I've been working hard at getting our recent Joomla templates ported across to Joomla 1.6 and I am happy to say that the most recent template to make it across to the new version is the Cultivate Joomla Template.

Cultivate was released in January this year and so if you need a quick refresh on what this Joomla template was all about then check the overview page or go straight to the demo - otherwise club members can download the Joomla template and quickstart package from the download page.

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In the past we have used our free JB Library jQuery plugin to load the jQuery library for our templates and extensions but the next version of the Zen Grid Framework (due in the next few weeks) changes all of that.

The new version of the framework will be moved from being a collection of files stored in the template folder on your site to a fully fledged Joomla system plugin which means we can incorporate most if not all of the current JB Library functionality into the Framework plugin.

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One of the challenges of getting a Joomla template to release stage is deciding how to present the final result. There are often some solid and worthy ideas that get cast aside simply because they don't fit the final "feel" that we are trying to achieve - either that or - we run out of time.

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If you missed the announcement the other day you can see the Element template features, or view the live demo, read through the docs or just go straight to the Element download area.

I'm also hoping to release the Joomla 1.6 Template version of Cultivate later on today and also post a sneak peak of the July theme which will be released in the first week of July.

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If you have used any of our Joomla templates before, you may know that I am a massive fan of using jQuery. One of the things that we use it for is to equalise the height of certain divs so as to make certain design elements more uniform on the page.

As an example, in the powerplay Joomla template we use it to make the grid modules below the slideshow the same height regardless of your content on the front page. This makes it easier to have dynamic content there but still maintain the vertical separators between the module positions.

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Element is a colourful and flexible Joomla template that combines subtle pattern textures with bold colour palettes to create a truly beautiful and versatile Joomla template. It comes with a stylish k2 Joomla template and an array of colour choices that make this one of the most flexible templates we have created.

For more information you can check out the feature overview, go straight to the live preview, read the documentation or if you have seen enough go straight to the Element Download area.

Please note that the Joomla 1.5 versions are available now and the Joomla 1.6 template and quickstart will be available tomorrow.

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I have just pushed through a minor update to the Zen Grid Framework for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.6. The main feature is fourteen new fonts have been added to the google font list. Who would have thought that Google would have put together such a useful service?

One of the stand outs for me (as you can see above) is the Muli font. I featured it in the screenshot of the Element template posted here and over at Ember and think it's an awesomely elegant sans serif font perfect for the Element's simple block based design.

I've got a few other favourites in the collection - what are yours?

Members can download the framework updates from the Zen Grid Framework download page and check the changelog for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.6 to see what was added.

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Work is progressing nicely on our June Joomla template release and while it is still a few days off launch I thought I would take some time out from coding it to show you what we have in store. The Element template is a colourful building block type design that will feature some subtle patterns fused with bold colours to create a versatile and flexible Joomla template for you to use in pretty much any situation.

You can see the full screenshot of the work in progress after the link. At this stage I'm hoping to have the Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.6 template ready for download early next week which should bring us back closer to our desired release timeline for our monthly template releases.

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As promised yesterday, here is the next Joomla template from our back catalogue to be ported to Joomla 1.6. Newstream was released back in July 2010 and is an elegant magazine or media portal that has been used by Joomlabamboo club members for sites as diverse as traditional news portals, real estate sites, travel directory and even a food website.

You can check out the original demo of the Newstream template on our template showcase or club members can head straight to the download area and grab a copy.

Please note that two extensions featured on the demo - CaptifyContent and the JB BB Code plugin (For the twoline menu items) are yet to be ported to 1.6 but we hope they will be available in the next few days.

As a reminder you can check the status of any template by checking out the Version information page on the Joomlabamboo Knowledgebase and also follow JB Activity on twitter to keep apprised of all Joomla template and extension releases.

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While we wait for the Tienda ecommerce extension to make the leap to Joomla 1.6 I thought I would knock out a Joomla 1.6 port of the Simpleshop Joomla template. Even without the Tienda or K2 overrides it's an elegant and minimal Joomla template and may make a nice simple base to build your next Joomla 1.6 project on.

Club members can download the template from here or if you need a refresh of what Simpleshop looks like check out the Simpleshop demo.

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After finally getting our May Joomla template out the door last week, it's time for us to put our heads down and start focussing more on porting some of the Joomla templates from our back catalogue across to Joomla 1.6.

By far one of our most popular themes over the years has been Avanti and so I am very happy to announce that it is now available as a Joomla 1.6 Template and quickstart package.

The next templates to be ported across to Joomla 1.6 will be Simple Shop - without Tienda and Virtuemart support, Ecolift, Newstream, Cultivate and Powerplay. Eventually all of our Zen Grid framework based templates will make the leap so if the theme you need ported isn't on the list hold tight - or bug us in the comments to move your template up the list.

For now club members can download the Avanti files from the Avanti download page.

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I know I only just posted the notice regarding the availability of the Joomla 1.5 version of the Hub Joomla template but I'm happy to announce that the Joomla 1.6 version of the template and the quickstart are available now also.

Members can download both packages from the Hub download page.

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