questions).  My point is I think you were/are too good of a resource to loose.. much less throw away.

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Did vbgamer code that?   :mdr:
I guess I wouldn't know how to do it, either, if it's not built into the SSI calls...
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Nao, I have said it before and I will say it again.  Aeva and SMG are what kept me from switching forum scripts a long time ago...
It kept a lot of people in the SMF family, it would seem.
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I was going to go to phpbb (not really because its better or worse but had something my site needs).  In fact, I loved smf and aeva/smg so much, I learned a very small amount of php and crudely ported the thing I needed to smf instead.
Lol... :)
What was that thing?
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Personally, if you port aeva to something else I will no doubt end up following.  I just hope I can transfer my sites database.. then I will probably be porting my mod again but such is life but it is a big relief to hear that things might be getting back on track with you and smf.org.
Well, I'll be porting it yes, but it'll be very easy to convert to the new direction.
What I have yet to decide, however, is whether I'll turn AeMe into a stand-alone platform with a bridge system to connect it to SMF. I dunno.
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I can tell that you are one of the best mod makers supporting smf and for them to close you out is crazy.  You're an engineer and engineers are not usually people persons, they should understand that and account for it..
I'm a nice fellow IRL, I just happen to be trying too hard at humoring people. And my jokes fall flat more often than not.
As with many other geeks, I was the smart boy at school, always laughed at, etc. Not exactly easy to make friends with other kids. Wasn't lucky enough to meet other nerds until much later, when the damage was done and my sense of humor became a destructive shell.
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assign some people persons under you to provide more customer friendly if they want... (I doubt you would mind if other people answered all the annoying little questions).
Well, if people are under me, I have to give them something else in exchange ;)
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My point is I think you were/are too good of a resource to loose.. much less throw away.
Don't worry. My energy is rarely if ever wasted.
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