Joomla 2.5 and 3.x versions
Version Date Changes
10.07 11 January 2015 Fixed a bug (introduced in version 10.06) that could sometimes cause automatic notification emails not to be sent.
Included an updated Dutch langage file kindly donated by a customer.
Removed the Norwegian language file as it was very outdated.
10.06 18 December 2014 The client name is now entered in three separate parts, salutation, forenames, and surname. There are new text variables that enable the parts to be used separately in texts and emails.
The client address is now entered in separate fields, including an optional country select list. A new booking option enables enhanced address validation, which was necessary to support the SagePay payment gateway.
All "label" elements on input forms now have "for" attributes, which provides a better experience on touchscreens.
10.05 23 August 2014 The booking list, financial report and schedule report can now be filtered to start at any selected month and year, and show a specific number of months. Very useful for owners with large numbers of bookings.
The plugin has a new optional parameter "link_title" for the Unit view only.
A small change was required to work with the Barclaycard ePDQ payment gateway introduced in version 1.03 of Payage.
Fixed an HTML error (an unclosed div) that occurred if extras were configured to be displayed but no extras existed.
10.04 07 August 2014 BUG FIX: Read More links on the plugin calls were not being actioned. This has been fixed.
10.03 20 July 2014 MooTools date pickers are now responsive.
2 new template variables for Arrival and Departure days.
Some minor enhancements
10.02 4 May 2014 BUG FIX: The plugin generated a fatal error when displaying the classic availability table. This has been fixed.
10.01 17 April 2014 Pending payments now do not tick the "paid" box in bookings.
10.00 14 April 2014 Rentalot Plus now uses Payage to manage its payments and payment gateways. Payage is our free Joomla component dedicated to the management of payments and payment gateways. If you are upgrading from a previous release of Rentalot Plus please see the Upgrade Guide for more details.
Rentalot Plus now supports discount vouchers.
9.01 9 March 2014 Improved handling of the possibility of a double booking for the same dates.
9.00 23 February 2014 You must upgrade the article plugin and the notifier plugin when upgrading to this release of the component.
Joomla 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7 are no longer supported.
New graphical booking overview chart in the back end.
Price notes are now generated for all bookings, not just multi-period bookings.
All image and other paths are now relative instead of absolute.
Numerous cosmetic improvements to the front end.
There can now be more than one condensed daily view on the same page.
Several fixes for HTML5 validation.
Added support for the HTML5 date picker.
German language file updated.
Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.x versions
Version Date Changes
8.04 03 February 2014 Improved responsiveness of book and enquire links on the block and classic views on touchscreens, particularly the iPad and iPhone.
Underscores in currency symbols are now interpreted as a space.
The MooTools date-picker themes have been greatly improved
Fixed: A change in Joomla 3.2.1 meant that an upgrade install could delete the list of unit attributes for a unit.
8.03 12 January 2014 Fixed: The wrong dates were shown if the booking form was re-displayed with validation errors. Also some minor responsive CSS improvements
8.02 30 November 2013 Fixed a bug introduced in version 8.00 that caused the search plugin function to not work properly
New report in back end: Booking Overview Report
8.01 22 September 2013 Minor improvements for touchscreens, mobile phones, and tablets.
Minor improvements to the French translation.
Fixed a minor bug in the display of the daily availability key styles.
8.00 25 August 2013 Please see the Upgrade Guide for full details of this release.
All front end views are now responsive. This required major changes to the front end CSS, which will impact sites where the Rentalot Plus CSS has been customised.
The daily clickable tooltips now work on touch screens.
Booking Start and End dates have been changed to Arrival and Departure dates.
The Payments Due Report now has a Unit filter, and the total amount is now a grand total of all records which fit the criteria, not just those displayed on the current page.
The Payments list view now shows the payer's email address, and is now searchable by name or email address.
Fixed a problem with FaLang in Joomla 3.x.
There are two new template variables for base price and extras price.
There is now a separate email template for payment via Bank Transfer.
7.06 06 August 2013 Fixed a bug, introduced in version 7.05.04, that could result in data from the wrong booking being merged when using the Send Email button on the back end booking screen.
Added a new email merge variable, %T_BASE_PRICE%
Cosmetic improvements to the back end booking screen when running on Joomla 3.x.
Fixed a minor bug in the Norwegian language file.
7.05.04 02 July 2013 Enable JoomFish/FaLang to translate Unit Name
7.05.02 01 May 2013 Verified on Joomla version 3.1.
7.05 25 April 2013 ReadMore links were not generated properly in the Unit Search View on some sites.
7.04 10 April 2013 Fixed a bug introduced in version 7.00, which could result in bookings not showing correctly in the back end if an online booking was made by clicking on a book button in the Unit Search view. Users with versions 7.00 - 7.03 who use the Unit Search view with Book buttons enabled should upgrade.
Updated the Dutch translation.
7.03 20 March 2013 Two bug fixes: The search plugin view did not work correctly in Internet Explorer.
The clickable daily tooltips did not work correctly when the input date format was dd-mm-yy or mm-dd-yy
7.02 11 March 2013 Fixed a bug in the daily view clickable tooltips where language strings contain apostrophes (e.g. French)
Updated the Danish translation.
7.01 4 March 2013 Three bug fixes:
1. If a booking was created in the back end, and the additional payment link sent to the client, the payment was correctly recorded, but the payment was not flagged as paid on the booking record.
2. The price and booking export files could sometimes be corrupted in Joomla 3.
3. Price files containing accented characters were not correctly imported.
7.00 26 February 2013 Two new modes of the daily availability calendar, "Auto" and "Slider"
The daily availability calendar is now clickable
Early Booking Discounts
Book buttons now go directly to the booking form if valid dates have already been selected
New options to enforce that bookings start on a start date and/or end on an end date
Please upgrade the article plugin when upgrading to this release of the component.
6.02 22 January 2013 Support for the new search view of the plugin.
The style of the front-end tooltips has been greatly improved, with a lot more information on the daily availability tooltips.
New configuration parameter for number of days to add when calculating week numbers.
Please read the Upgrade Guide when upgrading to (or beyond) this release.
Please upgrade the article plugin when upgrading to this release of the component.
6.01 6 December 2012 Fixed a pagination problem in the unit search view, broken since version 5.00.
6.00 2 December 2012 Now compatible with Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0
Fixed the PayPal test button, which got broken by a change to the expected error code returned by PayPal.
Data import from free Rentalot is no longer automatic, please see the upgrade guide for more information.
Please upgrade the article plugin when upgrading to this release of the component.
Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5 versions
Version Date Changes
5.03 9 August 2012 Fix for a change in the PayPal Sandbox that prevented payment verification for a test account.
Fix for a problem that prevented PayPal IPN transactions being processed on a few servers.
New permissions option to control which user groups can access the Rentalot Plus configuration options.
Updates to the Italian and Danish translations.
5.02 25 May 2012 Extras can now apply to some units and not others.
New: Payments Due Report.
Custom email templates can now have a default subject.
Bcc emails are now sent as separate emails (some servers don't send bcc emails correctly).
There are now three options for "Copy Me" on the Enquiry View: Show checkbox / Always send / Never send.
5.01 6 April 2012 Added the new Block Availability View.
The three article plugins have been superseded by one new plugin. Please see the Upgrade Guide for more details.
Fixed a bug in the calculation of "per person" extras prices for bookings entered in the back end.
Fixed a bug in the Mootols calendars when the site input date format included a two digit year.
The component and plugins now work with PHP Strict Standards checking enabled.
5.00 20 March 2012 Export and import of prices enables easy management of prices in an external spreadsheet
Can now display tax amounts separately during online booking
Can now accept payment using PayPal secondary email addresses
New "per person" price types for extras
Late bookings now take the full amount due according to the payment schedule
Overdue subsequent payments are now collected in full
Book and enquire buttons on "read more" pages
Improvements to the popup calendars, and two new themes 
Automatic unit_id when calling a Rentalot Plus plugin in a unit description
From and to dates can now be specified as Y to indicate the current year
There is a new "Check Availability" plugin
Greatly improved year filters in the back end
Several minor enhancements.
Please upgrade the article plugin when upgrading to this release of the component.
Please see the new Upgrade Guide for a fuller list and more details
4.16 17 January 2012 Now compatible with Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5.
Now supports FaLang, a successor to JoomFish for multi-lingual sites on newer versions of Joomla.
Front end links that resulted in long url's have been tidied up.
The home and mobile phone fields on the booking form, and the message field on the enquiry form, are now configurable to be disabled, optional, or mandatory.
Name and email address on the booking and enquiry forms are now filled in automatically for logged in users.
Added a new option for the unit titles on the search view to be linkable.
Joomla 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 versions
Version Date Changes
4.15 29 December 2011 Rentalot Plus now uses the PayPal IPN interface (as well as PDT). Now, even if users fail to return to your site after paying, Rentalot Plus will still record the booking and send the relevant confirmation emails. This means that it is now safe to enable "PayPal account optional" and allow customers to use PayPal to pay by debit or credit card without a PayPal account.
Completion of pending PayPal transactions (typically eCheques) is now handled automatically using notifications from the PayPal IPN interface. Booking status is automatically changed as appropriate.
Security deposit is not shown on the payment summary screen if it is configured as zero.
Moneybookers are re-branding to Skrill and all references in Rentalot Plus have now been changed accordingly.
Upgraded the captcha image library to a newer version including a security update.
Improved the handling of the front end unit and currency selectors.
Fixed a bug that caused unit description "read more" links to not work properly in some cases.
Date translation is now handled using Joomla translations instead of PHP, which did not work on a few servers.
4.14 22 October 2011 Fixed a bug in the Search view that caused search criteria to be incorrectly applied on pages other than the first.
We now use Joomla day and month name translations (instead of the PHP strftime() function) for translating the day and month names on the daily calendar view, since a few servers do not have the correct date localisations installed.
Unit names are now translatable in JoomFish (Joomla 1.5 only).
4.13 11 August 2011 The search view can now optionally include Book Now and/or Enquire buttons for each unit.
Extras descriptions are now shown with extra names on the booking screens.
The date headings on the Jquery calendar are now shown correctly for multi-byte languages.
New Spanish translation.
Updated the German translation.
4.12 20 July 2011 Some minor changes for compatibility with Joomla 1.7.
Added the Danish translation.
Joomla 1.5 and 1.6
Version Date Changes
4.11 16 June 2011 You can now charge customers a configurable payment fee specific to each payment gateway.
Extras can be configured to be mandatory. They now have a default number and a minimum number, as well as a maximum number. You can also control the ordering of Extras.
Added two new sets of extra and attribute icons. Icon sets are now in new sub-directories and the image file naming conventions have changed. There is a new graphical image picker for selecting icons.
The backend now includes a simple editor to edit the front end CSS file.
There are new options to control showing the sub-titles on the front end views.
Three new text template variables, address, home phone, mobile phone
4.10 7 May 2011 Added custom content elements for JoomFish. Rentalot Plus now works well for multi-language sites (although JoomFish is not yet available for Joomla 1.6).
Added new css classes for check view response messages. You can now style positive and negative responses differently.
The css class "rentalot_button" is now applied to all buttons, enabling easy styling of all buttons used in the product.
4.09 1 May 2011 Fixed a bug that caused the wrong amount to be requested for subsequent payments greater than 1,000 (regardless of the currency).
4.08 28 April 2011 The Jquery date picker is now called in "no-conflict mode" to resolve Javascript conflicts with some templates and other extensions.
The front end date pickers now respect the first day of the week option, which has moved from Daily Availability Configuration to General Configuration.
Added a new theme for the Mootools calendar which looks very similar to the daily availability view calendars.
The terms and conditions article and privacy policy article now open in a popup window if the browser allows it.
4.07 25 April 2011 Fixed a problem with multiple daily plugins on the same page in mini-mode.
Added the basic Joomla date picker as an option for the front end date picker.
4.06 15 April 2011 Fix for toolbar buttons not working in Joomla 1.6.2
4.05 12 April 2011 You can now send a special link to a client for them to make additional payments online through PayPal or Moneybookers. Please refer to the latest user guide to use this feature.
Added a new payment type of "Bank Transfer", which optionally allows bookings to be made online without online payment.
The email and text template system has been significantly enhanced. All texts, templates, and emails are now in "wysiwyg" html format. There are several new system templates and some new variables. The enquiry email is now a template (previously it was hard coded), and all emails now use the currency format configured for the currency.
There is now a choice of Jquery or Mootools date pickers for the front end, each with two different styles.
When the daily availability view is in "single month with month-list" mode, it now switches months instantly without re-loading the page.
A built in statistics system now records page hits per unit per day, and a bar chart shows the relative hit rate over various time periods.
The Classic, Check and Daily views now show the unit attributes with the unit description.
It is now possible to configure some text to be shown above and below the check and enquiry forms when they appear without being called directly from a view.
The front end extras table has some new css classes.
There are new test buttons on the payment gateway account configuration screens to help with the initial setup of the gateways.
You can now set provisional bookings to be automatically cancelled after a configured number of days.
4.04.01 4 April 2011 Fixed a bug that caused the wrong amount to be requested from PayPal for amounts greater than 1,000 (regardless of the currency). Moneybookers accounts are not affected.
4.04 26 March 2011 Rentalot Plus is now packaged as a "hybrid" version that installs and works equally well in Joomla 1.5 and 1.6.
Added a Copy function for copying Unit details.
Fixed the sort ordering on several lists screens
Top and bottom text in all site views can now contain html
Fixed a bug that caused price periods to appear twice if two bookings are present in the same price period.
Joomla 1.6
Version Date Changes
4.03 21 March 2011 Fixed a bug, introduced in version 4.01, that prevented confirmation emails being sent for online bookings.
Re-worked the internal date handling to work with any combination of MySql and PHP timezones. The Timezone configuration parameter is no longer needed and has been removed.
Added a configuration option for the Unit Search view to return units having either ALL specified attributes or ANY of the specified attributes. Previously, units were returned if they had ANY of the specified attributes. The new ALL option will be useful for sites with large numbers of units. Sites with few units will probably prefer the ANY option.
4.02 14 March 2011 Added support for the daily availability plugin, which is new with this release.
The Enquiry and Check views can now include unit descriptions
Start dates for all availability views can now be set to zero, meaning "today".
End dates for all availability views can now be set to zero, meaning "forever".
The daily view can now be configured with zero columns, making it show a single month at a time with a dropdown list of available months.
The legend on the daily view can now be switched on or off.
The Rentalot Plus front end style sheet can now be over-ridden by placing a file with the same name in the current template directory. See the user guide for details.
Css style usage has been updated to be consistent with Joomla 1.6 conventions.
New sub-titles have been added to the front end views to separate the various content.
If you upgrade to this release and use the classic plugin, you must also upgrade that plugin to version 4.02. The notifier plugin is not affected.
4.01 10 March 2011 Can now book, enquire and search from today (was previously restricted to tomorrow).
New options for collecting number of people during online booking (people/children/babies/none/etc).
New option to specify a minimum number of days for online bookings.
Enquiry page can now optionally link to a privacy policy that must be accepted before sending.
Added the en-US translation (Inquire instead of Enquire).
Added a new front end date format, mm-dd-yyyy.
Added two new email template variables for total cost and total outstanding
The Classic and Daily Views now have options to display the Unit Descriptions at the top or bottom of the page (or not).
Unit descriptions can now include plugins - for example a plugin photo gallery or video player.
Added the ability to control the ordering of units displayed in the drop-down lists and in the unit search results.
Fixed some styling issues in the classic view.
Also included the 3.21 fix described below
4.00 5 March 2011 First Joomla 1.6 version
The Javascript calendar used in the front end has been replaced by a much more aesthetically pleasing one with customisable themes.
Joomla 1.5
Version Date Changes
3.22 21 March 2011 Fixed a bug, introduced in version 3.21, that prevented confirmation emails being sent for online bookings.
3.21 11 March 2011 Improved the handling of payment verification errors, especially in the case of account configuration errors. In previous releases, certain payment verification errors could cause other unnecessary and confusing error messages. Now, a simple configurable message is given to the client, and full details of the error are logged in the back end payment table.
3.20 9 February 2011 Fix for servers that do not implement the PHP function cal_days_in_month( )
New configuration option for maximum number of months displayable by the daily availability view.
3.19 17 January 2011 Fixed: Making a booking from classic view without clicking the Check Availability button returned to the wrong page after payment.
Fixed: Classic view could show multiple entries for the same period if a cancelled booking existed for it.
Improvements to some French translations.
Improvements to some Dutch translations.
New: German translation.
Separated the language strings for FROM and TO to distinguish between dates and people, to enable better translations.
3.18 22 December 2010 Improved support for multi-language sites (texts defined in the back end can now be resolved using the language files).
There is now a choice of date formats for front end input fields.
Enquiry emails now use the configured email date format.
Bug fix: If you saved the notifier configuration then went to the front end enquiries page, you would get an error message that the email to had not been set up.
Bug fix: Since version 3.13, a sql error occurred when importing data from free Rentalot.
3.17 22 November 2010 Fix for an installation error on servers that have MySql mode ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY
3.16 16 November 2010 Updated some error handling to provide more detail.
3.15 16 November 2010 Fixed a bug in version 3.14 that caused an error on a clean install. Upgrade installs were fine.
3.14 14 November 2010 Exchange rate download now automatically tries socket connection if file connection fails.
Fixed a bug in the generation of day name headings for the daily availability view in some timezones.
Added the timezone parameter in General Configuration to resolve date calculation discrepancies where the MySql server is in a different timezone than the PHP server.
Exported reports are now tab delimited .TXT files instead of comma delimited .CSV files. This was necessary for currency formats which contain commas.
The Financial Report and the exported Financial Report now show all currency information in the format of the base currency.
The Daily Availability View now has the option to show the currency symbol on prices, or not.
3.13 17 October 2010 Replaced the stand-alone notifier with a new plugin which is much easier to configure.
Added a new configurable discount structure for multi-period bookings.
Daily view can now optionally show prices.
Showing changeover days on the daily view is now optional.
The daily view key is now properly centred in its column.
On the daily view, prices for booked periods can now be suppressed.
On the classic view the currency symbol has been removed from the heading row, and the prices are now formatted as configured by the currency settings.
The classic view now has different css classes for each row depending on the booking status.
The Lead Source report now has grand totals.
Email variables have been added for all payments and dates.
Units with maximum people of zero now allow any number of guests (as previously documented but not previously implemented).
3.12 7 October 2010 Classic view now has optional "enquire" and "book now" link columns.
3.11 19 September 2010 New config parameter, maximum occupancy includes babies (or not)
3.10 18 September 2010 Units now have a full wysiwyg description, maximum occupancy, and any number of unit attributes.
Added unit attributes, which have a name and an icon.
Units can now be published or unpublished.
Added the Unit Search view.
Some improvements to front end styling
Many improvements to the French language translation.
Fixed the display of accented characters on some servers.
3.02 2 September 2010 Fixed a bug in payment processing with non-SEF URL's, and a minor bug in daily availability when "Show past periods" was set to "list as unavailable". Fixed a bug that could prevent emails being sent on some servers using SMTP. Improved the classic availability icons.
3.01 1 September 2010 First public release
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