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Geek Article System 3.52
Mod Version: 3.51, by The Geek (Coder) The Geek is offline
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vB Version: 3.0.7 Rating: (6 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 410
Released: 07 Feb 2005 Last Update: 03 Aug 2005 Downloads: 360
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IMPORTANT:
Please note that I can no longer support this project. Primarily as it is designed for vb3.0.x and I no longer use that version (im obviously on vb3.5x ). There is a version for vb3.5 however its a commercial script. This project is left here for the community.
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HowdA All.

The GAS3 system is a comprehensive article system that completely integrates into vB3.

News:
  • Updated 3/08/05 to version 3.53 for compatability with vb3.08
  • Updated 13/05/05 to version 3.52!!! Posts for 3.52 to integrate with GAL4.0 start here
History

Originally, I looked into other article systems to integrate with my forums but just got irritated over and over again as I found the other offering out there very limiting for my needs. I wanted to use my members usergroup permissions, the search facility (so when someone did a search for 'bob' both articles AND threads appeared on one page), I also wanted wysiwyg editing and vBs attachment system. Well, I accomplished 99% of my needs with the Geek Article System 2.0
Why 3.0? While the 2.0 was fine for my needs, many users began asking for a far more complex system that took the beauty of 2.0 and added popular features in the other article systems.

Here are the features in a nutshell:
  • Integrates 100% into vB. No importing forums or creating special groups. Simply mark forum as an 'Article' forum and instantly all threads become articles. Dont like it anymore? Simply remove the ID and the therads and forums go back to normal.
  • Whatever you can do in a thread or post, you can do with the GAS3 system (uploading attachments, smiles, BBcode, various editors, yadayadayada)
  • Adding on the above point: all the differing vB editors (wysiwyg, etc..), usergroup permissions (heck - anything you can set for a forum you can set in this - AND MORE!) why> because it is totally integrated!
  • Create multiple pages in your post by simply putting [BREAK] anywhere in your post.
  • The first thumbnail in an article substitutes the posters avatar (switchable via admincp)
  • Upload header images and have them auto resize
  • Choose header images from a global (or forum specific) gallery
  • Integrated article byline.
  • Synopsis - allows users to give a summary that appears on the new forumdisplay
  • New forumdisplay shows article header image and synopsis (if no synopsis then the first X amount of characters from the article is used)
  • Synopisis allows BBCode
  • Integrates with the Geek AutoLink system (optional)
  • Allows you to post as other users
  • Article sidebar that shows the article rating, your rating, the rating form, article tools, and article attachments (all toggable via admincp)
  • An auto installer/upgrader/uninstaller that makes all file edits for you!
  • A whole host of other tiddlybits that I wont bore you with
Special thanks goes to rlamego, peterska2, Snow, Gldtn, and Magic Spark for private Beta testing this for me. Couldnt of happened without them!

Change log
13.05.05 - updated to 3.52
All this does is update GAS for the GAL4.0 integration.
To update, simply replace your existing functions_geekarticles.php with the one in the latest package.

18.3.05 - updated to 3.51
This really just fixes a couple of mega minor bugs.
Added new default icon per forum functionality (see readme)
Wrote a real README.
Wrote a seperate 3.5x upgrade script. Users of 3.5x should run admincp/gas3_upgrade.php

16.3.05 - updated to 3.50
Loads of new features and a new installer that makes the file changes for you.
New forumdisplay
Uploading of images for your header
Synopsis box
yadayadayda

10.2.05 - updated to 3.02
Fixed typo in readme (step 2.6 referenced $articlebyline instead of $GAS_byline). This bug fixes the disappearing byline when editing an article.
To upgrade - edit your editpost template and search for $articlebyline then replace it with $GAS_byline

Importers
I have made an importer for v3articles. Technically speaking, you dont have to strictly have GAS3 installed to use the importer (though it is ideal). What it does is essentailly import v3articles, comments, ratings, and attachments into existing forums as new threads, replies, threadratings, and post attachments. The idea is that you install GAS3, create the forums to house your articles, and then import your existing v3articles into them (but as I said, you can simply import v3articles into normal forums without having GAS3 installed).
There is also a rollback feature in case you change your mind or experience a problem with the import. Your v3articles installation isnt touched. In fact, no v3articles are harmed in the process

Known issues:
  • none that I am aware of.
Demos: (note that I have a custom skin, so your results will be ever so slightly different)
http://www.thenailgeek.com/showthread.php?t=11287
http://www.thenailgeek.com/showthread.php?t=8801 - pages with comments (click View Comments to see comments only)


Difficulty - EASY
Time - about 5 minutes
File modifications? a few but now all done automatically for you

Change log:

Updated to 3.01 Feb 7th
Fixed a couple template errors and minor readme instructions


Instructions

Click install. I have busted my butt over the past few weeks to do this and all I ask is that you click install if you use it
  • Download the package and unzip.
  • Follow the README!
  • Ther installer does all the work for you
  • When done, go into your admncp, and adjust your settings
Troubleshooting:
  • No phrases after install? This happens a lot with many installers for some bizzare reason. All you have to do is do a phrase search for GAS_ , edit the phrase (dont change it), then save it. Bingo - all your phrases appear.
Also:

I would therefore backup your DB, your styles, and any of the files the README asks you to change.

nJoy

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Old 07 Feb 2005, 18:59
winky6 winky6 is offline
 
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OH GOOOOOODY, I get to be the first. :speechless:

Great job NG. :banana:
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 19:15
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Originally Posted by winky6
OH GOOOOOODY, I get to be the first. :speechless:

Great job NG. :banana:
Superb. Let me know how it goes (post a link when its done if you can).
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 20:46
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If only I had a way to import all our articles from v3articles... unfortunately, I don't feel like copy/pasting all seventy. :ermm:
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 20:56
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is it working on 3.0.5?
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 21:11
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Originally Posted by MojoNixon
is it working on 3.0.5?
Should do. I was using 3.05 - but I just updated to 3.06 during the last leg of the beta.
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 21:21
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i can tell it will work on 3.0.2 and newer, as the codes designated in the hack are present the same way on all these versions...

(so it's a 3.0.2 => 3.0.6+ hack!)

this is good to have moved the GAS_forums to the settings... my only other way would have been to make a new setting in Forum table,... but anyway...

now we need some modules for this...

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Old 07 Feb 2005, 21:28
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I would like to report that the text to find in point 5.19 occurs TWICE in showthread.php, but it is infact the first instanse of it that should be edited.
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 21:35
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Originally Posted by nexialys
i can tell it will work on 3.0.2 and newer, as the codes designated in the hack are present the same way on all these versions...

(so it's a 3.0.2 => 3.0.6+ hack!)

this is good to have moved the GAS_forums to the settings... my only other way would have been to make a new setting in Forum table,... but anyway...

now we need some modules for this...
cool. Interestingly... both my Geek Articles 2.0 add ons for vba cmps work (though I will be updating them to integrate even better soon).

Thanks nso... will update the package in a few.
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 21:35
spence2 spence2 is offline
 
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THE NAIL GEEK:

Thank you for sharing your hard work with us!

I noticed on your board (2nd example link) that although I was viewing page 2 or 3 of the comments, that this still appeared beneath them:

Viewing first 5 comments out of 31 [read all comments]

Viewing first 5 comments out of 31 [read all comments]

Thought you might not have "caught it".
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 22:28
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Originally Posted by Silverdawn222
If only I had a way to import all our articles from v3articles... unfortunately, I don't feel like copy/pasting all seventy. :ermm:
that would be awesome... unfortunately, I also have tocopy/paste the articles... and I have more than 200 articles :ermm:
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Old 07 Feb 2005, 23:16
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Hey guys,

Sorry for updating so soon. I fixed a couple of minor problems:
  • readme not specifying first instance of step 5.19
  • Fixed comments x of y showing on comments only page
  • I also fixed a minor html screwup in GAS_article_pb
To update, re-run step 5.22 and reinstall templates

That should be that!

nJoy
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Old 08 Feb 2005, 00:39
xmitchx xmitchx is offline
 
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It's great to see this hack out the door Bravo.

EDIT: Just updated (applied beta 08 upgrades and reinstalled templates) and it seems to be working just great! I'd post a URL but the site is not open yet, so sorry, not yet.

Last edited by xmitchx; 08 Feb 2005 at 00:49.
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Old 08 Feb 2005, 06:10
spence2 spence2 is offline
 
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Brilliant!

No problems with installation (3.03). It looks great. Thank you, again, for sharing your hard work with all of us.

bobby says, "howda"
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Old 08 Feb 2005, 08:01
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Bobby says HowdA!

Thanks for your help guys. Wouldnt of seen the light without everyones help
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