Modules: Article Management System (AMS) 2.42 FINAL Released !

Posted by: NovaSmarton 2008/3/12 1:40:00 12199 reads

AMS Module

NovaSmart Technology proudly announce Article Management System (AMS) 2.42 Final.

This release considered stable and can be used in production environment.

What Is AMS

AMS is a highly modified version of the News 1.2 for Xoops, and adds a huge amount of features to give the webmasters a lot more control over their content while still maintaining an easy to understand and use interface. AMS is highly scalable, and is geared towards performance, and as such is well suited to large article repositories that attract high amounts of users.


Development of AMS started by before hand over to NovaSmart Technology later on.

The motivation behind AMS development is to produce Article management which is specially optimized for speed and ease the admin/article contributor job. Each feature added with performance in mind.

As a result, AMS is the best balance between good features and performance for large articles website compared to other XOOPS article modules. Read the detail study here

AMS actively develop by until 2005 before abandon. The development of AMS only takeover by NovaSmart and actively develop there start from middle 2007.


Koivi WYSIWYG editor integration : Your choice of using the default Xoops editor or Koivi editor selectable via AMS preferences. When using koivi editor also has a separate area for the article description as well as the main area for putting your article, so there is no need for use of the [extend] tag anymore.

NOTE: You MUST install Koivi editor separately before this feature can be used. you can download Koivi from here

Advanced Spotlight management : Choose your AMS spotlight block layout from three different template layouts, and add unlimited spotlight blocks with the option to display article mini stats including total articles, total article reads and total article comments. The all new spotlight block administration area allows you to configure exactly how and where to display your AMS spotlight item. From here you can add new spotlight items, selecting the latest article, the latest article in a topic, a specific article, or use the custom setting to display an image or banner using straight HTML code. You can also set things such as what image to display, wether to use an auto or manual teaser, how many characters the auto teaser should display, what text a manual teaser should contain, whether to display the spotlight item in the spotlight block or not, and item weighting where the lowest weighted item is treated as the main spotlight item.

Complete migration and upgrade script : This script enables you to migrate all content, permissions and comments from all presently released version of the News module. It also enables you to upgrade from AMS 2.2.

View by topic revamped : The view by topic view has undergone a huge overhaul and now presents itself with much more emphasis on navigation via topic and sub-topic.

New breadcrumb navigation system: viewable in the topic and article views for easier browsing.

Topics Manager : Topics manager now has a topic weighting system so you can set the listing order when using the view by topic mode.

Article image selection : You can now select to display the user avatar in addition to the topic or no image when viewing an article.

Article versioning system : allowing you to maintain several versions of the same article of which any one can be edited, deleted or set as the active article at anytime

Banner management with inheritance system : so you can enter banner code to be displayed at a topic, subtopic and article level

Searchable article ID system: for knowledgebase like article reference * Article linking to any item within your own site as well as any external web resource with link hit counter visable only to site webmasters

Link topics to any NewBB 2 forum: which when set displays a 'discuss' button at the bottom of each article under that topic

Blocks listing: most read, most popular and most active authors displayed as an average or as a total. Each block with built in article spotlight feature in one or two column format

Article information header: which gives you author, audience, published date, version number, article ID and read counter at the top of each article

Powerful article management admin console: that displays all articles vital statistics, has powerful filtering, searching and sorting functionality, and gives you access to all the administrative functions you need all in one spot

Audience level system: allows you to specify what groups are able to read the extended article text of each article

All the features of the News 1.2 Module


Prior AMS 2.41 only XOOPS 2.0.x supported.
Start from AMS 2.42 will support both XOOPS 2.0.x XOOPS 2.2.x

Current Version

Latest Stable : AMS 2.42 Final. DOWNLOAD HERE

Previous : AMS 2.42 Final. DOWNLOAD HERE

Development : AMS 2.42 RC1 DOWNLOAD HERE

AMS 2.42 vs AMS 2.41

New Features:
Added - Guide to multiple page entry.
Added - "AUTO" for versioning control

Enhance - provide backend.php. To produce RSS for AMS & News
Enhance - KOIVI and non-KOIVI submit standardize to have hometext and bodytext
Enhance - Multi attachements for 1 article are shown on different lines, not one after another (jobrazo)
Enhance - Mysql 5 support
Enhance - Template changes to fix some inconsistent spotlight display due to some themes
Enhance - AMS now working fine with both XOOPS 2.1.x and 2.2.x branches.

Bugs Fixed:
Fixed bug - attachment download, audience level not respected. (jobrazo)
Fixed bug - Koivi editor not work for XOOPS 2.2.x
Fixed bug - Delete function from moderate block does not work
Fixed bug - The register globals setting in php.ini must be set to on in order for the article preview function to work
Fixed bug - File upload feature does not work, and just returns this error "Error while uploading the file"

Language Changes:
Added - _MULTIPLE_PAGE_GUIDE in admin.php

Known Bugs:
Image Manager not working in KOIVI. Work around is... Press "Image Manager" -> CHECKED "HTML" tickbox -> add image (from popup) -> UNCHECK "HTML" tickbox


No Roadmap publish yet

Current Developer/Maintain By

All future development of AMS will be handle by NovaSmart Technology. However, since the project is volunteered basis, this module only actively develop when PHP programmer in NovaSmart idling.

Visit NovaSmart XOOPS Development website