17 October, 2014

You know what they say… there are only two certainties in life - death and taxes. Well, we’ve been working to teach Civi to help make the latter a bit easier. We’re very pleased to announce that Web Access and core team have collaborated to ensure that CiviCRM 4.6 will fully support Sales Tax ( VAT). As of the conclusion of the Edale London sprint we’ve merged this functionality into the master branch.

Not only will CiviCRM understand Sales Tax, it can actually allow users generate Sales Tax invoices right in the back office. This will eliminate the need to track invoices separately in your accounting software and manually upload transaction data.

Key Features

  • Fully supports percentage-based sales tax
  • Each line item can be subject to a different sales tax percentage
  • Sales Tax amounts are automatically applied to a Sales tax creditor account
  • Supported: Events, Contributions,...
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30 September, 2014
By maya

After the excitement of CiviCon with new features and extensions being discussed, the Civi Sprinters are hard at work improving and finalising these for release, as well as discussing future plans. 

However not all of us can bask in the glory of cool features and improvements. The documentation team have been hard at work attempting to improve the Civi Book.

The 4.5 version of the book has recently been released, updated with new 4.5 features and interface changes. In addition to this the membership section was restructured into a (hopefully) more meaningful and usable structure. At this years sprint we are working on the events section in an attempt to restructure it in a similar way. The aims are to ensure the documentation is up to date, get it into a more logical structure for end users and removing duplication of content. Watch this space for a new book release!  

After restructuring documentation all day, it was time to restructure and refresh our heads...

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24 September, 2014
As soon as our organisation (a UK church) started using Civi, we realised that there was one particular gap in its functionality which had a big impact on us - the ability to deal with recurring events. We run lots of things that 'recur' - courses on parenting, marriage, the Christian faith; youth clubs; weekly children's groups - so Civi's inability to deal with them was a challenge. I did some research on the forums and realised that others wanted this functionality too as many organisations run courses, classes, training events, regular meetings and so on. Encouraged by that I decided to start a Make It Happen campaign. 
 
I launched it with a lightning talk at Civicon 2012 and had some good feedback and some initial donations but then things went quiet. I contacted people who sounded like they may be interested via the forums, networked as hard as I could and blogged, but to no avail. There was plenty of...
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18 September, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to setup a repeating event in CiviCRM, for example weekly church groups, then you’ll know thats its not the most straightforward task in CiviCRM at the moment, requiring large amounts of manual labour to get the desired end result. Up steps the Zing funded MIH with a large dose of user input from Lindsey @ Woodlandschurch and others who fed back on the wiki.

When Zing first approached us about the work we started with ideas and sketch of repeating events, however one of our key goals was to ensure the work became part of the core civicrm codebase and not an extension. The main reasoning behind this was to ensure that other extensions, such as CiviVolunteer and CiviBooking, could also take advantage of the repeating nature of events for their implementations. Up stepped our Core Recursion...

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04 September, 2014

Generously funded by ZingCivicon London will see the launch of new functionality enabling Civi to handle recurring events and much more. Rather than being restricted to ‘one-off’ events, Civi will now handle far more complex scenarios.

The new features will be incorporated into the core of CiviEvent but there are added bonuses as the recurring functionality has wide-ranging applications within Civi. Do you want to schedule volunteers every Tuesday at 4pm and on the third Friday of every month? Do you need to make a room booking every Monday evening for 6 weeks, three times a year? In time, the recurring functionality should make this possible in extensions such as CiviVolunteer and CiviBooking.

Back to Events,...

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01 September, 2014

There is a newly updated version of the native extension called "Fancy Tokens". This new version (2.1) includes enhancements suggested by the community. Specifically the request from Xavier to include tokens for individual event registration pages, where the event ID can be easily changed. 

Have you ever needed to send an email from CiviCRM that includes a list of upcoming events? Then you know how much fun the copy/paste effort this entails, especially if you want to use a checksum in the links to register. Plus you know you get to repeat the whole exciting process for the next newsletter the following week or month. Or if you have someone else you need to train on this task, try explaining to a non-technical person how to hand-edit the URL query string to include the checksum paramaters. (is the contact ID query string param name "cid=x" or "id=x", well that depends....)          And even if you do not deal with events, you can have the same fun teaching someone else to...

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27 August, 2014
Filed under CiviEvent, Extensions

If you are one of the early adopters of CiviVolunteer on 4.4.x and planning to upgrade to 4.5, your help is needed to test out the 4.5 release of CiviVolunteer 1.3.
This release is to ensure that people are not held back from upgrading to the much anticipated 4.5 release. However the brand new release of CiviVolunteer 1.4 is right around the corner and will have significant new features. This release has been sponsored by the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, a community cable access station, http://www.mnn.org/ , and will be incorporated into the Community Media Drupal Distribution which MNN is a co-steward of. http://cmdrupal.org/

If you run a volunteer program or simply participate in one, please head over to the CiviVolunteer Roadmap [http://is.gd/civivol] and give us your 2 cents on which features should be in the...

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16 February, 2014

Have you ever needed to send an email from CiviCRM that includes a list of upcoming events? Then you know how much fun the copy/paste effort this entails, especially if you want to use a checksum in the links to register. Plus you know you get to repeat the whole exciting process for the next newsletter the following week or month. Or if you have someone else you need to train on this task, try explaining to a non-technical person how to hand-edit the URL query string to include the checksum paramaters. (is the contact ID query string param name "cid=x" or "id=x", well that depends....)          And even if you do not deal with events, you can have the same fun teaching someone else to properly use checksums when you need to include a hyperlink to a contribution page or a stand-alone profile.  

If you want a much easier process for listing upcoming events with links to register, including links to contribution pages and stand-alone profiles, then try out the new extension...

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20 January, 2014

eWay is an australian payment processor that provides a seamless connection with many banks and allows for recurring payments, token payments etc.

CiviCRM has had a one off payments processor for eWay for a long time, but has lacked one for recurring payments and now it is finally here!

This payment processor has had a long history and there are many people to thank in it’s evolution.

I started the process several years ago, creating a processor that scraped emails checking for sucseful recurring payments. This work was undertaken with Community Builders for Voiceless initially.

It was then refactored into using eWay’s token based recurring payments API by Henare Deegan.

Finally, to make it work for all users and not just hard coded to work for specific clients I undertook another update to the code (also making it compatible with several versions of CiviCRM) with sponsorship from...

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13 December, 2013
Pogstone has created a new custom search that should help anyone dealing with events, pricesets and/or custom participant data. This search has the following features:
 
  - you can filter/view individual priceset options. (Such as search on participants who registered for a certain priceset session.)
  - Choice of 3 layouts: one row per participant, or one row per line item, or summary totals for each line item option. 
  - Choose which columns to include in the results
  - Includes memberhsip type and membership status in the results
  - Includes information about who the participant was registered by, and any participant custom data
  - Includes age of the participant. (You can control the date used to calculate the age, such as using Sept. 1 for school/youth events. ) 
 

 I would like to get feedback on this new search extension  I have tested this successfully...

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