The next Joomla Template on the list to be ported to Joomla 1.6 from our catalogue is the Ecolift template from August last year. Ecolift is a grungy textured template that has been used a lot for businesses that specialise in ecofriendly, clean, natural and green living type of industries.

For a refresher on what Ecolift looks like be sure to check out the demo site or visit the features page to see what it has to offer. Members can download the ecolift template now.

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Yesterday the good folk over at Dioscouri announced the availability of Tienda v0.7.3. If you are on the Tienda bug tracking mailing list you would have thought something was up given the hundreds, nay, thousands of emails that have come through in the last week or so.

The new release has added some nifty new features, fixed a raft of bugs and also incorporated a google +1 button for Tienda products. Thankfully this was a relatively easy update for us so the Shop Ignition, Shopfront and Zen Simple Shop Joomla templates have all been updated with the necessary code for you to take advantage of the new functionality.

For a full run down of the new Tienda features checkout the changelog and while you are there grab yourself a copy of the latest installment. Joomlabamboo club members can download the latest template versions for our three Tienda templates right now.

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One of our more popular Joomla templates from last year was the business template called Powerplay. The Joomla 1.6 version of Powerplay has just been released so if you need a business template for Joomla 1.6 be sure to check this one out. You can see the features available over here or go straight to the demo if you need a little refresher. Club members can download the 1.6 version of Powerplay here.

JB BB Code for Joomla 1.6 released

Also available now is our little hack of the versatile YVBB Code plugin that help you to drop bbcodes pretty much anywhere on your site. We use it to create two line menus and this little hack simply strips that from the breadcrumbs so you don't get funky broken lines in your site's pathway. You can download it for free from here or from any of the Joomla 1.6 template download pages that use the plugin.

Template Versions

This is also just a little reminder that you can keep track of the current release version and Joomla version information for all of our Joomla templates on our knowledgebase site.

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After a short delay the Joomla 1.6 template and quickstart for the News Cycle template are now available. If you missed the announcement last week News Cycle is our latest Joomla and K2 template available for all club members. You can get an overview of the template features or see a live preview of the template.

Also if all goes to plan we should be releasing a few more Joomla 1.6 ports of templates from our back catalogue - so stay tuned to the blog or follow the JB Activity feed to keep up to date with our template releases.

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Our July Joomla Template release, News Cycle is a revisioning of our popular Newstream Joomla template from 2010. Newscycle builds on the clean magazine layout from Newstream and adds some funky ribbons, smooth gradients and bold colour schemes. It comes with a k2 Joomla template, large and elegant slideshow styling and is the ideal accompaniment for your Joomla news portal or magazine site.

You can see a live preview of the template on our showcase, checkout the features and gallery, read the documentation or go straight to the downloads if you are already a member.

Please note that the Joomla 1.6 version of the template and the JB BBCode plugin and CaptifyContent module will be released on Thursday Australian Time.

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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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