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Brian
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Joined: 09 Jul 2003
Posts: 37583
Location: Seattle, WA

Posted: 12/19/03 09:28 
Well... the wait is finally over! Wink I want to first thank all of you for
your patience in waiting for Jamroom 2.0 - it's been a ton of work and
coding to get to this day, but I'm really psyched about the future direction
Jamroom is heading in. It's been very exciting to see how creative many of
you have been in setting up Jamroom to meet your needs - many of the systems
running it are highly customized and look fantastic.

You can download Jamroom 2.0b1 here

I know the list is long, but wanted to show the number of new features in
Jamroom - and this list is by no means comprehensive. I have added so many
tweaks that I have implemented and then forgotten about. The cumulative
effort though has been that this is by far the best Jamroom ever - and a
very stable foundation to build upon.

Some of the new features:


1. All of the settings that used to be in the settings.cfg.php file
have now been moved to a new "Jamroom Configuration" section online - no more
having to hand edit the master config file. Almost all configuration has now
moved to a new "Admin Menu" section of Jamroom that gives you convenient
access to your Jamroom config!

2. Jamroom users can now be assigned to multiple bands.

3. There is a new online "store" for each band where they can sell
CD's, t-shirts, whatever and have their items linked directly up to PayPal for
payment.

4. The statistics engine has been re-done with detailed stats kept on a
daily basis, so your users can view how many times their songs were played
with detail broken out for each day of the month (with previous months
available for browsing as well)

5. Users can use BBCode in their messages, lyrics, band info, song
info, etc (all textareas), as well as use HTML if the config you set up allows
it. by default BBCode will be on and HTML will be off.

6. All e-mail addresses generated on the output of Jamroom are now
"obfuscated" so they can't be picked up by spam bots.

7. Jamroom Radio Stations have a new configuration interface to make it
easy to set up your custom Radio Stations. Artists have access to create
their own Radio Stations as well, including only the artists they want to
stream. System level Radio Stations are the only streams that can use
"commercials" however.

8. New Jamroom Quota configuration section interface - this allows you
to create as many different Jamroom "price plans" as you want for your Jamroom
Bands. On a plan basis you can deny or allow access to:
- disk space
- inclusion in the Jamroom Ranking output
- inclusion in Jamroom Ranking "spotlight"
- inclusion in Jamroom Search
- ability to create Radio Stations
- ability to have "detailed stats"
- inclusion/exclusion of Jamroom output Themes

this will really allow you to create varying levels of access to your Jamroom to
help sell your more "premium" plans. This Quota system is very powerful and
really is the heart of the system.

9. ability to define a MINIMUM hifi bitrate and MAXIMUM lofi bitrate -
you can prevent your users from uploading only HIFI songs if you want.

10. all new MP3 scanning code developed custom for Jamroom by the
author of getid3. No more songs that report "0" for their song length or bit
rate, etc.

11. completely re-done themes (Cobalt Blue, Infra-Red, Moss Green and
Theme Developer (as well as Sandstorm for registered users). These are
complete re-writes with all new style sheets that will make modifying them to
suit your needs even easier.

12. New "Funender" Admin Skin (thanks to Funender for providing!) that
gives a nice clean look to the Admin Interface.

13. Ability to "shut down" your Jamroom for maintenance. This will
post a message on your Jamroom login screen letting users know why you are
down for maintenance, but still allowing the master admin user to login.

14 New Radio stations statistics on the Stats screen - see how many
times your Radio Station is being listened too. Full integration into the
Jamroom Ranking System as well (see new "radio" template directory in the
jamroom/rank directory).

15. New "Sounds Like" and "Influences" fields for Artists - these
fields are searchable using the Jamroom Search, and will help your visitors
and listeners find new music easier.

16. A new Admin section to the Artist Menu, allowing the Master
Admin to see Who's online, view lists of users, bands, songs and stations,
search your Jaroom, ban individual IP addresses as well as have access to an
online Documentation Library and one click access to the Jamroom Forums.

17. The ability to create "Custom Buttons" - these are additional
buttons you can define for placement on the Artist Menu, that create links to
other web pages or programs you have developed. The powerful part of these
custom buttons is the ability to use URL "variables" - when the Artist clicks
on the created button, several pieces of Artist information can be used in the
URL and passed into new custom developed applications. It really provides a
"plug-in" capability to the Jamroom system.

18. There is now an integrated Database "backup" system - this will let
you download as SQL your entire Jamroom Database. It saves it to an SQL file
that can then be used to restore your Jamroom.

19. You can download your log files as a comma-delimited text file,
which makes it easy to import into things like Excel for archival purposes.

20. new "deep linking" feature that can help stop your artists from
using your Jamroom merely as a file repository and then linking to their songs
in your Jamroom from another website, by-passing your web pages (and your
advertising). The solution is not 100% perfect, and errs on the side of
allowing rather then denying, but should be able to stop a sifnificant amount
of deep linking.

21. New "explicit lyrics" checkbox on the Song Add / Modify screen -
this will allow the vistor to see if the song might contain offensive content.

22. a new "System Name" input box in the Master Jamroom Settings that
allows you to "brand" all the HTML pages in the Admin menu with your system
name.

23. New "Sticky Messages" - you can define a message as being "sticky"
- making it stay at the top of your Artist Messages window even when newer
messages are created.

24. Song Genres can now be created online - no longer do you need to
modify the user_genres.cfg.php file.

25. The system timezone is now shiftable - even if your server is in
another time zone, you can make it look like it is in any timezone in the
world, and all date references in your Jamroom will match.

26. Artists can now choose to enable or disable their "Total Plays"
number from showing on their HTML pages.

That's a pretty big list of new features, and doesn't include countless little
tweaks to how things are presented to you in Jamroom that should make using
and administrating your Jamroom easier than ever.

Included in the package is an Upgrade script (upgrade_1-2.php) that should be
good to upgrade a system running any previous version of Jamroom, although
upgrading from Jamroom 1.23 is the recommended path since by then Artist Disk
Quotas had been implemented. Please read the "upgrading to Jamroom 2.0" thread
on this subject though, since the upgrade to Jamroom 2.0 is extensive, there
are some extra steps needed in the upgrade process.

Thank you all again for your patience and waiting for Jamroom 2.0 - you should
know that as a thank you to all for your support, those of you who are current
registered users will receive the upgrade to Jamroom 2.0 Unlimited Artist
Version for FREE. If you feel the new version really helps you out, donations
to bigguy@talldude.net via PayPal are gladly accepted in any amount you'd like.

Be watching your e-mail for new activation codes for Jamroom 2.0 (they have
changed). If you have not received your code, and are a registered user,
please DO NOT perform the upgrade until you have the code from me. Doing the
upgrade without the code to activate it will cause the system to revert to the
5 Artist Shareware version. This won't affect any of the bands you currently
have (even if it is more than 5), but will not allow you to add new artists
until you enter your activation code.

Thanks everyone and have fun with Jamroom 2.0 !!

- Brian


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limpduck



Joined: 17 Sep 2003
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Posted: 12/19/03 09:59 
thanks for this, now have a good christmas yall!!

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SamHill



Joined: 20 Nov 2003
Posts: 3
Location: Ohio

Posted: 12/19/03 10:07 
Congrats on the new release. I wasn't expecting it until the new year. You're the man Brian *pours the bubbly*


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dniMTheory



Joined: 23 Nov 2003
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Location: Durham, NC

Posted: 12/19/03 13:20 
simply outstanding

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Brian
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Joined: 09 Jul 2003
Posts: 37583
Location: Seattle, WA

Posted: 12/19/03 15:10 
If you have download Jamroom 2.0 earlier today, please re-download it again. I just uploaded a new 2.0b1 version that fixes a couple errors in the upgrade script that can cause problems. If you are NOT upgrading, then don't worry. thanks!

- Brian


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Jorel



Joined: 26 Nov 2003
Posts: 404
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted: 12/19/03 15:55 
oh man.... i really really want to upgrade. but i'm not sure if i should give into my need for immediate gratification (jamroom 2.0b) or wait it out for the final release.

i'm sure if we went to beta right now, our 1,652 users would probably find a lot, if not all, of the bugs right away. hehe.


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Brian
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Posted: 12/19/03 16:02 

Jorel:
oh man.... i really really want to upgrade. but i'm not sure if i should give into my need for immediate gratification (jamroom 2.0b) or wait it out for the final release.

i'm sure if we went to beta right now, our 1,652 users would probably find a lot, if not all, of the bugs right away. hehe.


Jorel -

with the size of your system I would definately wait a bit. I am actively working on an upgrade of another large system, and we have run into a few snags that should be fixed up soon. Thanks!

- Brian


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Jorel



Joined: 26 Nov 2003
Posts: 404
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posted: 12/19/03 16:35 
Alright... I guess the voice of reason wins this time....

Thanks buddy.


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Paul
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Joined: 20 Aug 2003
Posts: 5341
Location: Nottingham, UK

Posted: 12/20/03 08:59 
WOW - What can I say?
The upgrade went smoothly - everything still seems to be working ok Very Happy
Its going to take me some time to get my head round the new features and decide what I want to do with them, but I'll get there eventially.
Well Done Brian, and Thanks
Just a couple of little things I noticed in the config menu -
In the Page Results, the text says that the default is 50, but it was actually set to 100
The 'Quota Cushion' was blank - maybe it ought to be 3 MB as default, as recommended.
As I said, just 2 minor things I noticed, nothing critical Smile
Cheers
Pash


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Brian
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Location: Seattle, WA

Posted: 12/20/03 09:06 

pasher:
WOW - What can I say?
The upgrade went smoothly - everything still seems to be working ok Very Happy
Its going to take me some time to get my head round the new features and decide what I want to do with them, but I'll get there eventially.
Well Done Brian, and Thanks
Just a couple of little things I noticed in the config menu -
In the Page Results, the text says that the default is 50, but it was actually set to 100
The 'Quota Cushion' was blank - maybe it ought to be 3 MB as default, as recommended.
As I said, just 2 minor things I noticed, nothing critical Smile
Cheers
Pash


Pash - glad to see it went smoothly for you! I have uncovered many small bugs though with the current release and will be putting out a new version today, which you can upgrade to just by overwriting your curernt install (it wont need any upgrade script to be run).

I already fixed the "Page Results" display error. I'll check out the quota cushion on as well. Thanks!

- Brian


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Paul
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Joined: 20 Aug 2003
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Location: Nottingham, UK

Posted: 12/22/03 05:35 
Brian - something a bit strange happening when deleting quotas.
Just been tidying up and removing some of the 'default' quotas.
Select the 1000MB Plan (say), hit OK, new page appears with the 1000MB Plan gone, select another plan (500MB say), hit OK, now the "OK to Delete 1000MB Plan" box appears, click Yes, the 1000MB Plan now gone, but the 500MB Plan still there.
Repeat the whole process now to get rid of the 500MB Plan.
Does that make sense?
Cheers Pash


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Brian
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Joined: 09 Jul 2003
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Location: Seattle, WA

Posted: 12/22/03 06:27 

pasher:
Brian - something a bit strange happening when deleting quotas.
Just been tidying up and removing some of the 'default' quotas.
Select the 1000MB Plan (say), hit OK, new page appears with the 1000MB Plan gone, select another plan (500MB say), hit OK, now the "OK to Delete 1000MB Plan" box appears, click Yes, the 1000MB Plan now gone, but the 500MB Plan still there.
Repeat the whole process now to get rid of the 500MB Plan.
Does that make sense?
Cheers Pash


If you look at the text when deleting the 1000MB quota, the reason it takes you to another screen where you DON'T see the 1000MB quota, is that it is asking which quota do you want to MOVE the artists that are currently using the 1000MB quota (if any) to. Jamroom requires that an artist be "linked" to a quota - so if you delete a qouta and some artists are using it, you have to select the "new" quota group they will be part of. So in effect you deleted the 1000MB quota, then moved any artists that may have been part of that quota group over to the 500MB quota group.

Hope this makes sense!

- Brian


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Paul
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Posted: 12/22/03 06:56 
You're right - I wasn't reading the text.
Sorry Sad
Pash


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dniMTheory



Joined: 23 Nov 2003
Posts: 320
Location: Durham, NC

Posted: 12/22/03 07:12 
^^^I noticed that also...the text is fine, but I think the problem is that when you go to select the Plan you want to move them to, the submit button still says delete.

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Brian
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Joined: 09 Jul 2003
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Location: Seattle, WA

Posted: 12/22/03 07:48 

dniMTheory:
^^^I noticed that also...the text is fine, but I think the problem is that when you go to select the Plan you want to move them to, the submit button still says delete.


That could be - let me see if I can make it easier to understand.

Thanks!

- Brian


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