January 13th, 2011
Posted by pftq

CKEditor Installer for SMF Forums 1.1.x

For a couple of smaller forums, I was asked to set up a rich-text or WYSIWYG editor for the SMF board.  The 1.1.x series does not use HTML yet and relies solely on BBC.

I wrote up a small mod that integrates the free CKEditor (ckeditor.com) with SMF but please note that it does not handle the security (CKEditor escapes most its characters though).  Ideally SMF would have its own rich-text editor and that is what SMF2 intends to do.

Download here: SMF WYSIWYG CKEditor Installer

This mod differs from the approach usually posted elsewhere in that it does not use HTML tags, which are only restricted to admins.  It also fixes the formatting a bit (sometimes you end up with double-spaced posts) and preserves the original post format for the quick-reply box.
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January 10th, 2011
Posted by pftq

Web Hooks Support in SMF Mailing List Mod

     Originally, the SMF Mailing List Mod only supported local email piping.  After about a week's work, I've finally managed to get support for webhooks, or emails forwarded by HTTP-POST. Grin

     Currently, the main testing has gone to support for POST data from mailhooks.com, but it should work for any webhooks data (assuming there is some degree of conformity).  If not, just let me know what provider you're using and I can tweak the mod to support it.


     Sadly enough, most of the work wasn't in the actual coding of the Web Hooks support but in finding a site that worked.  Cheesy   I'm a bit new to sending emails by POST data though, so maybe it's just me. Tongue
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January 6th, 2011
Posted by pftq

Guests Signups in SMF Event Registration Mod

Just spent the whole day adding a few new features to the existing SMF Event Registration Mod.  It's not my mod per se, but I've added quite a few changes to it over the course of the past year.  This last one is probably the most substantial.

The basic premise now is that when signing up, you can fill out the name field, implying that you can sign yourself up as well as people who are not members.  This also leads to the possibility of guests signing up for the event (people who are not members at all or are just too lazy to log in).

Based on my own experience running a number of other websites, these two features are going to be most useful in terms of getting more participation and matching the functionality of other sign-up forms on the web.

Feel free to download the SMF Mod here:
SMF Event Registration 0.17-Modified

Total changes made are:
- Allow multiple registrations from the same member, to allow them to sign additional people up.  Optional per event.
- Allow registrations from guests.  Optional per event.
- Admin Register button added, allows you to register or delete other members from the event.
- Admin buttons always visible now, even if Admin isn't registered for the event.
- Allow members with moderating permissions to administrate event sign ups.
- Event administrator can also confirm or cancel any signups on the topic view.
- $timeleft fixed, was originally not ever getting the option to confirm. (Display Source and Template)
- Show number of days remaining before you can confirm. (Display Template and Language files)
- Setting days before confirmation to 0 disables confirmation for the event (hides confirm buttons).
- Post Event page (the one with just event title, no post) does not show event data; sometimes too much clutter when you might not want to link the event to a topic. (Calendar template)
- Event registration options on post event page combined on same lines to save space. (Post template)
- Terms and Conditions don't show if they are blank. (registerEvent.php)
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January 3rd, 2011
Posted by pftq

Rename Titles to Filenames in After Effects

     I was digging through some old files and picked up old template I had created for After Effects.  Thought I might as well share it since it took me an absurdly long time to figure out how to do it, despite how simple the code actually is.

     Basically, this is a simple After Effects script template for adding customized titles to a large number of video clips.  In some of the work I do, I've had to create titles for several hundred videos.  Rather than type each title in After Effects, the expressions/code in this template allow you to just drag the video into the timeline and have the title automatically change to the filename.

     The script requires your filenames to be formatted a certain way; a useful tool to do this in a batch process is the Ant Renamer:
www.antp.be/software/renamer

     The general process in titling your videos in After Effects revolves around duplicating the template composition and dragging videos into each of the timelines.  You can customize the title how ever you want before starting the below process.

     If you do a lot of video work and have Adobe After Effects, you should hopefully find this quite useful.  Check it out here: AE Rename-Title-to-Filename Script

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December 30th, 2010
Posted by pftq

Winter Themed Homepage

Been a while since I've made any changes to the site appearance, but I figured I would I would decorate the home page a bit for the holidays.

It's nothing overly fancy but it's a change from the usual black and white look.

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