Revive Adserver v4.1 released

Revive Adserver logoRevive Adserver v4.1 is now available.

This major new release contains several exciting enhancements and improvements. Just to name a few:

  • Revive Adserver now supports uploading HTML5 ads, directly from inside the user interface.
  • The “Delivery Limitations” feature was renamed to “Delivery Rules” to be more in line with other well known ad systems and to make it more clear to users what the feature is designed for.
  • A new delivery rule was added that enables users to white list or black lists entire sets of domain names or hostnames.
  • Clicking a banner that has been deactivated, or that is part of a campaign that is no longer active or has expired, will not result in the click being counted or the user being redirected to the landing page URL.

In addition, there are numerous small improvements and bug fixes.

More information about this release can be found on the blog post published by the Revive Adserver project.

Revive Adserver v4.0 released

Revive Adserver logoRevive Adserver v4.0 is now available.

This major new release contains several exciting enhancements and improvements. Just to name a few:

  • Revive Adserver now works with PHP7+, without the need for complicated configuration of the integration from PHP to MySQL.
  • The functionality to target specific operating systems and browsers has been updated to include current-day versions of both, and the ad delivery speed when using these targeting options has been improved significantly.
  • To support the use of HTML5 banners after the demise of Flash, the maximum size for the HTML banner field has been increased from 64 Kilo byte to 16 Mega byte.

In addition, there are numerous small improvements and bug fixes, plus patches for 3 low risk security issues that were recently discovered.

More information about this release can be found on the blog post published by the Revive Adserver project.

Revive Adserver one year anniversary and community growth

Revive Adserver logoOn September 13, 2014, Revive Adserver project team leader Andrew Hill celebrated the one year anniversary of the project in his blog post titled Revive Adserver – One Year On…. He looks back at how the project came to life in the first half of 2013, how the team grew and prepared for the official launch on September 13, 2013, and what happened next.

Active Revive Adserver instances on September 13, 2014

Active Revive Adserver instances on September 13, 2014

A few days later, I posted how the installed base of the software has grown over the first year. On launch day, we started from scratch, and 6 months later, there were 2,500 known active installations around the world. Another 6 months later, we are able to report that there are now as many as 4,657 active installations world wide. I think this is an amazing achievement for a small team with virtually no marketing budget. Congratulations to the project team, and to the community!

OpenX Source continues as open source project Revive Adserver

OpenX Source continues as open source project Revive Adserver

OpenX Technologies, Inc. announced on Friday, September 13, 2013, that the ad serving product OpenX Source has been sold to an open source community project headed by former OpenX project leader Andrew Hill. Another prominent member of the new team is long standing community member and former OpenX senior developer Matteo Beccati.

Revive AdserverAt the same time, the software got a new name: Revive Adserver.

The OpenX press release states:

OpenX has committed the product to a respected team and passionate supporters of the open source movement and the technology. They look forward to continuing to provide free ad serving technology to the large community for which this product has proven valuable.

This transfer has been prepared for some time, as evidenced by the fact that the Revive Adserver code has been actively developed in the past months on the Github open source community repository for Revive Adserver.

I’m excited about this news, because it means that the open source product I’ve worked with in the past 10 years, will get a new chapter in life, or as the new name seems to imply, will be revitalized.

I want to congratulate the new development team with this news. I will do my best to support them and contribute to the project.

Introducing DashiX – the Revive Adserver Dashboard plugin

OpenX Dashboard: An overview of all your active campaigns and a breakdown by typeThis plugin will help you save time every day by showing you a quick overview of the total number of active campaigns, broken down by type (exclusive, contract, remnant). More quick stats overviews will be added in future releases.

But more importantly, by clicking the big number, you will immediately see an overview of all your currently active contract campaigns, with a visual progress indicator. Continue reading to find out more!

Campaign monitor with visual progress indicator

A comprehensive overview of all active contract campaigns with visual progress indicator

A comprehensive overview of all active contract campaigns with visual progress indicator – click to enlarge

Instead of having to go through the list of campaigns of all your advertisers, you see your contract campaigns listed here in a single screen. The campaigns that will end first are at the top, the ones that have some more time remaining are lower in the list.

The campaign name can be click to take you to the properties page directly, should you need to edit the campaign settings. The blue time progress bar shows you what percentage of the duration of the campaign has passed, and the colored line below is a visual progress indicator showing you exactly if a campaign is on schedule (in green), or behind or ahead of schedule (yellow). In severe cases, where the campaign is more than 10% off schedule, the visual progress indicator will turn red, enabling you to take action quickly and precisely.

More about DashiX – Revive Adserver Dashboard Plugin.