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Mod Version: 1.4.0, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (34 votes - 4.50 average) Installs: 214
Released: 07 Sep 2011 Last Update: 06 Apr 2014 Downloads: 1712
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Version 1.4.0 has been released to remove the giftery / list it integration of the addon now that service has been discontinued. No upgrade is needed though there have been a few other bug changes since 1.3.5.

Finding Feedback Can be Like a Needle in a Haystack


The more your forum grows, the more of a challenge it becomes to sort through the history and get the full story.


Product Review Forums Brings Structure to the Chaos


As a full-featured product management addon, PRF sits on top of your forum allowing you to create defined products which, unlike individual posts, stay relevant over time. Each comment, review and even product updates filter back into this one spot allowing for a quick and comprehensive overview while the individual discussions rage on as always.


Here's just a few of the many features you'll find in PRF:
  • Bring structure to products with established pages & reviews
  • Reduce the number of repetitive posts from members looking up the same info
  • Increase your traffic with content-rich, seo friendly, product listings
  • Drive revenue by adding your own affiliate links to product listings
  • Increase the activity stream's value with review integration
  • Engage visitors with integrated wishlists from Giftery.me
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Installation is not upload & go... individualized settings are required. Read the install file.


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Enabling Product Forums: To show product details and ratings, each product-forum must be enabled in the forum manager.

Adding Products: You may upload products one at a time through the admin [includes an image uploader using GD] or you can bulk import through XML. You can also enable users to add moderated products through a global and usergroup option.

Product Review Index: To access your forum's product overview go to www.yoursite.com/productforums.php - You may want to add a link to this to your navbar or as a tab.

Customization: This addon is made to be customized. To change the color schema see clientscript/vbulletin_css or dive right on in to the templates and phrases.

Powered by Giftery.me: This mod is maintained includes two integrations you should know about. Both can be controlled through the mod options.

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  #376  
Old 17 Jan 2012, 19:06
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by astdirect View Post
OK checked forum permissions and its all set up to allow the reviews to show with no moderation. In the product review "manage reviews" it shows the review as approved. For some reason though in the main adminCP moderation queue the review is having to be manually approved even though all permissions should be allowing them to go on straight away. Once i manually approve it in AdminCP moderation queue it noww shows fully on forum last posts etc.
FYI, I'm making a few changes to the next version that will override any forum settings to approve the post out of moderation to insure forum settings aren't an issue.


This will be out later in the week.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 16:13
cowcowcow cowcowcow is offline
 
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Eagerly anticipating the next version
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  #378  
Old 18 Jan 2012, 16:14
Killhunter Killhunter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
There's nothing little about adding an entire file management, uploading and image resizing routine. The easiest way to resize images is with the bulk function in a tool like Photoshop where you can process hundreds of images in 4 or 5 clicks.
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...ghlight=resize

Thats easy enough?
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 16:33
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Can't we use the vbulletin editor for this? That would make the most sense.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 18:08
The Ottoman The Ottoman is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
We figured CSV would be mighty popular but given the need to support advanced data in the descriptions, we stuck to XML which is much more stable. If you add column headers to a CSV, save it into an XLS, you can convert it.

Holy crap!, that was easy.

You may however want to adjust your sample XML file to have another sample product in it instead od the single one. It took me a little bit to figure out why Excel was only mapping a single line. If you have two sample products, the XML mapping understands how to handle multiple lines then.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 18:32
The Ottoman The Ottoman is offline
 
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If I wanted to add a search by MFG instead of price, I understand that I will need to edit the productforums.php. I am just wondering if you could point me in the direction of what to edit.

Also, I'd like to have the mfg show up in the table that gets displayed.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 18:55
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Killhunter View Post
If you want to add in a browser-side resize by all means go right ahead but IMO that's not a solution as you're not actually resizing the image, you're just forcing it to show up smaller. This means the height could be a mile tall on the image and the full file still has to be downloaded so if it's really large, the site's speed is impacted.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 19:00
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Originally Posted by The Ottoman View Post
If I wanted to add a search by MFG instead of price, I understand that I will need to edit the productforums.php. I am just wondering if you could point me in the direction of what to edit.

Also, I'd like to have the mfg show up in the table that gets displayed.
All of this is in productforums.php

First you'll have to add the mfrg to the input variables accepted around line 63 replace:


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Next we have to search the database using a LIKE so we get some degree of fuzzy matching around 99 add:


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You'll have to edit the template to add a new form field, name of mfrg

Of course it would be more ideal to generate a list of manufacturers and let people pick via dropdown. Next update can do that.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 19:01
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by The Ottoman View Post
Holy crap!, that was easy.

You may however want to adjust your sample XML file to have another sample product in it instead od the single one. It took me a little bit to figure out why Excel was only mapping a single line. If you have two sample products, the XML mapping understands how to handle multiple lines then.
Awesome and will do!
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 19:11
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
If you want to add in a browser-side resize by all means go right ahead but IMO that's not a solution as you're not actually resizing the image, you're just forcing it to show up smaller. This means the height could be a mile tall on the image and the full file still has to be downloaded so if it's really large, the site's speed is impacted.
And you cant add this or say me how i could do that?
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 19:22
The Ottoman The Ottoman is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Of course it would be more ideal to generate a list of manufacturers and let people pick via dropdown. Next update can do that.
Well if that's comning soon, I can easily wait for that.

Thanks!!
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 20:45
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Killhunter View Post
And you cant add this or say me how i could do that?
As I said before, adding an entire image uploading, file management, resizing and display class is not simple when it has to work on a infinite number of site configurations all of whom want their own specific file saving and display options -- which is why the mod uses urls right now.

If you want to add your own forced resize open up the review template and add a width="X" height="Y" into the <img> tag where you define either a max width or height... However that will not actually resize the image, it just forces it to look smaller while still downloading the entire file and potentially altering the aspect ratio or distorting the page.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 20:46
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Originally Posted by bigtree View Post
Can't we use the vbulletin editor for this? That would make the most sense.
Use the editor for what?
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 20:48
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Originally Posted by cowcowcow View Post
Eagerly anticipating the next version
Anything in particular you hope to see in the update?
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 23:36
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Is there a feature or tweak you'd like to see make it into this mod? We'll be doing a feature release this week / weekend and while it won't include everything, chime in and we'll try to sneak it in.

Here's what's planned:

Planned Changes [Week of 1/16]
- Profile link to a search of a user's top posts [admin option]
- Post level link to the number of votes, good votes, or ratio for a user's posts [admin option]
- WYSIWYG editor for writing a review
- Search by manufacturer [dropdown]
- Cleaned up search page & results page
- Bug fixes here and there
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