I've just rolled out a minor update to the Zen Grid Framework which fixes a few things but adds some of the lovely new fonts available via the Google Font directory. I was a little bit skeptical about the range of fonts available when the directory was first rolled out but these new additions certainly provide for quite a range of options that should cover most needs for font replacement.

You can see a full list of the fonts now available with all Zen Grid compatible Joomla templates here or go directly to the web font directory here to see what's on offer. Not all fonts have made it to the list but I think we have grabbed the essential fonts and provided a good spread across the various serif, san serif and more creative typographical styles to cover all of your bases.

In future versions of the framework I'll be changing the way that we implement font choices and I plan to open up the selectors available for font replacement so that the process is a little more flexible. But for now I hope you enjoy the addition of these new and very worthy fonts.

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Once again Im happy to announce the availability of our latest Joomla template. Cultivate is the perfect blend of relaxed professionalism for a slightly left of center Joomla business. The demo content on the live preview is geared towards yoga but it's suitable for all sorts of eco inspired, natural medicine based or relaxed business type websites.

It features five base colours that are combined in to 20 different theme variations, as well as another elegant template for K2. For a full demonstration please visit the demo, or view an overview of the features or read the documentation.

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This post has been a long time in the making and as such I'm very happy to announce that we have released v1.1+ of the Zen Grid Framework. All previous Zen Grid Framework templates,except for Zen Simple Shop which will be available tomorrow, are now shipping with the new version of the framework. This update is a significant update with a slew of new features and some bug fixes so its worth checking the full changelog on the forum for a run down on what's new.

A while ago I published the roadmap for the Zen Grid Framework and while we pushed some of the potential features back I'm pleased with what we have added to the framework. My main aim is to keep the user interface intuitive and to avoid unnecessary bloat. I think there is a fine line between making a tool feature rich and keeping it stream lined to enhance a users workflow and so while we have added some great new features working with Zen Grid compatible templates is effectively the same.

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In the spirit of Elevate, Elevate2, Ecolift and perhaps Avanti the first Joomla template for 2011 is going to be an earthy, serene and clean template release. I'm pretty fond of merging slightly textured patterns with other cleaner elements and so this David Vuu design fits the bill perfectly. While the demo content for Cultivate will be focussed on Yoga and natural or wholistic medicine this Joomla template could really be used for any manner of businesses that are targeted at tapping into the eco friendly and environmental conscious market place.

I hope you like this - check the full screenshot after the jump.

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Im very happy (and relieved) to be able to tell you that the Journal Joomla Template is now available for download. The last week has seen the theme develop somewhat beyond the early screenshots so I hope you like the final outcome. It comes with some unique styling for our twitter, flickr and last fm modules as well as two different styles for the K2 Joomla template using a class suffix to trigger the different theme.

You can check out the Journal demo, the documentation, the feature overview or just go ahead and download it if you are already a member

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Development on our December Joomla template release is coming along well, albeit a little delayed given the tardiness of the last release. So in anticipation of the release - which we are hoping to get out either this week or early next week - I thought I would post some more screenshots. Some of the elements are yet to be filled in but I think its shaping up nicely.

Check out the full screnshot after the jump.

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A Journal theme for December

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The Joomla template for december is a tumblr inspired blogging template that we are hoping is going to feature an integration for the Lifestream component from our friends over at Joomlashack. If you haven't seen it the Lifestream extension is a way to pull various feeds from social networking sites into your Joomla site to give you a live stream of your presence on the web. The screenshot featured below is still a work in progress and is truncated at about the halfway mark. This variation is a kind of retro earthy theme variation but there are other more synamic styles planned.

Ill update the screenshot as the theme is finalised in the next few days.

Checkout the screenshot after the jump.

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Introducing Powerplay

Im happy to announce (finally!) the release of our November Joomla template called Powerplay. Powerplay is a business minded template that is built on version 1.1 of the Zen Grid Framework. We are in the process of moving all current framework themes to the latest version of the framework and when that happens Ill let you know about it's official release.

For now you can see the Powerplay in action, scour the documentation, get an overview of the features or go directly to download it. Ill be updating via the blog as we update extensions, templates and the framework with the new features and functionality that I think you will all love.

I'd also like to remind members of our policy of honouring template delivery if we release a template late. So if your subscription expired between the first and the 24th of November and you didn't get a chance to download Powerplay, please contact us via the contact form and we will extend the term of the subscription for you.

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We have just finalised the design for the next Joomla template (coming in November) and it's another fast loading business template. Over the past year we have had a lot of feedback about members needing fast loading, business friendly designs and so in the tradition of Avanti, Rasa and Newstream - we give you Powerplay. You can see a full screenshot after the jump.

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Im happy once again to announce the release of the Inside Out Joomla Template which is a little late due to illness a few weeks ago. If you missed the sneak preview a few weeks ago the template has a unique left column layout that uses a fixed menu to keep your menu up front and on the page regardless of where the user scrolls to through your content. It also comes with a crisp K2 template which slots nicely into the magazine feel of the template in general.

For further details you can see the feature overview, scour the documentation, peruse the demo site or check out a full screenshot of the template below.

Due to the late release of this template if your subscription expired at any point between the 1st of October and the 14th of October and you were entitled to download this template you may contact us via the contact form and we will give you access to the downloads. This is a club policy that also translates for any other month where a template was released late, so if you fall into this category for any previously released templates please contact us and we will provide you with the template and quickstart package.

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The aim for us in creating the framework was to provide an intuitive resource for controlling and building joomla templates for seasoned developers as well as first time Joomla users. One of the main things we wanted to avoid was bloat and so any major version increment really needs to be seen in the context of what we want the framework to do, rather than needlessly adding features just because we can.

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The Joomla template we have in production for October is another sterling design created by David Vuu. The design has been locked down and has already gone into production and should make good use of the Zen Grid Joomla template framework. I've really been inspired by a lot of the fixed element navigation options that have been popping up on the web galleries over the last few months and so I really wanted to incorporate some fixed elements into the design that made sense.

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