Dolphin 7 (Hookie) BETA 4. Now with online demo.

Andrew Boon posted 20th of August 2009 in . 77 comments.

Hookie is still in "polishing" department and here's the #4 iteration of the BETA period. Like I said before Dolphin 7 is planned to be stable, really stable, really really stable, hence so many BETAs and testing. We hope that these delays will only bring good to Dolphin users.

Download D7B4 here.

Report bugs, post suggestions here.

Please, do not start discussions in the comments to this post, use forums for that.

UPDATE:

Online demo is up at NEW location: http://www.demozzz.com/dolphin7b/

Unfortunately, we had to do fresh-install this time, due to big changes in albums structure and privacy settings.

 
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Lavinco
Cool thanks. I have been watching you guys work diligently from the trac area. I commend you for your hard work for such a great product.

I know that the forum is the place for bugs, but I would like to point out 2 major ones that I hear a lot about.
1. The date selector for birth and events is cumbersome. A 30 year old has to click his mouse 30 times to get to his year of birth. A 3 box selector would be better with Month, Day, Year, just like facebook has.

2. When the "Wall" is see more activated, it creates a lot of confusion with the profile comments. They both actually act as the same thing for profiles. Perhaps auto disabling comments (with a warning about current comments) on the profile page would be appropriate when the wall is activated. However, remembering that comments elsewhere is valuable, like photos, videos, etc.

Thanks
xcee
We have more than 20 Dolphin 7 instances for development up and running now ... very excited about your ongoing work!
DosDawg
good work boonex team. moving right along. will load it up tonite and see what we have done that should be getting us one step closer to an RC. BTW, any ideas when we will be doing an RC1? i think around the end of Dec to mid Jan 2010. your feedback on this please. there are many who are waiting on D7 to be released for production.

Regards,
DosDawg
Andrew Boon
It may go as far as Dec, Jan, but we rally hope to make it within September :)

Bug fixing doesn't take much time. We had delays due to privacy settings remake and constant changes in media albums.
mikagrand
test, but i wait RC...
croquette
I too, me waits for the RC. You could say to us when will go out the approximate RC
Andrew Boon
Can't be sure, but hoping for "within September"
this is cool can they put it in the dolphin updates
houstonlively
Have you guys given up on Photo Albums?

Why can the 'Photo of the day' be updated via Ajax, but advancing through album photos takes a page refresh?

Photo album nagigation is too cumbersome. For God's sake, go read my last Photo Album blog.
CALTRADE
Lets not bring God into this.
houstonlively
I think some divine intervention may be needed.
Andrew Boon
We're making them as close to your suggestion as possible now. Page reload is needed, because every photo resides on it's own dedicated page now, with comments, blocks etc. AJAX reload would need either a separate viewing system, or complete overhaul of photos module. Photo of the day is reloaded within same page, for it doesn't show comments and info blocks for every photo, oh and there' s no permalink to it. We can think of a photoviewer in an album for quick preview.
houstonlively
Interesting typo in my above post...'nagigation'

Then again.... nagigation sounds about right.
mastermindsro
ahahah funniest thing I heard today :))
mastermindsro
I prefer lots of betas rather then hundreds of fixing updates.. Good job guys!

Is the demo updated too? It will be a good thing to also update the demo when a new beta pops.. this way we can test dolphin on boonex server and be sure that the errors we get while testing are not from our server config..
Andrew Boon
Demo takes some extra time to update. This one will be updated on Monday.
carios
Thanks Andrew,but your website(boonex.com) loading long time!
Lavinco
That was a godaddy network failure earlier this am. It affected my sites too that are apareantly on the same network range.
mickscool
Thanks Andrew, will test this out..

Anxiously waiting for RCs
CALTRADE
Doing a beta release about once every two weeks - as you are doing, seems about right. I do hope the product is getting stable enough so that table "restores" will start working, so we don't have to start from zero every time.
wickedsunny
kool !! seems final version would be absolutely bug free :)
hdavy2002
Thanks once again, I am having prob downloading the rc 4. Is there any other way.
wolf2217
Sweet...thanks for the update, so far so good
QcGamers
THk Facebook connect was fixed?
totallyfreak
it is possible to use the rms boonex for the beta??? i try to use it to test the flash apps but it seam to not working.... thx
Andrew Boon
BMS is not supported anymore, sorry.
UFO360
omg guys good job this board is so easy to work but can can u add the mod on this board so member can use any myspace layouts and playlist code on the profile if u doo this everyone is going to love so bad and i can't wait for the new board to be realese one more time good work on this one i love so much
greymatters
Thanks BoonEx for next Beta in few days. BoonEx team is really working hard and now we can hope we will get Final D7 in 2009.
cyraxgroup
Thanks, it's very good,
i test it, and if i find any bug report
wolf2217
Exacly what i was waiting for :)...woohoo thanks
mistertunechat
Is there going to be no more live chat rooms with dolphin 7? I know there is no more rms, so does this mean no more live chat? That was one of my selling points to lure people from yahoo chat. So i am hoping there will at least be a way to integrate chat rooms with the new dolphin. Chat, live webcams, and things of that nature.
jdhiman
Hi Andrew,

Nice job done........
UFO360
When is going to be realese the las board they are many batea and they dont work perfect
acintronpr
Are we going to be able to upgrade from 6.1 to 7 ver. ???????
mistertunechat
Since ray media server is no longer supported will we still be able to use the old versions of dolphin like 6.16 that has ray media server? I just want to be able to integrate the live chat and webcam features .
mistertunechat
I found the answer to this question, after browsing the site a bit more. I guess what boonex may have been saying is they will no longer have there own rms. Not taht it just wasnt going to be available anymore.
Hi!

Embed video upload problem.

http://www.demozzz.com/dolphin7b/m/videos/view/Mustang-GT500-car-review-Top-Gear-BBC

Error! File not found.
mistertunechat
I think almost everyone gets that error. I have only seen 1 youtube video work properly on that site, i have no idea how they did it either.
8cycle
is it possible that we input banner reciprocal link exchange system for additional website traffic?
8cycle
Also is it possible that the forum use phpBB instead of orca or if not, please make orca message posts with word tags appearing friendly on web searches. Thank you.
mistertunechat
I know they had mods to use phpbb with version 6.16 so i would assume that you can do the same on version 7, I hope anyway.
8cycle
see more* Please provide RSS feeds for blogs, forum, news, articles, polls, videos, music and all. Thank you.

* Is it possible to allow "Open ID" log-ins using yahoo, google and other popular community site accounts?

* Please add job search.

* Please allow "Follow me on:" Tweeter, Blogger, etc.

* Is it possible that we input banner reciprocal link exchange system for additional website traffic?

I believe these all make our community software more powerful.

Thank you.
sonnarinternet
I Definitely agree that we need RSS in just about every area. We also need it to tie it into something like feedburner to push RSS updates out to a directory like WordPress does. That would allow for more traffic to be "automatically" generated.
deandmm16
I need help!!! i am new to FTP and i currently use topcities hosting for my dolphin site, in which needed no setup from me they already had it pre built. I need to know how to upload this new version so i can have it for my site i would be great to talk in a live chat so email me at deandmm16@gmail.com
acintronpr
you are trying to upgrade, or a new install ???
openzone
Thanks, it's very good
4tradeit
Hi Leonid,

Privacy:
Great to see you have included a privace module similar to what we had worked through together on some time ago.

Q. Would it be possible to add 'family' to the privacy selection option?
(facebook is now recognising there is some content that users are happy for their family to view but not their friends to view and vica-versa).

Register section:
Looking for (male/female)
Q: I it possible to ad some more options to this box (so that the site won't feel like just see more a 'dating' site)?
Q: If yes, could this idea of additional search options be added to Home>Quick search>Options>Looking for '.......' (again so that the site won't feel like just a 'dating' site)?

Tested D7 and found a couple of bugs:
Bug 1. Profile>Profile comments>record a video comment>adob flash player settings>allow
- When we click allow, 100% of the time an IE8 error message displays (IE8 has stopped working - error - IE8 will shut down)
Note 1: We have the latest flash player installed and successully added a video under Videos>add videos to this album.
Note 2: In the Videos>add videos to this album section, it would be helpful to have an upload progress indicator display (rather than leaving a user to wonder if something is actually happening)

Bug 2: Home>Quick Search>Options>Enter a country
- When we enter a country and click search, the 'country' defaults to the users country (not the country entered in the 'country textarea box'
Note 1: This occurs even when 2/3/4.... additional countries are added.

Hope this information is helpful
Regards
4t
mvincent
i would prefer this to be more a community portal than a dating so at least we could remove aspects that make it feel like a dating site
4tradeit
Hi Leonid,

Privacy:
Great to see you have included a privacy module similar to what we had worked through together on some time ago.

Q. Would it be possible to add 'family' to the privacy selection option?
(facebook is now recognising there is some content that users are happy for their family to view but not their friends to view and vice-versa).

Register section:
Looking for (male/female)
Q: I it possible to ad some more options to this box (so that the site won't feel like just see more a 'dating' site)?
Q: If yes, could this idea of additional search options be added to Home>Quick search>Options>Looking for '.......' (again so that the site won't feel like just a 'dating' site)?

Tested D7 and found a couple of bugs:
Bug 1. Profile>Profile comments>record a video comment>adobe flash player settings>allow
- When we click allow, 100% of the time an IE8 error message displays (IE8 has stopped working - error - IE8 will shut down)
Note 1: We have the latest flash player installed and successfully added a video under Videos>add videos to this album.
Note 2: In the Videos>add videos to this album section, it would be helpful to have an upload progress indicator display (rather than leaving a user to wonder if something is actually happening)

Bug 2: Home>Quick Search>Options>Enter a country
- When we enter a country and click search, the 'country' defaults to the users country (not the country entered in the 'country textarea box'
Note 1: This occurs even when 2/3/4.... additional countries are added.

Hope this information is helpful
Regards
4t
4tradeit
Hi Leonid,

Privacy:
Great to see you have included a privacy module similar to what we had worked through together on some time ago.

Q. Would it be possible to add 'family' to the privacy selection option?
(facebook is now recognising there is some content that users are happy for their family to view but not their friends to view and vice-versa).

Register section:
Looking for (male/female)
Q: Is it possible for Boonex to add some more options to this box (so that the site won't feel see more like just a 'dating' site)?
Q: If yes, could this idea of additional search options be added to Home>Quick search>Options>Looking for '.......' (again so that the site won't feel like just a 'dating' site)?

Tested D7 and found a couple of bugs:
Bug 1. Profile>Profile comments>record a video comment>adobe flash player settings>allow
- When we click allow, 100% of the time an IE8 error message displays (IE8 has stopped working - error - IE8 will shut down)
Note 1: We have the latest flash player installed and successfully added a video under Videos>add videos to this album.
Note 2: In the Videos>add videos to this album section, it would be helpful to have an upload progress indicator display (rather than leaving a user to wonder if something is actually happening)

Bug 2: Home>Quick Search>Options>Enter a country
- When we enter a country and click search, the 'country' defaults to the users country (not the country entered in the 'country textarea box'
Note 1: This occurs even when 2/3/4.... additional countries are added.

Hope this information is helpful
Regards
4t
4tradeit
Hi Leonid,

Privacy:
Great to see you have included a privacy module similar to what we had worked through together on some time ago.

Q. Would it be possible to add 'family' to the privacy selection option?
(facebook is now recognising there is some content that users are happy for their family to view but not their friends to view and vice-versa).

Register section:
Looking for (male/female)
Q: Is it possible for Boonex to add some more options to this box (so that the site won't feel see more like just a 'dating' site)?
Q: If yes, could this idea of additional search options be added to Home>Quick search>Options>Looking for '.......' (again so that the site won't feel like just a 'dating' site)?

Tested D7 and found a couple of bugs:
Bug 1. Profile>Profile comments>record a video comment>adobe flash player settings>allow
- When we click allow, 100% of the time an IE8 error message displays (IE8 has stopped working - error - IE8 will shut down)
Note 1: We have the latest flash player installed and successfully added a video under Videos>add videos to this album.
Note 2: In the Videos>add videos to this album section, it would be helpful to have an upload progress indicator display (currently a user is left wondering whether a video is actually being uploaded, or not being uploaded)

Bug 2: Home>Quick Search>Options>Enter a country
- When we enter a country and click search, the 'country' defaults to the users country (not the country entered in the 'country textarea box'
Note 1: This occurs even when 2/3/4.... additional countries are added.

Hope this information is helpful
Regards
4t
4tradeit
Hi,

In our post earlier today we identified the following bug:

Bug 1. Profile>Profile comments>record a video comment>adobe flash player settings>allow
- When we click allow, 100% of the time an IE8 error message displays (IE8 has stopped working - error - IE8 will shut down)

**The same Bug occurs in the Chat section when we go to 'cast video' in the 'My Video' section i.e. (IE8 has stopped working - error - IE8 will shut down)
cllim1968
Hi,
Why D7's loading time takes longer than other scripts? I have tried in my shared server as well as the demo site.
Is it possible to improve the loading time?
Regards
Lim
4tradeit
D7 is looking very tidy.

Item - Community Watch/Report:
Q: The Demo D7 does not appear to have any functionality for a user to report content and/or other users?
Note 1: For the ability of a site administrator to manage a site, it would be crucial for users of a website to be able to report any/all content and/or users direct to a website administrator.
Note 2: Every page needs a community watch/report button (clicking the report button could pop up a box allowing a user to state what content/user see more is offensive on the page being viewed by the user (this feature would need to be easy to access and easy to use, and easy for an administrator to quickly/instantly track to and address an offending item i.e. remove content/user or give a warning to a user)
4tradeit
Advertising:

Q1. The D7 demo does not appear to have advertising banner space and/or a user directed advertising tool?

Note: Advertising is where a large portion of income can be generated to maintain/ fund the continued existence of a website.

Q2. Are you planning to install a banner advertising space on each page and/or an advertising selling module similar to what is offered on facebook?
Denre
Hi there,

I am new to dolphin and very much interested in this new version of the software. Privacy is very important to me and it pleases me to see the work put in to get this sorted.

However, with regards to privacy there are a few things I miss. On my desktop my profile is shown as public (unfortunately no link that brings me to the privacy setting for this) and when I go to Privacy Settings, I can not find an option to set my profile as private, or to one of the other options. What I did see more see in the privacy settings is the option to create groups? I assume this is a bug that still needs fixing.

With the spy function you can see the movements of all users; I assume this can be changed? And can I also anonymously few the site (Privacy settings) without being "spied on"?
The spy function has a prominent place in the navigation, while chat is not even there. Have not installed the script myself but is this configurable? (same for the desktop "quick links")

In one of the previous posts, there was a question to add family to the privacy settings. Would it not be better to leave it up to the site what groups to set? For example I work with verified members, which would be an extra group but I can also imagine that people work with different membership levels and that certain groups are only available to, for example gold members.

Something else I found is to do with navigation. From my desktop I can navigate to "Edit profile info" but once I get to this page, I can only go to the main home page, and not back to my desktop.

When I go to the forums and try to read a topic, I get "Access denied. You must have special permissions to access this area or you are not logged in." for all topics, except for the latest one (I am logged on).

Besides these things I found so far, I think it all looks very promising and I look forward to the final release!
SpotMan
Great work, but I have a problem that your Chief Marketing Officer (one of the other Hats you have to wear) should be aware of.

I am about to implement the new Dolphin build for my church cub scout pack. With many 1000's of troops and packs in the US, the template I create may evolve into a favorite model for many packs. I have direct access and high visibility into the leadership of the Boy Scouts in Texas. Right now, Joomla reigns as the Open Source tool of choice for all the scout sites I've see more seen including the higher level scout organizational websites for Texas.

Unfortunately, I am a bit worried about moving forward at this very moment. I see that the demo sites are not private. The public can see some pretty raunchy things without having to login.

Can you guys make any changes to get control of that (like making sure people have Unity Login's to see the Demo's). I will be using the Free version initially, as will many other scout troops and packs when they first start.

Since many a scout or scout parent will undoubtedly click on the Dolphin ads in the Free version, they will quickly come to see the questionable content and your opportunity to penetrate this huge community demographic will be crushed by concerned parents and church leaders.

I sincerely hope you understand the business risk you run by allowing uncontrolled questionable content to be displayed in the public areas of the demos.

Hopefully you can do something to change this problem without having to spend a lot of effort.

Anxious to explode into new community markets,
Spotman
mistertunechat
I am not apart of any church orginization, but i agree 100% with what you are saying. There should be a way for them to atleast monitor some of the content some people are posting on just there free demo site. Not to offend anyone but the first thing I see when i go to a site is not pictures of gay porn, or a naked man. Maybe after you login or something, but if your promoting a demo site thats just a bit ridiculous and i hope they can control the content a bit more.
LyubovL
Thanks for the notes. The demo site is a demo site, and unfortunately we cannot avoid such strange visitors who upload dirty content while testing Dolphin - but we are still trying to keep demozzz.com clean. At the moment, the demo site is set to free mode, but you can easily set up your website so registered members only would be able to browse your site pages.
As for a Unity login to view the Dolphin demo, I do not think it will be good for potential customers for us to demand Unity registration. see more We could lose a lot of unique visitors.
Hi!

Youtube video player not working...

http://www.demozzz.com/dolphin7b/m/videos/view/Mustang-GT500-car-review-Top-Gear-BBC

"YOUTUBE_VIDEO_PLAYER"
bojko1991
Is there going to be a Bulgarian language version or i can use this from v6?
hassanishome
Hi,
Thanks for this version, it looks great
I purchased hosting from your recomended list; but the dolphin7b4 didn't work
every time i upload sound or video it seems ok,
but the file dosn't really get uploaded to the server
do I need to buy a didicated server in order to run dolphin or it can run on shared hosting?
Please help me find the answer
I tried dolphin on several hosting providers but the same result
do you think I need special setting for ffmpeg or do i need RMS server?
I tried see more tigersites.com but the script didn't run and even give me some javascript errors
thank you in advance
AndreyP
Dolphin can be installed on a shared server but in case if it meets all Dolphin requirements.
Sometimes Shared is not enough to install Dolphin properly and you have to have at least VPS.
hassanishome
Beta 5 is great, now I can upload sound but still can't upload video and I get some javascript bugs
please try it and report bugs
www.lovooo.com
Thank you
hassanishome
would you please add an option in control panel for secure login to secure sensitive data like passwords..etc.
https:// is very important in such application
Thank you
www.lovooo.com

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videojme
Hi, I am running some tests right now with live streaming video on a test server. My biggest challenge is allowing multiple parties to webcast simultaneously. Can Dolphin 7 suppport a function like this? Can the video player that is built in be used for live webcasts? Just looking for some info. Great job, keep up the good work!
albertoitaly
Is fantastic !!
You have made a splendid job !!
I hope to set up my site with d7 ....
The admin panel is always he same ???
eko_nug
see moreIn linux, in installation progress, it generate directory system web in softlink/symbolic link ( info about symbolic link, if want to know in advance --> http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/creating-soft-link-or-symbolic-link/) not acctuall directory. If using sybolic link, serveral images not loaded for example image background in javascript and image for admin menu. May be in php cli(from crontab) detect acctual directory web but in installation if we not change, it will using softlink/symbolik link?
Tazboy
I thank the search people and quick search on d7 needs to search for Email,City and real names keep up the good job on d7
salman
Hi,
Thanks for this version, it looks great
I purchased hosting from your recomended list; but the dolphin7b4 didn't work
every time i upload sound or video it seems ok,
but the file dosn't really get uploaded to the server
do I need to buy a didicated server in order to run dolphin or it can run on shared hosting?
Please help me find the answer
I tried dolphin on several hosting providers but the same result
do you think I need special setting for ffmpeg or do i need RMS server?
I tried see more tigersites.com but the script didn't run and even give me some javascript errors
thank you in advance
salman
Great work, but I have a problem that your Chief Marketing Officer (one of the other Hats you have to wear) should be aware of.

I am about to implement the new Dolphin build for my church cub scout pack. With many 1000's of troops and packs in the US, the template I create may evolve into a favorite model for many packs. I have direct access and high visibility into the leadership of the Boy Scouts in Texas. Right now, Joomla reigns as the Open Source tool of choice for all the scout sites I've see more seen including the higher level scout organizational websites for Texas.

Unfortunately, I am a bit worried about moving forward at this very moment. I see that the demo sites are not private. The public can see some pretty raunchy things without having to login.

Can you guys make any changes to get control of that (like making sure people have Unity Login's to see the Demo's). I will be using the Free version initially, as will many other scout troops and packs when they first start.

Since many a scout or scout parent will undoubtedly click on the Dolphin ads in the Free version, they will quickly come to see the questionable content and your opportunity to penetrate this huge community demographic will be crushed by concerned parents and church leaders.

I sincerely hope you understand the business risk you run by allowing uncontrolled questionable content to be displayed in the public areas of the demos.

Hopefully you can do something to change this problem without having to spend a lot of effort.

Anxious to explode into new community markets,
Spotman
pk2311
DO I need to install RMS on my server?
pk2311
Is there any other option ..I mean instead of installing it directly to the server I can keep it exclusively for the dolphin projects?
 
 
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