Software News September 2014 – iPhone App Launched

Evgeniy Zaritovskiy 30 September 2014 5 comments

WildApricotiOSApp

We've launched an iPhone app as a first step in our mobile roadmap!

The Wild Apricot iOS app is now available in the App Store

Last month, we explained how the release of Version 2 of our API enabled us to start development of our Wild Apricot mobile app since our app uses the API to communicate with the main Wild Apricot servers.

Our iPhone app can be used by administrators with full access and admins who have both membership and event access rights. The first version is designed for iPhones, but iPad users can also download and use it.

Wild Apricot App Video

We've listed the features below, but for a demo of the Wild Apricot app, you can check out our 3-minute video:


 

Overview of the mobile app features

You can use the app to check in your attendees at your upcoming fall events, or to search your contacts list or change member details whenever and wherever you like.

Here’s a brief outline of the features of the new mobile app:

Contacts Module:

Within the Contacts module, you can view and manage members and other contacts. For example, you can:

  • View contacts: The contacts on the main screen are shown in groups: you can see all your saved searches, membership levels and groups here. It’s also possible to search contacts by keywords.
  • Add or modify members and other contacts: You can then modify any of the profile field values, plus membership details including level, status, and renewal date.
  • Archive a contact: To prevent user errors, there is no delete function, but you can archive contacts instead. Simply start editing a contact and use the button at the bottom or, alternately, swipe left on a contact while browsing any contact list.
  • Record an outstanding invoice: If a contact has an outstanding balance, a red warning icon will appear. To record a manual payment towards one or more outstanding invoices, tap PAY. 

Events Module:

With the app’s events module, you can check in attendees and guests, and add or modify event registrations. Here’s a look at some of the features of this module:

  • Check in event attendees: Tap the open circle beside the registrant's name, within the registrants list or within the registration details. If the registration is unpaid, the app will suggest you record a payment as well.
  • Add or modify event registrations: Things happen, people make mistakes and change their mind. You can always update registration details or add a new one if needed. The app will even suggest you update a registration invoice if needed. 

For more details, including information on logging in and all of the administrative tasks you can do with the iPhone app, check out the Wild Apricot Mobile App section of our online help. 

Our Mobile Roadmap

Our iPhone app is just a first step in our mobile roadmap. Mobile access is fast becoming the channel of choice for communication and handling some tasks on the go. We know that 13% of the visitors to our marketing website currently use a mobile device, and the number is growing. And as Pew Research has confirmed, 90% of Americans own cell phones, 58% have smartphones, and 42% own a tablet computer.

As we are refining our overall mobile strategy, we have identified a number of priorities. Here is a high level outline of what we have in store for Wild Apricot customers.

Mobile access for administrators:

Mobile access to administer accounts on the go – using a dedicated mobile app for admins.

  • Our iPhone app has been released, focusing on mobile event and contact management
  • We have started the work on the Android app and expect to release it in early 2015
  • Later in 2015 we plan to refine our iOS app for iPads
The next step for us is to collect comments from you, to identify the most important scenarios and implement them in the next mobile app version.

Mobile access for members:

Helping our clients provide mobile-friendly Wild Apricot websites for their members:

  • Responsive themes out of the box – that automatically change their visual presentation depending on the device (e.g., desktop, smartphone, tablets)
  • Tools to simplify the creation of mobile-friendly sites for non-techie users
  • Fine-tuning tools for advanced users
  • Improving our standard browser-based admin backend to work better with mobile devices

A mobile-friendly theme is currently in development and expected in late 2014. We will follow-up with updating some of the existing themes, one by one.

In conclusion – our app is one small step in our mobile roadmap journey

As you can see, the launch of our new iPhone app is just the first step in our mobile roadmap journey. We’re excited to offer up this mobile app and hope you’ll try it out soon. We just ask that you provide feedback through our Wishlist because your comments will shape the next version of our app!

Download the app now!

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Posted by Evgeniy Zaritovskiy [Apricot Kernel]

Published Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 4:53 PM

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Comments

  • Kim Skimmons said:

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014 at 11:12 AM
    I think you got it backwards by releasing the IOS app ahead of Android since Android has something like 80% global market share vs. IOS's 15%, but whatever.....

    At least Android is coming. Maybe in the future you can prioritize Android updates over iphone updates? Just a suggestion.
  • Evgeny said:

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014 at 11:49 AM
    Our average statistics shows 60% of iOS users. This one is based on usage of mobile browsers to log in into admin backend, view help site or browsing our main marketing website.
  • Kim Skimmons said:

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014 at 12:09 PM
    Interesting...
  • Sean McGriff said:

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014 at 5:07 PM
    Very cool, but I must add that my research shows iOS and Android a lot closer at 51% android and 42% iOS. As of Dec, 2013. I am looking forward to Android & Windows phone versions!
  • Evgeny said:

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014 at 8:20 PM
    Windows is not in plans now. I would be very glad if you would post your comments on what can be in next version of the app (features, scenarios) - e.g. accept credit card payments from mobile phone, generate QR code for event registrations and scan them using phone later, etc. Post your suggestions on our Wishlist forum - https://community.wildapricot.com/8/2621/ShowCategory.aspx
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