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Goodbye RoloPress… Hello Piklist!

When we first conceived RoloPress a few years ago, we never thought it would be as popular as it is today.  Apparently, we were not the only ones that wanted better control and more flexibility in a CRM.

However, RoloPress has it’s limitations.  Most notably, is that it was built to be just a Contact Manager. We’ve received lots of requests to integrate RoloPress into other systems, and unfortunately, RoloPress was never designed to do that.  Another issue is that RoloPress is a Theme, which makes it difficult to integrate into other websites.

That’s where Piklist comes in!  It has been designed from the ground up to be an application builder… any application.  And Piklist is a WordPress plugin, so you can use it with any theme.

Piklist is a suite of applications that play nice together.

If you just need a Contact Manager, then install Piklist Contacts.   When your business grows and you want to manage some orders as well, just install Piklist Orders and it will integrate with Piklist Contacts.  Do you want your customers to log into your site, and manage their own user profiles and orders?  Then install Piklist Portal… which of course works with Piklist Contacts and Piklist Orders. Do you see the potential?  Pretty cool!

Piklist and Piklist Contacts will be available in June 2012 as free downloads.  Once Piklist has some mileage on it, we will start to release Piklist applications like Piklist Contacts.  We will also be providing a RoloPress importer so you will be able to export your RoloPress contacts and import them into Piklist CRM if you like.

We will stop supporting and enhancing RoloPress immediately.

If you want to learn more about Piklist, head on over to Piklist.com.

 

 

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RoloPress 1.5 Released

RoloPress version 1.5 is now available for download, as well as two new plugins:

  1. RoloPress Import: probably our most requested feature.  You can now import any Outlook CSV file into RoloPress.  We choose Outlook CSV because most contact managers allow you to export in this format.
  2. Google Maps for RoloPress: View a google map of any address in RoloPress. You can see an example on demo.rolopress.com.

ENHANCEMENTS

  • Easier setup.  Just activate a child theme and you’re ready to go!
  • Tags are now supported on the front-end, including inline editing (thanks to Mike Whitfield for contributing this code)
  • Moved over to WordPress settings API.
  • Consolidated settings area for better admin navigation.
  • Two default posts are created automatically: a Contact and a Company.
  • Admin menu to hide contact and companies links has been removed (since this can easily be done with the new menu system)
  • More Hooks have been added:
    • rolopress_after_contact_header (after the contact header data)
    • rolopress_after_company_header (after the company header data)
    • rolopress_after_contact_details (after the contact detail data)
    • rolopress_after_company_details (after the company detail data)
    • rolo_before_note_submit (before the submit button on the notes page)

FIXES

  • “Recent Notes” works better.
  • Phone number / IM field deletion on edit has been fixed.

INSTALLATION

IMPORTANT: To install RoloPress 1.5 it is recommended you delete both RoloPress Core and Default themes from your wp-content/themes directory and upload the new versions.  Download the new themes, unzip them locally and then FTP them to your website. Once installed, you should switch from the RoloPress Default theme to any other theme (not RoloPress Core), and then back to RoloPress Default.  Many of the new features only initiate when the theme is activated.

Download RoloPress 1.5 here >

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Add Files and Images to your Notes

The “Easy Note Uploads for RoloPress” plugin is now available for download.  This plugin, based on Easy Comment Uploads, allows you to add files and images to your RoloPress notes.  Just download, unzip, upload and activate.. and you’re ready to go.

You can see a demo here >

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RoloPress 1.4 with Drag-n-Drop menu’s now available

RoloPress 1.4 started out as a bug fix for the “catchable fatal error” generated by our menu in WordPress 3.0, but we also cleaned up some other stuff.  To take advantage of all the fixes,  you will need to install the new RoloPress Core and Default themes. It’s best to delete the old themes first.

ENHANCEMENTS

  • Default Menu is now automatically generated by the new WordPress drag-n-drop menu system introduced in WP 3.0.
  • Two default posts are created automatically: a Contact and a Company.
  • Admin menu to hide contact and companies links has been removed (since this can easily be done with the new menu system)
  • Automatically remove “Hello world!” post, since it really doesn’t make sense for a RoloPress install.

FIXES

  • “Catchable fatal error” has been fixed. Menu is now automatically generated by the new WordPress menu system.
  • Admin area header and footer colors have been fixed.

INSTALLATION

To install RoloPress 1.4 it is recommended you delete both RoloPress Core and Default from your wp-content/themes directory and upload the new versions.  Once installed, you should switch from the RoloPress Default theme to any other theme (not RoloPress Core), and then back to RoloPress Default.  Many of the new features only initiate when the theme is activated.

Download RoloPress 1.4 here >

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RoloPress 1.3 for WordPress 3.0

RoloPress 1.3 is now available for download, and addresses the issue our users have been having when upgrading to WordPress 3.0.

Download v1.3 here

RoloPress 1.22 with "full" RoloSearch

Just released v1.22.  Primary enhancements are:

  • RoloSearch: nows works with ALL fields.
  • Avatars: Added caching when using the image from Twitter.

Suggest that you download both the updated CORE and DEFAULT themes.  No need to delete your current directories… overwriting is fine.

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RoloPress Version 1.2 Beta ready for download

RoloPress Beta 1.2 is now available for download, and has some cool new features:

  • Twitter Profile Images: Previously RoloPress automatically added profile images for your contacts by looking up their Gravatar if you have an email address associated with that contact.  This worked well for some Contacts, but not for Companies.   So now, if your Contact doesn’t have a Gravatar, RoloPress will automatically check Twitter and pull in their Twitter profile image.  Of course, you need to list the Twitter id in the Contacts info.  What makes this even more exciting, is that many Companies have Twitter profile images, which will now be displayed in RoloPress.
  • vCard Export: Click on the “card” icon in the Contact Details area to download a vCard for that individual Contact or Company.
  • Sort Contacts and Companies: We’ve added some new options to the backend of RoloPress, and you can now sort your Contact and Company archive pages by a variety of fields.
  • Layout Options: Changing your RoloPress layout is easier than ever.  Just head on over to “Appearance > Layout” and choose from the thirteen different layout options.  Yes… thirteen!  RoloPress supports two different size sidebars so you can display your content any way you want.  The most common use of this, is to display Contact and Company information in the Wide sidebar. Feel free to play around.
  • Menu Options: Hide or display items in the default RoloPress menu.
  • Print Options and CSS: Added a print.css file and options to hide/print four widget areas.  To override the default print.css in your child theme, just place your own print.css file in the child theme directory.
  • Theme Files: Total rewrite, to make them cleaner and faster.

To upgrade: We’ve made significant changes to the folder structure of Core.  So you must delete your current rolopress-core and rolopress-default folders, and upload the newest versions of RoloPress Core and Default.  Do not overwrite them.

Fixes

Enhancements

  • Cleaned up theme files, and converted all repeated code into functions.
  • Ability to sort Contact and Company archive pages by a variety of fields.
  • Added vCard Export.
  • Added option to change layout in admin section.  13 different layout options available!
  • Added menu options.
  • Added print css and options.
  • Filter on the edit posts screens by every taxonomy.
  • Pretty sure everything is now localized.

Call for Translators:

RoloPress needs translators.  We’ve spent considerable time localizing RoloPress and believe that it is now 100% translatable.  You can find the POT file in the languages folder.   Please contact us if you are interested in translating so we can make sure no one else is working on your language.

Thank you to all our beta testers.  Your feedback is making RoloPress a great product.

** Version 1.21 fixed install issues for some users.

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RoloPress 1.1 beta available

RoloPress version 1.1 beta is now available, and fixes all reported bugs.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

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RoloPress v.1 Beta Released

We are pleased to announce that RoloPress version .1 Beta is now available for download.

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RoloPress available after New Years

Yes, we know.  RoloPress was supposed to be available at WordCampNYC in mid-November.  And then we delayed it so we can incorporate some of the feedback we received at WordCamp.  But now, we’re serious.  RoloPress will be available in the beginning of January, and it will be a better product then the one we had in November.

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