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Old 08-08-2008, 10:13 AM
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Default A few presales questions

Hello all,

Before diving in I have a few questions relating to GARS

My site currently has the following installed:
  • vBulletin Forums (3.7.2)
  • vBulletin Blog (1.0.5)
  • vBAdvanced CMPS (3.0.1)
  • Radio & TV Modification (2.0)
  • Post thankyou hack (7.5)
  • Members who have visited (3.7.003)
  • Inactive User Reminder Emails (1.1.1)
  • ibProArcade (2.6.7) with 300+ games
  • ibProArcade CMPS (1.0)
  • vBGaming Casino (0.92)
  • All Albums (2.3)
  • Auto Database Backup (2.12)
  • vB Google Adsense for Search plus Integration (1.4)
  • Google Adsense (within 3.7.2 ad location templates)
  • Google Analytics Urchin
  • 3 different site styles (mainly css and image changes)
  • Using postbit legacy
  • VBSEO 3.2.0
  • vBClassified 1.2.9a

So the questions are
  1. Are there any known incompatibilities with the software/configuration listed above?
  2. Obviously the vast majority of the software installed exists to benefit the community, therefore if an unresolvable incompatibility is found I would not want to remove the feature. So if something is found, let's say within 30 days of GARS install, would a refund be considered?
  3. I realise that these will not be officially supported, however are there any vBAdvanced CMPS modules to show summaries of GARS (i.e. featured review, recently added, 5 random items etc)
  4. Is the branding only visible on GARS pages or all pages?
  5. The example GARS system shows member ratings for "Graphics, Sound etc" are these configurable per category. For example a category of Games that asks for these, and a category of Cars with "Value for money, drivability, etc)
  6. I have also noticed that GARS support custom fields. Can these be configured per category, so Games would have "Development Company" and Cars would have "Engine Size".
  7. Are custom fields searchable, i.e. all reviews where car is "BMW".
  8. Also on the subject of custom fields, taking this as an example, is this how custom fields are typically displayed?
  9. On this page I noticed a "Filter" option on the left, is this a default GARS feature?
  10. When submitting a new article/review the user is prompted for a header image. Where are these pulled from? If it is a general gallery I imagine that over time this list will become very large.
  11. From the blurb and test system here it seems GARS sit ontop of VB and to some extent is a normal thread with some bells and whistles. Does this mean I can still use forum level access controls (i.e. allow/disallow posting per usergroup)
  12. In the GARS addon area, I noticed you have an "Install - You must first click install...." option. Is this functionality part of the default GARS installation or is it also an addon?
  13. I know this is difficult (if not impossible to answer) however, as Jelsoft release new versions of vBulletin how quick is the GARS development turn around for changes that need to be made?

So there we have it, I look forward to hearing from you.
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:19 PM
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1: Here is a list of what I recall ATM. Cannot say on the others:2: Very unlikely, as when you purchase a license, you get the code.

3: Only something old here. Nothing current or supported.

4: Yes, see the bottom of this page versus this page.

5: Yes, they can be different for different forums.

6: Yes, they can be different for different forums.

7: No, searching is the same as default vB.

8: They display as the custom field tests box here.

9: Yes, a select box custom field can be used as a filter.

10: Users upload them, you can add them via the ACP or turn off the option.

11: Yes, forum permissions still work in GARS.

12: It is the add-on here.

13: It depends on what, if anything, needs to be changed.
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