Get EasyBlog 5 Alpha Now

Get EasyBlog 5 Alpha Now

Hey guys, most of you may have noticed that I have been missing from the forums and blogs for quite a while and the time has finally come for me to get out of my coding cave =) . EasyBlog 5 Alpha is now available for you to download and play around with it on your test site. You can get your hands on the best blogging extension for Joomla!

 

Why did it took a while?

Some of you have been wondering about the delay of this release and I hope that I would be able to answer most of your inquiries here. Developing EasyBlog 5 was a really tough task because we need to develop a better and much more intuitive blogging extension than what is out there and we're competing against ourselves (EasyBlog 3.9) since it was the best blogging extension for Joomla out there.

We've done over 20 different UX / UI changes over this period and we are extremely satisfied of the results that we have achieved in EasyBlog 5 Alpha. This is where most of our time are spent.

 

What's an Alpha release?

In software development, we have a number of releases prior to the full, public version. Alpha version is the first release; though the software is usable, it is only for testings and is not to be installed on live site. This is due to the fact that Alpha version contains bugs that might be minor, or major.

Having said that, EasyBlog 5 is currently in Alpha and it will contain bugs. We know most of you would ignore this but I strongly urge you to refrain from installing the Alpha release on a live site!

 

What will be available in EasyBlog 5 Alpha?

Due to the fact that we have quite a number of blocks, we want to have control over these blocks to be tested to ensure that we can focus on what is important first. Some of these blocks might not be available in this first Alpha release. Should you wish to try out the omitted blocks, you can do so via our EasyBlog 5's Demo Page.

You may take a peek at our release timeline here.

 

Issues Tracking

We have also opened up the issues tracker area for EasyBlog and you may submit bug reports to our EasyBlog 5 Issue Tracker page here.

 

Will this Alpha release be available for me?

As long as you have a valid subscription with us, you are entitled to access the alpha release as promised. If your license has already expired, fret not! The EasyBlog renewal license is still available. This coupon code will end in approximately 48 hours. This coupon code will entitle you to a whopping 35% discount from the renewal price. That said, Enjoy EasyBlog 5, the future of Joomla Blogging Technology =)

EASYBLOG5ALPHA

 
On a side note, EasySocial 1.4 and 2.0, here we come....
 

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awesome. looking forward

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Nice Easter present

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Thanks guys Go on, play with it and post your findings

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I was testing the demo and just now looked at the milestones but could not make out the following. Please pardon me if answers are already there

- 2 way Liking and commenting from EasySocial stream to Easyblog AND Easyblog to EasySocial
- can each site member have his own individual blog that he can choose a header/cover photo and his own theme ( from a selection of themes given by site superadmin)
- can each site member add a few necessary widgets/modules in his blog's sidebar like rss...

I was testing the demo and just now looked at the milestones but could not make out the following. Please pardon me if answers are already there

- 2 way Liking and commenting from EasySocial stream to Easyblog AND Easyblog to EasySocial
- can each site member have his own individual blog that he can choose a header/cover photo and his own theme ( from a selection of themes given by site superadmin)
- can each site member add a few necessary widgets/modules in his blog's sidebar like rss feed from a chosen url etc

A combined demo of EasySocial + Easyblog with such features can actually ensure a whooping sales

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  1.    Damini

Hello Damini,


2 way Liking and commenting from EasySocial stream to Easyblog AND Easyblog to EasySocial

This will most likely be in before the stable release.


can each site member have his own individual blog that he can choose a header/cover photo and his own theme ( from a selection of themes given by site superadmin)

Unfortunately not at this point of time because it feel's that the entire site navigation will go into haywire because clicking on an author might result in a different...

Hello Damini,


2 way Liking and commenting from EasySocial stream to Easyblog AND Easyblog to EasySocial

This will most likely be in before the stable release.


can each site member have his own individual blog that he can choose a header/cover photo and his own theme ( from a selection of themes given by site superadmin)

Unfortunately not at this point of time because it feel's that the entire site navigation will go into haywire because clicking on an author might result in a different theme and it's going to be very tricky.


can each site member add a few necessary widgets/modules in his blog's sidebar like rss feed from a chosen url etc

Unfortunately not possible right now because this would end up having the same issue as above and most site owners really wouldn't want that to happen

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  1.    Mark

can each site member have his own individual blog that he can choose a header/cover photo and his own theme ( from a selection of themes given by site superadmin

that's the million dollar question and the main difference/issue between Easyblog/Joomla and a Wordpress Multiblogger installation! I personally use Easyblog since they came out with there first release and during all this time i offten asked stackideas guys the same question! How can i provide my blogger their own personal blogpage...

can each site member have his own individual blog that he can choose a header/cover photo and his own theme ( from a selection of themes given by site superadmin

that's the million dollar question and the main difference/issue between Easyblog/Joomla and a Wordpress Multiblogger installation! I personally use Easyblog since they came out with there first release and during all this time i offten asked stackideas guys the same question! How can i provide my blogger their own personal blogpage with own theme, covers, side-bars and so on.. mostly the answer was please wait for easysocial because we come up there with a solution. but a well working one is not there and also not arround the corner! after all those years with Joomla and EB i have realized that this dream of own personal Blog pages will not come true! Joomla need there Itemid to handle modules and other stuff on pages and do not support subdomains like a multiblogger wordpress installation. and here is exact the point where are my blog business comes to the limit. My User want there individual Blog Pages, so that they can share there blog writings with parents or friends! and they want to share only there blog entrys and no stuff from other Blogger. Easyblog works realy well if you are a single blogger or only few are on the site wich write there. but for a frequent multiblogger system wich needs individual blog pages is the current EB 3.9 and also the upcoming EB5 not the ideal choice! that fact was not easy to realize for me but at the end it's a fact.

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  1.    René

Maybe something like the MultiSites extension can help you. Once set up, each blogger will have its own Joomla site, which you can control from a unified admin interface. You can choose to enable them to choose their own theme, and control their access to modules, functionality and features via the standard ACL system in Joomla (something that WP Multisite doesn't have). You'd need to deal with importing existing blogs to the new system, but you could do that using RSS feeds (or even...

Maybe something like the MultiSites extension can help you. Once set up, each blogger will have its own Joomla site, which you can control from a unified admin interface. You can choose to enable them to choose their own theme, and control their access to modules, functionality and features via the standard ACL system in Joomla (something that WP Multisite doesn't have). You'd need to deal with importing existing blogs to the new system, but you could do that using RSS feeds (or even instruct the bloggers to create a new blog in your system, design it as they wish, and import their blog items using RSS f their old blog).
http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/extension/core-enhancements/multiple-sites/multi-sites

(I'm not affiliated with them in any way)

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  1.    Eldad Caspi

hi Eldad, thanks for pointing me to this extension. i was never aware of that MultiSites Extenson. But i believe this would be a massive work to get this well integrated into all my stuff on my site. btw. there is also no Demo to see how it works! But i think that's a good example for stackideas guys something like a native EB MultiSites Extension from Stackideas would be the greatest Release ever!

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CONGRATULATIONS Wonderful, awesome and amazing looking. Now for the testing....

OMG! I just found the CODE block.... It can take SQL by the looks of it... This is ASTOUNDING.... So it looks like I can do an SQL query to pull data into my blog page?!?!??! Oooooooooooo....

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  1.    Andy

Hey Andy,

Unfortunately the code block doesn't actually allow you to "inject" php codes We did thought about this and we reverted this idea considering the safety and security of these sites.

If we were to allow user's to inject PHP codes, it's going to be a disaster. I could write a code snippet < 5 lines to send me an email of your entire configuration.php file

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  1.    Mark

Understood... Security must always come first.

Maybe one day a special block for Super Admin use only... together with a warning when the Super Admin initially activates the code block for use. Anyhow I can put that on Voices one day and see how popular it is.

Thanks as always for the miracles you're making.

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wow, I can move forward with my life now! (sad, right?)

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  1.    Paul

Hm, not really sure if this was sarcasm?

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Do you have any security advisory / ratings by neutral thirdparty for Easyblog and Easysocial ? Thanks.

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  1.    Ruby

Ruby,

Not really sure what you mean here. Mind elaborating more on this please?

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Hello Mark

Unfortunately not at this point of time because it feel's that the entire site navigation will go into haywire because clicking on an author might result in a different theme and it's going to be very tricky.


No Mark. Why will that happen? Clicking on an author should take to his EasySocial Profile page (and when that is not there, option to choose theme is not allowed). It will work just as Wordpress Multisite/Multiblog and Buddypress combo works. And that is actually good as...

Hello Mark

Unfortunately not at this point of time because it feel's that the entire site navigation will go into haywire because clicking on an author might result in a different theme and it's going to be very tricky.


No Mark. Why will that happen? Clicking on an author should take to his EasySocial Profile page (and when that is not there, option to choose theme is not allowed). It will work just as Wordpress Multisite/Multiblog and Buddypress combo works. And that is actually good as many customers/clients are unable to come to EasySocial just because lack of that.

Same applies to widget - a RSS feed widget and may be one or two more in the sidebar will come handy and will not break the site navigation.

Basically, what I trying to say give each user his own Blog which he can customize with own header photo and own theme. The navigation and central theme remains in EasySocial. High time these two products have a common glue - people who may not be wanting this now will start adopting it once they see its power.
Those who have waited so long can wait a little more for this to happen - infact alpha release of this 'glue' can help to test more and perfect the next versions of both.

Wordpress and Elgg ( and also Drupal) has done this, why should be Joomla far behind ?

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  1.    Damini

Yep, you are absolutely right and this is also under the "assumptions" that they have EasySocial or 3rd party social network extensions installed. What if a site is just a plain authoring blog

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Mark,

Apologies for any confusion. What I meant was that I can see Drupal, Dolphin etc etc many such social scripts and CMS in this trusted list but not EasySocial-EasyBlog - http://secunia.com/community/advisories/vendor/
It will be good to have these two there and add assurance to all users. Thank you very much.

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This list does not mean that it's "trusted" It only lists down security advisories related to products from company. SectionEx was also listed here, http://secunia.com/advisories/vendor/7373/

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+1 Damini - Let EasyBlog be what is Multisite Wordpress
Buddypress is dead and everyone will like to have EasySocial only if there is somewhat equivalent stuff in EasyBlog-EasySocial combo. Many such threads on the net - one such - see this - https://buddypress.org/support/topic/switched-from-easysocial-on-joomla-here-is-my-feedback/

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Mark,

SectionEx includes EasySocial and EasyBlog?? Well .... sorry then - I was not knowing.
By trusted I meant we trust Secunia. If it lists a product with least vulnerability we feel good to use it.

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Ruby,

I don't really understand you here sorry. That list you shared does not mean that the companies are recommended by Secunia. That list displays a list of common issues found in software / extensions / plugins created by the companies. If there hasn't been any vulnerability report, wouldn't that mean it's safer? *lost*

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Mark,

Software like Drupal and others submit their software for security checks and vulnerability assessment. Secunia has done a good job and they seem to be a specialist in this. Since EasySocial-Easyblog is not github based there is less chance of getting it tested by people other than the Devs ( for security). I do not mean it has to be Secunia. I do mean is there any reliable third party but trusted and neutral third party who has tested and keep on testing EasyBlog EasySocial?
This is...

Mark,

Software like Drupal and others submit their software for security checks and vulnerability assessment. Secunia has done a good job and they seem to be a specialist in this. Since EasySocial-Easyblog is not github based there is less chance of getting it tested by people other than the Devs ( for security). I do not mean it has to be Secunia. I do mean is there any reliable third party but trusted and neutral third party who has tested and keep on testing EasyBlog EasySocial?
This is not to say that you are creating insecure stuff - we know you are the best team now in social arena. Just an additional security checking layer can be great. Thank you.

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  1.    Ruby

Hi Ruby,

Actually, there is indeed such an "additional security checking layer" - end user Joomla community, which in my book is the best unbiased litmus test of any Joomla extension. Putting all your eggs into the same bucket, that is relying on one single company's opinion on your extensions' security is not a good idea.

My humble 2c

Regards,

Alex

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  1.    Alex Smirnov

Hey Alex! How are things?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Keep 'em coming!

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  1.    Ruby

Hi Ruby,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Currently we are testing our component at 3 levels, our developers (who developed the component itself), our Test Team (a group of awesome peeps that are good at one thing - breaking stuffs) and of course, our most precious testers, the end-user community. I do agree that having an extra layer of security helps, but with the 3 levels of testings, we do believe that the extra security check can wait.

Of course, when the component becomes much,...

Hi Ruby,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Currently we are testing our component at 3 levels, our developers (who developed the component itself), our Test Team (a group of awesome peeps that are good at one thing - breaking stuffs) and of course, our most precious testers, the end-user community. I do agree that having an extra layer of security helps, but with the 3 levels of testings, we do believe that the extra security check can wait.

Of course, when the component becomes much, much more massive, we will need to get a super-expert to check on the security so do share if you have any names in mind.

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Great inspiration to bloging!!

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  1.    Monthon SUKSAI

Thank you for the kind compliments

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Really looking forward to this.
I suspect that this will clear up a lot of teensy-weensy little formatting issues for me and a lot more...

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  1.    Paul Murray

Hey Paul! Did you managed to download the alpha installer?

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Hi Justin

No I am waiting until things get a little more stable as I would want to install on a live Site.
But no worries I have enough other things to do until then.
My subscription is good for another 15 months

best

Paul

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  1.    Paul Murray

Roger that, Paul!

But still, do play around with EB5; we'd appreciate any feedback (or bug reports) from you.

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  1.    Ahmad Justin

Hi Justin

Where is the best place to post feedback with respect to EB 5?
Would love to give you guys some feedback
best

Paul

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  1.    Paul Murray

I'm glad you asked, Paul! You can download and share your feedback on EB5 via our EasyBlog's Issue Tracker page.

Looking forward to get some feedback from you.

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I hate to mix the topics but I seem to be the only one who caught the note about EasySocial 1.4 and 2.0?

My question, obviously we have a fairly clear path as to what EasySocial 1.4 will entail. Do we have anything such as this for EasySocial 2.0? http://stackideas.com/roadmap/easysocial << This has been known to change quite a bit from major release to major release. The 2.0 Roadmap is currently empty so having some insight as to what we can expect would be awesome.

Thanks,
James

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  1.    James

Hi James,

Good catch!

Well, it's not a mystery that we will implement the video feature in EasySocial 1.4. However, as for EasySocial 2.0, we'd prefer to keep it internally for now; we've learned from our mistake in EasyBlog 5's development; sharing cool ideas and plan too soon might not be a wise move.

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  1.    James

Hello James,

We're applying a different approach for our release life-cycle and we're going to test this with EasySocial. Hence, 1.4 and 2.0 We will definitely be releasing more information regarding this once we iron out those issues with EasyBlog 5.

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A couple of quick questions:
1. During registration to become a blogger, is it possible to white-list selected domains? Like only users with name@xx.com and name@yy.com can sign up as bloggers.

PS: I have a feeling RSForm Pro can do it but wondering if it has an inbuilt system. I do NOT intend to user ES. It's too bulky since I plan to create a blogging system and keep it light.

2. However, I don't want any restriction on people who wants to comment. Anybody should be able to signup and...

A couple of quick questions:
1. During registration to become a blogger, is it possible to white-list selected domains? Like only users with name@xx.com and name@yy.com can sign up as bloggers.

PS: I have a feeling RSForm Pro can do it but wondering if it has an inbuilt system. I do NOT intend to user ES. It's too bulky since I plan to create a blogging system and keep it light.

2. However, I don't want any restriction on people who wants to comment. Anybody should be able to signup and comment on the blogs. Only registered users can comment. Authors and Registered Users (when replied to) should be notified by email. Do i need to user Komento for this or inbuilt commenting is good enough?

3. Do you allow facebook login system? However, this should be allowed for commenting only. Must Respect point 1.

4. How do i add more fields to the blogger profile? I want to ask the users for their Current City, Relationship Status, Hobbies, etc

Regards,

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  1.    Ning

Hi Ning, thank you for your inquiry. I'll assist you with these inquiry, but I believe it would be best if you direct your future pre-sales inquiry to our Pre-Sales forum board here.

1. Currently this is not possible.

2. In correspond to number 1, anyone can comment on your site. There is no need to user Komento.

3. EasyBlog itself doesn't have have Facebook login system. This can only be achieve if EasyBlog is paired with EasySocial, as EasySocial has a built-in Facebook login...

Hi Ning, thank you for your inquiry. I'll assist you with these inquiry, but I believe it would be best if you direct your future pre-sales inquiry to our Pre-Sales forum board here.

1. Currently this is not possible.

2. In correspond to number 1, anyone can comment on your site. There is no need to user Komento.

3. EasyBlog itself doesn't have have Facebook login system. This can only be achieve if EasyBlog is paired with EasySocial, as EasySocial has a built-in Facebook login system.

4. Just like #3, you can only achieve this by using EasySocial.

Hope these answers your question. I'll answer the rest by replying on the correspond comment.

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user -> use*

My keyboard

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5. Team Blogging: Can a user join a team? If yes, does the team leader have the option to open/close the "join my team" button (if there's such an option)?

6. AutoPosting: Will it be auto-posted to facebook page/profile of the website owner or individual bloggers? I intend to allow blogging to everyone with valid email addresses. Expecting over 5000 bloggers. So if they post a new blog, it auto-post on their profiles on the website owner's page..

7. Can a user check the stats of his blog?...

5. Team Blogging: Can a user join a team? If yes, does the team leader have the option to open/close the "join my team" button (if there's such an option)?

6. AutoPosting: Will it be auto-posted to facebook page/profile of the website owner or individual bloggers? I intend to allow blogging to everyone with valid email addresses. Expecting over 5000 bloggers. So if they post a new blog, it auto-post on their profiles on the website owner's page..

7. Can a user check the stats of his blog? Information like how people viewed his/her profile, total number of visitors who read his/her blogs, etc. without using "Joomla Content Statistics".

8. Private Message facility to connect each other for private moments?

9. Any Possibility to allow friendly profile URL: say, http://mydomain.com/username/

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  1.    NIng

5. Yes, user can join a team. However, there's no option for the leader to open/close the option to join team button.

6. Yes, there is an auto-posting feature where you can auto-post to Facebook.

7. EasyBlog shows hits in each post, but it doesn't have such stats in the user's profile page.

8. EasyBlog doesn't have any 'connection' feature, nor 'private messages'.

9. We do have Search-Engine-Friendly URL settings, but the format wouldn't be "http://mydomain.com/username" but rather...

5. Yes, user can join a team. However, there's no option for the leader to open/close the option to join team button.

6. Yes, there is an auto-posting feature where you can auto-post to Facebook.

7. EasyBlog shows hits in each post, but it doesn't have such stats in the user's profile page.

8. EasyBlog doesn't have any 'connection' feature, nor 'private messages'.

9. We do have Search-Engine-Friendly URL settings, but the format wouldn't be "http://mydomain.com/username" but rather /blog/author/username

Hope these helps! For any other pre-sales inquiries, please start a thread in our Pre-Sales forum board here.

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  1.    Ahmad Justin

Regarding point #9, EasySocial is planned to have it as seen here. It's not written in stone, but is looking likely.

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10. What is the difference between Komento and In-built EasyBlog commenting system in terms of feature?

That's it.

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  1.    NIng

By having a separate comment system from the built in one this creates more freedom to use multiple comment systems on the same article. I have not tested EB with Komento, but I assume the built in comment system is similar to EasySocial and Joomla articles. In my case I use ES comments for the comments and the separate comment system for a travel log. This allows me to have two comment systems without needing two components installed which is quite nice.

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  1.    Josh Lewis

Thank you for sharing, Josh.

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  1.    NIng

Glad you asked! Komento is a dedicated commenting component build for Joomla. It supports comments on Joomla articles and works best if it's paired with EasyBlog. Some of the features includes attachments, WYSIWYG editor, social sharing, anti-spam and lots more. At $45 per year, I personally believe that this is one of the best investment you can make for your site.

Get more info on Komento here, or if you have any other inquiries, direct it to our Pre-Sales board here.

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Looks very promising... Can't wait until I can install the final release. This is really awesome. The future of blogging...

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Thank you Horst We are looking forward for the stable version too!

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I am liking what I am seeing so far. It looks like you have put a lot of thought into this. I am wondering if you want us to post questions here or if you have a section in the forum for this.
The question I have now is about how to add blocks to be available to use and how to create new blocks. Maybe this isn't ready yet?

Thank you, Sean

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  1.    Sean Carney

OK. I found the Blocks. The interface baffled me for a bit because I was looking to find the blocks in the right hand column because of the text that said to add the blocks first. I did not realize that I had to add the blocks from the little column on the left. Once I found that everything made a LOT of sense. I am really looking forward to using this!

Sean

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