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Church Apps - February 14, 2020
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CORE CHANGES (Dashboard and Backend)
  • UPDATE - A new link button has been added for all tabs in the Tabs section of the app. This allows you to easily grab a link to use within a push notification or App Pages to natively link into an area of the app
  • UPDATE - The Prayer Wall styling on the dashboard has been updated
  • UPDATE - Further optimized the process of integrating feeds into the Church Apps platform
  • FIX - You can once again see the success rate of a push notification on Android
  • FIX - Additional stability has been added for linking Facebook into the Newsfeed
  • FIX - Updated the available options for grid layouts
  • FIX - Improved styling for the new Analytics section
ANDROID/iOS CHANGES
  • UPDATE - Added the ability to link to native sections of the app from a push notification
  • UPDATE - Added the ability to link into Settings, Inbox, and Group Notification Settings from almost anywhere in the app
  • UPDATE - Increased the font size and line spacing for the native Bible on Android to match the styling on iOS for readability
  • UPDATE - Changed the date format within the list of sermon notes on Android
  • UPDATE - When a campus is chosen
  • FIX - Optimizes the spacing between the keyboard and text entry field when posting a reply to a prayer request on iPhone X style screens
  • FIX - Added stability for opening PDFs on Android
  • FIX - Corrects an issue in the Notification Settings area on Android
ChMS - 13th Feb, 2020
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Beta Improvements
To start off with, we've made the following improvements to our existing BETA features:
  • Added Printing options to the Edit Mutliple Service BETA
New Features
We're pleased to announce the following new features have been released this week!
  • Users who have made part payments for event registration, can now make the remaining payments online using online payment methods
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue where average lines were not appearing in Line Chart reports and Dashboard Widgets
  • Fixed an issue where custom date fields would display the incorrect value when viewing form submissions
ChMS - 6th Feb, 2020
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This week has been both quick, and long. I'm so glad to say that we've been able to release our service planning component to the Edit Multiple Services BETA though, as that's something our developers have been working on to get done for quite a while now, and hopefully everyone enjoys that!
There's still work to be done in making certain aspects of it amazing, but we'll collect feedback and improve on it as needed.
We are also in the final stages of allowing people to make subsequent payments for event invoices, so that after they make their initial part payment (IE, a 20% deposit on camp registration) they can later view their invoice online, and pay the rest off as needed!
Beta Improvements
To start off with, we've made the following improvements to our existing BETA features:
  • Improved Drag Performance in Edit Multiple Services BETA
  • Introduced Service Planning and Songs into Edit Multiple Services BETA
General Improvements
We've made some general improvements to the system this week, including:
  • Activity logs in people profiles now show who added/removed them from a group
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue with Location settings not allowing Canadian or UK style postcodes (or other styles that have spaces or hyphens in them)
  • Fixed an issue where certain users were unable to edit the series title of services
ChMS - 31st Jan, 2020
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Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes, we've been working on the following areas:
  • Made more final tweaks to service plans for the edit multiple services beta
  • Made behind the scenes changes needed to get auto-schedule into edit multiple services beta
Stay tuned to hear more about these as part of a future update!
General Improvements
We've made some general improvements to the system this week, including:
  • Updated Calendar Settings Page to a more modern interface and backend
  • Improved wording of activity logs when merging profiles together
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue with People Flow Step Notifications incorrectly notifying certain admins
  • Fixed an issue with our API incorrectly showing inactive profiles as scheduled onto services
ChMS - 23rd Jan, 2020
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First set of release notes for the year! This release shows a culmination of everything we've done over the holiday period and so far in this year.
There's a number of exciting things to come, so sit tight while we finish off exciting features like the rebuild of edit multiple services and our group member signup feature!
Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes, we've been working on the following areas:
  • Working on the ability to allow event registrants to make further payments after registering, if they only part paid to being with
Stay tuned to hear more about these as part of a future update!
New Features
We're pleased to announce the following new features have been released this week!
  • New option to disallow declining of scheduling requests, when swap and replace is enabled
  • When editing an event, added new options to quickly create a registration form for that event, or to duplicate an existing registration form and tie it all together quicker and easier
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue with uploading certain DOCX files made on Macs
  • Fixed an issue with admins of people flow steps were not notified correctly when a person was added into the step unassigned
  • Fixed an issue with profile pictures not displaying in the mobile app
  • Fixed an issue with the sidebar duplicating data when loading a Batch
  • Fixed an issue with Archived children appearing in certain reports they shouldn't have been appearing in
  • Fixed an issue with duplicating groups
  • Fixed an issue with report categories displaying the wrong name
Church Apps - January 16th, 2020
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This week we pushed out our first iOS and Android updates of the year. The updates includes an even mix of improvements and well as bug fixes.
Android
UPDATE - Adds a list of recent videos to the bottom of any video's details page to make it easy to navigate between recent videos.
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UPDATE - Calendar descriptions now include an abbreviated version of the day of the week that the event begins.
UPDATE - Adds the ability to open the list of groups for push notifications from most places in the app (previously this could only be accessed from Settings).
UPDATE - Added functionality to envelop in top-right corner of Inbox (for marking a message as unread or for marking all messages as read).
UPDATE - When loading a passage in the native Bible, the reference in the nav bar will now indicate it is loading instead of displaying an empty box.
UPDATE - If audio is playing from a sermon and you navigate to sermon notes, a pause/play button is displayed to allow you to pause audio to take a note and then resume the audio playing without needing to leave the notes.
UPDATE - Push Notifications have been optimized to display in a more prominent way.
UPDATE - The notification icon has been optimized.
UPDATE - App Icons are now optimized for all Android devices.
FIXED - Sermon notes scheduled for the future will no longer show up in the Newsfeed.
FIXED - Fixed a bug which cause slide-out menu cards to show when they were set to be hidden.
FIXED - Pulling down to refresh sermon notes will now only load new notes instead of loading all notes a second time.
FIXED - Improved the sizing of labels in our new Grid layout.
FIXED - Removes shadowing from Featured Layout Cards.
iOS
UPDATE - Adds a list of recent videos to the bottom of any video's details page to make it easy to navigate between recent videos.
UPDATE - Calendar descriptions now include an abbreviated version of the day of the week that the event begins.
UPDATE - Adds the ability to open the list of groups for push notifications from most places in the app (previously this could only be accessed from Settings).
FIXED - The correct audio will now play when accessing an audio sermon from the Newsfeed.
FIXED - Sermon notes scheduled for the future will no longer show up in the Newsfeed.
FIXED - Corrects an issue that would arise if a YouTube video was linked to
a sermon, but the link included "&feature=youtu.be".
FIXED - Accessing a grid layout from a slide-out menu card or a featured layout will now work correctly (previously, it would display as a List instead).
FIXED - When accessing a Blog post from a Featured Layout or Grid Layout, the app will now push you out to Safari if the Blog is set to display externally from the dashboard.
ChMS - 20th December, 2019
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Wrapping up 2019! This will be the final change log posted for this year.
What an interesting year this has been. With many challenges faced, and a number of issues overcome.
While these will be the final changes this year, rest assured that we have more things coming next year!
General Improvements
We've made some general improvements to the system this week, including:
  • Updated the UI for mass managing people to be completed in a people flow step
  • Updated Settings -> Songs to a new front and back end
  • Added the Method Totals to the display of a single batch, as well as when printing out individual batches
  • Improved behaviour of the new date picker in unavailability
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue with the volunteer scheduling tool not sorting volunteers correctly
  • Fixed an issue with note categories in People Flows
Church Apps - December 10th, 2019
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Grid Layouts Are Here!
We launched our new Grid Layouts across iOS and Android. We have supported grids in the past for designing menus, but now you can integrate content like blogs, events, podcast, and videos and display them as highly customizable grids.
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Along with adding grid layouts, some other changes include:
Android
  • UPDATE - overhauled navigation to significantly decrease memory usage.
  • UPDATE - the floating give button is now more customizable (for when it is or isn't shown).
  • UPDATE - added a loading indicator to pagelayouts for devices with bad network connections.
  • UPDATE - touched up the way that podcast details look.
  • FIXED - the save and email buttons in sermon notes will now not respond to touches when hidden (when keyboard is open).
  • FIXED - pagelayouts now correctly display the text size when it is set to be something other than default.
  • FIXED - corrected an issue with large navbar logos which could cause them to format strangely.
iOS
  • UPDATE - iOS - changes the way the email form handles buttons to account for iOS 13 (which was making the cancel button invisible).
  • UPDATE - iOS - improved the reliability of swapping icons in all scenarios.
  • FIXED - iOS - handles colors better in pagelayouts
  • FIXED - iOS - corrected a small bug with Featured Layouts when a feed is connected that has bad data.
  • FIXED - iOS - corrected an issue with loading sermon notes from podcast details.
  • FIXED - iOS - added stability for popup alerts on iOS 13.
  • FIXED - iOS - will now pause audio when you receive a phone call.
  • FIXED - iOS - the tab bar has been optimized on iPad for when the mini-player is displayed.
  • FIXED - iOS - the app does a better job accounting for the tab bar when displaying websites.
  • FIXED - iOS - corrected an issue where the newsfeed could act strangely if there were very few posts in it (very rare issue).
  • FIXED - iOS - the Notification Settings option in Settings has been formatted to match the look of the rest of the Settings options.
  • FIXED - iOS - the newsfeed banner loads much more smoothly on iPad.
  • FIXED - iOS - adds stability for detecting sermon notes within podcasts.
Android and iOS
  • UPDATED - iOS/Android - you can now easily share blog posts.
  • UPDATED - iOS/Android - added support for new live stream link format for YouTube live streams.
  • UPDATED - iOS/Android - the native Bible will now return to the last place that you read the next time you open it.
ChMS - 6th December, 2019
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What an exciting week it's been. Unfortunately some bugs we had fixed in the past resurfaced this week, but fortunately we were able to get them fixed quickly. We're continuing to finalise the service planning aspect of edit multiple services, and also continuing work on our Group Member Signup feature
Beta Improvements
To start off with, we've made the following improvements to our existing BETA features:
  • Fixed an issue with removing service teams when using the new Edit Multiple Services tool
General Improvements
We've made some general improvements to the system this week, including:
  • Forms with custom colour schemes correctly show the ticket description and other text fields on the payment page in the correct text colours
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue with Check-in thinking family names were different for families with apostrophes in their lastname
  • Fixed an issue with the age breakdown in groups not counting babies correctly ( < 1 year old)
  • Fixed an issue with deleted service members causing errors when scheduling
  • Fixed an issue with People Flows not saving correctly
  • Fixed an issue with self check-in not letting you check-out
ChMS - 29th November, 2019
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New Features
We're pleased to announce the following new features have been released this week!
  • People Flows can be set to automatically assign people to step admins
Bug Fixes
In addition to the above news, we also fixed the following bugs:
  • Fixed an issue with registration forms creating duplicate profiles
  • Fixed an issue with archived people appearing in self check-in when it had previously been set to not display them
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