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As has been mentioned in several threads there are several forked versions, most recently: https://github.com/jlyon/ctools_automodal that have added many new features, and api.php file, and an example module. I'm not sure how or why these features have been added to projects outside this one but it would be great to get the latest code onto Drupal.org. Yet again today I pointed someone who needed a modal solution to that github account instead of this one. Let's fix that!
Attached is a patch that merges the changes from that account into this project.
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FAILED: [[SimpleTest]]: [MySQL] Unable to apply patch ctools-automodal-githubfeatures.patch. Unable to apply patch. See the log in the details link for more information. View