02 October, 2018
By petednz

The Civi Summit was a great event - full of lots of nice surprises. One that stands out for me was that what started out as some wishful thinking - namely having the ability to provide on-page tours/tutorials - ended up with us being able to beta test a 'proof of concept' before we left.

While some amongst us (ahem) were sampling the whiskey and fine IPAs late in the evening along to the strumming of the musically-able folk, others remained focussed on their laptops - and in Coleman's case this meant getting us a working prototype of a tour/tutorial system for civi pages.

This will give us all the ability to create user guidance on the screen, with settings to determine which Group members get which tutorials, whether they can skip/defer and come back to them later, multi-language/translation options and lots more.

You will even be able to daisy-chain your tutorials together so a new user can take themselves on a very quick but comprehensive tour of the many...

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30 September, 2018
By josh

The recent DevCamp in New Jersey presented several sessions on new developments in CiviCRM land as well as showcased several of its inner workings. One session presented by Core Team member Tim Otten stood out for me: Form Builder. If you’re like me, you listen to folks like Tim with a great deal of respect and appreciation for what they say (and do). That doesn’t necessarily mean you understand everything he says, but you know enough to know that what he’s saying is probably right and well thought out! Occasionally, you do understand it though.

I’ve had one of those moments, and I wanted to report back to the rest of the world. As you might be aware, we kicked off a Make It Happen campaign to flesh out a working prototype of Form Builder. In the Make It Happen campaign we talk...

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15 February, 2018
Filed under Extensions, Make it happen

Last month I made a proposal for a client to integrate CiviCRM with Outlook 365. This proposal was rejected because the client did not go for an e-mail migration to Outlook 365. So the need for this plugin was gone.

The plan was that this integration would do the following:

  • all the contacts in CiviCRM exposed to the outlook address book
  • all the groups and the group membership exposed as groups in the outlook address book
  • above would be done with the restriction that you can only see the contacts and groups which you are allowed to see when you login into CiviCRM
  • outlook address book is read only. Meaning that changes should be made in CiviCRM and become visible in outlook

I made a guesstimate that development including testing and documentation takes between 12-24 hours of development.
My own investment would be that I need probably 8-16 hours of learning before I can develop a plugin...

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14 November, 2017

Two months ago, I launched a Make It Happen campaign to build a System Administrator Guide with the goal of migrating the installation, setup, and upgrade documentation out of the wiki and into a beautiful guide on our new documentation platform. Amazingly, the MIH campaign reached its $2,000 USD minimum in only 4 days — which meant I could get to work right away!

Now I've completed this content migration and am excited to share the System Administrator Guide with you, in all its glory...

https://docs.civicrm.org/sysadmin

Thanks

Before you thank me, join me in thanking these partners and community members who made this project happen by backing the campaign:

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13 September, 2017

Are you a system administrator who installs, configures, upgrades, or integrates CiviCRM?

Have you noticed how awesome the new User Guide and Developer Guide are, but felt sad that the system administrator docs have been left out of the party, languishing in the wiki?

Your time has come! A System Administrator Guide will soon be on its way! ... hopefully...

I've just launched a Make It Happen campaign to build the System Administrator Guide. If I can raise $2,000 USD by October 15th, I will migrate the installation, setup, and upgrade documentation out of the wiki and into a beautiful guide on our new documentation platform.

...
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29 May, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that the Mosaico extension v2 is finally available to download!*

Mosaico enhances the existing CiviCRM Mailing module to simplify the email creation process by allowing you to use a simple drag and drop mailing editor to create your emails. The Mosaico extension will then produce a responsive (suitable for mobile) and perfectly formatted email for you!

How do I use the new Mosaico?

1.  Mailing

With Mosaico Integration enabled, you will be led to the screen below when you choose to create a new mailing:

Here has everything you need to tell Civi about the mailing you are creating. This includes:

- Mailing...

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17 April, 2017
Filed under API, Make it happen

We’ve talked about and have made some progress on APIv4. Along with a native form builder and an improved UI, a new version of CiviCRM’s API was identified as a key objective our roadmap. While it may be the least glamorous of the three, it is an increasingly important and powerful feature within CiviCRM. And it’s time for an update.

Api version 4 represents an important leap forward for the CiviCRM platform. An api is an "Application Program Interface" used to create, read, update or delete information in the database. It is used by extensions, 3rd-party integrations, customizations, and increasingly by the core CiviCRM software itself. CiviCRM currently ships with api version 3, which has many excellent features but also some limitations which hinder development of api-based applications.

Broadly speaking, APIv4 will allow organizations using CiviCRM to:

  • Better...

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28 February, 2017

Some of you will know, use and might even love the CiviRules extension. We certainly do! Quite a few of the organizations we support with their CiviCRM stuff use and love it, and judging by the question on StackExchange and issues and pull requests on GitHub quite a few more do too!

This is wonderful! But it also means that quite a few organizations are faced with the challenge of keeping CiviRules up to date with the latest CiviCRM versions. And want to make sure the functionality remains the same whenever new upgrades or little fixes to CiviCRM happen. So we think it would be nice if we were able to:

  • ensure CiviRules is compatible with the latest and greatest core CiviCRM
  • add a bunch of automated unit tests to CiviRules that would be run together with the core automated tests so we immediately know about bugs or software conflicts when something changes in core.

To make this possible we need funding. Initially some funding to make...

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10 January, 2017
By Stoob
Filed under Make it happen, Sprints, Teams

Hello world, I would like to introduce the idea of of CiviCRM "Community Fridays".   Let's coalesce our ongoing community efforts improving Civi around a certain day of the week: every Friday.

This is the idea of myself, Allen Shaw, Josh Gowans and and other partners.  Will you consider joining us?  Community Friday isn't just for bugs and developers... it's for marketing, end users and everyone.

Do what you've been doing, do more, or do less, whatever you feel is fair and necessary for your business.   We're just hoping that you try to do it on Fridays with us.

Why?  Like a global mini-sprint, we amplify our efforts when we coordinate together, thus...

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18 December, 2016
Filed under CiviGrant, Make it happen

I am interested in connecting with other users of CiviGrant. The Stack Exchange is great for specific questions, but I'd also like to:
- Share real-life examples of CiviGrant use (such as customizations and online grant application processes).
- Explore groups' interest in a Make-It-Happen campaign or other cost-sharing to improve CiviGrant and other components/extensions useful to grantmaking organizations.

If you are interested, please email edith@mrgfoundation.org with "CiviGrant" in the subject line. Here are some questions you could answer in your email to help us get acquainted and see where our CiviGrant needs overlap (my own answers are in brackets).

1)     What organization are you with?

[I’m with MRG Foundation: a grantmaking and fundraising foundation supporting Oregon’s racial justice/social justice movement for over 40 years.]

2)     Sense of scale: Around how many grants do you...

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