01 July, 2011

We've just started a make it happen for UK direct debit integration - something that lots of UK non profits have been asking for and we are happy to provide :)

The fabulous Eileen will be carrying out the work and we are aiming to raise the total amount needed by August 15 in time for her trip to the UK so we can spend some time kick starting it all.

So if direct debit is important to you or your clients, please step up and help us reach the goal amount.

The requirements and specification are being developed on the wiki.  The spec. will be finalised before work commences based on requirements expressed by contributors and we can't garuntee to fulfill all requirements so please discusss any specific questions you have with us before adding requirements...

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16 June, 2011
By speleo
Filed under CiviMember, Extensions, Joomla

Want to control the Joomla ACL depending on a user’s membership status?

Version 2 of the Joomla CiviCRM Membership Authentication Plugin does precisely this for Joomla 1.6 and CiviCRM 4.0 users. 

  • Allows users to login with either their username or email address

  • Uses the Joomla user table to authenticate

  • Checks that that user has a current CiviCRM membership record

  • Sets the Joomla Access Level depending on the users membership status

  • Redirects to the configured menu item  based on potential results

Also, if a user's membership has expired they can be redirected to a contribution page to renew.

More details can be found here http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Joomla+CiviCRM+Membership+Authentication+and+ACL+...

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06 June, 2011
Filed under API, Drupal, Extensions

Fans of Webform CiviCRM Integration will be happy to hear that version 2 is now available for testing. And if you're not already a fan of that module, this might put you over the edge.

With version 1, you were able to:

  • Create/update a single Individual via webform
  • Log a simple activity for that contact when the form was submitted
  • Allow the user to opt-in to groups
  • Tag contacts

Version 2 take that to a whole new level, giving you the ability to:

  • Expose a virtually unlimited number of contacts per webform (so your users can enter their entire family, team, etc. on a single form).
  • It handles any type of contact, and supports multiple addresses, emails, phones, websites, and custom fieldgroups per contact.
  • Create Relationships between the multiple contacts on the form!
  • It also exposes activity fields...
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10 May, 2011
Filed under API, Drupal, Extensions, Joomla

After spending a lot of time, CiviSync CMS Component (for Joomla) and Module (for Drupal) were able to see the sunlight. We have now released the two extensions on our website www.targetintegration.com

CiviSync CMS was primarily created as an additional item to CiviSync Outlook Addon (Still Under Development); to provide an easy to use interface to manage site key of a CiviCRM installation and API Key for the users in the database. Thanks to Xavier who helped me realise the full potential of CiviSync CMS; that not only CiviSync but whereever you want to use API, CiviSync CMS can be a useful tool.

I have taken the following from the wiki and modified for those unaware about Site Keys and API Keys:

What is a Site Key?

You are required to pass authentication information at runtime to prevent any scripts in CiviCRM from being invoked by an unauthorized agent. CiviCRM uses a Site Key in...

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09 April, 2011
By kurund
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Extensions, Meetups

It was a great gathering of people from different backgrounds showing up for the meetup. By far this was one of the biggest meetups (30+ people) that I have attended. Nice to see the growth in the SF Bay Area civi community!

 

Meetup kicked off with a report back by Dave Greenberg of the CiviCRM team from CiviCon Chicago. He reviewed growth trends for the platform, and broad goals for the project going forward. You can download Dave's slides as well as most of the other CiviCon Chicago presentations here. This was followed by presentation by Arthur Richards from Wikimedia Foundation. He briefed everyone on how Wikimedia uses CiviCRM to manage 999,350+ contacts and 1,067,739+ contribution records. Arthur's presentation can be found...

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15 March, 2011
By jalama
Filed under CiviMail, Drupal, Extensions

Rooty Hollow is excited to announce the release of our Constant Contact Integration module for CiviCRM.  If you are not able or willing to deal with sending bulk e-mails form your host this module is for you.

 
A year ago or so we quietly published a module on drupal.org (sorry Drupal only at this point) to allow for synchronization between contacts in CiviCRM and Constant Contact.  Thanks to funding from Constant Contact we recently were able to work out the kinks in the module and have posted it to a release candidate just this week.  The original work on the module was  developed by Fidelity Investments' LEAP Program in partnership with the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers thanks to an opportunity made possible by Common Impact.
 
The core fucntionlity of this module is:
  • Upload contacts from a CiviCRM installation...
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21 February, 2011
Filed under CiviCase, CiviCRM, Extensions

Many non-profits live and die by the grant money that they are able to bring in. CiviCRM can currently track incoming grant applications through CiviGrant, but there is no way to track outgoing grants applications.

This functionality has been requested by users of CiviGrant in the past, but the project never moved forward. The organization that I work with is very interested in tracking our grant application workflow, which in turn makes me very interested in implementing this functionality.

After some discussion in the forums, it was suggested that I write up a blog post with a few ideas on how to go ahead with the project. Essentially, I see three options:

  1. Extend CiviGrant by adding DB fields.
  2. Extend CiviGrant by leveraging activities.
  3. Replace CiviGrant with a CiviCase workflow.

Before moving ahead, I would like to...

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04 February, 2011

The webform module is a great way to collect info from your contacts, perfect for things like application forms, surveys, contact forms, feedback forms, etc. The hard part is getting those form submissions to actually link to your CiviCRM contacts... until now.

Until now, getting your webforms to work with CiviCRM was a little like Groundhog Day. You wake up in the morning, create the usual form (First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone Number, Email, etc.). An hour later, you're done with the easy part. Now you have to write a custom PHP script to intercept those form submissions, call up the Civi APIs (go A team!), and start trying to match up field keys to API $params. It's kind of tedious, and doesn't always work the first time (was it supposed to be 'prefix_id' or 'individual_prefix' or 'individual_prefix_id'?). But a few hours and a few dozen test submissions later you've got it all working. Now...

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21 November, 2010
Filed under CiviCRM, Extensions

Since Target Integration released CiviSync - CiviCRM Outlook Synchronization Addon in April this year, I have seen a lot of people asking about it and thanks to those who tested it and provided their feedback. Initial CiviSync was developed for CiviCRM version 2.2 and Outlook 2003/2007.

Based on your feedbacks and the updated requirement from our clients it is time that we need to update the component again but as we all know that CiviCRM has changed big time since version 2.2. The REST API has matured very well and is now very much available to test and use which will ensure that we don't need to put/include nuSOAP in the latest version. Also, Outlook 2010 has been released as well. Outlook 2003 and 2007 development was based around Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) Version...

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25 October, 2010
Filed under Drupal, Extensions

Check out the PowerPoint presentation for a review of Drupal modules for CiviCRM http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/download/attachments/33129543/Drupal+Modules+for+CiviCRM+Drupal+Camp+Toronto+2010.ppt?version=1&modificationDate=1288060322608.

I covered the ones in the tarball as well the ones on drupal.org that have stable releases for Drupal 6 and reasonable usage figures. A video of the presentation was recorded along with the rest of the main sessions at the conference. When they are processed and it is put up somewhere I'll update this post with the link.

As background, Drupal Camp Toronto 2010 was a successful two day Drupal camp with over 250 attendees (last one had less than 160) and over 15 sponsors. Keynote speakers included Dries Buytaert from Acquia, Jeff Eaton from...

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