June 16, 2011

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<UPDATE on 07/01/2011>
DAP v4.2 Beta has just been released, and is now available for download from the members' area.

Don't forget to watch in "Full Screen" mode

Ok, so did you see all of the amazing new 4.2 features in the above video? Very cool, eh? πŸ™‚

Anyway, here's why things have been kinda quiet in the DAP world…

DAP v4.1 Is Final

DAP v4.1 is now officially "Final". It has been very stable for over a month now, but we were just holding ground in case any bugs get reported. So unless you've downloaded DAP in the last couple of weeks. better to re-download DAP v4.1 and LiveLinks v1.6 again, and upload them to your site. (Upgrading Your DAP Installation)

DAP v4.2 Is Coming Soon Now Here!

In less than 2 weeks, actually.

And here are all the features that are included…

  • [NEW] Shopping Cart "Check Out Page" can now be placed right inside WordPress pages using new merge code %%DAPCART%% , thus taking on the instant look & feel of your WordPress theme!

  • [NEW] Custom Fields (Hooray!): Admin can create new custom fields inside DAP

  • [NEW] Ability to customize shopping cart options: Like "Where did you hear about us", "Additional Comments", "Terms & Conditions", etc – on the DAP Cart's Checkout page

  • [NEW] Ability to include and customize Product-level Cart header & Cart footer HTML

  • [NEW] Complete redesign of the Products page. Now has a tab-based – so basically, the long Products page has now been chopped up into multiple, shorter tabs. The form has also been redesigned to make the Product setup a lot more intuitive and simple

  • [NEW] Improvements to "ContentResponder" section: DAP will now highlight (actually, down-play with a dull gray color) all of the blog posts/pages that have already been added to the product being viewed, so you can clearly see which ones are not protected.

  • [NEW] Dedicated Buy Button "Generator" Page

  • [NEW] Fully re-designed Config page – now you change multiple config items in one go, and click "Update" just once. Better description of fields, better organization of logical groups of configs, etc.

  • [NEW] "Help Tips" and "Tool Tips" added to many pages, making things much easier to understand

  • [NEW] Cleaner-looking forms and buttons in the DAP Dashboard

  • [NEW] "First Name" now part of User Search Criteria

  • [NEW] Improved Pagination on Users > Manage page. Eg., when you're on page 4 of the users list, and you take any action on any user on that page, previously DAP used to reset the user search back to Page 1. Now it's been fixed so that it will stay on same page.

  • [NEW] Improved "Pop Up" locations: Previously, popups for "Modify Dates" or "Add Affiliate" used to show up all the way on top of the page regardless of how far down you've scrolled on the Users page. Now, the popups will show right next to the clicked link.

  • [NEW] Personalized RSS Feed Links: Each of your members will now get their own custom RSS feed link, which they can then enter into their favorite feed reader, like Google Reader or iTunes, and the feed will be customized with only the content that they're eligible to view

  • [NEW] Coupons support for Authorize.net

  • [NEW] * "Add To Cart" Support for Authorize.net (and possibly Payments Pro too): Which means if you're using the DAP cart & Auth.net, your members will be able to buy multiple products in one purchase

  • [FIX] Change to DAP Shortcodes to remove empty breaks and paragraphs when hiding protected content

  • [FIX] "Missing spaces from error and notification browser messages" issue fixed


On top of that, there are so many other little tweaks and improvements, that don't merit a mention in the above list, but will make your DAP experience a much smoother one.

Well, that's about it as far as 4.2 is concerned.

As always, don't forget to add your comments below.


– Veena & Ravi

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  1. What an entertaining video way of telling us that 4.2 is on its way AND to remember what the real point of all this internet money making stuff is really about. Nice one.

  2. It’s great to get an update on what’s going on behind the scenes with DAP, and how much has been accomplished in a few short months.
    I thought maybe you guys were spending too much time at that sunny San Diego beach where Veena is showing off her great legs. I was so distracted that I couldn’t find the iPad she was supposed to be holding (hiding?)!
    (See http://ravisrants.com/2011/05/10/an-ipad-for-my-birthday/ )
    Hmmm… Dare I ask whether you got that iPad2?

  3. Great features as always. Hopefully shortcodes that may gives any files like graphics or videos to appear and later on hidden automatically in any post or page will be included this time.

    Kudos to you Ravi & Veena

  4. Disappointed to see no SSS updates, especially inventory where we can specify how many of each product to sell, which has been requested by a few people

  5. Good news!

    I think that improving the user experience is really mandatory in DAP. The site owner must put his efforts in development content and market, DAP is just a tool to support all of this. Then this all above is so necessary for us.

  6. That was very cool of you to share your world… Yup your little princess should be the next Super Model…
    Can not wait for the 4.2 version. I was hoping for more info on the shopping cart and it looks like you guys are delivering. QUESTION: Do we need to upgrade to 4.1 before 4.2 or can we skip 4.1 and go for 4.2 as soon as it is available?

  7. Hooray!!!! Is right :). Thank you both so much for all of the hard and consistent work that you do. That you manage to get so much done and still provide excellent, attentive customer service is quite a feat! (A special thank you for your little addition for my benefit…I’m sure a lot of people will be glad to have the functionality, but none more than me!)

    Adorable little kiddos!


  8. I had to fix my grammar on the last comment! Ugh…I hate when you push submit and then can’t take it back :).

    Hooray!!!! Is right πŸ™‚ . Thank you both so much for all of the hard and consistent work that you do. That you manage to get so much done and still provide excellent, attentive customer service is quite a feat! (A special thank you for your little addition for my benefitÒ€¦IÒ€ℒm sure a lot of people will be glad to have the functionality, but none more than I!)

    Adorable little kiddos!


  9. Nice one guys. I knew something big was about to happen, and you didn´t let us down.

    Loved the video. Thanks a lot for all that hard work! If DAP 4.1 rocked my world, i can´t imagine what v4.2 will do

  10. Beautiful family! My son is an actor/singer too; though he has a great agent actually finding work has been elusive. So keep on writing great code, it’s probably a better business model than Hollywood πŸ˜‰

  11. Rawk on, guys! I love y’all, and love seeing you. Thanks for posting what you’re into. Can’t wait to direct my new clients to the new release…

  12. Thanks all for your comments :-).

    >> Disappointed to see no SSS updates, especially inventory where we can specify how many of each product to sell, which has been requested by a few people << There are SSS updates as well. With DAP 4.2, the users can redeem credits at content-level - so for eg., credits can be redeemed towards a single blog post, page or video. This was a big change for SSS. We will look into your request for inventory control and get back to you.

  13. Awesome video! Thank you for sharing.

    Although we’re not very popular right now, I’m also a Miami Heat fan. It was cool to see you guys at the Staples Center wearing those jerseys! Brave…

    All the best to your daughter in her pursuit of an Acting career. Props to you for being such supportive parents.

    And finally, VERY excited about your work on DAP. All those improvements are simply genius. Can’t wait.

    Thank you for all you do for us.

    Cheers to a great summer!


  14. I’m new to DAP (started v4.0) and just upgraded to v4.1. Now v4.2?

    I LOVE IT! You have a SOLID reputation for product support and even with all that summer fun you managed to get a little coding in. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the continued support… we look forward to v4.2!

  15. Now I know what is your secret to feed your support and development, if you do not have copywrite I should copy it πŸ™‚ I can not wait to see v4.2 even in beta. Thanks for your hard work and engagement.

  16. Nice video & the family (all of you) are beautiful.
    I haven’t got DAP yet, a bit pricy for me right now. Maybe in the future…
    Looks like you’re doing great things with it, though.

  17. Wonderful! Some of those features are definitely what I’ve needed. They’re great. Looking forward to 4.2 & I’m loving 4.1. Ravi, thanks too for the tips re. Greg’s piano site – I agree (though he’s not wanting a mail list). The video is a must do & I think a brief mini series of video by email would be excellent. It’s on our to do list! πŸ™‚ Loved your home vid of the family. Veena, thank you for all your help the other night on Skype. Cheers, Thea

  18. Improvements sound great! Can’t wait to use them!

    Now I will have to take the 5 Minutes to update each site!

    Darn it!

    I can’t wait for 5.0 (everything should be done for us automatically by then- the way you are going)!

    Have Fun!

  19. Hi Veena & Ravi,
    You’re always working sooo hard it’s great to see you and your kids do get some play time! (Hey – animoto has moved on loads since it started. I may use it myself sometime soon now.)
    Thanks for all your help in the past.
    Best wishes,

  20. Hi Veena & Ravi,
    I’m excited to hear that DAP v4.2 is coming soon.
    Still learning to work with DAP.
    Waiting for the upgrade’s πŸ™‚

    Have Fun,

  21. Love your video guys.. and love seeing you’re always putting yourselves ahead of the game with improvement after improvement.

    Way to go!

  22. Hi Folks,
    I’m happy my friend recommended DAP! Since I am the “new kid on the block” with web design, I look forward to learning about WP and everything DAP offers. The video was a great way to start my day. I like being able to see you as people and not only software designers. All this work is really about being able to have the freedom to spend more time with our families. I look forward to working with you!

  23. Hi Ravi and Veena,
    The way you bring your personality into the product with passion is really good. Keep up the good work and yes best wishes for your daughter to become an actor.

  24. Well done video. It’s so nice to see a family play and do things together.

    I’m looking forward to 4.2 so I can create custom fields in the admin area.

    I also wanted to mention, your customer service is super. I’m very happy with the help you provided me.

    My only criticism(its a small one) is I wish there was a “How to Set Up” video tutorial that walks a person through step 1, step 2, step 3 etc.

    Of course, it may be there and I’m just missing it.

    The tutorials you currently have are good ones but they kind of take you all over the place.

    I eventually followed the “How to Set Up DAP” tutorial produced by James Dyson of OptimizePress.com.

    Anyway, thats about it.

    You guys are doing a good job. All the best to you.

    Larry T.

  25. You guys look like you’re having a lot of fun working. I live half an hour from the beach on the other coast, and haven’t been there in two years. You’re clearly doing something right.

    And thanks for DAP. I’m excited to get it up and running and move all my businesses into it. Hoping THAT will be the move that will let me make it outside once in a while.



  26. Guys,

    Loved the video!

    So nice to see real people and such a nice family behind such an awesome product.

    Outstanding Animoto video.

    – John S.

    P.S. (What was that song?)

  27. You all always continue to impress w/ your connection and responsiveness to your market and customers – and it’s worked. DAP is now a key player in the membership site plug-in world!

    Hey, gotta ask – surprised no one else has yet:

    What is the band and song that is being played on the video?!

  28. I like “three bounce tennis… umm… four bounce… five bounce…” πŸ˜‰ What a beautiful family. God bless you.

    And of course, I can’t wait to get the new DAP running on my site!

    Take care,


  29. Hi Ravi, Hey Veena

    So nice to see your beautiful family.
    And thanks for the reminder of one of the main reasons we do what we do – to enjoy more freedom in our lives to spend on the truly important things in life – like quality time with family. Well done. Thanks for all you do.

  30. Hi Veena, Hi Ravi,
    great to see all this great progress you guys are making. And see the family growing. We are still diving into the amazing depths of DAP to make our online business a success. Keep it up

  31. Thanks for the video, looks like that you have fun also not just working.

    Allthough there are many new parts in 4.2, when do you think that DAP can handle WP-Network?

    Take care / Lars

  32. Already this Friday? Wow! I thought it’s going to be like 3,4 weeks later. Fantastic job guys and Veena Thank you again to still manage time for me. Your support is excellent.

  33. GREAT additions!! Excellent, exactly what we need!

    Quick question: will the cart pages be able to integrate with one-time offers and upsells?

    Also, does Worldpay integrate with 1-click upsells?

    Thanks for your awesome platform!

  34. Very excited on purchasing DAP. I’ll wait today for the 4.2 version. Looking forward to it.

  35. The wait is almost over…

    DAP 4.2 release packaging is in progress. We will be releasing it later tonight as promised :). We have worked really hard on this release, there are a lot of changes and we hope you will all benefit from this release!

    It’s a beta release so we recommend that you do not upgrade a live site.

    Thanks for your support as always! We will be in touch.


  36. Alright folks… the wait is finally over πŸ™‚

    DAP v4.2 Beta (and LiveLinks v1.7) are now officially live, and available for download from our member’s area at http://DigitalAccessPass.com/dap/

    If you run into any issues, please do not use this blog post to submit support issues. Instead, please open a ticket at http://DigitalAccessPass.com/support/ .

    However, if you have any general feedback about the release (hint: lavish praise, for eg., :-), then feel free to add your comment here.

    We will be working overtime this long weekend in order to support those of you who decided to upgrade to v4.2. So feel free to go ahead and try it out.

    And have an incredible long weekend!

    – Veena & Ravi

  37. 4.2 sounds great.
    Now I havent installed the beta anywhere – so this small change may be there.

    When I query a member – I want to be able to change everything for that member such as PAID/ paymt start and end dates etc on the member form without having to scroll through ALL my member lists to find the member so that I can change these things that are i nthe PRODUCT ACCESS COLUMN

    thanks for all the updates and support – you guys are super and I am glad to see the mix of family and work !

  38. Awesome, Ravi and Veena!

    As luck would have it, I have two sites to start developing as soon as the holiday weekend with my nephews is over…perfect beta testing ground :).

    Thank you, as always, for working sooooo hard! I really appreciate you both.


  39. I installed yesterday. I had no chance to play around with it yet, but I liked how much cleaner it is and grayed secure pages. I will check more today

  40. Hi Veit,

    >> Quick question: will the cart pages be able to integrate with one-time offers and upsells? << Yes, the cart pages will be able to integrate with OTO and upsells. >> Also, does Worldpay integrate with 1-click upsells? << No. The 1-click upsells within DAP is a feature of the DAP shopping cart.

  41. Quick Question: How do you handle membership declined payments?

    – One month they get access.
    – Next month, their payment declines.

    How do you let the customer know?
    Can you let the customer know inside the member’s area somehow?


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