Whatever happened to Synthia?

The Synthia project has been floating around for the last couple of years and I’m ashamed to say we haven’t really met expectations. We were ridiculously close to a launch in 2016 when a security flaw forced us to re-evaluate the project’s status. After some deliberation, we chose to refactor the project and rebuild it from the ground up to be more stable, more secure, and far more modular.

Synthia will be launched in September of 2017 with a reimagined admin panel, a ticketing system, and a modular design allowing developers to add to the platform easily with a minimum amount of effort. The billing module will be launched later in 2017.

The master plan for this software is quite simple. The base version of Synthia will be permanently free to use and extend for your needs. Support will be available as a paid(though very affordable) service or as part of a hosted solution.

As we’re approaching launch, updates, documentation, and more product videos will soon be available. I’d like to thank everyone who’s supported and waited for this project and hope you’re looking forward to a project we’ve been very excited to build!

Magento releases update to the 1.x platform

Magento recently released the update to the 1.x platform. Several of the more useful updates are included below:

The old tax calculation algorithm for shipping charges has been restored, allowing for Magento merchants to correctly charge consumers for products and shipping. Magento allows its users to set up a complex system of taxation, which gives eCommerce merchants tools to categorize products and customers into tax classes. A tutorial for setting up and managing taxes in Magento can be found here (https://www.hostknox.com/tutorials/magento/managing-taxes).

The “Price as configured” for bundle products displays correctly in the shopping cart. Users commonly complained that the feature showed a figure of zero no matter which bundle sub-products were selected for their products, while others complained of overpricing for bundled products if all input options were not selected. A guide to managing prices can be found here: (https://www.siteground.com/tutorials/magento/magento_price.htm).

Catalog price rules, a tool for selecting certain products to be put on sale, now return the correct price. These rules are distinguished from coupons, because they take effect before the shopper places the product into their cart, which increases sales following the simple logic that shoppers are attracted to lower prices. A tutorial for creating catalog price rules can be found here: (http://docs.magento.com/m1/ce/user_guide/marketing/price-rules-catalog.html)

To view the full list of technical renovations, please refer to the links below:

Enterprise Edition: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/m1x/ce19-ee114/ee1.14_release-notes.html?_ga=1.187917025.834397724.1489463757#ee114-11432

Community Edition: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/m1x/ce19-ee114/ce1.9_release-notes.html?_ga=1.187917025.834397724.1489463757#ce19-1932