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13 March, 2018

During this coming April, you may notice something peculiar on the download page -- instead of 4.7.32, you'll see a jump up to 5.0.0. Does this mean that CiviCRM is finally implementing a personal voice-assistant to take-down Amazon Echo? Nope. Maybe it means open-season on changes, granting a general license to break backward-compatibility? Nope. 5.0 is boring. It's basically the same thing as 4.7. It's just a big number with a little change.

OK... what...

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13 March, 2018
Filed under Tools, API, Architecture, Extensions

I have finished a working prototype of the form-processor and action-provider extension. See my previous blog post for where the idea came from.

Below I will explain what you can do with this extension. Lets assume we have an external website where students can signup to volunteer in a summer program. When a student has signed up we want this data to be present in CiviCRM and the student added to the group student volunteers.

So first we have to install...

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08 March, 2018
Filed under Release
Greetings, CiviCRM community!
We are glad to announce the March CiviCRM release is now ready to download. 


Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 4.7.31 can be accessed here.


Complete list of 4.7 contributors (it's a huge team!) can be found...
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05 March, 2018
Filed under Training

Cividesk is offering our new user class on the Fundamentals of Contact Management this Wednesday, March 7th from 1 - 3 pm MT (3 - 5 pm ET).  Click here for more information and to register. Class size is kept small to allow for questions, and classes do fill up, so we recommend registering soon!

This is an excellent introduction to contact management for those who are new to CiviCRM or require more formal instruction.

We will cover creating contacts, linking contact records...

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02 March, 2018
By Anil
Filed under v4.7, CiviCRM, Extensions

On many occasions, clients have mentioned that the contact summary screen loses a lot of prime space to the communication preferences and demographics sections.

“Is there no way to collapse them by default like you can with custom data? They are rarely used but are needed”

They’re aware that demographics and communication preferences can be removed via the UI (/civicrm/admin/setting/preferences/display?reset=1)

This is a simple extension that collapses both the communication preferences and demographics sections by default on the summary page.

We’ve added a few...

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26 February, 2018
Filed under Training

This two hour on-line training on Friday, March 2nd (9 am PT/ 10 am MT/ 11 am CT/ 12 pm ET) taught by Cividesk is perfect for new users of CiviCRM who would like to learn all the basics of CiviMember.  

It's also ideal for those in charge of configuring the membership module, since the class covers the best way to set up membership types and explores the rules behind how CiviCRM automatically moves a membership from new to expired.  We will walk through configuring an on-line membership page, so your contacts can sign up for membership on-line, and you'll also learn...

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20 February, 2018
Filed under Community, Documentation

The Documentation Working Group is planning a remote sprint to improve content in the User Guide. Everyone is invited to participate! Experience editing our docs will be helpful but not required.

Sign up to join this sprint

Time frame

We've chosen one 72-hour block for the sprint as follows. Mark your calendars, and join us for however much time you like...

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19 February, 2018


This year we will have two CiviCamps in the UK to choose from!

  • May 15th in London

  • October 5th in Manchester

CiviCamps are one day events covering everything related to CiviCRM. They are a great opportunity to learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for your organization, meet other CiviCRM users, partners and Core Team members and gather their feedback, learn advanced strategies for managing your online database, ask any questions you might have, share tips and build connections! This is the opportunity to meet the...

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15 February, 2018
Filed under Training

Cividesk has created an on-line training session to guide you through the basics of creating custom fields and to show you how to use profiles to gather custom data from contacts through the creation of an on-line form. When you leave this class, you'll be able to customize CiviCRM to gather and store data that is unique to your organization, as well as better understand the various uses of profiles in CiviCRM.

Join us next Thursday, February 22nd from 12 to 2 pm (Mountain Time) for this on-line training session taught by Cividesk...

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15 February, 2018
Filed under Extensions, Make it happen

Last month I made a proposal for a client to integrate CiviCRM with Outlook 365. This proposal was rejected because the client did not go for an e-mail migration to Outlook 365. So the need for this plugin was gone.

The plan was that this integration would do the following:

  • all the contacts in CiviCRM exposed to the outlook address book
  • all the groups and the group membership exposed as groups in the outlook address book
  • above would be done with the restriction that you can only see the contacts and groups which you are...
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