This Week in devot:ee #32 - August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012
by Ryan Masuga

This week we switched our search to Low Search and selected two winners for tickets to EECI.

EECI Ticket Giveaway

Today we selected the two winners in our EECI ticket giveaway. They are Lise Dykes (@LHDonline) and Anna Brown (@mediagirl). Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing you in Texas!

Recently Rolled Out

A New Way to Search, or "How Low Can You Go?"

We switched from our old search functionality to Low Search from our friend Low. Low Search uses MySQL's native FULLTEXT search capability, which means it uses a lot fewer queries and is blazing fast. We modified it to meet our needs -- among other things, we added the ability to manually weight certain entries and categories -- and we'll be pushing at least some of those modifications back upstream to Low.

New Add-ons This Week

Certainly the hotness this week is DevDemon's Updater add-on, which allows you to update your ExpressionEngine install and add-ons more-or-less with one click. This has immediately become a top-selling add-on on devot:ee, and the buzz about it on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive. 

  • Updater ($) by DevDemon
    Updater makes updating ExpressionEngine and compatibile Add-Ons easier then ever. Sick of uploading all your files, backing things up, moving files around and wasting hours of your life away? Updater is here to give you hours of your life back. Simply install Updater into ExpressionEngine modules and with a few simple clicks you will have ExpressionEngine up to date.
  • Filter By Author by Rob Sanchez (Barrett Newton)
    An ExpressionEngine extension that adds an author filter to the edit entries screen.
  • Timespan by Michael Leigeber
    Returns the relative time between a provided time and the current time.
  • Securit:ee Developer ($) by mithra62 (Eric Lamb)
    Securit:ee is a security suite for ExpressionEngine 2. Securit:ee adds a number of security enhancements to ExpressionEngine including an Encryption Fieldtype, improved Forgot Password, Change Password, Expiring Password, Member Group Expire, File Monitor, CP login alert, CP and Client Side IP locker, CP Quick Deny and security scanner. Plus, completely tested on Windows with Apache and IIS!
  • Entry Notifier ($) by a&m impact
    Entry Notifier enables you to receive notifications for new entries in all your channels. Each channel has its own receiver (e-mail address) and you even have the ability to select which fields should be showed in the notifications!
  • CC Time Difference ($) by Jeremy Worboys
    Compare the difference between two times and conditionally display content based on years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes or even seconds.
  • Thumber by Electric Putty
    Thumber generates image thumbnails from your PDFs. You can call it using a single tag in your template.

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