View Full Version : my thoughts

05-08-2008, 07:47 AM
Well I just spent the money to get updates. Kinda disappointed with the product still to be honest. Now I remember why I had disabled it last time.

1. There is no option to auto insert banners into particular spots.

2. Way to complex to set up, could be made much easier. Some parts are good, but some parts are lacking. Thank crist for the readme, but still, was too much work for the little outcome you get from it.

3. Would be nice to have an option to insert banners inbetween posts, or after the lost post, etc. With it formated nicely.

4. so much more can be done to this product, and I feel the price of updates (which is almost the same price as the product) is just too expensive if we are not going to be getting many updates with new features.

Overall product is just good, not great, and I feel with your massive workload, your not going to be able to dedicate a lot of time to making it better. Would love to be shown different tho.

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

05-08-2008, 07:49 AM
Point 3) With vB 3.7 you habe several Templates for that.

Yes, it is complex. But that's good. I use nearly every Part of this AddOn to build perfekt targeting. Only Regional targeting is missing. ;)

05-08-2008, 02:06 PM
1: IIRC GAB initially came out before template hooks were available, and the current version of GAB, though after the introduction of template hooks, was mainly coded to remove bugs from the old version. That said, using template hooks might be a good feature for a later version, but doing search/replace is not totally reliable, as people can change templates, possibly voiding search/replace unless the ad is prepended/appended to a template.

2: On one hand I can see this point, as I did have to learn GAB before I could code to fix it, but on the other hand, GAB does allow people to place banners, or groups of banners, from all categories or certain categories, on all forums/scripts or selected forums/scripts, for viewing by all usergroups or certain usergroups, while allowing certain usergroups to turn off ads, not to mention weighting and stat tracking, so GAB may or may not be the right choice for everyone.

3: There is the ad after every X posts (http://www.thevbgeek.com/showthread.php?t=3914) tutorial, ad after first post (http://www.thevbgeek.com/showthread.php?t=2952) tutorial, and for last post on a page, $GAB_ads[X] could go after $postbits line in the vB SHOWTHREAD template, or 'LASTPOSTID' instead of 'FIRSTPOSTID' could be used in the ad after first post (http://www.thevbgeek.com/showthread.php?t=2952) tutorial.

4: The GAB 2.x.x series was released at the beginning of February 2008, about one month after GARS v.2.1.8m, and GAB v.2.0.2 was last updated a little over a week ago for CSRF protection. GAZ and GMart are the next products on the list, and in about the last four months, three of the five geek scripts have been updated and released more than once. I hope to get all five geek scripts back online soon and then afterwards new features will be considered.