Wild Apricot Software News - June 2009

Dmitriy Buterin 30 June 2009 0 comments

About Wild Apricot Software

Wild Apricot is web software for small associations and non-profits. It automates the 'boring stuff' such as managing contact records, membership renewals, processing payments, website updates, tracking event registrations, and sending out receipts and reminders. Wild Apricot starts at just $25 a month with free upgrades and support. There are no long-term contracts, setup fees or processing. Sign up for a free trial in 10 seconds and see for yourself!

Wild Apricot Development updates

Our previous version update was released on May 20th (see Release history). That was a major update — introducing new 'contact database' functionality to provide a better view on all interactions with members, donors, event attendees, sponsors and prospective members. We held our breath for a while since it was such a huge change in the underlying data structure and code. We tried very hard to make this transparent for all existing users — all their data was converted automatically, and we had many weeks of testing and retesting. I was happy to see that our work was not in vain — the jump in support phone calls and emails was noticeable but easily manageable:


After launching 3.0, we immediately proceeded to our next release, version 3.1. As of the end of June, we have just completed the development phase and started the testing process. Version 3.1 is currently scheduled for release on July 27th and will include the following key updates:

Advanced search for the contact database (including search by donation parameters and event registrations):

 

Customization of the donation form fields — for example, to include donation purpose or predefined donation amounts:

 

Ability to restrict web administrators page editing access to specific page(s) — for example, for committees or chapters:

 

Contact form to allow visitors to contact your members without exposing member emails:

 

Basic table editing tools in the built-in editor — to add/delete rows and columns:

 

New design theme — 'Glass'

 

'Art text' — the ability to created stylized text with various special effects, e.g. for the site header:

 

Recurring payments for PayPal Website Payments Pro accounts (version 3.0 and before only supported PayPal standard) — giving you the ability to charge recurring payments without each member having to create a PayPal account. We are still seeing some quirks in how this works in the PayPal 'sandbox' so we are releasing this as beta for now.

There are numerous other enhancements, speed improvements and bug fixes so I am looking forward to the release!

Lots of thinking, analysis and design has been done for the next version 3.2 and subsequent releases. We have lots of great candidates — now, to the tough task of selecting what we can actually fit into 3.2, and what will have to be kept in the queue for now.

Other news

  • Wild Apricot will be at the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and The Center for Association Leadership Annual Meeting and Expo in Toronto, August 15-18, 2009. We are very pleased to have Jay Moonah, our Noisy Apricot, co-presenting a Sunday afternoon session with Amy Hissrich of ASAE and The Center on the topic of Social Bookmarking. We'll also have a table in the "Canada Pavilion" on the Expo floor, so if you're there please come and say hello! Details at www.asaecenter.org
  • We are launching our Wild Apricot demo webinars, with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 2 pm EDT. You can register for free at www.wildapricot.com/webinars.aspx
  • Speaking of webinars... August 4, 2009, our 'Noisy Apricot' Jay Moonah and NTEN (Non-profit Technology Network) will present a webinar on how to better integrate social media and your organization's website. Visit www.nten.org for details and to register.
  • We have just sent out our semi-annual client survey and were happy to receive over 200 responses in just one day — now at 300 and counting!! I have already started reading the replies and following up. We greatly appreciate your feedback, and it is very timely as we are finalizing the priorities for version 3.2.

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Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

Posted by Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 30 June 2009 at 2:02 PM

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