Right on the heels of ParaInvite 5 comes SIMGallery 4.5! I'm thrilled to announce that the all new SIMGallery added a few new features:

Facebook Import
Your users can now import their Facebook photos into new and existing SIMGallery albums, with a nifty interface.
Watermark Support
You can now add a watermark on all uploaded photos. Use a slightly smaller watermark image for thumbnails, or choose not to add watermarks to thumbnails at all.
EasySocial Toolbar
This has been available for JomSocial users for a long time, and now we added EasySocial support as well! Choose to display the EasySocial toolbar on all SIMGallery pages.
Perfect Syncing between SIMGallery and JomSocial/EasySocial
All likes, comments, comment likes, privacy updates etc for SIMGallery videos are now perfectly synced with JomSocial/EasySocial timeline video posts, and vice versa.
Migrate Media
Available for both JomSocial and EasySocial users now! Migrate all existing albums, photos, videos, and comments to SIMGallery with a click.

To see the full list of features, documentation, configurable options, and installation instructions, please visit the SIMGallery product page. As always, let me know what you think by leaving a comment !


The Joomla! World Conference 2014 is here, and SIMBunch is proud to promote the event. From now until November 1st, simply use the coupon code SIMBUNCH and enjoy a $150 discount. That's a 50% off for the standard ticket!

Hurry and secure your ticket now .

There are times you need to integrate a 3rd party script into Joomla, without having the modify any core files, while still able to remain within the Joomla framework. A good example is, say, an AJAX request that points to a specific external php file that isn't part of Joomla's MVC. You can do this easy with the following code (in the beginning of the 3rd party script):

	define( '_JEXEC', 1 ); //This will define the _JEXEC constant that will allow you to access the rest of the Joomla framework
	$joomlaPath = dirname(__FILE__)."/../.."; //The only part you have to change. Make sure the relative part points to your Joomla root
	define('JPATH_BASE', $joomlaPath);
	require_once( JPATH_BASE.'/includes/defines.php' );
	require_once( JPATH_BASE.'/includes/framework.php' );
	// Instantiate the application.
	$app = JFactory::getApplication('site');
	// Initialise the application.
	// Now you can use all classes of Joomla
        $db = JFactory::getDBO();
	$doc = JFactory::getDocument();

So it's that time of the year again. To celebrate the holidays, we at SIMBunch is throwing a 30% discount for all our products. From now until 31st December, simply use the coupon code SIMXMAS during checkout to enjoy your holiday savings!

For the benefit of our users, we've compiled a list of other holiday discounts from our Joomla Friends! (list to be updated, so check back often)

Merry Christmas!


SIMGallery 4.2 has just been released with 2 new featues: It is now completely integrated with EasySocial (full details of the integration can be found in the product description), and albums commenting has been added. Give the demo a try!

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