Find out how to use all the new 4.6 features and read the re-vamped Events chapter at http://gitbook.civicrm.org/.
First the formalities...
Thank you to the people who contributed to this update including Joanne Chester, Maya Gibb, Roshani Kothari, Michael McAndrew, Joe Murray, Kate Sneed, Galata Tona and any others I have forgotten to mention.
Now for an explanation...
Having gone on long car journeys with young children before the ACPED (Age of Cheap Personal Electronic Devices), I am very familiar with “Are we there yet?” Now I usually only hear it in my head as I try to make light of the longer than 12-hour flights I have to endure as an Australian who likes to attend CiviCon. Lately, however, it is there whenever I visit the CiviCRM Area 51 site on Stack Exchange. I want to be at the “beta” phase when we will actually be able to ask and answer questions.
The 4.5 Documentation Dash,held on Sunday, July 27th and Monday July 28th, was a remote sprint designed to finish documenting all the new features coming up in CiviCRM 4.5 and finalise the restructured Membership section. With typical CiviCRM flexibility people worked on issues before, during and after the designated Dash days. We closed 14 issues (see https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/secure/RapidBoard.jspa?rapidView=14 )
"...not on those days."
"...I am very new to CiviCRM."
"...I don't understand what I need to do."
Read more for answers to you concerns.
Join us during our Documentation Dash (remote sprint) on Sunday 27th July and Monday 28th July to help get the new edition of the User and Administrator Guide ready for release at the same time as the stable version of 4.5.
I ‘discovered’ CiviCRM in 2010 whilst trawling the Internet for an alternative to the proprietary CRM my employer, the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), was using at the time. I read the user and administrator book, played on the demo site and spent some time on the forums.
At the recent Dalesbridge sprint, members of the documentation team updated the user and administration book.
We included new features for 4.4, expanded on some previously under-documented areas and re-organised some content to make things easier to find.
The new version of the book has now been published at http://book.civicrm.org/user/.
As the first full day of the Dalesbridge sprint ends, I have no regrets about taking leave from work and flying halfway round the world to participate in my first CiviCRM sprint.