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  1. In January, we announced that Revive Adserver had launched on Patreon, a crowdfunding site that allows Revive Adserver users to make a small financial contribution each month, to help the Revive Adserver project. So far, we are delighted that members of the Revive Adserver community have started to make contributions and that, within a week of launching, we reached our first goal of $250/month – in particular, thanks to our Revive Adserver sponsors. As a result of meeting this first goal, we’ve been able to make some great progress towards doing even more with Revive Adserver: The level of support that we’re able to provide on the forums has improved greatly – not only are we now able to respond to most posts daily, but we have been able to put in a great deal of effort to go through the history of unanswered posts and respond to most of them. (If you have a post that’s waiting for a response, please comment on it and we’ll respond!). We’ve been able to spend time working on user documentation – many of the items on our documentation “todo” list have been crossed off. The core team has been able to spend more time coding and reviewing community proposed changes – this week’s Revive Adserver v4.0.2 release is a direct result of the time that our Patreon sponsors have made available through their support. Of course, there are benefits to supporting Revive Adserver on Patreon as well! Depending on your level of support, there are options to: Get a weekly update on what the Revive Adserver team have been working on; Get advance notice of upcoming software releases, to let you plan for upgrades; Participate in occasional “Ask Me Anything” sessions with the core team; Vote on (and propose) what features should be included in future releases of Revive Adserver; Get your (or your company’s) name on our list of Revive Adserver sponsors; and Help the Revive Adserver project move forward faster – especially with regards to completing documentation and developing new features! Some of the above benefits will only become available once we meet certain goals on Patreon – at the moment, we are only $152/month away from our next goal. Please help us meet our next goal – consider supporting us at a level that you are comfortable with. There are over 8,000 instances of Revive Adserver in use, so if everyone contributed just a small amount each month, we could easily meet not just our next goal of $500/month, but many of the goals after that! The post Patreon and Revive Adserver appeared first on Revive Adserver. View the full article
  2. Revive Adserver v4.0.2 is available now. This new release includes one new feature and a number of bug fixes. Below is a list of changes in Revive Adserver v4.0.2: New: Revive Adserver now supports zone chaining to zones where the dimension(s) of the zone are undefined (i.e. “*”) as well as an exact match. Improved the handling of Email/Newsletter zone linking, to ensure that disallowed HTML banners are simply not shown in the first place when linking from the zone, and to fix a bug that allowed HTML banners to be linked to Email/Newsletter zones from the banner. Fixed a JavaScript error that occurred on the Campaign Properties page when the global Enable Conversion Tracking option is disabled. Fixed an issue with the Client/Language delivery limitation not properly working when targeting specific territories (e.g. en_US) or targeting the broader locale when the browser is only sending locale + territory. Improved the warning messages used when generating Local Mode and XML-RPC invocation tags to clarify why these tags are not compliant with IAB guidelines for ad impression measurement (i.e. the ad request comes from the server, not the client). Fixed numerous instances of incomplete breadcrumb trails in statistics pages. Broken examples of Inline Video banners have been removed from the UI. Fixed an incompatibility with recent MySQL versions (5.7.5+) when acquiring advisory locks, due to their name being now limited to 64 characters. Changed misleading “Connection Window” wording to “Conversion Window” in the settings screen, to match the current usage. Full release notes for v4.0.2 can be found on our Github page. Download, install and upgrade Revive Adserver v4.0.2 is available for download now. Once downloaded, please refer to the instructions for Installations of Revive Adserver or for Upgrading Revive Adserver. Make sure that the server being used meets the minimum technical requirements. The post Revive Adserver v4.0.2 released appeared first on Revive Adserver. View the full article
  3. Revive Adserver v4.0.1 is available now. This new release fixes a number of bugs and security issues that were discovered since the release of Revive Adserver v4.0.0 on September 28, 2016. Below is a list of changes in Revive Adserver v4.0.1: Fixed an issue in the newly introduced mysqli driver, which was preventing the delivery engine from working when using unix sockets to connect to the database. Fixed an issue with the banner properties page accepting weights of zero, negative or numbers with decimal points. Fixed an issue preventing Revive Adserver from being installed or upgraded on setups using both a custom session.save_path and open_basedir, or using a custom session handler. Fixed an issue preventing Revive Adserver from serving video ads on recent Flash Player versions when loading HTTPS resources from an HTTP website. Fixed an issue preventing the Revive Adserver XML-RPC API from working on PHP 7+. Fixed an issue preventing forms generated with HTML_QuickForm from working with PHP 7.1. Fixed an issue with the “View by day/week/month” dropdown not properly working on PHP 7+. Fixed an issue with magic macros not properly working when nested in curly brackets, e.g. within JSON or JavaScript code. Fixed an issue with parent entities names being sometimes escaped twice in the inventory header, thus displaying HTML entities on screen. Fixed a missing translation string that prevented an error message from displaying in the installer, and various community-supplied translation string updates. This version 4.0.1 also contains fixes for four vulnerabilities that were recently discovered and reported to us through our HackerOne security program. Full release notes for v4.0.1 can be found on our Github page. Download, install and upgrade Revive Adserver v4.0.1 is available for download now. Once downloaded, please refer to the instructions for Installations of Revive Adserver or for Upgrading Revive Adserver. Make sure that the server being used meets the minimum technical requirements. View the full article
  4. Did you know that the idea of Revive Adserver is nearly 4 years old? It was early 2013 when the opportunity came along to purchase the OpenX Source code base from OpenX, and Erik, Matteo and myself decided to work together to create Revive Adserver, and breathe some new life into a project that had pretty much stalled for 5 years. In the years that have followed, we’ve made terrific progress – something that we are immensely proud of. However, it’s been clear for a while now that the community and the core Revive Adserver team want more. More features, more fixes, more documentation. And, what’s more, we want to do it faster. This was something that was confirmed by the results of our community survey last year. Today, to try to make this happen, Revive Adserver has launched on Patreon. If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a crowd-funding website, but (unlike, say, Kickstarter), it’s not about raising funds for a specific, one-off development or product. Instead, it’s about delivering regular, monthly funding to the project, to allow the core team to spend more time on developing the things that the community wants. If you use Revive Adserver to help generate revenue from advertising, and you’re part of the community that wants to see more development and documentation done for Revive Adserver, then we need your help. We’re not asking for a fortune – just a small amount each month. Even just $10 a month per sponsor will help us a lot. Larger contributions are of course also very welcome. Please, visit our Patreon site, see what we have to say about what we want to achieve with your help, and sign up as a patron. Together, we will take Revive Adserver forward to another level, and see where the next 4 years takes us! View the full article
  5. In our last blog post, discussing the results of the Revive Adserver 2016 Community Survey, we highlighted the fact that, on the whole, the community would like to see more features added to Revive Adserver, but that there were mixed views on how this should happen – a mixture of improving documentation to allow more developers to contribute, as well as seeking corporate sponsorship or crowdfunding to allow the core developers to spend more time working on the project. Following on from that theme, the core Revive Adserver team would like to publicly thank Platform IQ, who have now sponsored the development work for two core features: they paid for both the development work in the Revive Adserver 4.0 release to replace the phpSniff library for browser & operating system detection with the more modern Sinergi library, and for the development of the asynchronous tags feature that was introduced in Revive Adserver v3.2 in the spring of 2015. Without Platform IQ’s sponsorship, it is likely that these features would not have been released. If you are in need of professional services for Revive Adserver, then please do consider Platform IQ, given their very generous sponsorship of the Revive Adserver development effort. You may even notice some advertising appearing from Platform IQ, across our site and forum in the near future, as we experiment with ways to generate revenue to enable us to develop new functionality in Revive Adserver. In addition, we also want to thank Aqua Platform, who are sponsoring the hosting of our website, forum site, and other sources, and the SSL certificates we use. Aqua Platform specializes in Revive Adserver hosting, and have been a great help when we were doing performance testing for the improved browser and operating system targeting functionality in Revive Adserver v4.0. We would also like to take this opportunity to let larger, corporate users of Revive Adserver know that if they have a need for new functionality to be added to Revive Adserver, then we would please ask that they get in touch with the core team. We would love to discuss your needs, particularly if it’s a commonly requested feature. It may be that even a modest contribution towards the development of the feature will help make it happen faster, especially if there are a number of corporate users looking for the same functionality. View the full article
  6. In May 2016, we asked the Revive Adserver community to take part in our first ever survey, to find out more about what the community thinks about the Revive Adserver project. Thank you all so much for taking part – we were delighted to receive just over 140 responses to the survey. Somewhat unsurprisingly, our most active and engaged members of the community were the primary respondents – over 80% of responses came from users who were (at the time of the survey) using an up to date version of Revive Adserver. Over the last few days, we have been taking a look at the results of the survey and wanted to share the following information with you all. There are both new & old engaged community members We were delighted to see a good mix of engagement from both newer arrivals to Revive Adserver, as well as old hands who have been using the software for many years. Revive Adserver is primarily used for small businesses While most Revive Adserver is mostly used by small business users, the next biggest segment is users at larger companies where there’s a team of users. It was also interesting to see that the 3rd biggest segment of Revive Adserver users are using the software in a number of different situations, suggesting multiple installations for different uses. Primary use of Revive Adserver The community thinks Revive Adserver has key missing features It’s hardly a surprise to learn that on the whole, the community thinks that it would good to have some key missing features added to the product. Project Development Speed There’s one clear winner for a key missing feature The clear and obvious winner for a key missing feature is native HTML5 banner support in Revive Adserver, with over 65% of respondents listing this feature in their “top three” missing key features. The next most requested missing feature was cookie-free banner delivery, with just under 50% of respondents listing this feature in their “top three”. It was also pleasing for the Revive Adserver team to see that the most popular “other” suggestion put forward by the community was native MySQL support in PHP 7, which the team has added with the release of Revive Adserver 4.0.0. The community wants “someone else” to fund development When respondents indicated that development on Revive Adserver could be faster, they were asked how they thought that could be achieved. Of these respondents, 46% indicated that the best way for development to be faster was for developer documentation to exist so that the community could make changes, and 32% indicated that corporate sponsorship should be found to let the team do more development. Only 22% of users indicated they would be willing to actually participate in funding the development of the open source project. How should development speed be increased? Those who do want to fund development are split on how this should happen There was an almost equal split between the top four options selected for how any possible funding should be obtained – one-off crowdfunding for a fixed set of features, monthly contributions, one-off crowd funding on a feature-by-feature basis, and purchasing commercial plugins. We hope that the above information is of interest to you all, as members of the Revive Adserver community. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved in the last 3 years of Revive Adserver’s existence, and in the coming weeks, we will be discussing the survey results in more detail within the core team, to decide on our plans for the next 3 years and beyond! View the full article
  7. When we released Revive Adserver v4.0 at the end of the September, we wrote in the release notes that: Browser and Operating system targeting was greatly improved and modernized by replacing the old phpSniff library with a modern alternative (called Sinergi Browser detector), resulting in a significant speed improvement That’s a pretty bold claim, so we were delighted when we saw a recent blog post by the team at Aqua Platform with some test results that confirm it is actually true in an operational environment. Aqua Platform is a company specializing in Revive Adserver hosting at huge scale. Their performance monitoring keeps track of the time it takes for an ad request going into the ad server to be completed and returned to the client. It does this by running a check every minute from a few dozen probe servers around the world. The performance graph below shows the average ad server response time of a 7 day period. About half way through that week, the upgrade from Revive Adserver v3.2 to v4 took place, and it is striking to see how significant the speed improvement is: Speed improvement after upgrading to Revive Adserver v4.0 Before the upgrade, an ad requests completed in about 200 milliseconds, but after the upgrade it was almost twice as fast at around 110 milliseconds. It turns out this result doesn’t even take into account the fact that Revive Adserver is now fully compatible with PHP7. A further performance improvement could still be in the works! In an industry where ad servers often take more than 500 milliseconds and sometimes even longer, the results that Aqua Platform have achieved with Revive Adserver are nothing short of remarkable. Thanks for the team at Aqua Platform for sharing these results in their blog post “Aqua Platform is (almost) twice as fast with Revive Adserver v4.0“. View the full article
  8. Revive Adserver v4.0.0 is available now. After releasing a successful release candidate a little over 2 weeks ago, we’re proud to publish the new Revive Adserver v4.0.0. This version of the world’s most popular, free, open source ad serving system contains several enhancements and improvements (described in detail below) and some bug fixes. There are also 3 security fixes, which were not contained in the earlier release candidate. View the full article
  9. The Revive Adserver team is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Release Candidate of Revive Adserver v4.0. Today marks the third anniversary of the unveiling of the Revive Adserver project, with the release of version 3.0. We feel that this is the perfect day to announce the next major release of the Revive Adserver software, which has been given version number v4.0. Since this new version includes a large number of changes and enhancements, including many breaking changes, we think it is appropriate to first make available a Release Candidate. This will enable users, administrators, plugin developers, hosting providers and consultants to put the new version to the test in all sorts of scenarios and environments. If everything goes according to plan, we expect to release the final v4.0 in 2 weeks from today. Below is a list of enhancements and improvements included in this Release Candidate for Revive Adserver v4.0: We added support for the PHP mysqli extension, finally allowing Revive Adserver to work on PHP7+ without having to manually compile the legacy mysql extension, which was a cumbersome task for many people. Browser and Operating system targeting was greatly improved and modernized by replacing the old phpSniff library with a modern alternative (called Sinergi Browser detector), resulting in a significant speed improvement, while at the same time enabling users to target the latest browsers, operating systems, and recent versions of both. We added support for both Memcache and Memcached extensions in the oxMemcached plugin. We increased the HTML banner size hard limit from 64k to 16MB on MySQL, improving support for HTML5 banners. There have also been many other smaller enhancements and improvements, described in detail in the release notes. We have fixed numerous bugs, and there are also some non-backward compatible changes, so please make sure you carefully study the release notes. Full release notes for v4.0.0-rc1 can be found on our Github page. Download, install and upgrade Revive Adserver v4.0 Release Candidate is available for download now. Please keep in mind that this is a release candidate, and as such it can result in issues. If you don’t feel confident about testing beta-level software, we recommend that you wait until the final v4.0 is available. This will be announced here on the blog. Once downloaded, please refer to the instructions for Installations of Revive Adserver or for Upgrading Revive Adserver. Make sure that the server(s) being used meet(s) the minimum technical requirements. Community contribution The Revive Adserver project team is deeply grateful to community member Stefan Greiner, who contributed no less than two of the enhancements in this release. He developed the support for the PHP mysqli extension and he added the support for both Memcache and Memcached extensions in the oxMemcached plugin. On behalf of the community, we send our warm regards and many thanks to Stefan for his contributions. View the full article
  10. In October 2015, we announced that we had transferred the intellectual property rights of the open source Revive Adserver product to a new company, Revive Adserver Software and Services. As part of that announcement, we said that there were two key reasons for the change. Firstly, to hopefully ensure continuity for the project, by ensuring that the IP rights are shared by the members of the core team, and secondly, to allow the core team to explore possible ways of doing more with Revive Adserver. We are all incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved since the Revive Adserver project was formed back in 2013. (It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching our 3 year anniversary!) We’ve fixed loads of historical bugs (including security issues found by our wonderful community at HackerOne), written a lot of documentation from scratch, and added some great new features. We’re continuing to do all of those things all the time. But we also think that it would be great if we could do more. We’d love to spend more time working on Revive Adserver. Forming Revive Adserver Software and Services was our first step to exploring if we can make that happen. So, today, we’re excited to announce our first ever “Revive Adserver Community Survey”. We’d like to hear what you think about Revive Adserver. Is everything just fine as it is, and nothing needs to change? Or do you think Revive Adserver could be more than it is today? If you do – what do you think we should focus on, and how do you think we should make that a reality? It should take no more than 5 minutes or so to fill out the survey. We’d love to hear what you think. 2016 Community Survey Which version of Revive Adserver are you using?* Please select... Revive Adserver v3.2.x Revive Adserver v3.1.x Revive Adserver v3.0.x Revive Adserver (I don't know which version) OpenX Source (any version) Not using Revive Adserver How long have you been using Revive Adserver? Please select... Less than 6 months Between 6 months and 1 year Between 1 year and 2 years Between 2 years and 3 years More than 3 years (or its predecessors) What is your primary use of Revive Adserver? Please select... For my personal/hobby website For my small business As part of my job at the company I work for; I’m the only user As part of my job at the company I work for; we have a team of users A combination of all What do you think about the development of the Revive Adserver product?* Everything’s great! There’s no need to add new features or change things any faster than already happens. It’s okay. It would be good if you could add a couple of key features that I’d like to see, but I don't mind waiting a while for them to be added. Too slow! Revive Adserver has loads of missing features, and they all need to be added ASAP. If it was up to you, which key features would you like to see added or improved? Please select up to three options. Support for HTML5 banners Support for VAST2/VAST pre-roll video advertising Support for banner delivery without cookies (to comply with EU regulations) Native APIs for iOS & Android banner delivery A command line, or automated, upgrade process A new, up to date WordPress plugin Support for the updated MaxMind v2 (or other) geotargeting data files Something else What is the other key feature you would like see added or improved? How do you think the Revive Adserver team should increase the pace of development? The community should contribute more code; you should focus on developer documentation so that this can happen. The core developers need to spend more time working on Revive Adserver. To do that, you should seek out corporate sponsorship. The core developers need to spend more time working on Revive Adserver. As a user of Revive Adserver, I would be willing to consider different ways in which I could financially contribute to make this possible. How do you think you or your company would be willing to contribute? Select as many options as you like I would like to contribute to a one-off crowd funding campaign, to allow the core team to work on a defined set of fixed new features and/or documentation updates, which would then be released as part of the open source product. I would like to make a contribution on a monthly basis, to allow the core team to work on new features and documentation updates on an ongoing basis, which would then be released regularly as part of the open source project. I would like to contribute to one or more feature-specific crowd funding campaigns, to allow the core team to work on those specific individual new features and/or documentation updates that I care about, which would then be released as part of the open source product. I would like to purchase commercial, non-open source plugins for Revive Adserver that add specific functionality I need, if they were available. I would like to outsource the hosting of my ad server, as long as a portion of the money I pay is used to help pay for the continued development of the open source software. I would like to pay for professional services (for example upgrading my ad server installation), as long as a portion of the money I pay is used to help pay for the continued development of the open source software. I would like to pay on a one off basis for access to online training videos. I would like to contribute in some other way. I am not willing/not able to contribute. How much would you be willing to contribute to a one-off crowd funding campaign, assuming the aim was to allow the core development team to work full time on Revive Adserver for a year? Please select... Up to US$10 Between US$10 and US$50 Between US$50 and US$200 Between US$200 and US$500 US$500 or more How much would you be willing to contribute on a monthly basis, to allow the code development team to work full time on Revive Adserver? Please select... Up to US$2 Between US$2 and US$5 Between US$5 and US$10 Between US$10 and US$20 US$20 or more Thinking about the most important specific feature that you would like added to Revive Adserver, how much would you be willing to contribute to a one-off crowd funding campaign to have that feature developed? Please select... Up to US$10 Between US$10 and US$20 Between US$20 and US$50 Between US$50 and US$200 US$200 or more Thinking about the most important specific feature that you would like added to Revive Adserver, how much would you be willing to pay for a commercial plugin that provided that functionality, if it was available? Please select... Up to US$100 Between US$100 and US$500 Between US$500 and US$1,000 Between US$500 and US$1,500 US$1,500 or more What country are you from? Please let us know where you are from, to help us understand how we can support and grow the community (optional). Please select... 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  11. Revive Adserver v3.2.4 is available now. It fixes several bugs introduced in v3.2.3 published on March 2nd, 2016, and a few other bugs that have been reported to us in recent weeks.[url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  12. Version 3.2.3 of the popular Revive Adserver software has one new feature, many bug fixes and also a number of security fixes.[url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  13. As with any software, it is important to keep your ad server system’s software up to date with the most recent release. Where to find Update information The Revive Adserver software has a useful built-in update notification feature, which helps system administrators stay up to date about the latest release of our software. It can be found by […][url={url}]View the full article[/url]
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  15. Hello, Due to a technical issue, the main Revive Adserver website is currently unavailable. We apologize for this unfortunate situation. We are working hard to get the site back up and running. Best regards, The Revive Adserver project team