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German Characters

Hi All,

Recently some of our German users have had some issues with the characters <ö ä ü Ö Ä Ü ß>. It might not display properly in emails or it might prevent not be saved in the database. A few tips to ensure that these characters are properly saved.

  1. Ensure database is set to utf8_general_ci
  2. Check your /global/config.php file doesn’t contain a $g_unicode = false; line and your /global/library.php does contain a $g_unicode = true; line (unicode is enabled by default, so unless you edited it this should be fine).
  3. Encoding of form is set in metatag in the header of your form document, please add this meta tag to your form: <meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=utf-8″ />
  4. In the form tag add “accept-charset=”UTF-8″ to the form <form … accept-charset=”UTF-8″>

Cheers,

Joe

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Integrating Form Tools with Email Management

Hi all,

We’re often asked if we can add email functionality into Form Tools to send out and manage campaigns. Email campaign management application can be complex, feature rich applications. While we’re not completely ruling out the possibility of adding some features like these applications they’re not on our development road map in the near future.

Many of these application come with excellent APIs that you can integrate with Form Tools. An email application we often use is Mail Chimp. It has an easy to use API that some of our users are already using with Form Tools. This thread thoroughly documents how to integrate a Mail Chimp newsletter signup form to a Form Tools form: http://forums.formtools.org/showthread.php?tid=2414

Special thanks to Brandon (michatmaster7) for his work on this.

Cheers,

Joe

 

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Project Update

Hi all,

Just a quick note. This last week I returned to full-time work and will be putting Form Tools development on the back-burners for a while.

I’m passing the reigns of the script over to my old business partner, Joseph Lo, whom I’ve known for many, many years. It’s been thanks to his involvement that we see many of the modules today: the Form Builder, Report Builder, Submission History, Client Audit and many others. Without Joe, none of these would have come to pass.

You can reach Joe at [email protected], and if you need to reach me, you can always find me at [email protected].

All the best!

- Ben @vancouverben

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Hosting Problems

Hi all,

formtools.org has been experiencing a lot of downtime recently, for which we apologize. Our hosting company – who have been really pretty reliable in the past – has gone from bad to worse these last couple of months. We’re discussing moving to a new host, but nothing decided just yet.

Apologies – bear with us!

- Ben

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High work volume

Hi all,

Sorry for not being around the forums recently, we’ve been having a very high volume of contract work. But I’m finishing up a couple of projects and should be back to help out soon.

Apologies!

- Ben

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Documentation!

Hi all,

[I hoped that adding an explanation mark to the title would bring a little excitement to this post - but it really doesn't. Oh well, worth a shot.]

I just updated the entire user documentation for some behind-the-scenes changes. It should look and function precisely the same way, so if you spot any broken links, images or anything else, please let me know.

The point of the change was to allow for the documentation to be used in different locations. Right now, the Core and module documentation is only on our site. But soon I’ll be releasing a Documentation module that lets you download the entire content (well, user doc, API and module doc sections) to have it available locally on your own installations and not have to keep returning to our site. The module will be a whopping 55MB or more, but I know this is something that has been requested a fair bit. Plus, having been traveling the last 5 weeks, I know the problems that can arise from not having stable internet.

Ultimately I want to tie it to work more closely with the Core + modules, so any page will link to the appropriate help page. But that’ll take a few small Core changes.

Coming soon!

- Ben

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Ongoing Site Update

I’ve just started the site update. Expect things to look a little haywire for a while. I’ll update this post when it’s complete.

UPDATE: the main download package, Form Builder package download, modules, themes and API downloads are now up and running. Also, the Custom Build and Upgrade scripts are back online. The demo’s taking a little longer than I’d hoped, but it should be back tomorrow.

If you spot anything that isn’t working as it should, fire off an email to me at [email protected] and I’ll take a look at it!

- Ben

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Impending site update

Hi folks,

Just a heads up: the site will be down for maintenance in the next 48 hours or so. I’ll be rolling out the new website, Form Builder module and Form Tools 2.2.1 (minor update).

I’ll try to make things as smooth as possible, but DO expect a little downtime. The new version of the site will look the same, but is completely different behind the scenes.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

- Ben

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Translation updates offline

Hi all,

We’re in the the process of testing out the staging version of our upcoming website, so a few things may go off and on over the next few days.

We’ve just taken the auto-updates offline for the translation files. You can still download them from http://translations.formtools.org, but any new translations being made WON’T be automatically rolled out to that location. This feature will be offline until later this month when the new website is available.

Thanks for your patience!

- Ben

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Custom Build + Upgrade scripts offline

Hi all,

We’ve taken the Custom Build and Upgrade scripts offline until the new website is rolled out later this month. The reason is security: we weren’t fully able to identify the source of the recent hack to our website and as long as that remains up in the air, we don’t want to risk distributing any more malicious code.

The website update includes a number of security measures to ward against this occurring again.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

- Ben

P.S. Tip: you can still upgrade to the latest version like so.

1. Check over all the modules you have installed to confirm that they’re all compatible with 2.2.0. If the versions you’re running are not, you’ll need to either upgrade them or put off upgrading your FT installation.
2. Downloading the latest version from our download page.
3. Unzip it all locally.
4. Delete the /install folder.
5. FTP everything else onto your server, overwriting the old files.
6. If any of your modules needed upgrading, download each one. They’ll need to be unzipped and FTPd to your server as well.
7. You’re done!

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