[ANN] Announcing Protaculous 2

http://actionsforge.com/actions/view/281-protaculous-2

Protaculous 2 is a complete re-imagining of the Action. It doesn’t include Carousel or Observer – those will be released separately at a later date. It also is a single-file Action rather than a bundle, so hopefully the bad old days of having to remove every Action from every page in order to upgrade will be behind us.

Major new features:

  • Separate Scriptaculous libraries, so you can just load Effects if that’s what you want (usually, that is all you need).
  • Custom scripts (up to 10 of them) per page, so you don’t need to use the External JavaScript Action or similar.
  • jQuery noConflict() added automatically. Since you could potentially use this Action to add jQuery to your page along with Prototype, you might as well end up with a working page. I still argue against this practice, but there are always going to be people who want this…
  • External scripts to get your JavaScript out of your page head for a cleaner finished product. Check the “Make external file” option next to each of the unobtrusive observer functions.

Sneaky feature:

If you use this Action on the same page as a Softpress FX Action or another Scripty Action, the links to prototype.js and scriptaculous.js that those other Actions wrote will be subtly rewritten to always use the latest version of those libraries. This can make a difference, particularly with IE 9 and 10.

Please try it out, and try substituting it for Protaculous in your existing projects. If you’re using Carousel, then apply Protaculous 2 to the page and the Carousel Actions (from the original Protaculous Action bundle) to the various pieces of that puzzle. You’ll know it’s working when you see your links to prototype go to http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/prototype/1.7/prototype.js instead of http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/prototype/1.7.0.0/prototype.js (I told you it was a subtle difference there!)

Walter


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Minor update. I messed up the version numbering on ActionsForge (not in the file itself), so if you downloaded version 2.0 earlier today, version 1.0.1 just uploaded to the Forge supersedes that one… Simplified interface a little, removed the individual checkboxes to use external scripts and made a single one. This clears the way for a more major update later to sweep all scripts off the page, not just the ones made by this Action.

Walter

On Jan 2, 2013, at 12:03 AM, Walter Lee Davis wrote:

Protaculous 2 - ActionsForge

Protaculous 2 is a complete re-imagining of the Action


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