We've been polishing up a cool new 1.6 feature over the past few days - and I got pretty excited seeing it working with a real set of data. The feature is Batch Update Via Profile. It allows you to define a profile with (almost) any standard and custom fields and use that to display a table for updating many contacts at once.
For example, if you want input hard-copy responses from a mailer for a group of contacts...You could define a profile with the fields you want to update. Then use Find Contacts to retrieve contacts in the group and select "Batch Update via Profile" from the -actions- drop-down menu. You then get a table with a row for each contact in the group and the fields you've selected for updated. Update some or all of them and click "Update" - and your changes are saved.
We've had 1.5 deployed and running for our partner Questbridge and their scholarship application program. This week is the final week for submitting applications, and as expected the servers and systems are under a fair amount of load. Lucky for us, we did go through a similar experience with the college prep application in april and have some idea of what to expect etc, but we are still learning a fair amount from this. For more details on this project check our wiki
A few of the things that helped us a lot include:
While folks are downloading and installing CiviCRM v1.5, the team is hard at work developing some cool new features for v1.6. Quite a few of the features for v1.6 have been driven and influenced by the QuestBridge project. Major thanx to Quest Scholars for using and funding CiviCRM :)
Some of the features that we have made good progress on include
The response to v1.5 has been very positive. I think we are starting to hit the sweet spot for most users. We've been getting a steady stream of bug reports in various components and have been averaging a new release every week. Most of the bugs have been relatively easy to fix, but there have been a couple of complex ones that we are still figuring out.
The project is getting a fair amount of traction on the joomla side. Elin W is pushing CiviCRM to its limits on the joomla side and ensuring that all the stuff works as advertised out there. The Kabissa Project will also help us stabilize and strengthen our links with the joomla community and work has just started on that part
Over the past few months we've been consolidating our various domains (openngo.org, socialsourcefoundation.org) into one domain civicrm.org. We've also moved most of our infrastructure services from facilities in poland (a big thanx to michal, piotr and caltha.pl for setting this up and helping us grow) to our new hosting providers Electric Embers (they are incredibly helpful, very reasonable prices and do a great job serving the non-profit sector). Also a big thanx to the folks at Eggplant Active Media Cooperative who designed and implemented our new look and feel.
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What's new in 1.5?This release includes CiviMember - a new membership management component, and Search Builder - a new tool for building complex search queries. We've also made significant memory and speed optimizations. Other release highlights include:
- Log and display who last updated a contact and when
CiviCRM Community Skypecast will provide an overview of the new features in CiviCRM 1.5. July 06, 12:00 PST
Learn about features coming in v1.5. Ask questions, and share feedback, ideas, tips for using CiviCRM with other users, developers and folks from the CiviCRM core development team. (CiviCRM is the first open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups.)
CiviCRM 1.4: A Free and Open Source eCRM Solution
We are pleased to announce the latest release of CiviCRM - version 1.4.
Special thanks to the dedicated folks who contributed to this release by testing the beta revisions - and to everyone in the community who provided new ideas, feedback(especially critical feedback), and patches.
CiviCRM is the first open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups.
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What's new in 1.4?
- Offer Premiums (thank-you gifts) to online and offline contributors
- CiviMail - an optional email broadcast component - includes integrated subscribe/unsubscribe, bounce handling, open and click-thru tracking...
... A big ++ to the folks at CivicActions who contributed enormously to getting CiviMail "production-ready".