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jDownloads 3.9 Series - Stable Release Published!

jdownloads logo bigWe are very proud to present the stable jDownloads 3.9 for Joomla 3.9.

Our aim for this new version was to support the recently added functions of the current Joomla Version 3.9.1 as far as possible and to integrate them into jDownloads.  But it was also necessary to remove or change some old parts.  This means that version 3.9.1 is not backwards compatible with version 3.2.x.  There is more detailed information in the documentation for jDownloads 3.9.

If  you are upgrading from an existing 3.2 installation to the new version 3.9 please see the upgrading guide.  It is an easy, multistep upgrade, not complicated a migration! 

If you are installing jDownloads for the first time then see the article first time installation.

New major features in version 3.9.x

  • The same look and feel for the downloads and categories as the articles and categories in Joomla!
  • Uses the Joomla! style Options in place of the Configuration
  • The same search, filtering and sort methods as the core extensions in Joomla!
  • Newly designed backend control panel with more information together with quick and easy data access
  • Reworked and faster monitoring tool with many new options in the jDownloads control panel
  • Support for Joomla field groups and fields in jDownloads (replaces the previous jDownloads custom fields)
  • New multilingual association function directly in jDownloads
  • Enhanced support for single user access to Downloads
  • Support for Joomla! User Actions Log function
  • Optional inquiry form for users to complete before downloading
  • Installation checks for overrides, correct Database level and other key issues
  • Support for the Joomla Smart Search extension
  • and much more

Improvements to the old 3.2 version

  • Revised Configuration, now uses the Joomla Options style
  • Support of Joomla Custom Fields
  • Improved User Groups Settings layout
  • More front end user group settings
  • Much enhanced Control Panel
  • Support multi language Associations
  • Support for RTL languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, etc 
  • Enhanced Single User Access
  • Wide support for language placeholders such as {fr-FR} ... {/fr-FR}  in layouts
  • More features in 'Check Downloads' area
  • Better Limits setting page in User Groups Settings
  • Ability to add an Inquiry Form when user downloading
  • Additional Layouts for jDownloads 3.9
  • Planned support for 'modern' style links

On the horizon is also the new Joomla major release 4.0 which again has more Joomla! enhancements.   We hope that we have the time to publish a fully compatible jDownloads 4.0 by the end of the year.  The Joomla! 3.9 series is a 'bridge' to the Joomla! 4 series.