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Important info about the future of Sermon Browser
27 April, 2011
3:19 pm
Mark Barnes
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I owe you all an explanation about the future of Sermon Browser. You'll be glad to know that development is going to continue. My immediate priority is to fix the major bugs. If there are bugs you think are particularly an issue, please post links to threads which discuss them here. If you've patched any bugs, please post the patches.

Today I've released an important update that fixes some important security issues. All users should therefore update to 0.43.6. You can download it direct from Wordpress, or just use the auto-update facility within your blog.

I'm encouraged and humbled by the continuing popularity of Sermon Browser. Thank you for all you support, and a very big thank you to those who have responded to questions in this forum.

27 April, 2011
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Hooray! Welcome back, Mark! … and thanks for the update! This is, by far, the best thing out there for sermon posting plugins.

Matt Schlueter, Multimedia Coordinator
Dodgeville United Methodist Church -- Dodgeville, WI

27 April, 2011
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Great news! For what it's worth, I would be willing to pay for support for this plugin. It's a big part of what I do. I'm sure others would feel the same way.

THanks for the update!

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27 April, 2011
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Mark - - brother, it is glad to see you back, and I apologize if I was ever discourteous (as a result of my own impatience) or, if my initial unfamiliarity (and unceasing questions) were part of the reason you went on hiatus. This plugin is *invaluable* and I am glad to see that you are still going to develop it.

Rich Brown
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27 April, 2011
9:51 pm
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Definitely glad that you are back and I'm excited as well. I am also willing to offer any help that I can in getting the plugin up to date. Feel free to let me know any help that I can provide.

27 April, 2011
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In your email, you asked for bug reports to go here. Here's the main ones I know of:

  • When adding a new sermon, choosing "New Preacher" or "New Series" from the dropdown lists no longer presents the popup enter the name like it used to. We can still enter the names on the "Series" and "Preachers" admin pages, and then they show up in the list, but obviously not as convenient.
  • When adding a new sermon, the ending bibe book no longer auto-fills after adding the starting bible verse.

I think there were others, but that's what I can think of for now.

Matt Schlueter, Multimedia Coordinator
Dodgeville United Methodist Church -- Dodgeville, WI

27 April, 2011
10:14 pm
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Hi Matt,
I’ve noticed similar issues. However, they go away when I use a different computer. These issues may be related to a Microsoft patch or IE update and not Sermon Browser. If you are using IE9, try accessing your site using the IE9 “compatibility setting”.
Let me know if this resolves your issue,
Tom

DmdStar said:

In your email, you asked for bug reports to go here. Here's the main ones I know of:

  • When adding a new sermon, choosing "New Preacher" or "New Series" from the dropdown lists no longer presents the popup enter the name like it used to. We can still enter the names on the "Series" and "Preachers" admin pages, and then they show up in the list, but obviously not as convenient.
  • When adding a new sermon, the ending bibe book no longer auto-fills after adding the starting bible verse.

I think there were others, but that's what I can think of for now.

27 April, 2011
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No, I'm pretty sure this directly coincided with the Wordpress 3.1 upgrade. I've noticed it in both Firefox and IE, on multiple computers.

However, I did just try it in IE compatibility view as you suggested, and the popups do work there. So may be a combination of things...

Matt Schlueter, Multimedia Coordinator
Dodgeville United Methodist Church -- Dodgeville, WI

27 April, 2011
11:54 pm
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Wow, welcome back Mark! Looking forward to getting some bugs fixed so we can upgrade to 3.1!

28 April, 2011
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Yay! I'm excited about continued development...my thread is about Sermon Browser causing me to be unable to access "Pages." [url="http://www.4-14.org.uk/forum/sermon-browser-support/edit-box-completely-disappeared"]

28 April, 2011
1:14 am
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I'm so glad to hear you are going to be bringing this back. It's a really great plugin. We had actually fixed a few bugs and updated today realizing I hadn't back up the plugin. haha. My Bad. The main fix was the image not displaying. Not sure why it doesn't. One thing I'd love to see it permalinks for the sermons. A lot better for search and letting people know about them.

Thanks again for the great plugin.

28 April, 2011
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Two minor bugs in the new release… tags don't show on the Sermon page, but there is a fix here.

Also, an apostrophe in a tag will show up with a slash /, and when you search for a tag using the apostrophe, the search shows 0 sermons and the apostrophe is replaced with 3 slashes ///. A partial solution is to edit frontend.php. Find this line:

// Prints tags

And replace that entire section with this:

// Prints tags
function sb_print_tags($tags) {
$out = array();
foreach ((array) $tags as $tag)
$out[] = ''.stripslashes($tag).'';
$tags = implode(', ', (array) $out);
echo $tags;
}

You will still not be able to search for tags with an apostrophe, but when they show up due to other tag searches at least they will display correctly and the tag links will be clickable.

Rich Brown
Aisquith Presbyterian Church
Parkville, Maryland, USA
sermons.aisquith.org

28 April, 2011
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Wonderful news - this is a tremendous feature and I'm glad it's continuing.

Only bug I see so far is that pdf's attached to sermon files (or along with mp3 sermon files) are not opening, just redirecting to the sermon list. Not an urgent need though.

28 April, 2011
12:27 pm
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Some bugs to report:

* See in the forums about podcast.php...it's missing some info by default and some GUI elements need to be added for better iTunes support
* If a filename has an 'illegal' character especially an ' it causes the file to keep re-appearing in the database and duplicating
* See the forums about the sermon count in the filters, a fix was posted. Also, another bug in the filters, go to: http://www.citynorthbaptist.co.....ook=Romans this is clearly filtering sermons with Romans, but the filter title says Genesis, this is because one or more of the sermons has multiple references in it...

One massive feature request is pretty links/permalinks...

28 April, 2011
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Thanks for all these, keep them coming. I'm intending a release in a few weeks to fix the problems with 3.1, and add in patches that others have contributed.

Bugs that don't already have fixes, I'll leave to the next release, which should be in a couple of months, and where I'm also aiming to restore full multiuser functionality..

28 April, 2011
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One thing that might be helpful: For those that change out the icons with different graphics, upgrading the plugin replaces the graphics files with the defaults. Is there a way to have it look for icons in a different directory before it goes to the default directory, perhaps? Another plugin I've used did this with template files. If you have a template file in the "uploads" directory it would use that, otherwise it would use the default in the plugin's directory.

Thanks,

Matt Schlueter, Multimedia Coordinator
Dodgeville United Methodist Church -- Dodgeville, WI

29 April, 2011
7:56 am
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So glad to see this plugin taking off again. Not a bug, but a feature request: Permalinks for sermon pages: Benefits in social media link building and SEO. This is my #1 request.

29 April, 2011
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tjonsager said:

Only bug I see so far is that pdf's attached to sermon files (or along with mp3 sermon files) are not opening, just redirecting to the sermon list. Not an urgent need though.

I'm not seeing this. Can you give me an example?

29 April, 2011
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thebookfreak58 said:

Some bugs to report:

* See in the forums about podcast.php…it's missing some info by default and some GUI elements need to be added for better iTunes support

This won't be in the next version, but perhaps the one after that?

* If a filename has an 'illegal' character especially an ' it causes the file to keep re-appearing in the database and duplicating
I've discovered apostrophe's cause problems in all kinds of places, and it requires a lot of work.

Again, perhaps the version after next.

* See the forums about the sermon count in the filters, a fix was posted.

I've added this into the next version.

Also, another bug in the filters, go to: http://www.citynorthbaptist.co.....ook=Romans this is clearly filtering sermons with Romans, but the filter title says Genesis, this is because one or more of the sermons has multiple references in it…

This will be fixed in the next version, too.

One massive feature request is pretty links/permalinks…

I know, I know http://www.4-14.org.uk/wp-content/simple-press-data/forum-smileys/sf-smile.gif — but massive requests are often massive work, too. It's under serious consideration, and I'd love to be able to do it — but lets get the bugs ironed out first.

29 April, 2011
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DmdStar said:

One thing that might be helpful: For those that change out the icons with different graphics, upgrading the plugin replaces the graphics files with the defaults. Is there a way to have it look for icons in a different directory before it goes to the default directory, perhaps? Another plugin I've used did this with template files. If you have a template file in the "uploads" directory it would use that, otherwise it would use the default in the plugin's directory.

Thanks,

Good suggestion. I'll look at this for a future release.

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