Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:53
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The team is super excited to announce that the seventh beta release of CiviCRM 4.5 is now available for downloading AND you can try it out on the 4.5 sandbox site!

What's New In CiviCRM 4.5

  • Sleek UI improvements and new ajax framework
  • Record partial payments for an event registration and change registration options
  • Ajaxified Case Configuration implementation
  • Soft Credit Improvements
  • SMS Scheduled Reminders

» View the full list of improvements for 4.5

We Need You to Try it Out!

Excited to try the new features in this release? Please do! Great software requires great testers, and you can help. You don't need to be super technical to participate in this way, but your participation will make a huge difference.

  • Take a step forward by making a pledge to try out great new stuff.
  • Download it and either do a fresh install or (better yet) upgrade a test copy of your existing database. Note that this is beta software and should not be used on production servers.
  • Try to break it! Do all the things you normally do with CiviCRM, try out as much as you can think of.
  • If anything doesn't seem right, please let us know on the Release Testing Forum.

CiviCRM is free, open source software made possible through contributions from people like you. If your organization benefits from using CiviCRM and from the great new features in this release, please consider making a recurring contribution to support the project.

New Installations

If you are installing CiviCRM 4.5 from scratch, please use the corresponding automated installer instructions:

Upgrading to 4.5

If your site is highly customized with special code or theming for CiviCRM you will want to upgrade a test copy first and test your customizations. For everyone else, follow these simple steps to get yourself up and running with 4.5.


Community support and engagement is the force that sustains and drives CiviCRM forward. This release would not have been possible without the incredible contributions of these people and organizations:

AGH Strategies - Andrew Hunt, Maggie Epps, Tyrell Cook; Amnesty International Spain - Carlos Capote; Arete-Imagine - Nathan Porter, Marisa Porter; Backoffice Thinking; Chris Burgess; Botanical Society of America - Toby Lounsbury; Allan Chappell; Joanne Chester; Circle Interactive - Andrew Walker, Dave Jenkins; CiviDesk - Nicolas Ganivet, Sunil Pawar;  Compucorp - Jamie Novick, Erawat Chamanont;  Dave D; CiviCoop - Erik Hommel, Jaap Jansma; Drishtant - Ruchi Kumar; Drupal Association - Neil Drumm; Electronic Frontier Foundation - Mark Burdett, Max Hunter, Leez Wright; Freeform Solutions - Lola Slade; Fuzion NZ - Eileen McNaughton, Peter Davis, Torrance Hodgson; Giant Rabbit- Anna Heath; Ginkgo Street Labs - Frank Gomez, Michael Daryabeygi; Great Lakes Planetarium Association - Geoff Holt; Jimmy Huang; Kirk Jackson; Jim Meehan; JMA Consulting - Joe Murray; Keith Morgan; Korlon - Stuart Gaston; Koumbit - Samuel Vanhove; Lighthouse Consulting and Design - Brian Shaughnessy; Mathieu Lutfy; Mission Matters - Josh Aranda; National Democratic Institute - Chris Doten; New York State Senate - Ken Zalewski; NfP Services (MTL Software Group) - Jag Kandasamy, Rajesh Sundararajan; Niro Solutions; Orgis - Hans Idink; Palante Technology Cooperative - Jon Goldberg; Pogstone - Sarah Gladstone; Jeremy Proffitt; Progressive Tech Project - Alice Aguilar, Jamie McClelland; Registered Nurses Association of Ontario - Stan Dragnev; San Francisco Baykeeper - Eliet Henderson; Semper IT - Karin Gerritsen; Skvare - Peter Petrik, Mark Hanna; Tadpole - Dana Skall; Tech to the People - Xavier Dutoit; Veda Consulting - Parvez Saleh, Deepak Srivastava; Chris Ward; Web Access - Pradeep Nayak, Tony Mazzarella; Ken West; Wikimedia Foundation - Adam Wight; Zing - Simon West, Andrew Tombs.

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Great to see the 4.5 release progressing. It would be interesting/useful at this stage to get a sense of where things are at re: the 4.5 release: how many release blocking issues still to deal with, where people might choose to focus any input they are able to make, etc.

Also, curious about the list of Contributors. Of course it's great to credit the people and organisations that have helped/are helping in various ways to make the new release possible. Does this list include people/organisations who have contributed by way of translations, documentation, and potentially in other ways that I'm not even aware of, or is it just focussed on code contributions? Wondering what the policy is on that.