Two small issues with Event Calendar Pro

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8/1/2011 9:16:00 AM
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Two small issues with Event Calendar Pro

Just testing this on the demo site - thinking of purchasing - and spotted a couple of minor glitches:

  1. from timeline view, click on an event >> popup about the event with hyperlink to details. This link does not work - it just closes the popup. I'm using IE9.
  2. Edit this Event >> "Registration Allowed Date(s)". The time for close of registration sets to 10:00 regardless of what you enter. Because I have a repeating event in my test case, I'm setting it to a time and clicking "Update all recurrences", but the same happens if I just click Save - always reverts to 10:00. I thought this might be a localisation issue at first, but I tried setting the site to London time and it made no diff.

And a question - why is the repeat/recurrence information for an Event read-only once it has been created? Presumably these events are all tied together (because other information can be updated across all occurrences), so it could also be possible to change the repetition itself?  At the moment it looks like you have to delete event + recurrence and start again if you have got any of the recurrence information wrong. (I did because the default "until..." date is 5 years into the future - perhaps a bit much?).

Another glitch: deleting an event + recurrences did not correctly refresh the calendar display first time; on clicking the button it took me back to calender showing all events still there apart from the specific one I went to edit. On going away and coming back to page, the others disappeared. Timing with the delete?

Hope this helps,

Crispin

 

8/1/2011 10:22:59 AM
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Re: Two small issues with Event Calendar Pro

Hi,

1. I'm not able to reproduce that on the demo site with IE 9, I click the link in timeline view popup and it goes to the event details.

2. It doesn't let you register after the event has begun, so the start time of the event is a factor.

Event recurrences creates separate events for each recurrence and they are tied together by a recurrence guid. Creating recurrences is a complex process, correctly figuring out the dates and times of each recurrence based on the original first event and accounting for crossing of time zone changes from daylight savings vs standard time at different times of the year etc, especially since it can go way out into the future it has to create each event and the friendly urls for each event, so it is done on a background task so it is not instantaneous creating nor deleting them but it is fairly quick.

Yes it is a limitation that you cannot update the recurrence without deleting it and recreating it for the reasons and complexities mentioned, it is easier to implement it by just deleting it and recreating it if you need to change it.

Hope that helps,

Joe

8/1/2011 10:52:18 AM
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Re: Two small issues with Event Calendar Pro

Thanks Joe

  1. The link works fine on my desktop, but on my laptop it fails. Both W7 + IE9.
  2. Correct - it was changing the last possible registration time back to the start time of the first event. Sorry I didn't spot that. However, for a recurring event I feel this should be relaxed to allow registration closure after the start of the first occurrence. For example people might want to sign up to evening classes after the first session has already happened, but there are still 9 more sessions. I've actually found a way of hacking this - if you edit one of the later recurrences, you can edit the registration period to end just before that session, and this change is echoed across all sessions (including the first one), by clicking Save (perhaps that's the real bug ;-). So perhaps better to allow this to be done when first creating the event series, at the discretion of the administrator?

Recurrence changes - no problem!

Finally, can I just double-check whether the on-line payment included in Event Calendar Pro works stand-alone  (or does it also require the Web Invoice Pro module)?

Thanks

C

 

8/1/2011 11:27:47 AM
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Re: Two small issues with Event Calendar Pro

1. Must be something about that machine, I would try clearing the browser cache or using the developer tools and see if any script error is happening or if it is unable to load a specific script.

2. One mans feature is another man's bug and one man's bug is another man's feature ;-D. Mainly the recurrence pattern and date range cannot be edited after the fact, most other aspects of the event can be changed individually or on all recurrences after the events are created depending on which button is clicked. If you didn't want the first one to be affected, you could always re-edit it again. If it becomes a big problem I will consider looking into it but it seems like it actually just enabled you to do what you wanted so maybe that is a workaround rather than a bug.

3. It does not require Web Invoice Pro, all the commerce enabled features such as WebStore Event Calendar Pro and Web Invoice Pro are built on top of commerce plumbing in the core of mojoPortal and use the same ecommerce configuration.

Best,

Joe

8/2/2011 4:05:53 PM
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Re: Two small issues with Event Calendar Pro

Thanks Joe

one of my colleagues will be ordering the Event Calendar Pro soon (or perhaps they've done so already today).

yours

Crispin

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