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This is interesting - Telerik released Kendo UI Core, a free and open-source distribution of Kendo UI.

Kendo UI Core includes 24 of the UI widgets currently in Kendo UI Web (AutoComplete, DatePicker, Tooltip, etc.), all of the widgets and features formerly available under Kendo UI Mobile, and all of the core framework features of Kendo UI (DataSource, SPA, MVVM, etc).

Check out their blog post.

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Upgraded another of my websites to Orchard 1.8. Absolutely love the performance in Orchard CMS 1.8. I have upgraded 5 clients websites to Orchard 1.8 as well, and they love the performance boost.

If you are experiencing any issues with Orchard CMS performance, I highly recommend you upgrade to Orchard 1.8!

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If you develop on a Mac, Flying Meat is have a fantastic, one-time sale on their Acorn Graphics Program. It's normally $49.99 and is now on-sale for $14.99.

You can buy Acorn directly from Flying Meat or from the Mac App Store.
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Orchard Jobs Queue is new in Orchard 1.8 and can be used to send email asynchronously. This is especially useful for busy websites that send email via Orchard Workflow when custom forms are submitted on the Orchard Website.

It's very easy to queue these email messages in Orchard by enabling the Orchard Jobs Queue and selecting the new "Queued" checkbox in the Send Email Workflow Activity.

Here is a quick blog post with a couple of screenshots.

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Orchard 1.8 seems really fast compared to early versions of Orchard CMS. I disabled output caching on my Orchard Website for awhile and there wasn't a big noticeable difference in performance like in earlier versions.

Felt like I could run Orchard 1.8 without output caching and be fine. I'm not going to do it :), but I feel confident that page requests that aren't yet output cached should be much more responsive in Orchard 1.8.

If Orchard performance is a concern, I recommend you try out Orchard 1.8 yourself and see if you notice a performance boost.

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I upgraded my personal website to Orchard 1.8 from Orchard 1.7.2. I didn't run into any problems. The whole process went very smoothly.

If you don't have a tendency to read the Orchard Release Notes, I would do so this time. There is an extra instruction highlighted in bold that you will want to do before performing the upgrade:

"Assign the Administrator role to your current Super User account."

If you don't do this, you will be locked out of the admin dashboard and have to do a silly hack to get around it.

Other than that, upgrading to Orchard 1.8 is very similar to the other upgrades.

Good Luck!
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Sketch 3.0 has been released on the Mac App Store. Normally it is $79.99, but it currently priced at $49.99 for 1 week only, which is probably the cheapest you will ever find it if you are interested.

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Orchard 1.8 Workflow Module appears to have a problem with the workflow activity toolbar displaying in the bottom left corner of the browser as opposed to the right side of the workflow canvas.

This isn't a big deal unless you have a lot of admin menus on the Orchard Dashboard. When that occurs the menus overlap the workflow toolbar, making it difficult to choose workflow activities.

I created an issue for the problem.

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Turns out this isn't an issue with Orchard, but Chrome in one of my VMs. That's a first.
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I've mentioned the need to assign the Administrator Role to the Super User Account before performing the Orchard 1.8 upgrade, but some developers aren't performing the step and are getting locked out of the Orchard Dashboard.

Here is a specific blog post with the words taken directly from the release notes as well as a snapshot of the Orchard Settings to help you identify the Super User Account.

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Quick blog post on Orchard 1.8 and upgrading my website.

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Great news!
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