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osCmax v2.5 RC2 Release Announcement

I am very pleased to announce that osCmax v2.5 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download at osCmax.com.

With this latest release, osCmax has seen another 70+ improvements and fixes. The focus has been on clearing as many issues as possible while improving stability and usability. You will find that there are a lot if little improvements everywhere - things just work a little bit better, smoother, and look a bit more polished.

Blueprint CSS Framework as an osCmax Template with Stylesheet Loader

Combining the Blueprint CSS Framework into a copy of Compromise template with the addition of the Stylesheet Loader as a template framework.

osCmax Stylesheet Loader

osCmax v2.5rc1 Stylesheet Loader:How to load stylesheets on a per page per box per item process at any time during the page generation process using PHP and Javascript.

Blueprint CSS Framework as an osCmax Template

The Blueprint CSS Framework provides for cross-browser creation of multi-column web designs.

osCmax v2.5 Release Candidate available for download

osCmax v2.5 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. As of today, osCmax v2.5 is no longer considered beta/development software. Get it now here:
http://www.oscmax.com/project/osCMax

Arriving at the release candidate stage of development is significant as it is now considered stable enough for general use. If you have been waiting patiently, now is the time to get your copy installed! 

With the help of an ever growing group of quality beta testers we have been able to find and resolve a very significant amount of moderate to minor issues. Since Beta-3 was released, we have resolved 85 reported issues and several dozen unreported issues.

The lead up to RC1 saw a significant amount of progress made on making the administrative panel fully multi-language capable. Completing the included language packs for both the customer facing catalog and administrative panel was a high priority and the results are excellent. In addition, the installer is now fully multi-language capable for easy translation.

osCmax v2.5 Beta 3 Released

We are happy to announce that osCmax v2.5 Beta 3 has been released today. This release has cleared a significant amount of issues and improves the overall experience, both for customers and for administrators. There are over 80 bugs/issues that have been resolved in this release as well as several new UI improvements in the admin and front end.  

Here are a few highlights of what has been done between beta 2 and this release:

  • Fallback HTML template updated to current feature set, now a viable replacement for fallback. If you want to use the new html tag template system, it is now fully implemented.
  • Large scale language/translation work. Default language packs are now file-complete and fully functional. (Translations are being finished)
  • Added many new user-friendly error messages both to admin and catalog
  • Added a configuration checking screen to the admin to inform the administrator of any problems with the shop installation
  • Fixed Paypal and shipping amount issue where charges were randomly lost due to customer action
  • Updated USPS shipping module to match new USPS API
  • Resolved issue with cart totals/quantity discounts not displaying properly
  • Fixed articles reviews editing and tweaked articles features
  • Search result quantity now can be set differently for catalog and admin
  • Fixed page module controller activation action
  • Ajax country/state selector fixed on all customer pages
  • Full UTF-8 Character set support
There are over 80 additional fixes/improvements added to beta 3. To see a full list of the issues that have been resolved, visit our Bug Tracker.

osCmax v2.5 Beta 2 Released

osCmax v2.5 Beta 2 is now available for download. This release fixes the vast majority of issues reported in Beta 1.

I am extremely happy with the performance of the initial beta, and I am looking forward to sharing beta 2 with you. The response from the osCmax community has been overwhelming and I want to personally thank all the community members that took the time to test the initial beta. 

If you haven't tried v2.5 yet this is a great time to try it. I encourage everyone to download the new version for testing, as it is a major change in osCmax and you will want to get familiar with all the new features and changes.

osCmax v2.5 Beta-1 Released

Beta 1 of osCmax v2.5 was officially released Monday. This is a pre-release for testing, and while it is quite stable, it is not recommended production use just yet. After a few weeks of beta testing, if all goes well, v2.5 stable will be generally released for production. For those following development, you will notice that the version number has changed a bit from what we had been using. Due to the large amounts of changes to the code, we wanted to reflect that more accurately with our version number designation, thus the jump to v2.5.

We encourage everyone to download the new version for testing, as it is a major change in osCmax and you will want to get familiar with all the new features and changes.

More osCmax Usability Improvements Summarized

Last week I covered eight major new featues in osCmax v2.1. Today I am changing gears and summarizing a long list of smaller enhancements that add up to a major improvement to the osCmax package. These are not the only changes added in v2.1, but this is a summary of some of the key minor improvements.

Customer Comments - Fully redesigned and allows admins to make comments on customer orders. The comments are displayed on the orders page as well as the customers page for easy tracking.

Must Accept Terms - This forces a customer to accept your store's terms and conditions and will not allow checkout unless they do. This is optional of course, with an easy switch to turn on or off.

Price breaks and template controls in osCmax

In the upcoming osCmax v2.1 release, new product pricing features have been added to allow for quantity price breaks. These price breaks can be set per product and per customer group allowing you to specify different price breaks for each and every item in your inventory. Additionally, you can specify different price breaks for different customer groups, such as retail, wholesale, etc...
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