Better credit card form free Magento eCommerce extension is released


Entering payment information is a critical part of purchase process and even slight improvement there can help significantly lift online retailer’s revenue.

Some time ago we’ve discovered a great jQuery library developed by Jesse Pollak that makes the process to fill credit card details much more intuitive and user-friendly. It basically guide a user through the process and provides true WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience. The image below (credits – J.Pollak) illustrates how it works better than words

Better credit card form for Magento eCommerce

 

The library is completely open-source (released under MIT) licence and we decided that it would be great to have a Magento eCommerce extension based on this library, so even not very technical savvy merchants can install it and benefit from much better credit card forms.

We were a bit busy with our other Magento extension, so it takes some time, but finally, Better Credit Card Form extension for Magento eCommerce is ready! We decided to release it under MIT licence, anybody can download it, use for commercial and non-commercial projects, improve and modify.

You are welcome to download the extension from our online store or Github and share your feedback with us.

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New version of Altima Lookbook Pro released with number of great improvements


New version of Altima Lookbook Professional announcement

We are happy to announce the release of new version of Altima Lookbook Professional. This new version has number 1.6 and contains number of significant changes, both in underlying technologies and in functionality.

1. Move to new jQuery slider library.

In previous versions of Altima Lookbook we had been using Camera library for slideshow functionality. Camera was a great solution couple years ago and still works fine, but the project looks a bit abandoned, there are no new releases for a long time. New version of Magento (CE 1.9+ and EE 1.14+) includes responsive theme that contains Cycle2 library, which is now recommended to be used for carousels/sliders/slideshows, so we decided to migrate our extension to this new library. In addition to working with more up-to-date technology your store in many cases will have less libraries included that is good for both performance (faster load time) and technical complexity of the solution.

We’ve worked hard to replicate the functionality missed in Cycle2 library, namely all that nice transitions that existed in Camera, so new version of Altima Lookbook didn’t lose any nice feature.

2. Automatic jQuery inclusion recognition

Around 75% of issues our customers reports to us when they install our extension are related with double jQuery inclusion. If it happens Altima Lookbook and often other extensions using jQuery don’t work as they should. To tackle this we’ve added and automatic recognition, is there jQuery already included on the page where lookbook slider should appear and if it is we don’t include jQuery. So there will be less conflicts and easier installation.

3. Improved work with vertical sliders

In the previous versions if your slider contains both portrait (vertical) and landscape images the slider may look a bit odd: portrait/vertically oriented slider occupies less horizontal space, so rendering of such sliders were not ideal. In new version we transform all slides in the slider to have the same dimensions, so such portrait slides look much better.

4. Call specific slide in slider

We had several requests from the client about making a link to lookbook slider such a way that it starts not from the first slide, but from slide #3 for example. Now it is possible, you can add a parameter in URL and people who click URL will see your lookbook starting from the specific slide.

Aside of these major changes we’ve fixed number of small bugs and made other little improvements, so we hope that you’ll enjoy using a new version of Altima Lookbook Professional.

To purchase Altima Lookbook Pro visit our store

You can also visit product page on Magento Connect to check what our customers think about the extension

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New Free Magento extension – Payboard Conversion Optimisation


If you own online store you know that increasing your store conversion is an important source of additional revenue and profit. Event slight conversion increase can significantly improve both top and bottom lines of your online business.

Today we introduce a new extension that can help Magento eCommerce store owners in this never-ending quest: Payboard Conversion Optimisation extension for Magento.

Payboard - conversion pathes

Payboard is an innovative solution that helps your website visitors navigating through websites using “boosters”. Boosters are small overlay windows that appears on top of your website content and recommend the next step. The system is self-learning, so the next step is the one that based on past users behaviour provides the best conversion.

Payboard boosters

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Payboard works on subscription model, they have both free and paid plans.

Altima has developed official Payboard extension for Magento eCommerce, so installing Payboard to your Magento store is easy and doesn’t require to tweak the code.

The extension is free and available in Altima online store, so you are welcome to install it, get Payboard account and drive your Magento store conversion.

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Lookbook Pro version 1.5.2 is released


Altima Lookbook Professional version 1.5.2 is released today.

Altima Lookbook Pro screnshot

Altima Lookbook Pro screnshot, click to the image to enlarge

What is new in the latest version:

  • support of real-time hotspots placement for better responsiveness. Now hotspots are placed on right positions on fly, without page reload, which is especially useful for mobile users who switch from portrait to landscape mode or vice-verse;
  • support of single slide mode. Some customer uses lookbook with just one slide. For example it can be used to display a scheme with many small products linked. We have improved usability for this case, right now if you have just one slide the navigation and transition effects will be automatically disabled, you may check single slide in action here (link to our demo-site);
  • support of default link. Right now you can define a default link for each slide. It is linked with the whole slide and works when user clicks to the slide area not related with any hotspots or in the case when the slider is degraded to simple gallery on very small screens. Effectively it also allows to use our extension for simple slider, when you need just one link per slide, so you don’t need to install multiple extensions;
  • small fixes and minor improvements;

You can check new version in action on demo website.

To purchase Altima Lookbook Professional – visit our online store.

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Altima Lookbook Free is now responsive and supports Magento CE 1.9


Altima Lookbook Free Magento extension mobile screenshot

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Less than 2 months after upgrade of Altima Lookbook Professional we are happy to announce that a new version of Altima Lookbook Free is issued. New version changes:

  • Support of responsiveness, lookbook slider now adopts to the screen size. The same notes we had for Pro version responsiveness are relevant for free one too
  • Compatibility with Magento Community Edition version 1.9
  • Minor bug fixes

To download and install Altima Lookbook Free – go to our online store or to Magento Connect.

If you like our extension – spent couple minutes and give a review. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed too, you can connect with us via Twitter, Facebook or just drop email via contact form

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Altima Lookbook Pro is responsive now!


We’ve just issued new version of Altima Lookbook Professional, an extension for Magento eCommerce that allows online retailers to create interactive sliders for their store.

Altima Lookbook Pro slider mobile screenshot

The demo is available at http://lookbook.altimawebsystems.com

New version, numbered 1.5.0 is released August 11 and has the next important updates:

  • Lookbooks are responsive now. We have been asked about that numerous time by our clients and finally that feature has arrived – size of Altima Lookbook Pro sliders now can adopt to screen size and therefore can be used easily with responsive themes like new one that supported by default in Magento CE version 1.9
  • Naturally the extenison is compatible with Magento CE version 1.9 now;
  • Support of jQuery 1.10
  • Minor bugfixes;

Few notes about responsiveness.

First, placement of hotspots is defined on the load of page, so if you just resize browser window you’ll notice that hotspots are getting wrong. It isn’t ideal but shouldn’t affect most of the users who just load the website and don’t play with its window size. After page reload the placement is corrected.

Second, if the area for lookbook becoming equal or smaller that certain size (400 pixels wide now) it degrades to the simple slideshow, without hotspots. The reason of that is that our tests indicated that it isn’t a good user experience to operate hotspots on small screens. It is possible however to change that limit in configuration file if you really want it.

To purchase Altima Lookbook Pro – visit our online store.

We will continue work under new version of Altima Lookbook, stay tuned, there are lot’s of idea we have to implement, but if you have your thoughts about how we can make the extension better – drop us a line to support@altima.net.au!

Altima Lookbook Pro slider mobile screenshot

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Altima Lookbook new version released: better work with mobile, multi-domain version


We have released version 1.0.3 of Altima Lookbook extension for Magento e-commerce platform. Both free and paid editions are updated.

Now lookbook works better with mobile touchscreen devices – there were few issues with hotspots behaviour that we fixed.

In Pro version we have added an option to buy multi-domain license for the cases when you are running multiple store-fronts with different domains from a single Magento installation.

You are welcome to buy extensions in Altima Shop or check them on Magento Connect – Altima Lookbook Free and Altima Lookbook Pro

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Lookbook Free with new slider released


Less than one month after we implemented new slider in Altima Lookbook Professional, our team released free version of this popular Magento eCommerce extension with new great slider – Camera by Pixedelic.

So now Lookbook Free has same great features that were available in Professional version only:

  •  28 transition effects;
  • ability to display slide’s thumbnails;
  • number of other fine-tuning options
You can see Lookbook Free in action on demo site and download it for free from Altima online store
Altima Lookbook Free version front-end

Altima Lookbook Free version front-end

 

 

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Altima LookBook Professional version 1.0.1 released


Lookbook Professional Magento Extension

Altima Lookbook Pro

Almost an year after the 1st version of Altima Lookbook was published, we have completed major update of our extension: jQuery slider library used in Altima Lookbook is now replaced to new one that provides much better functionality: more transition effects, better performance on mobile devices, ability to use thumbnails of images instead of dots in pagination and tons of other small but nice features.

Altima team did a lot of research with different sliders and one we selected and use now is Camera by Pixedelic. This guys did really great job and so far it is the best solution we found.

You can check our demo site to see new version of Lookbook Pro  in action. It is available for sale in Altima online store.

Free version of our Magengo eCommerce extension with new slider is coming soon.

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Altima LookBook Free 0.1.4 released


Just few days after update of Altima LookBook Professional, we issued new version of our free Magento eCommerce extension.

What is new in version 0.1.4:

  • Out of stock message added if product is out of stock
  • It shows ‘normal’ and sales prices in hotspots
  •  jQuery and jQuery-UI updated
  • Plus of cause minor bug fixes

So you are welcome to install Altima LookBook Free from MagentoConnet and give it a try!

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