14th December 2011
As you can see KVR has had a few changes applied today. This is a work in progress, a "beta" if you like, and there will be further changes, enhancements (and fixes) to the new features and design over the coming weeks. Please test out anything that looks new. If you encounter any problems please open a topic in the Site Stuff forum or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a constructive bug report and we'll take a look.
Please note that KVR is designed for, and will work best with, up to date browsers (Chrome.latest, Firefox 4+, IE9+, Opera 11+, Safari 5.1+, etc.).
So what's new? Well the overall design has been tweaked a little... The product search is more flexible and advanced; there are developer pages (and search); you can favourite products, add them to groups (and create your own groups that people can view and comment on), make notes and be notified when new versions of your products are available; the news pages can be filtered by date, tags, my groups, etc. and saved; there is a basic commenting system for news items, products, developers and groups (further enhancements coming to this shortly).
Oh, and Developers can take charge of their product listings* on KVR by applying here. Devs can then manage their products (including ensuring they are all described, categorized and versioned correctly), submit news items and blog items and manage their dev landing page at KVR (www.kvraudio.com/developer/dev-name) with company description and links to their social networks, etc.
With developers getting involved, the KVR product database will be even more complete and up to date than ever. Combined with the KVR Groups feature that compares the latest version specified in the database with what you are currently using (manual sync required for now), you can be notified when a new version of any or all of your products becomes available.
The Forum (phpBB)
The forum software upgrade is still planned of course. We are still stuck on the ageing phpBB2.x but there are some back-end enhancements that need to be in place before the upgrade to phpBB 3.x happens. For now the forum has been tweaked slightly with a slightly higher-contrast color scheme (probably controversial - changes usually are!).
* Developers: Please note there may be a day or three delay in assigning permissions to your accounts.