I need some extra functionality added to an existing Joomla extension. I just want the classified ads from the Joomla Adsmanager:Classified Ads component output in a format suitable for printing. This to be done either with added functionality to the Adsmanager extension or in a little standalone plugin.
I need the ads in the listing to be output completely (such as not having the description text shortened) and be styled by a separate print css file, with none of the menu's, headers, or css files from Joomla.
Here's an example of the output I want to see (this is already existing in the extension):
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That's almost exactly the layout I want... except I want the complete description text for each ad and the listings sized to fit on a regular sheet of paper, with no menus, headers, and styling from the site (I want to use a separate print css for the styling). The ads that are output should be sorted by a custom site column (ad_city), and then further sorted by the site ad categories. I would prefer that the 'print all ads' functionality is only available in the backend, by administrators. But if it makes the coding significantly easier, it can also be accessed from the component's front-end - though in that case, I would prefer an on-off switch to enable/disable the functionality in the component config options.
I know that, at the very least, I will just have to add and update the custom code in-line with the various files in the Adsmanager component, (though it is preferred that the coder would take whatever steps necessary to try to make upgrades as easy as possible for me by minimizing what files and sections that would need to be edited when I upgrade the Adsmanager component). But I would also like to know if I can get my desired functionality in a separate plugin or module form, that can be installed separately through the Joomla interface and work with the Adsmanager data. If this is reasonably possible, without a huge expense, then I would prefer it.
All code must be compatible with:
The latest Joomla CMS ([url removed, login to view])
The latest Adsmanager: Classified Ads Joomla extension (which is currently 2.5 RC2)
PHP 5.3 ([url removed, login to view])
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