Version 5.6 Brings New Themes, Features and Functionality

Farhad Chikhliwala 05 October 2015 11 comments

Version 5.6 has been released!

It brings in some significant improvements to the process of inserting files and images, resulting in a better user experience.

We’ve also included yet another feature to our events module. You can now set up events consisting of multiple sessions occurring on different days. This means you’ll be able to schedule multiple sessions for one main event, and your attendees will have to sign up only once! This is perfect for organizations that hold courses, workshops or a lecture series that have more than one meeting date.

Plus we’re proud to introduce two new fully responsive theme sets: Terra and Firma.

Redesign of the process of inserting images and documents


The process of inserting images and other files has been completely redesigned, resulting in a simpler, more streamlined approach. Users still initiate the process by clicking on the the Image icon within the content editor toolbar to insert a picture, and the File icon to insert a link to a document stored on your Wild Apricot account.

But the file selection dialog that appears has been given a complete makeover:

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The simpler design makes it easier to find the file you are looking for. 

drag and drop imageYou can still click the Browse button to upload a new file to your account, but now you can also upload a file by dragging one from the File Explorer on your computer and dropping it onto the dialog.


And now, once you've uploaded a file, it's automatically selected so you don't have to go looking for it within the dialog. Just click the Insert button and you're done!

The dialog for inserting pictures is considerably less complicated because we've separated the process of selecting an image from the process of choosing image properties. 

Now, once you've inserted an image, clicking the Settings icon doesn't display the file selection dialog again – instead, it displays a floating image settings toolbar.

This allows you to change the settings of the image without having to open up a busy dialog box.

Multi-session events

With Version 5.6, users will now be able to set up an event consisting of multiple sessions occurring on different days. This means you’ll be able to schedule multiple sessions for one main event, and your attendees will have to sign up only once! This is perfect for organizations that hold courses, workshops or a lecture series that have more than one meeting date. 

For example, you might host a training course consisting of 10 sessions held on every other Saturday. This can now be technically counted as one event with 10 unique sessions.

Within the event dialogue box , you can add individual event sessions manually...

 ...and/or specify the schedule of repeating sessions. 

reocurring events2

New theme sets: Terra and Firma

Two new responsive theme sets (Terra and Firma) have been included in Version 5.6. They will be activated on October 7, 2015 – two days after the 5.6 release – to ensure their stability.

Read more about all the new features and functionalities on the Version 5.6 help page.

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Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Posted by Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Published Monday, 05 October 2015 at 8:30 AM

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Comments

  • Craig Allen said:

    Monday, 05 October 2015 at 8:48 AM
    Hi. The link to the release notes in your article is broken.
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Monday, 05 October 2015 at 8:58 AM
    Thanks for noticing Craig.

    I've gone in and fixed the links.
  • White Ash said:

    Tuesday, 06 October 2015 at 5:53 PM
    A video next to the first paragraph appears, and then it fades away???
  • White Ash said:

    Tuesday, 06 October 2015 at 5:59 PM
    Okay ~ never mind ~ it's sticking now!
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 07 October 2015 at 9:18 AM
    Glad to hear it worked for you!
  • Membership said:

    Wednesday, 07 October 2015 at 11:33 AM
    I ended up needing to utilize the new image feature before I had a chance to read this post. It was entirely intuitive and easy to use. Great!
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 07 October 2015 at 12:16 PM
    Glad to hear it!
  • Jean Burnside said:

    Wednesday, 07 October 2015 at 3:15 PM
    Please remove the "Stop duct taping your organization!" insert which does not move but instead blocks reading your full blog. There is no way of deleting this irritating item. It has appeared for the past many months and apparently nobody has noticed it or complained about it.
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 08 October 2015 at 8:38 AM
    Sorry to hear that you couldn't close the banner Jean. There is an "X" mark on the top right, that should close it. But it seems that the banner is malfunctioning for you. I've let our tech. team know of this problem.

  • Keith Rice said:

    Thursday, 08 October 2015 at 7:42 PM
    Waited sooo long for the Event Updates in 5.6 and we are bitterly disappointed that the main feature request dating back to 2008 was somehow bent out of shape! We were supposed to get automated recurring events and instead got recurring sessions. How did this happen?
    We love the system but as small users on the wrong side of the equator....
    I'd like you to consider this, last time I looked you claimed to have 18,000 users, which is a credit to what you do. But, consider the Wishlist post for the event update, there were 95 user ticks against what was a request for recurring events. This is a very small number. The point I'm making is that you're feedback options are still not working well. Do yo actually know how many recurring events are posted by your users? Or how many users might require that option? Can't be difficult for you to do some data analysis without expecting users to respond to a wishlist or forum? We have created over 4000 events in just under 3 years, are we unique in a database of 18000? I doubt it.
  • Evgeny (Apricot Kernel) said:

    Thursday, 08 October 2015 at 11:06 PM
    Hi Keith! I specified multiple times on our wishlist forum that first version will cover only one scenario - recurring sessions. This is what we decided to do from the very beginning of analysis (last year) and kept repeating it in our comments.

    Second scenario of recurring events, where each repeating event can have separate registration, is more complicated and will be covered a little later, see https://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308932-wishlist/suggestions/9056287-recurring-events-scenario-2-separate-registratio
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