Status of Anahita in the first quarter of 2011

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We would like to share with you what we have accomplished during the first 3 months of 2011 and what will be coming next for the 2nd quarter of this year.

Four Birth Releases

That’s right we’ve had 4 birth releases since the beginning of the 2011. The first one was the Anahita 1.5 which was made available for download on January 18th. To the surprise of many who were expecting to download just a Joomla component, Anahita was in fact a distro made out of 3 powerful frameworks (Anahita, Nooku, and Gantry) packaged in a stripped down version of Joomla as the container. (Please Read: Anahita is not a joomla extension).

The other 3 birth releases are Anahita Groups, Discussions, and Photos that we consider the essential apps. In fact right now we have all the stable building blocks for launching a simple but powerful social network that follows the correct NGS (Nodes-Graphs-Stories) architecture.

Launch of Anahitapolis is the home of Anahita project. Some people by mistake use Anahita and Anahitapolis interchangeably. Anahitapolis is the mother ship where the Anahita software is developed, distributed, and supported.

The Anahitapolis website used to be a Joomla Powered information website plus an Anahita powered social network in the background which we have been seeding with the very first community members. People and companies who were interested in the Anahita project were contacting us, expecting to see a demo, and in exchange they were given actual accounts on a young and thriving social network were all the profiles were real people and organizations.

Then we decided to merge the information website and the social network. The idea was to power everything with Anahita only. From late December last year and early January we launched the unified Anahitapolis website in 3 stages. On January 18th when Anahita 1.5 birth release was made available, we officially started selling premium memberships plans.

Would you trust a company that isn’t using their own software? We are very proud to say that Anahitapolis is fully powered by the Anahita software (except this blog that is powered by WordPress). That’s right, we are giving you the  very same software that we are using ourselves to manage Anahita projects and offer support to our premium members.

The First Tribe

In the early days of working on the Anahita project we have been keeping a low profile for a while. Despite that some people and companies who were interested in our project found their way through using our network of clients, friends, partners, email or just adding us on Skype! By the suggestion of Mr. Johan Janssens (Joomla co-founder, Nooku founder) we created the Anahita Partner’s Program which essentially granted code and information access to these companies and people for a period of one year in exchange for a fee. They could observe the project as it was going on, ask us questions, provide feedback, etc. The price of the partner’s plan was only $500 however the financial contributions from the Anahita partners grew to the point that almost half of the 2600 development hours were funded by the tribe of partners.

To show our appreciations to the Anahita partners we started their membership period from the official launch date of Anahita on Jan 15th 2011 and doubled their period of membership (2 years). The partners who publicly announced their support for the Anahita project by having their names listed on our website received 2.5 years of free membership. We also renamed the Anahita Partners tribe to The First Tribe. These people and companies are our heroes and we must say the Anahita project couldn’t have reached where it is today if it wasn’t because of their support.

We have created this permanent page for the First Tribe members who have publicly supported the Anahita project.

Integration with the RocketTheme templates and extensions

In December 2010 we started using the Gantry Framework for the Anahita social networking engine and released the Shiraz template as a blueprint for the Anahita developers and template designers. On Feb. 1st we collaborated with the team to make sure their new social template called Tachyon was compatible with the Anahita and current social apps.

RocketTheme Tachyon Template and Anahita Groups

RocketTheme is truly the best template club in the world. They are always pushing the limits in what improvements can be done in user interface design, themes, and templates. Their team is so much fun to work with and our collaboration with them has been such a great experience.

We are also big fans of RocketTheme extensions and a number of them such as RokStories, RokTabs, RokNavMenu, and RokBox are quite compatible with the Anahita and some of them are currently being used on the Anahitapolis website. We would like to continue collaborating with the RT team and make sure that many of their great templates and extensions that can be used within a social networking website remain compatible with Anahita.

Plans for the 2nd Q this year

After having 4 birth releases our immediate plan is to invest some time in improving the Anahita templates (Shiraz, Tachyon, etc.) as well as making sure that our other existing embryo (pre-stable) social apps such as Anahita Connect, Subscriptions, and Projects become birth releases.

We are in preparation to discard Joomla! as the web platform and use the Nooku Server instead. Nooku Server provides a leaner and more efficient architecture suited for building next generation technologies such as Anahita.

We are also improving and further developing the Anahita’s core so our new collection of social apps and features can be developed.

As user generated content is growing fast on Anahitapolis website, there is a need for decent folksonomy and content search infrastructure. After the 2nd Q of this year we would like to be able to share, tag, or vote on Anahita story and media nodes as well as having the ability to associate them with geographical locations.

As always Anahita Premium members are often the first to be notified about the details of all the upcoming projects. We’ve always tried to maintain the culture of “Build first, Brag later” in this project. As we are building and innovating forward, the public will be informed about them as well.



Anahita Social Networking Engine Birth release 1.5.2 is now available for download

This the 2nd minor release after the initial 1.5.0 Birth release on January 18th. A number of bugs have been fixed including ones occurring when the Tachyon template from the RockeTheme is installed.

To download you latest release as well as the upgrade package you can go to this page.

What’s in this release?

Here is the summary of the change log:

===Version 1.5.1===

^ In com_templates/admin.templates.html.php file 2 icons where hard coded to the khepri template. They are now using rt_missioncontrol_j15 icons. Template override is not an option becuase the com_templates is not MVC
- joomla legacy icons from the images folder have been all removed.
^ Anahita favicon.ico files have been added for the distro and installation folder.
# Actor status update javascript bug fix
# Document genrator meta tag
* KDatabaseAdapterAbstract::execute should convert the query to string first. Not doing so caused some wierd behavior using AnDomainQuery
* Dashboard loads the applications whose component are disabled
* Fixed the socialgraph bug that deleted the edges
- Removed socialengine install/uninstall
+ Added Application::getAcl()

===Version 1.5.2===
+ The avatar story updates shows the small size newly updated avatar
+ The URLs in the status now turns into hyperlinks
+ Supports new Gantry 3.7.1
+ Convient method to add a template path to a view on fly $view->addTemplatePath();
- Removed the target version checking in the extension installer
- Removed the AnWebFilterInterface
# Set the default install MySQL adapter to Mysqli from Mysql.
# Fixed Directory Seperator bug in the URL after calling AnCsTemplateMedia::findMediaPath in windows machine
# Using @template() doesn't append tmpl to the paths that points to a template
# Internet Explorer youtube video javascript fix
# The story aggregated id is now set after a story is inserted
# fix the smartload issue in the gantry by wrapping avatar in tag
^ The Webfilters are now just KFilterInterface with a decorated method filter that calls sanitize

Upgrading Anahita™

Upgrade is quite simple. Here are the instructions:

  1. Backup your files and database
  2. Go to this page and download the 1.5.2 Update Package. It is a zip file.
  3. Sign into the Anahita administration back-end
  4. Go to Extend > Install/Uninstall
  5. Choose the package file from your desktop and upload it. You’ll get a confirmation that Anahita has been updated.

Tachyon – The first Anahita compatible template from RocketTheme

RocketTheme Tachyon Template and Anahita Groups

The great folks at the RockeTheme have been working for us to make their new template – Tachyon – which is compatible with the Anahita™ Social Networking Engine. The template was released yesterday and now it is available to all the RocketTheme paid members.

I must say it was such a pleasure working with the RT guys. They are just amazing and I really had fun during this collaboration. So thank you so much!

  • Andy Miller, the founder and CEO of for making this possible and providing last minute feature request support.
  • Brian Towles for the last minute feature implementation
  • James Spencer for putting together the updates in the last minute and being so patient with us.

More On the Tachyon Template and Anahita

The minimalist Tachyon template from RocketTheme provides styling for the Anahita™ main user interfaces as well as 4 of the existing Anahita social applications: Groups, Discussions, Projects, and Photos.

The Tachyon template provides a custom layout with a 2,6,4 ratio by default which is required by the Anahita. This feature activates automatically when the Tachyon template detects the Anahita framework on the system.

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Anahita™ Social Networking Engine 1.5 Birth release now available for download

We survived another sleepless week

We survived another week of sleep deprivation. Thank goodness for the organic coffee!

We are going to have many good news for you in 2011 and here is the first one. The Anahita™ social networking engine 1.5 Birth release codename Ambrosia is now available to the Anahitapolis™ paid members for download.  This is the package that is stable enough to be used for starting your social networking project and we will officially be supporting it from now on. is currently powered using the latest release of Anahita™.

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Happy New Year 2011 from the Anahita™ team

Happy New Year 2011

Another picture done by an iphone with a dirty lens that does no justice to our sleep deprived faces 🙂

Happy New Year to all the people on Anahitapolis™ and all the people who will be joining us during the 2011. We are so thankful for all the great support that you’ve give us specially the group of 42 partners who have been working with us.

It’s been quite productive year for the Anahita™ project:

  1. 6345 code commits to the Anahita™ repository until today
  2. Kept up with all the updates of Nooku Framework 0.7 😉
  3. Released the Anahita™ Shiraz template using the wonderful Gantry Framework from RocketTheme LLC
  4. social network has been powered by the Anahita™ technology during the 2010 and soon it will become the main Anahitapolis™ website.
  5. Have started using Anahitapolis™ since november 2010 as our project management environment for about 10 Anahita™ related social apps and projects (Anahita™ Social Engine, Discussions, Photos, Groups, Projects, Connect, Subscriptions, and the Shiraz Template).
  6. Have started using Anahitapolis™ since october 2010 for delivering support and services to all the partners and using the Anahitapolis™ Atrium as an environment to educate people who are interested to learn more about this project.
  7. Have released Anahita™ Social Engine alpha1, alpha2, and alpha3 versions during the 2010. Our next release will be the public beta. In fact right now the Anahitapolis™ community is powered with the soon to be public beta code.

We have a lot of good news coming up and a lot of good plans for the first 2011 quarter. Stay tuned.

We would like to wish you a prosperous, productive, and creative year and perhaps this will be the year that you will be enjoying the fruits of your great business ideas.

to you from the Anahita project team: Rastin and Ash