Introduction:

The Kunena team is thrilled to announce the first public beta release of Kunena 4.0, a native Joomla extension for J! 2.5.28 and J! 3.4. This is a development release and should be only be used for testing; this version is not recommended for live websites at this stage. Important!! there is no downgrade possible, so make backups before update.

The purpose of this release is to encourage testing by downloading, installing and identifying any problems or shortcomings that people may discover. K 4.0.0 B1 is not yet stable and we are aware that people will discover defects. We encourage you to use the forum to report defects, as soon as they are discovered, so that the development team can work through the problems before the release of K 4.0 as a stable product. Reporting defects does not mean that the problems can or will be fixed. The Kunena team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how well we have achieved our design goals.

Ps. The Crypsis template works only on Bootstrap 2x Templates, for B3 will be availible on the download page when the K4.0 is released

Roadmap*

  • beta 1 12-04-15
  • beta 2 26-04-15
  • beta 3 10-05-15
  • RC1 17-05-15
  • RC2 24-05-15
  • K4.0 28-05-15

*Dates can be changed any time

New features included into Kunena 4.0

Frontend:

Crypsis template :

A new template named Crypsis is included into Kunena 4.0 using boostrap, jQuery and LESS. This new template uses HMVC which means that all the logic is in the controller and the logic doesn't need to be put too in the model and the view. In HMVC the layouts are like Joomla! module but these layouts can be re-used in multiples places. The HMVC design bring by itself performance improvements. The Crypsis template is intented to work only on Joomla! 3.4 series because it needs jQuery and bootstrap shipped from Joomla! or your Joomla! template. The blue eagle template is still shipped with Kunena 4.0 but doesn’t contains news features and it’s keeped for legacy support.

Move from Mootools to jQuery:

All the javascript codes in Kunena has been converted to leverage jQuery library instead of use Mootools library, the parts of Kunena which are affected by this change are : maps, polls, open/close spoiler, quick-reply modal, display avatars when user select a gallery, autocomplete list of users in search and in userlist, lightbox script, moderate page, check/uncheck boxes. To achieve that we have used new jQuery based scripts for bbcode toolbar and attachements uploader. The bbocde toolbar open bootstrap modal to let you choose the options of bbcode selected:

Two new bbcodes are available tweet ([tweet]tweet_id[/tweet] allow you to insert a specific tweet in a forum message, you need to get the tweet id) and hr (insert horizontal line) :

The new multible attachments uploader support drag&drop support and autoupload files into the server:

Display autocompleter to show list smiley when you start typing that character : and then followed by name of smiley:

Show and set your online status:

You can in Crypsis template define your online status and then it will be displayed in your profile part on messages and on your own profile:

Misc:

A search input can be found in all views The message is saved in quickreply form to the editor and the message is saved in case of crash or page refresh. Load for all templates the file custom.css to allow customization without loses changes on upgrades.

User Settings:

We have added more user settings, now they can decide on the time filter and other user settings.

More features:

  • Category icons options
  • More Topic icons options
  • Category Channels
  • Speed improvements
  • Security improvements
  • Many bug fixes

Backend:

The Kunena dashboard under J!3.4+ series has been updated to uses bootstrap icons :

A new feature is avaible to uninstall completely Kunena, this will remove components package from Kunena and Kunena tables in the database, this need to be used carefully. If you have enabled two factor authentification, you will be prompted to enter the PIN in order to continue the process. A new option is available in Kunena configuration settings in tab Uploads to set protected attachments.

This feature works only with Crypsis template. This feature prevent to users to download the image directly by the url like https://127.0.0.1/media/kunena/attachments/image.png. This feature enables access control and removes most restrictions on filenames. In users managers you can remove subscriptions for topics and categories, by selecting some users. Implement trashed and archive features in Kunena categories manager like Joomla! does in categories manager. Improved image resizing algorithm for avatars, with new setting in Kunena configuration setting under tab Avatars to choose in which way the avatar will be resized. The new resize method introduced in 3.1 is bicubic.

Download:

Download K4.0.0 Beta1 here: https://github.com/Kunena/Kunena-Forum/releases/tag/4.0.0-Beta1

Donations

Any donations are welcome. We need 2x new laptops for our developers.

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sanek replied the topic: #1 4 years 5 months ago
please add support for EMOJI smiles!!!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji - use Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter and all new social networks, include iOS and Android and Windows 8
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xillibit replied the topic: #2 4 years 6 months ago

ruud wrote: This is really good news!
will be donating € and time to test :)
Maybe we (community) can come up with some sort of testplan / use cases? should bring some efficiency in the testing.

If you want and you have time to do it, you can define some tests cases you can do it
ChaosHead replied the topic: #3 4 years 6 months ago
Yoohoo! Testing time!
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Klausimausi replied the topic: #4 4 years 6 months ago
10 thumbs up!
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ruud replied the topic: #5 4 years 6 months ago
This is really good news!
will be donating € and time to test :)
Maybe we (community) can come up with some sort of testplan / use cases? should bring some efficiency in the testing.