We would like to inform all our users that we have implemented our new subscription service as of today, and with it the price changes we announced at the beginning of the year.

2009 was quiet simply a roller coaster ride for Fabrik. We saw Fabrik enjoying a fabulous growth in visitor numbers, each month we saw a 50 - 300% increase compared to the previous years.

A total of 4 release candidates for 2.0 saw the light of day, we redesigned the web site, migrating from Joomla 1.0 to 15.
The community expanded and matured, creating and improving upon 7 language translations. We had code and plug-ins provided by people all over the world, and saw you using Fabrik to do pretty much anything and everything, from tracking pirate attacks on the open seas to calculating company finacial viablity.

Fabrik 2.0rc4 has now been released and is available in the downloads section

We fully recommend people using 2.0rc3 to update to rc4. Within the next couple of weeks we will be releasing a final version of Fabrik 2.0 along with full documentation for subscribers.

As ever I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the project, from the people giving it a positive vibe and helping out in the forums to those providing translations and patches - you rock!

Some highlights from the 1000 + commits since Fabrik 2.0rc3 are listed below:

Fabrik 2.0rc3 has now been released and is available in the downloads section

This is pretty much a bug fix release, and will be the last release candidate before a final 2.0 release.

What is Fabrik?

Fabrik is THE open source Joomla application builder component. Fabrik gives you the power to create forms and tables that run inside Joomla without requiring knowledge of MySQL and PHP. Then feed your data into Google Maps, Charts or an AJAX based calendar With Fabrik you can create applications that range in complexity from simple contact forms to complex applications such as a job application site or bug tracking systems.

As part of the last fabrikar.com site redesign we created an article slider widget for our Joomla homepage. In this blog post I'm going to go over how I created this.

My aim was to use Joomla's front page layout as the basis for the content and use Joomla's template override features to alter the mark up and add javascript to produce the slider features.

There's been quiet a buzz in the forums recently about combining the flexibilty of Fabrik into Joomla's article system. That, combined with the release of Joomla works K2, and Yootheme's zoo have relaunched the debate about creating customizable content in Joomla.