It's here! The much anticipated new CiviCRM 4.3 is ready for prime-time. Congratulations to everyone in the CiviCRM community who made this happen.
Here are just a few of the exciting improvements in CiviCRM 4.3.
- CiviDiscount extension
- Contact edit locking
- Better notifications
- Advanced search and quicksearch improvements
- Multi-record custom data in profiles
- Enhanced in-place editing
- Friendly front-end forms
- Smarter Search Builder
- New profile form designer
- Accounting integration
- WordPress access control permissions
- Ability to limit inherited memberships
- Dozens of performance enhancements and UI improvements for a faster, more comfortable ride
For more information about the new features, check out the...Read more
CiviCRM has the ability to automatically grant memberships to related contacts. So, for example, when a company purchases a membership, employees of this company can be automatically extended the same membership. In the user interface, these memberships are then flagged as ‘by relationship’.
But up to today this was an all-or-nothing proposition: all employees of the company where automatically granted a membership, with no ability to neither limit the number of related memberships, nor choose which of the employees would get these.
In the upcoming CiviCRM release 4.3, you now have these additional features:
- During definition of membership types, you can eventually choose to limit the number of inherited memberships.
- When a membership of this given type is created, related memberships are automatically granted up to the specified limit.
- For each membership of this given type, you can reassign the related memberships as needed....
We're fortunate to find Sir Civi in the midst of the Bug Smithing Weekend, and get a quick interview from him while his horse is being watered. So how's it going ?
Sir Civi: "Twenty two. So far, that is. Nasty creatures, them Bugs. Spoil the fun for everyone. Lurking in a piece of code that noone tested, popping up at the least opportune moment (like when you're doing a demo). Takes the fun out of moving to the next release."
-- Do you feel this release is getting more and more stable ?
Sir Civi: "O, definitely. We're down to the tricky type of Bug. Not visible to the untrained eye, only when you do real life stuff, you know, like running your real instance through an upgrade and looking at the details."
-- So, you would prefer people to do more realistic testing ?
Sir Civi: "Yes please. There's still people out there finishing the Weekend testing, but the more the merrier."...Read more
When you think of it, it's quite amazing : open source communities bring out the best in people. Like all of you who participated in the first Bug Smithing Day, and ran 4.3 beta through a series of real-life tests, upgrades and API scripts. Even if you didn't find a bug, thou art truly thanked for thy effort.
As we promised, there's a prize for the Knight who hunted best, based on the number of 'kills' verified by the core team as being actual Bugs. The honor (and believe me, it truly is) goes to George Lozier of Phoenix Academy, who found three critters. For that Feat, he's awarded ye Big Prize : a complimentary entrance to CiviCON San Francisco, where he shall be welcomed and henceforth called Sir George, Smither of Bugs.
'Well', we thought, 'this was fun - why not do it again ?'
The team is super excited to announce the first beta release for 4.3 with support for Drupal 7.x, Joomla 2.5.x and WordPress.
Please remember this is an BETA release and it should NOT be used on production sites - however, we strongly encourage everyone to upgrade a copy of your current site(s) on a test server and let us know about any bugs or problems. Join the Community Release Testing initiative to help ensure an awesome stable release!
Here are the "Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for CiviCRM 4.3". In addition to this 1030+ issues have been fixed which are part of 4.3
Want to learn more? Check out the...Read more
Actually, that's not correct. Since testing the 4.3 release is ultimately good for you (the community), it's more appropriate to say you needs you ...
Don't go 'I don't have time', or 'I'm no developer so I can't help' or even 'that's why we have the core team' : I'm calling on each and every one of you to spend one hour of testing over the next few weeks. Have a large latte, put on that Celine Dion CD you say you don't like, close the door, take the phone off the hook and just do it.
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The team is super excited to announce the first alpha release for 4.3 with support for Drupal 7.x, Joomla 2.5.x and WordPress.
Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites - however, we strongly encourage everyone to upgrade a copy of your current site(s) on a test server and let us know about any bugs or problems.
Here are the "Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for CiviCRM 4.3". In addition to this 950+ issues have been fixed which are part of 4.3
Want to learn more? Check out the complete list of new and...Read more