Avid Magento fan and community member, Sean Culver, presented Magento in Bangkok’s first BarCamp. The event was a huge success and the response from the audience was great (the Magento stickers Sean printed certainly helped out).
BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.
Thanks for the initiative Sean! Magento thanks you greatly
We’ve had numerous requests for sample data for Magento’s latest release and are making it available. The archive file is available in .zip (40 MB), .tar.gz (40 MB), and .tar.bz2 (36MB) formats to download (the files contain exactly the same content inside and are provided in different formats just for your convenience).
Each archive contains a SQL script that should be applied on a clean database with your database management tool (phpMyAdmin or whatever you use), and ‘media’ folder with sample product images that you should copy to your Magento media folder. You should then run the regular installation process as for a complete package. Please make sure that you have exactly the same version of Magento that the sample data is provided for – 0.7.14800.
Please also backup all your data and keep separately any custom changes on the files you did, because they may not be compatible with the sample data provided.
As first presented back in April, Magento’s next release will feature dynamic design update control. This feature will allow complete control of the interface (layout, themes) on a per product and per category level with the ability to schedule changes by date.
In this video, we apply different themes to categories to show the design flexibility on a per-category level. The same process can be applied on a per product level (not shown in the video).
As briefly presented in our Designing for Magento Webinar last week, Magento’s next release will feature a new tool that will make Magento designers’ and programmers’ lives easier; Template Path Hints. This tool will display the path and file name of the templates constructing the page viewed.
Although not close to the quality we wanted, the webinar recording is now available in .wmv format. The presentation starts off slow (so be patient) and then picks up. Don’t forget the slides that are very helpful as you listen to the presentation.