Widgetkit is getting bigger

Jul
13
Widgetkit is getting bigger

Widgetkit has been around for 6 weeks now and during this time a lot has happened. First we like to thank everyone who tried the Widgetkit betas and has send us feedback. We really appreciate it! Until today we have released 5 betas including bugfixes, optimizations and new widgets. Here are some notable features we've added so far: translations, RTL support, editor support for Joomla's TinyMCE and JCE, caption support for slideshows and HTML5 video playback in the lightbox. With the upcoming release of Joomla 1.7 on 19. July 2011, we've also updated Widgetkit to support the latest 1.7 version as well. This makes Widgetkit work perfectly on Joomla 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7 and the latest Wordpress 3.2. Here is an overview of all the new widgets we've added since the first beta release:

Gallery

The gallery widget provides a great way to create an image gallery with multiple images on your website. With the built in directory browser you can easily add or remove image source directories and create your individual gallery in no time. To change the gallery's overall appearance we've added two new styles with BETA5, wall and slider, to current slideshow style. The wall style allows you to create image and polaroid walls with a lightbox and spotlight effect. The slider style puts the images next to each other and shows them fullsize on mouse hover with a sliding effect. Just pick your favorite style and everything else is done automatically in the background for you like image resizing and caching. It has never been that easy to create an awesome looking gallery!

Map

The map widget let's you create maps with multiple locations and markers. Powered by the latest Google Maps API you can change various settings to create a map which perfectly fits into your website. The new style settings allow you to change overall map colors and adopt your site colors to the map. We promise that you'll love this one!

Accordion

The accordion widget creates a group of items using a smooth sliding effect when selecting an item to display its content. We added a simple and clean style to make the accordion easily match to a broad range of websites.

Media Player

We unveiled the media player already in BETA4 which let's you playback video and audio files directly in your website content. Embedding videos is simply done through HTML5 <video /> element which is also widely supported on mobile devices like iPhones, iPads or Android phones and tablets. You also don't need to worry about older browsers, because it has a flash fallback for all who don't support these HTML5 elements. You can even play your .mp3 files by using the new <audio /> element. Great, is'nt it?

ZOO Integration

Widgetkit and ZOO are now able to communicate! This has been one of the most requested features and we are glad to deliver it to you now. By using a Joomla plugin you can display any ZOO content within our freshly released widgets like accordion, map and slideshow. Make sure to have the latest ZOO version installed as you'll need it to customize the content that is being displayed.

The workflow is pretty straight forward and should already be known to you, if you've been using the ZOOtools. There is a new button in the Widgetkit dashboard called "Add new (ZOO)". Upon hitting it, you'll be able to choose what content from ZOO to display. By customizing the layouts of the item types you may assign any element you want to be displayed. So enjoy the power of our fresh widgets paired with the comfort and the flexibility of the ZOO.

What's next?

We are still not done yet! We will continue with adding new features to Widgetkit and we are also working on new widgets and style variations for existing widgets. If you have not tried it yet, make sure to check it out and send us feedback about how it works for you!

By Steffan | | Posted in Widgetkit

Comments (65)

  • marcin.budyta

    marcin.budyta

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    It was worth the wait. It's so easy to use.
  • Mcfrojd

    Mcfrojd

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    Will there ever be an picasa widget or support in ZOO for picasa web albums?
  • buzzeo

    buzzeo

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    The "Gallery" element who used to be present in the ZOO 2.0 is no longer present in ZOO 2.4 ?
  • senojeel

    senojeel

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    The icon in the download says 1.6, but the description says 1.7 and the download says com_widgetkit_1.0.0_beta_j17.zip. Where is 1.6?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Widgetkit for Joomla 1.7 is working with Joomla 1.6 too. We will replace the icon soon.
      • senojeel

        senojeel

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        Thanks! Sorry if I missed that somewhere.
  • Felipe

    Felipe

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    Excelent! I was missing on beta4 walls gallery image, cool (yool).
  • helder.teixeira

    helder.teixeira

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    Arghh...you waited till my subscription ended to release this amazing kit.
    Missed it for 2 weeks :(
  • basboerman

    basboerman

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    Any plans for Flickr integration in Widgetkit?
  • ilpomo

    ilpomo

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    Hi, I have installed the BETA4, how can I update to BETA5 without loosing my Slideshow changes and settings?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Just replace the files in wp-content/plugins/widgetkit with the new ones. That's it :-)
  • matt.bord

    matt.bord

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    Thank you. My request would be Scroller and something like Carousel, but not so much with the function of Tabs, rather like just to arrows on each side that slide the content of one category or an option of displaying the content of multiple categories to the left or to the right.
    Hope is not too much to ask. Besides, I'm so glad to finally try you guys out and you prove yourself over and over again. You are like one Tools Shack in which you can get all the tools to garden Joomla or Wordpress! ;)
  • justin.kowal

    justin.kowal

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    Seriously being apart of this community a must if you use Joomla or Word Press!
  • ilpomo

    ilpomo

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    Hi, how can I update in Wordpress the Widgetkit plugin from BETA4 to BETA5?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Just replace the files in wp-content/plugins/widgetkit with the new ones. That's it :-)
  • alain.badan

    alain.badan

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    It would be nice to have a demo to see it in action !
    • sascha

      sascha

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      The next theme release will show all new Widgetkit features in action :-)
  • rene.appeldoorn

    rene.appeldoorn

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    Thanks a lot, looks good as always, very promising for the future. One of the notable new features is 'translations', does that mean BETA5 supports multiple languages using INI files? I thought this would be added in the STABLE version only? Anyway, the Twitter widget shows some weird behavior using the language variables.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Yes, we added language support already in BETA5. If you have any issues please send us an email to info@
  • Alldar

    Alldar

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    Can I buy only Widgetkit? Without templates
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Currently you have to buy a template membership to get Widgetkit.
  • nickwinters

    nickwinters

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    Was the https issue fixed for the lightbox widget? Whenever you integrate an external video such as youtube or vimeo into the lightbox and make it a secure link, the video does not display.
  • nike1me

    nike1me

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    will the map have a print directions function that works?
  • Mat

    Mat

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    Awesome! Well done & Thank-you!
    Is there any plan to introduce custom markers as a feature of the maps widget?
  • Mat

    Mat

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    Awesome! Well done & Thank-you!
  • dosonaro

    dosonaro

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    Is it possible to get the widgetkit as a "standalone" extension/module for joomla? or is it only availbe with a yootheme template?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Widgetkit is a standalone extension for Joomla. Currently you can get it by buying a template club membership.
  • zoccolocd

    zoccolocd

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    Great new functions, any chance we will be seeing the carousel any time soon?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      The Slideshow widget is the successor of the old YOOcarousel. We will add new slideshow styles with tabs etc soon...
      • zoccolocd

        zoccolocd

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        ah well, that was what I was thinking, that the slideshow could be used for that too, but couldn't find any template/style that does the trick. thnx for you reply.
      • magicspon

        magicspon

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        this all looks very very cool indeed...

        you've probably been asked this a million times, but do you have any time scale for releasing new functionality.

        i'm about to start on a new project and need to know whether to stick with joomla 1.7 or to revert back to 1.5

        anyhow, good work yooguys

        ta
  • frank.havik

    frank.havik

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    Sascha,

    Great! I can't wait that the style for horizontal tabs is added.....
  • Maico

    Maico

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    Oo yeah, great stuff Yootheme ...
  • levwii

    levwii

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    Hi Sascha! :) Please do bring the 'TOP PANEL' also! Much needed. The YOO team is getting beyond awesome! :) Thanks.
    • Brian

      Brian

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      I agree! ...would love to see a TOP PANEL-like feature as part of widget kit. What does the YooTheme team think of offering a 'top panel' tool with additional themes?
  • Mat

    Mat

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    Hey,

    Has anyone worked out how to load a widget from the new widget kit into a Zoo 2.4 category description?

    I'm guessing it doesn't work because it doesn't allow plugins??

    Cheers

    Mat
  • Chris

    Chris

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    NICE job on the Maps!!!

    Is there a date set for adding the styling to ZooMaps??
  • sander.boelsma

    sander.boelsma

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    Great job guys!

    Can you make a feature for the Twitter widget that makes the links in a tweet post open in a new window? At this point the visitors are taken away from my site, and thats a sin, isn't it? ;)

    Thanx!
  • ed h.

    ed h.

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    where can i download the widgetkit for wordpres?
  • Keule

    Keule

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    Is there a chance that a facebook widget will come? Not only for displaying friends, but for streming fb-pages and pinboards.
  • kevin.morrison.1

    kevin.morrison.1

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    I know that you are in direct competition with the K2 extension but will there be any support built in to support it?
  • baileygee

    baileygee

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    Why does slideshow stop playing when selecting the arrow keys. Shouldn't the slideshow resume playing when autoplay is active? Fix please. Great component by the way. Would love to see more styles though...
  • mark.reynolds

    mark.reynolds

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    I wonder what the difference between the gallery and the slideshow is, they look the same to me in the downtown demo
  • tqddn_hmzh

    tqddn_hmzh

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    I hope map, audio, video and gallery element on ZOO will take all of widgetkit features.
  • Keule

    Keule

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    Some tool like YOOaccordion would be very nice.
  • mike.skott

    mike.skott

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    Loving the new widgetkit! Please post docs or at least a full demo soon so we can work through how to use the new functionality.
  • Domino

    Domino

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    Hello, I have built up a Joomla 1.5 official communal site mainly based on Yoo-carousel....! May I expect to have something extremely similar in the forthcoming weeks or do I have to re-think the site completely for Joomla 1.7 ? thanks
  • andreas.knof

    andreas.knof

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    Is it the media player as a lightbox?
  • thebastion

    thebastion

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    Documentation please...

    Struggling to make some items work.
  • Charlie

    Charlie

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    Where is the DEMO? Thanks
  • dave

    dave

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    Love the widgets but need the media player to play directly from youtube rather than a file on my server - any chance this will be in a future release?
  • Brian

    Brian

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    I'd love to see a YooScroller and YooDrawer-like features as part of widgetkit. Any plans for adding a scroller and drawer tool with additional themes for each?

    Fantastic work!
  • Mark

    Mark

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    After I install the widgetkit and go to add a new module I don't get any options in the widget drop down. It just says "Please select a widget... " and when I click it I don't get any options. Anyone have any idea why I'm getting this? Tried re-installing it a couple times, no help.
  • Hugh

    Hugh

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    I have the 1.0 beta version as I do the upgrade to beta 10 in Joomla?
  • John Stone

    John Stone

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    Is the widgetkit dependant on a certain Warp version?
  • Mfundo

    Mfundo

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    Will the maps allowing clustering.. that would be a great feature on the Google maps -- haven't found a Joomla extension that offers map clustering
  • Chris Goins

    Chris Goins

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    Is the widget kit going to be compatible with JCKeditor?
  • primo

    primo

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    how about the tooltips plugin? is there any news?
  • bigmall

    bigmall

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    I love Yoo
  • Dirk Gro&szlig;mann

    Dirk Gro&szlig;mann

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    NICE Job!

    But I'd like to have all my contacts shown on a google map. Is there a possibility to pass the contact adresses directly to map widget?
  • Nicola Lunghi

    Nicola Lunghi

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    Hey any possibility that I can use widgetkit with ACL?????
  • diane.russell

    diane.russell

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    Where do we get this widgetkit? I am getting frustrated, you guys talk abotu all these great things, but no easy links to find them or explain them? Do we have to download Warp? Help.

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