Do not attempt to adjust your aerial, it's Compucorp taking over the blog for a quick blast of posts... bare with us, you'll be returned to your normal programming shortly!
Post no 1 - CiviBooking - Development / Alpha release
We're super excited to announce the first alpha release of CiviBooking!
Are you a non profit with Rooms or Resources that you think you could raise money by renting out? Or are you a community center or voluntary service looking to manage your resources better? Sick of spreadsheets, emails and that Google calendar that no one keeps up to date? Then CiviBooking is the extension for you!
This first release is strictly "developer" only and is not production ready... but for the inquisitive amongst you why not take a trip over to the Compucorp github and download the development version:Read more
It's a beautiful day up here in Dalesbridge, with a low sun, rippling green grass, a bright blue sky, and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
The above shows an example of how it looks with some dummy data assigned. But why is it important?
Future First's member schools need to be able to contact their registered alumni to participate in events, mentoring, and presentations to their current students. But it's impossible to successfully automate SMS messages to invalid phone numbers. The UK Phone Number Validator helps by providing a list of invalid phone numbers along with easy functions...Read more
With the upcoming release of 4.4 and a series of "super extensions" like CiviHR, CivVolunteer and CiviBooking - the power and importance of extensions in the CiviCRM ecosystem is on the rise. A group of us met at the UK sprint today to discuss some of the improvements in the technical and human infrastructure to help ensure that more folks are aware of extensions, that more extensions are shared, and that extensions can be made available in multiple languages. As usual, there's more to do than we can bite off right away - but some of the pieces that we agreed to jump on this week are listed below:
- Get the existing backlog of extensions awaiting approval for automated release reviewed (and approved as appropriate). We're looking to enlist folks at the sprint and remotely to jump on this task. You can find the list of extensions AND post a note that you are grabbing one for review here on the...
One of our clients was wrestling with getting WordPress events to display within their event calendar, and I finally had enough. We really just needed a simple WordPress widget that displays upcoming CiviCRM events.
A couple hours later, voila: the CiviEvent Widget plugin. It's really straightforward, but you can generate as many widgets as you like, control the title and number of events for each, and choose among two basic appearance options or theme it yourself.
Please let me know what you think, ideas for improving it, and any bugs or limitations you find.
If you're in the Mid-Atlantic and using CiviEvent and/or WordPress, you might consider coming to the...Read more
There is a new native extension available for allowing parents to register their children for events within CiviEvent. Tired of using custom data fields on a child to collect information about their parents and emergency contacts? Would you like the information collected during the event registration to create ( or update ) the various contact records needed in the back-office? Then this is the extension for you. It creates a contact record for each child, each parent, each emergency contact, the household contact, and also builds the appropriate relationships between each contact.
Pogstone (http://pogstone.com - Now a founding partner of CiviCRM) is happy to be able to sponsor and develop this extension for the CiviCRM community. We had help along the way from others: Thanks to Joe Murray and WebAccess for their contributions to making this extension happen.
To download the extension,...Read more
PTP's first official contribution to the extensions repository is out: Summary Fields!
PTP folks and friends have been working hard to enhance the fundraising aspects of CiviCRM. We have big plans, and expect to release the bits and pieces as they are completed.
Summary Fields is the first to make it out. We've been testing it for a month or two now and, while it has a few quirks (particularly with large data sets), it's fairly stable.
To quote from the README file (written by Mark):
Summary Fields make it easier to search for major donors, recent donors, lapsed donors as well as to show a synopsis of a donor’s history. Summary Fields extends your CiviCRM data by creating a tab of fields that total up and summarize donation history.
Once you’ve completed set-up, a new tab will appear alongside other tabs in contact records showing the totals for...Read more
For the past several months, my team at the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame have been working on developing a mobile client for CiviCRM. It is now hosted on GitHub HERE.
So what exactly does it do, and what is its purpose? We know that with the increasingly mobile world, client relations need to be accessible on-the-go. This is the main motivation behind the work we've done with our CiviCRM Mobile Client (not to be confused with CiviMobile). We have a demo running HERE. Right now the client has functionality for viewing, searching, editing, and adding contacts with basic fields, notes and relationships (we have organizations, activities and tasks, also in the works but they’re a little buggy right now). We use the Client exclusively with Joomla right now and are very pleased with how it is developing.
Work on Project60 continues in the limelight. SEPA Direct Debit processing is alive and kicking, and we've just completed a first demo run of CiviBanking integrated with the Belgian bank format (CODA) importer. 261 files containing 1600+ transactions, running through an initial set of matching rules, good for an 80% hit rate ... not bad at all. Considering that the entire matching process takes about 2 minutes to complete, and only 320 transactions need a human intervention, this is promising news !
Since quite a number of customers will be rolling out CiviBanking in Q4, we expect to have a stable v1 ready by the time CiviCRM 4.4 goes GA.
If you are interested -- and why would you not be -- you can come and take a look at CiviBanking during CiviCon London.
Update: we've arrived at the point where we are going to be transforming our CiviCRM CDN Tax Receipts Drupal module - https://drupal.org/sandbox/semperit/1289724 to a CiviCRM extension. Thanks to my projects, and Jake's from Peaceworks and Lola's from Freeform we have been able to add a huge amount of functionality during 2013: e.g. Annual Tax receipts, Receipts issued in bulk, reporting, hooks which can be used to decide whether contributions are eligible or not to be receipted based on custom fields, based on amount, and soon to come: inject your own custom PDF letterhead/template as a background template). The added functionality has made it a popular module for CDN non-profits and the requests for a Joomla version are now persistent. So it makes total sense to transform this into an extension now. We've scheduled work on it starting this month!