After the re-release of the Vision Joomla template last week I thought I would take another stroll down memory lane and update the MaxBiz template. We originally released MaxBiz in the middle of 2008 and while it was a pretty straight forward theme with relatively limited functionality and colour schemes it proved to be quite a popular choice for folks looking for a versatile Joomla Business template.

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Elegant and understated


MaxBiz2 retains the simple elegance of the original design but adds a lot more control over the layout and visual styling. While I'd still class this design as somewhat of a starter theme (like our Zen Building Block series) there is a lot more that can be done with this theme straight out of the box. It's midway between a skeleton and one of our full releases so I think it will suit those of you looking for a Joomla template with a bit of class but is not visually overwhelming.

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As I mentioned yesterday when I released the update to Responsive I am often surprised by how popular our simpler themes are. Vision was first released in 2008 and it was one of my early themes that caused a bit of a stir - I know it's hard to imagine that happening now but hey, that was 2008.

So the reVision of 2013 retains the simplistic design but has a lot more power under the hood.

It comes with the standard T3 features such as:

    • Powerful theming via Theme Magic which provides real time non destructive design changes.
    • Built on LESS, Bootstrap, HTML5 and CSS3.
    • Compatible with our zen extensions - Zentools, Zenkit and Zenmart.
    • An awesome mega menu - check the demo
    • Easy resizing of layout via the draggable layout interface.
    • Access to the entire Google webfont repository and much more.

So if you feel like taking a walk down memory lane or are just looking for an easy to customise theme for you next Joomla project check out these links.

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The first Joomla template for us (and most of the Joomla world) to kick off the whole responsive thing is now available as a Joomla 3 template. We released Responsive back in October 2011 and despite it's simplicity it has proved to be one of our most popular Joomla templates to date.

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The next major update to Zentools is now available and although it's not the major v2 milestone I was hoping for it's a worthwhile update for anyone using Zentools.

There are a number of important bug fixes in this release and importantly some fixes for the lightbox which seemed to have some trouble in some browsers (not mentioning any names) when it came to keeping track of responsive images and dynamic lightbox resizing.

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I can't tell you how excited I am about this release and not just because it's a killer design - Motion is the first theme in the history of the club that we have released ahead of schedule. Seems like we worked overtime this month with the release of Arcadia, Blankoshop and the update of Koan to Joomla 3 Template compatibility but it doesn't mean we cut any corners with this release.

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Motion is an elegant implementation of that now ubiquitous parallax scrolling effect that has been in vogue this year, last year and perhaps even the year before. Our members over the last year or so have often requested a bamboo styled parallax theme and while I've been reluctant to jump on that wagon I'm really happy that I did. Motion, in my opinion, is an example of how parallax can be implemented in a simple and subtle way.

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Motion gives you the ability to specify the background images easily via the template admin as well as control the relative scroll speed of each panel. Be careful though because adjusting the parallax effect can prove to be addictive.

Other features at a glance:

  • Support for our Virtuemart reset via the Zen Mart css file.
  • Compatibile with K2 (via our responsive stand alone templates for K2 - zenkit)
  • Compatible with our legendary multi-purpose content and image module called zentools
  • Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.1 support
  • A new simple Dribbble module to display your work on Dribbble - Dont have a Dribbble account stay tuned for a new competition :)
  • Support for the Joomshaper SP Quick Contact form

Plus all of the usual powerful T3 features:

  • Responsive design
  • Mega Menu
  • Theme Magic theme tool
  • Two types of responsive menus - toggle and off canvas menus
  • Flexible and granular layouts
  • Google Fonts
  • Back to top button
  • Lazy Load
  • Sticky nav

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I've just released JB Type v1.8 which adds the new font icons found in Font Awesome v3.

Font Awesome 3 adds some nice new features and icons:

    • Optimised (even more) for use with Bootstrap
    • 28% Smaller payload
    • Plus 40 new icons

Checkout the new styles available on the main Font Awesome page and the JB Type syntax used to render them below.


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The T3 version of Koan offers some incredible improvements which include:

  • Integrated Mega Menu
  • Granular control over module widths across 5 device widths.
  • Off Canvas Responsive menu
  • Powerful theme options via Theme Magic
  • Zenkit v2 compatible

If you are unfamiliar with Koan check out the demo of the original version or just head straight to the download area and grab a copy.

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Hot on the heels of the release of the Arcadia template a few days ago, I have just released a new starter theme for Virtuemart.

Blankoshop is based on the Blanko template we released last September, and it's our first foray into the world of Virtuemart templates for quite some time.

It's a clean and minimal Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 responsive template that we created for you to use as a fresh starting point for your next ecommerce masterpiece ... Or for those of you that like to keep things a little more zen, Blankoshop is a pretty, minimal Joomla template with a ton of white space and powerful features under the hood.

Blankoshop is built on the T3 framework which provides some awesome features like a draggable interface, powerful theme options via Theme Magic and a versatile Mega menu.

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Zen Mart - A clean start for Virtuemart


In addition to this I've also released a css reset file for Virtuemart that can be used in any of our existing themes. Zen mart softens a lot of the rough edges of Virtuemart and makes Joomla's favourite ecommerce solution look beautiful across all of our Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3 templates - well almost.

Members can download the Zen Mart reset file now, but please ensure you read the installation instructions on the download page.

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A few weeks ago I published the new demo site for Zenkit - our stand alone responsive K2 templates for Joomla - and also announced Zenkit v2 which comes with a tonne of new features.

I'm gradually going through the existing template base and adding their relevant Zenkit demos and so the next cab off the rank is the Arcadia Zenkit demo site.

If you missed the announcement yesterday, Arcadia is a beautiful new design created by Glenn Thomas aka The Fox and the King. It's a beautiful T3 driven theme with a stack of goodies under the hood - check out the feature page for more details.

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Interview with the Fox and the King


One of the great things about moving into my new studio space at the end of last year, was that I got to meet a whole new group of artists, designers, photographers and other creative types.

One of those designers is Glenn Thomas. Glenn put together the header and element design for our Joomla template release Arcadia and as you can see he is a seriously talented illustrator.

I wanted to get an idea of his workflow and design process so I asked him the following questions ...

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How long have you been a designer? Where did you study? What sort of work do you do?

Morning'. I've been a full-time freelancer for about 5 years now, originally in straight photo-manipulation artworks before venturing into Illustration & Animation about 2yrs ago. I did a very broad 2 year Diploma of Multimedia at RMIT TAFE, but essentially ended up self-teaching all of the skills I use today. Que obligatory reference to my online teaching class.

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I'm very happy to announce the availability of our April Joomla template release - Arcadia.

Arcadia is a fun and creative responsive Joomla template that features an awesome header design from Glenn Thomas aka The Fox and the King. Glenn has a unique visual style and after meeting him a few months ago in the new studio space I couldn't wait to put his style into a Joomla template for you. I'll be publishing an interview with Glenn in the next few days so stay tuned if you want to find out more about this amazing Melbourne artist.

Arcadia is built on the T3 framework and features a tonne of theming options and some very flexible functionality. It's built to be compatible with our new Zenkit v2 release (Demo coming soon) so all of you K2 fans out there will be able to drop Arcadia into an existing or new K2 site without any trouble at all.

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We have been a little quiet on the blog since the release of our last Joomla template, Zenhost, but that's mainly because we have had our collective heads down working on hard on some exciting new things.

First cab off the rank is V2 of our Zenkit templates - standalone, responsive templates for K2.

Zenkit is all grown up now and I'm happy to say it is even more flexible, with some nice new styling, layouts and functionality.

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