18 January, 2019
Filed under Training

Would you like to gather specific information about your contacts, such as their dietary preferences when they register online for an event or industry information when an organization signs up for a membership? Or maybe you need to create a newsletter sign-up form for your website.

Register for the Cividesk training "Customize your Database with Custom Fields and Profiles" this Tuesday, January 22nd, 10 am - 12 pm MT and learn how to make all of this happen in CiviCRM!

This online training session is the next step after our beginner level classes, and will give you the instruction necessary to create custom fields according to best practices and use profiles to capture information from your constituents that is unique to your organization. In short, you'll customize your...

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16 January, 2019
Filed under Extensions
 
CiviCRM does not natively log whenever an export of contacts occurs. This can be problematic for organisations with compliance and auditing obligations. In response to this The Australian Greens have developed an Extension which creates a log file for each CiviCRM domain in the ConfigAndLog directory and logs every time a CiviCRM user performs an export from within CiviCRM. The current log format is as follows:
 
"User 123456 Just did an export of type Contacts with the following Header Rows: ... 
involving the following IDs ..."
 
The header row information and list of IDs are represented in JSON format. The extension tracks the export of a range of data types, including Contacts, Memberships, Contributions, Grants, Events, Pledges, Cases and Activities
 
The extension uses CiviCRM's Debugger logger...
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12 January, 2019
Filed under Training

Get in shape with CiviCRM in the New Year!  Cividesk is offering an unique opportunity for new CiviCRM users with a one-week online training package of our Fundamentals of CiviCRM courses for a discounted rate.

This offer is so popular, classes sold out for the week of January 14th . . . but we have extended the promotion and added another session the week of January 28th.

Choose any four or all five of our CiviCRM Fundamentals classes designed for new users (Contacts, Membership, Events, Contributions, Mass Emailing) and receive a 20% discount on your registration. A great way to quickly train new staff or refresh your CiviCRM skills!

Sign up now as classes are filling quickly and you don't want to miss out!

Contact Cividesk training manager...

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06 January, 2019
By KarinG
Filed under Drupal, Extensions

2018 was a big year for Webform CiviCRM module. I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the new features that were added in 2018 (with some examples/screenshots) and take a look at what's to come in 2019!

Webform CiviCRM Integration - what is this?

Webform CiviCRM is a Drupal module that in a nutshell exposes CiviCRM APIs (with which you can create CiviCRM contacts, contributions, memberships, participant registrations, activities - just about any CiviCRM Entity programmatically) to the powerful Drupal Webform module - a very popular (over 450,000 Drupal sites are using it) and highly configurable drag and drop form builder. Webform CiviCRM itself is a popular module - over 3,000 CiviCRM projects are using it. That's more users/sites than the Mosaico Extension has! Webform CiviCRM was invented by Coleman Watts (of the CiviCRM Core Team) and is supported by the CiviCRM community:  ...

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03 January, 2019
By BjoernE
Happy New Year, CiviCRM community! I bring exciting news to all of those,  who have to deal with localisation (l10n) and internationalisation (i18n) - in short:  everyone who is occasionally unhappy with the texts in the user interface or public forms. And yes, that might include English forms as well.
 
The origin of this post goes back to some inspiring discussions I had with Tim Otten and Aidan Saunders at the Bamford sprint in autumn 2018. We were aiming for nothing short of the revolution of CiviCRM's translation system. Soon you will be able to adjust the translations on-the-fly, or inject a whole cascade of custom translation (.mo) files into the system to make the UI say exactly what you want it to say.
 
Over the holidays, I finally had some time to follow up on those ideas, and implemented a working prototype of stage one of this revolution. In short, I created an extension (...
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03 January, 2019

CiviMobile Store

CiviMobile Store

We are glad to announce that CiviMobile – a mobile app for CiviCRM – is available for one more language, Italian. The new localization has been completed on demand of CiviMobile users from Italy who were actively reaching out asking for such an update. Now, users from Italy can both read the description of the application on AppStore and Google Play Market and...

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03 January, 2019
Filed under Release
CiviCRM version 5.9.0 is now ready to download. 

RELEASE NOTES:

Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 5.9.0 can be accessed here.
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

The complete list of 5.9.0 contributors (it's a huge team!) can be found here. Thanks to everyone for making this release happen!
 
 
This version includes:
 ...
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17 December, 2018
By Detlev
Filed under CiviCamp

CiviCamps are casual, locally-organized one day events bringing together CiviCRM users, experts and those who want to discover what CiviCRM is and what it can do. This year, Software für Engagierte e.V., an association of CiviCRM users, came up with the plan to organize annual CiviCamps in Germany. 43 users, experts and interested organizations attended the first camp that took place November 15th in Halle (Saale).

The event location Peißnitzhaus Halle was the perfect place to have the camp: The small castle is currently restored for public use by a local non profit organization, which itself manages its contacts, donations and many more with CiviCRM. Even contracts for room rentals are produced automatically within CiviCRM. Beside a...

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17 December, 2018
By Eileen
Filed under Release

This is just a quick reminder that as announced in August the CiviCRM release on 2 Jan 2019 will be the last release supporting PHP 5.5. 

Upstream php.net support for PHP versions 5.6 and 7.0 also ends at the end of this month; if you are on these versions, we recommend that you consider your upgrading. Our goal is that CiviCRM will support PHP 5.6 and 7.0 through to September and December 2019 respectively. We will re-evaluate that goal in March per the previous announcement.

Our recommended version is PHP 7.2.  We have only done very limited testing on the newly released PHP 7.3 so we are not in a position to recommend 7.3 yet. Note that if you have a saved SMTP password you will need to re-save it after upgrading to PHP 7.2.

At this stage there is no intention to continue supporting PHP 5.5 in future ESR releases. However, combining longer term...

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17 December, 2018

An interview with Mary Ann Bopp, Development Director of Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal rescue organization with the mission to improve the lives of companion animals through rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. Animals at Pets Alive range from dogs and cats to farm animals. Many of the animals at Pets Alive are older, have special needs or require specific care. Pets Alive is recognized within the local community and nationwide as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of adoptable animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals.
 
Cividesk recently spoke with Mary Ann Bopp, the Development Director for Pets Alive, who is responsible for the organization’s fundraising. Before joining Pets Alive, Mary Ann gained many technical skills during her 30 plus years at IBM where she became familiar with new technology...
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