03 August, 2017
Filed under v4.7, Release
CiviCRM August release is here: CiviCRM v. 4.7.23 is released!
 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 4.7.23 can be accessed  here
 
Please note this version includes:
 
  1. Changes to database schema 
  2. API changes 
  3. Configuration changes 
  4. Fixes for installation/upgrade process to a previous version 
  5. New features 
  6. Bug fixes
 
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 contributors (it's a huge team!) can be found here.
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01 August, 2017

I'm please to announce the release of a new Smart Debit extension for CiviCRM 4.7.

The new extension is based on the vedaconsulting (https://vedaconsulting.co.uk) extensions for previous releases of CiviCRM but is rewritten and includes a number of new features and enhancements.  Development and Testing has been funded by Circle Interactive (https://circle-interactive.co.uk) and implemented by MJW Consulting (https://www.mjwconsult.co.uk).

The new extension includes the following features and enhancements:

  • Integrated reconciliation functionality - useful when smart debit and civicrm are not in sync (for example, you've been using smart debit before you integrated it with CiviCRM).
  • Easy to use settings page with context help.
  • Automated daily synchronisation with smartdebit for all...
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13 July, 2017
Filed under v4.7, Release

This release has fixes for some issues reported in the previous 4.7.21 release. We recommend upgrading to this latest version. 

 

Complete list of issues fixed in this release is available from here

 

Bugs fixed: 

Core CiviCRM

  • CRM-20561 Load Net_SMTP, Auth_SASL, Net_Socket via Composer (10622)

    This resolves an SMTP authentication issue by updating a patch for compatibility with the a newer release of Net_SMTP.

  • CRM-20829 Install requirements fail because of port string (10626)

    This fixes a...

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06 July, 2017
CiviCRM 4.7.21 and 4.6.29 
 

Please note that release 4.7.21 and 4.6.29 are security releases. Please see below links to the security advisories:

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13 June, 2017
Filed under v4.7, Release
CiviCRM 4.7.20
 
This month’s version of CiviCRM comes packed with delicious goo. Speaking generally, everything now works a little bit better. To find out the particulars, read on…
 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 4.7.20 can be accessed  here
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 contributors can be found here.
 
 

WHAT'S NEW IN CIVICRM 4.7.20 

  •  Core CiviCRM updates:
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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:

-...

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05 May, 2017
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, Release
Another month, another version release of CiviCRM! Let’s take a look at the latest improvements.
 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

Thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies, we have release notes all put together in one place for you here
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 contributors (it's a huge team!) can be found here. Thanks to everyone who made this happen!
 

WHAT'S NEW IN CIVICRM 4.7.19

 

  •  Core CiviCRM updates:

A new option allows for generated PDFs and other document files to be automatically attached to their corresponding activities, saving you a few clicks.

 
  •  CiviCase...
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09 February, 2017
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, Release
First CiviCRM release this year has happened: CiviCRM v. 4.7.16 and 4.6.26 are now released. 
 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

 
First of all, Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 4.7.16 can be accessed  here
 
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 team can be found here. Thanks to everyone who made this happen!
 
 

WHAT'S NEW IN CIVICRM 4.7.16 

 
  •  Core CiviCRM updates:
Added colours for tags and activity statuses. More details here...
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30 January, 2017
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, Tools, Extensions, Tips

My clients regularly need to import data from sources such as Just Giving, CAF, and various other sources like Mailchimp downloads. The problem they had was that the data was a mix of contact and contributions, and some of the rows belonged to new contacts, others belonged to existing contacts. Sometimes they had a scrappy list of names and emails where the name was all in one field instead of split out. You know the sort of thing.

At the time (a few years ago) I knocked together a Drupal module to help pre-process this data so that it could be used efficiently with CiviCRM's built in import functions. I made it in Drupal because that was quickest for me to develop a solution and they used Drupal, but I've now re-written it as a native CiviCRM extension that should work for Drupal users, and the ever proud and cheerful (but wrong) Wordpress fans alike. Maybe even Joomla. ;-)

How does it help me?

It takes your spreadsheet (...

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21 December, 2016
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, CiviContribute

It's a time of year when machines and people get stressed, particularly in countries where tax laws and custom favour end-of-year donations. And if you've ever managed a CiviCRM installation, the last thing you probably want is to interrupt your end-of-year festivities with an issue of someone being unable to make a donation.

But of course, it's inevitable - there are no fool-proof systems. There's always someone trying to make a last minute donation with an old Internet Explorer 6 for example. And chances are, you got a call with something like 'your website is down' - no name, no time, no url, etc.

If you're using iATS Payments for your CiviCRM payment processing, then there's a useful diagnostic tool that I'd like to share here.

In case you're not already convinced - diagnosing the real issue is the most important first step. If you're able to trace the interaction of the donor with the server via web logs, then that's often extremely useful (e.g. it'll...

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