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What is ZOO?

A flexible and powerful content application builder to manage your content on Joomla!

ZOO offers a lot of possibilities for developers to create your own apps. Apps are file based like Joomla templates, which means just copy and paste an app folder into ZOO and the app works. To make it even easier just zip your app and it can be installed through the ZOO app installer. Apps have their own content parameters, templates, layout positions, etc. They can even have their own custom elements - And all in one package!

There is so much cool stuff in ZOO 2.0 that there might be some features missing in this list but we think we got all the major ones!

 

Application Engine

  • Create your own apps
  • Create unlimited app instances
  • Great looking tab menu to browse the different app instances
  • Build your own custom content types
  • Large collection of elements to compose your types
  • Extendible app parameters
  • Content parameters to extend frontpage and categories with content fields
  • Content parameters support text, textarea, checkbox, select, radio and image parameters
  • Install, uninstall and export apps
  • Import and export content from ZOO 2.0, ZOO 1.0 and Joomla
  • Frontpage, category, item, comment and tag manager
  • Item assignment to multiple categories
  • Categories with a multi-level hierarchy and unlimited depth
  • Tag system with "Autocompleter" and "Quick edit" functionality
  • Sorting your categories using Drag ‘n Drop
  • Joomla plugins are working with all textareas used in ZOO 2.0
  • Automatically generated slugs which can be quick edited
  • Item priority to support a much more flexible item ordering

Template Engine

  • Layouts with element positions to arrange content using Drag 'n Drop
  • Pre-build layouts for the items like full and teaser layouts
  • Search layout to arrange content shown in the search results
  • RSS layout to arrange content shown in the RSS feed
  • Templates to render elements wrapped with custom HTML code (similar to Joomla modules)
  • Global template parameters, which can be adjusted for each category or item
  • Global template parameters support any form elements like selectboxes or radio buttons
  • Image caching and resizing by width and height
  • Templates for the frontpage, categories, alpha index, tag and item view
  • Alpha index support for UTF-8 characters
  • Alpha index shows categories and items

Elements

  • Core elements for item name, author, hits, modification date, creation date, categories and tags
  • Checkbox element to define your own checkboxes
  • Date element has an easy date picker and is repeatable
  • E-Mail element which cloakes emails and is repeatable
  • Link element supports a custom title, lightboxes and is repeatable
  • Radio element to define your own radio buttons
  • Select element supports single and multi selection
  • Text element to define a simple input field which is repeatable
  • Textarea element uses the Joomla editor, supports Joomla plugins and is repeatable
  • Download element which supports a download limit and different modes like direct, attachment and protected
  • Gallery element supports all features of the YOOgallery module.
  • Image element supports auto resizing, lightboxes and is linkable
  • Video element supports Flash, Quicktime, Youtube, Vimeo and many more
  • Country element offers a selectbox with all countries of the world
  • Joomla module element allows displaying Joomla modules on specific item pages
  • Related categories element shows links to related categories
  • Related item element makes it possible to link to other items and to show their image and more
  • Rating element displays a voting with stars
  • Social bookmarks element displays links for Twitter, Facebook, Google and to recommend this item via email
  • Google Maps element supports all features of the YOOmaps module.
  • Addthis, Disqus, Flickr and IntenseDebate element

Comment System

  • Native comments with a very nice user interface
  • Supports approval by default, not by default or is only required once
  • Spam folder and support for spam preventing services (Akismet and Mollom)
  • Black list which checks content, name, URL, e-mail and IP
  • Automatic linking of URLs and email addresses in comments
  • Nested comments to a maximum depth of 5
  • Supports Gravatar service to provide avatars
  • Facebook and Twitter Connect
  • Quick editing of comments
  • Great looking default theme which highlights author comments

Addons

  • Item module to display any kind of items from an app
  • The item module has its own layout to place elements using Drag ‘n Drop
  • A search plugin, so that items will appear in the Joomla search
  • Uses a natural language search that is focused on usability by spoken languages
  • Search index which makes searching faster on large numbers of items
  • Tag module to display a tag cloud
  • Comments module to display the latest comments of your app

Note: ZOO 2.0 requires PHP 5.2+ and MySQL 5.0.4+.

Find more about ZOO at http://zoo.yootheme.com/



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