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SmartSimple was born in the winter of 2002 at the University of Toronto, the brain child of Michael Reid and Keith Yau.

Our first office was located in Toronto, Canada, with three employees, five users and one client.

August 2019 Upgrade Highlights

August 2019 Upgrade Highlights

 
Photo by Daniel Hansen

Photo by Daniel Hansen

 

Each quarter, we release a series of upgrades we've developed over the last three months, many of which are created out of your needs. Below, we highlight some of the features that we think will have the greatest impact on your user experience. A full upgrade summary of all features and enhancements can be found on our Wiki, or by attending our Upgrade webinars.

Our August 2019 upgrades contain several exciting enhancements that focus on elevating the user experience of your system for both Admins and end-users. Here are some highlights you can expect from this upgrade.

Watch the video below to review the highlights from the August 2019 upgrade.

 

 

General Interface Changes

We've updated several areas with minor changes for improved user experience, and a more modern look and feel. After the upgrade, the record title will always be visible, and will no longer scroll off the page. This change will make it easier to identify which record you are working with. We've also updated the style of instruction and warning messages for a more contemporary look and feel.

 
The look of instructions before and after the upgrade.

The look of instructions before and after the upgrade.

The look of warnings and validation messages before and after the upgrade.

The look of warnings and validation messages before and after the upgrade.


 

Tab Bar Mode

Have you ever wanted to work on multiple records concurrently without using multiple browser windows? Our new Tab Bar feature now allows you to do this. The Tab Bar feature will give you more navigation freedom and improved productivity. Through it, you’re able to have different SmartSimple "tabs" open much like you can in a browser. 

Each one operates independently and can have different objects in each tab so, for example, I can have a payment record in the first tab, an organization in the second and then a grant in a third one, which I can cycle between. In each tab, you can edit or update the records as well, giving you the ability to have multiple tabs open at the same time within the platform.

 
The new optional Tab Bar feature showing a record and user. You can navigate, compare and edit different records concurrently using the tab bar at the bottom.

The new optional Tab Bar feature showing a record and user. You can navigate, compare and edit different records concurrently using the tab bar at the bottom.

 
 

 

Enhanced Excel Parser

Our enhanced Excel Parser feature will support adding dynamic rows with the ability to map and update activity records on each row defined in the Excel sheet. The Excel Parser feature can map and update activity records per row defined in the Excel sheet. Previously, this feature was limited to outlining each activity record to an entire Excel sheet or tab, but you can now do so for each row in the sheet.

 
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An Excel sheet setup to create activities for each row, can be seen on the left. The Syntax used to accomplish the creation of activities per row with the Upload – Multiple Files Storage field, can be seen on the right.

An Excel sheet setup to create activities for each row, can be seen on the left. The Syntax used to accomplish the creation of activities per row with the Upload – Multiple Files Storage field, can be seen on the right.


 

Application Relation Diagram

Easily visualize the relationships between Universal Tracking Applications! This new application summary diagram is a visual representation of how both consumer and provider Universal Tracking Applications are linked to each other. Now you can get an interactive diagram of how things are connected and access the appropriate configuration pages.

 
The Application Connectivity Summary diagram shows the relationship between consumer and provider tracking applications.

The Application Connectivity Summary diagram shows the relationship between consumer and provider tracking applications.


 

Auto-Assigning Reviewers

With the new Quick Assigning feature, when assigning contacts, there is a new option for single user assignment mode where you can assign a single contact to each Universal Tracking Application record in a round-robin fashion, as opposed to the default of assigning every selected contact to each UTA record. 

 

 

Added Record Counts to Menu Tabs

Now you have more accessible information with fewer clicks. We added a record count to the menu tabs of record lists within a record so you can quickly see how many contacts, organizations, or activities are associated with a record.

 
Record counts will now display for items in the left navigation such as contacts, organizations and activities.

Record counts will now display for items in the left navigation such as contacts, organizations and activities.


 

Charity Navigator Integration

We're introducing Charity Navigator as a new vendor option for you to use for organization verification. This option has been added for both organization sign-up pages, as well as automated workflow tasks. If you need to verify the active charity status of an organization as they sign up, and as you continue to make payments to them.

 
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Notifications Area

In addition to notification broadcasts, you will now also see workflow requests and instant messages in the Notifications area. You will now also see workflow requests and instant messages in your Notification alerts.

 

 

To view the complete list of enhancements from the August 2019 Upgrade, visit the SmartSimple Wiki.

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