Elegance 2.7 release

on Jul 4, 2014 in Moodle | 0 comments

It’s taken a little bit longer than we had hoped but we’re happy to announce that the official 2.7 version of Elegance has been released! It’s currently available in the Moodle plugins directory. As with all of our releases we have also opened a new support thread at the moodle.org forums. Since this is our first release since taking over development of this plugin we were primarily on a “how does this work?” expedition. As such there’s not a lot of new functionality, but there are quite a few bugs that have been fixed. The two biggest changes in this release are 1) official Moodle 2.7 compatibility and 2) dependence on moodle-theme_bootstrap. This is not to be confused with “bootstrapbase” which is included in Moodle 2.7. But, in the effort of easing confusion – if you’re using the Moodle auto-updater (which you should be)...

New Home for Elegance

on Jun 18, 2014 in Moodle | 0 comments

It’s been a whirlwind few months in the Moodle theme community. Julian Ridden released a new theme, Elegance which garnered a massive amount of downloads as well as a TON of forum posts and issues at github. This was partly Julian’s fault because he labeled the theme as STABLE when it really should have been BETA or even ALPHA, but this also happens with stuff that’s labeled ALPHA too- people see it, want to try it, and are surprised when stuff doesn’t work. Then a few child themes / clones were created, notably elegantchild, and a few people even helped fix bugs! And then something happened that nobody expected; Julian announced that he would stop development on all of his plugins and be leaving the Moodle community for Ruby~ier pastures- namely to work for Instructure’s Canvas LMS. I gotta say, it sounds like an awesome gig! I would have loved to have...

Moodle Demo Site Down

on Apr 24, 2014 in Moodle | 0 comments

Just a quick note, we had to take down our Moodle demo site (moodle.iyware.com). The demo site has always lived on the dev branch of Moodle and with the new 2.7 system requirements our host no longer meets them. We’ve let our host know that we’d like to see a server upgrade – but for not it’s not going to happen. Rather than reinstall on a stable branch, we’ve decided to shut down the demo site for now.

CodePen.io Moodle Text Filter Release

on Feb 13, 2014 in Moodle | 0 comments

Syntax highlighting is hard. So is porting a syntax highlighter from platform to platform. So we thought, “Why not be lazy?” Bam. Introducing the CodePen.io Moodle Text Filter – for the lazy man (or woman). This plugin converts any Pen URL into an embed of that Pen. Here’s a brief overview of what we’re talking about. Put some text into the ol’ text editor, and if it contains a link to a Pen (i.e. /pen/) the filter will embed the Pen. Notice that in the above image the first two lines are both a Pen URL, but look at the output: Only the first one was embedded. That’s because a link to a pen is escaped by the filter. The third line wasn’t converted because it isn’t a link to a Pen, it is a link to the details page. The fourth line wasn’t converted because, I don’t really have to explain it do I? What kind of terrible...

The Simplex Project: Introduction

on Jan 22, 2014 in Moodle | 0 comments

It’s no secret that Moodle is geared toward college and university use, or at least to higher-level learning, but there’s still a huge contingent of primary school users out there. Unfortunately the attitude generally is “take it or leave it” when it comes to usability for small children and themes exemplify this more than anything. We’ve decided to change that. Introducing Simplex, a Moodle project designed specifically for primary student and touch-device users. We don’t mean just a large logo in comic-sans or bright pink background with the normal Moodle interface resting on top. We mean a bottom-to-top redesign of the user interface and experience. Currently we’re hoping for a beta release around May and a stable release around July. If you’re interested in helping out head to the project page to see how you can help. If you just want...