Implementing Enhanced Notes: Change Configuration

GP Elementz Enhanced NotesThis post is part of a series on Implementing Enhanced Notes from ISC Software Solutions.

Now that we have Enhanced Notes installed and deployed, we can configure it for use; there are four sections to the configuration:

Enhanced Notes Setup window

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azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: BBCode

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is an existing one which has been standardised; BBCode.

Functionality

This plugin allows the use of bbcode to format posts and pages rather than HTML. BBCode may not be as popular as it was, but it is a fairly friendly way of formatting text.

Standard bbcodes are supported (full list of supported bbcodes can be found here).

You can combine this plugin with Shortcodes in Comments to allow your readers to use BBCodes when they leave a comment.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

Implementing Enhanced Notes: Configure Security

GP Elementz Enhanced NotesThis post is part of a series on Implementing Enhanced Notes from ISC Software Solutions.

When Enhanced Notes is deployed to a company, there are two security roles created:

  1. ENHANCED NOTES – which gives users access ton the Enhanced Notes instead of the standard Dynamics GP Notes window.
  2. ENHANCED NOTES SETUP – which allows users to change the configuration of the Enhanced Notes module.

All non-POWERUSER* users are automatically assigned the Enhanced Notes security role when it is installed, but future users will need to be assigned it via User Security Setup [gpmenu]Adminstration » Setup » System » User Security[/gpmenu]:

User Security Setup

Any user other than a POWERUSER* will need to be assigned the Enhanced Notes Setup role.

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azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Avatars

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one; Avatars.

Functionality

The Avatars plugin has three key pieces of functionality:

  • Upload an image file using an FTP client, to the plugins images folder, called CustomAvatar.png and, via the Discussion settings page, set this as the default avatar to replace the Gravatars used by default.
  • The admin can, via the plugin Settings page, set an option to allow only local avatars which will use the default avatar rather than any Gravatar a user might be using.
  • Users can upload their own avatar which is stored in the media library.

Demo

This site is using the Avatars plugin; you can see this in the first comment of this post where you can see my IG avatar.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

Implementing Enhanced Notes: First Run

GP Elementz Enhanced NotesThis post is part of a series on Implementing Enhanced Notes from ISC Software Solutions.

Once Enhanced Notes has been installed, you need to start Microsoft Dynamics GP as an administrator as new code needs to be included:

New code inclusion message

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azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Series Index

ClassicPress PluginsI’ve been involved with the ClassicPress project for a while now in a few different ways (such as writing FAQs and drafting plugin directory rules).

One of the things I have been working on is rewriting my plugins, to both improve the functionality and also to improve their adherence to coding standards and best practice. There was quite a few ways where I was not following best practice or where I had code which was not very secure.

Some plugins have had a near total rewrite while others have just been updated to do things in a more standardised and recommend way. Part of the reason I have done this, in fact been able to do this, is how welcoming and willing to offer advice the people in the ClassicPress community have been.

I have also written a number of new plugins which are all available for ClassicPress (they will also work with WordPress, but I have not submitted them to the WordPress Plugin Repository.

There have been quite a few people who have been willing to answer questions and offer assistance, but I will single out John Alarcon, known in the ClassicPress Community as Code Potent, who has gone out of his way to be of great help.

In this series of posts, I am going to give a brief introduction to each of the plugins I have available, along with links to plugin demos or examples and to my Development site where further details, download and support links are available.

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Web App to Convert PNG to PDF: Zamzar

ZamzarThis is another of the posts which is largely to remind me of how to do something. In this case, when I publish a book, I need to convert the PNG of the cover into a PDF.

I usually end ip trying a few services before finding the one which works every time; that service is Zamzar.

I’ve used it to convert a number of PNGs to PDFs now and also to convert a few other files as well. I find Zamzar to be consistently accurate and reliable for converting files.

Custom Shortcuts in Run Window

WindowsWindows allows you to use commands as shortcuts in the Run prompt (such as calc to launch calculator). I typically use a lot of shortcuts to launch apps or open files I use a lot, but don;t want to drop a lot of shortcuts in any of the standard folders from which Windows allows shortcuts to be used.

Fortunately, you can add additional folders to use for shortcuts. To add a new folder, open the System window (Win+Pause|Break) and click on Advacned system settings< :

System window

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Implementing Enhanced Notes: Installation

GP Elementz Enhanced NotesThis post is part of a series on Implementing Enhanced Notes from ISC Software Solutions.

When you’ve download the software from the link on the free trial email, extract the files from the zip and run the Setup.msi:

Contents of downloaded zip showing in Windows Explorer

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Installing ClassicPress: Change Authentication Keys and Salts

ClassicPressThis post is part of the series on Installing ClassicPress; ClassicPress is an open source fork of WordPress which aims to target the business market or those looking for a CMS with a focus on security, stability and flexibility.

Now that we know that the new ClassicPress site works I’d recommend editing your new wp-config.php file to change the authentication keys and salts. You will need to use your FTP client to make this change.

Open and edit your wp-config.php file and find the highlighted section. These are the authentication keys and salts used by ClassicPress for cookies and the like which it is recommended you change:

wp-config.php file with authentication keys and salts highlighted

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