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Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Lost: One Hour. If found please return to Useful Apricot!

Lori Halley 19 March 2010 0 comments

Last weekend most of North America moved their clocks ahead an hour into what's referred to as "Daylight Saving Time". In my world I normally refer to it as "Losing an hour's sleep". However, right now it's feeling like an hour I'd love to have back for work, not for sleep.

The main reason for this is that the release date for the next version of Wild Apricot has been set. We are planning to launch on Monday, March 29th. This means right now we have to make the final tests and adjustments to the new features, make sure that the old one still work, and update a lot of our information for our support, product, and marketing teams. On top of all of that we have to make sure that all our help files are updated - no matter how hard we try to make everything easy to use the first time, it never hurts to have something to reference to make sure there aren't any surprises.

Speaking of surprises, one of the new features we are launching with version 3.4 is a new file management system. I went over part of it in my first post when I discussed the new interface for inserting pictures and documents into webpages. We're introducing a total overhaul to file management (documents and pictures) in Wild Apricot account, including:

  • Organization of files into folders
  • New interface for inserting documents and pictures
  • Ability to rename files
  • Ability to uploading a new version of the same file while keeping the file link (e.g. you can now update an image file without having to update all the pages it is on)
  • Increased limits for individual file sizes
  • Ability to upload / manage your files via WebDAV (for example via Windows Explorer)

All in all these features should greatly simplify management of files your store in your Wild Apricot account.  However, to ensure proper service levels to all our clients we have introduced overall file storage limits:

Max file size (OLD), MB 25102525
Max file size (NEW), MB 5102550100
Overall storage limit (NEW), MB 1002004008001600

There will be a new "File management" screen (under "Settings") in the new version which will provide you with a convenient interface to all of your files, as well as the information about your current storage and maximum plan limit.

All currently uploaded files will be automatically transferred to the new storage system and all old links will function normally.

And while we're talking about file management,  we're also going to be updating our WebDAV systems. If you run WebDAV you're able to upload files from your computer to Wild Apricot by putting them in a folder you create on your own machine. It's an advanced feature, but there are people who find it very handy if they are doing a lot of work with files. The new system will be supported on Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac Os X. Of course when we launch there will be help files explaining how you can set it up and use it.

It's been a short week for me (after my vacation over the last part of last week and the first part of this week. Oh the stories I could tell), so I haven't been as active on the forums as I normally have.Things will be back to normal next week. I can show you some topics that have been frequented this week, though:

On that note, it doesn't look like that missing hour is going to turn up any time soon, so I'll take my leave now. Until next week!

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 19 March 2010 at 2:08 PM
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