Alpha Test - xbBooks - catalogue and review books

Announcing a new components designed to maintain a personal catalogue of books you have read. This is intended to replace the previous flat file database I have been using for the last 15 years with something that exists online (so that I can access an edit it from any device) and allows for details of books, people - authors and characters - and multiple reviews for each book so that friends an family can add their own reviews.

Currently in development this has now reached a stage where I can start using it, but is still incomplete in some areas. I hope to release a Beta version to the Joomla Extensions directory in September.

xbBooks will be followed dreckly by xbFilms and then a version for live performances (music, poetry, theatre - xbGigs? xbEvents? xbShows? xbPerfomances?...) and possibly a version for music albums or tracks.

Preview - xbEdHideLight Package Alpha

v0.2.0.2 available for download and test. The package contains a content plugin and and two editor buttons. The buttons hide or highlight text in the editor WYSISYG view, while to content plugin removes the highlights and allows the content to be processed for front-end display.

Remove clutter whilst editing or mark content that you need to revise later without affecting the published articles.

NEW - xbFootnoteTag Package Release

v1.0.1 now available. The package contains a content plugin and and editor button. The button inserts and {xbref...} shortcode and the plugin converts the specified tag description into either or both a popover or a footnote.

So collect all your references for your site into tags and then you can use them as footnotes in any article. Or use it for definitions and acronyms - define them once and add in any article. Plus many other features.

Out Now - xbTruncString Plugin

Finally got around to packaging up the fixes to the string truncate core function that I have been using on one site so that I can easily deploy them elsewhere. Its a system plugin that hooks in to replace the reference to the broken core JHtmlString::truncate() function. See here


After a hiatus whilst other aspects of life came to the fore, I am back developing a new ideas for a Joomla Extension Package - way of using tags to simplify the management and insertion of citations/references/footnotes etc. This involves a new editor button and content plugin package, an update to xbTipPop plugin and some new features for xbArtMan.

More details coming dreckly.