26th December 2021 J3
xbMaps is a Joomla component for displaying maps using OpenStreetMaps (OSM) tiles. Version 1.5.2 is the current release. Help links to documentation pages here are not complete.
I have long wanted a non-googleMaps component to display gpx track in Joomla so that I could move my cycling blog from Wordpress to Joomla. Phoca Maps is the best available, but it wasn't able to display gpx tracks on OSM maps. I started by modifying Phoca Maps to display tracks with OSM, and rapidly found myself wanting to rewrite more of it. Jan at Phoca will be working on an update to Phoca Maps that may include more of the features from xbMaps and will be J4 compatible.
The primary intended user is someone needing to display OSM maps on a Joomla 3 site (I will not be developing for J4 for at least 5 years so don't even ask).
The component provides map (and track) views for the front end with associated descriptive text. Joomla categories and tags may be used.
A plugin to allow maps (with tracks and markers) and tracks from xbMaps to be embedded in a conventional Joomla article. A preliminary version of the plugin is available for download - it is still a bit rough around the edges but works ok for the basic options. There is help text on the plugin page once you have installed it.
4th January 2024 J3
xbFilms is an xbCulture family component for cataloguing films you have seen and reviews of them. Version 184.108.40.206 is the current release for inclusion on JED.
It has been developed in parallel with xbBooks to replace an old paper diary and spreadsheet of films seen by myself.
xbFilms is installed as a package containing two components - com_xbfilms and a supporting component, com_xbpeople, for administration of people and characters which are common to all xbCulture components.
The primary intended user is someone wanting to keep a record of films they have seen with a reminder of the plot and what their reaction was.
xbPeople provides a relational database of people and characters who are associated with one or more of the main xbCulture components. It could also be used on its own to manage list of people, characters or groups
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