HOC3 Release Notes 126.96.36.199
This release contains additional improvements to the ARS (Advanced Registration System) and Forms, as well as internal improvements to the operation of the check-in kiosk. A number of improvements to the APIs between the public site, sharing portal and the SF back end were implemented as well. This will improve the efficiency of the number of necessary API calls, as well as provide better options for customization of sites and sharing portals in the future. Also corrected in this release were some errors associated with using Verified Volunteers in the Sharing Portal. Here are the primary features and fixes in this release.
The feature described here is in beta mode and still has some known issues and limitations. Please note: that when first activating the map feature - it may take up to 24 hours for the map to start showing locations. (Before it synchs up to google - it may show a map of the pacific ocean with no opportunities appearing).
The featured opportunity block allows you to set criteria to display certain opportunities you wish to feature on the home page (or any selected page or pages in your CMS). The option to display the locations of these featured opportunities as a map, or adding a map to an existing grid, slider, or list display mode is now available in the featured opportunity block.
An additional display mode "Map" has been added to the Display Modes available. Choosing this displays the featured opportunities strictly in a map view.
If you wish to add a map to the grid, list, or slider display mode, just check the 'show map" option in the General Section of the Featured Opportunity Block Settings:
The resulting map will appear in the block. (The map will scale itself based on how geographically spread out the opportunities you've chosen to feature are.
Clicking on the markers in the map will pop-up some opportunity detail and provide the option to go directly to the opportunity detail page for that opportunity.
If your organization does not want the exact locations of volunteer opportunities to be available to volunteers unless they have a confirmed connection to it -- do not turn on the map option. If significantly magnified, the exact location of the opportunity will be shown on the map.
Some organizations do not want exact locations displayed to prevent volunteers from just 'showing up' without making a connection. Some organizations want locations kept confidential, such as battered women shelters, etc.
So only turn on the map functionality if you don't have any issue with web surfers being able to find all your opportunity locations, even if they are not registered or signed up for the opportunity.
When ISO opportunities were shown in the Featured Opportunity Block - the date shown had the start date (irrelevant) until end date. This has been corrected and now the date shown will say simply "Through (end date)"
There had been a security issue where the URLs for uploaded files, which appeared in Salesforce, could not be accessed. This has been fixed, When you define the file upload field in the form, and synch to a field in Salesforce, the URL that links to the file (as seen in the SF record) will now correctly access the file.
A new field type: "Rich Text" is available for forms. This field type, when mapped to SF must be mapped to a 'rich text' field in SF. This allows a form field to allow basic rich text field characteristics similar to the HOC html editor, such as:
- Basic styles: p, h1 through h6, preformatted
- unordered and ordered lists
For those using QR codes in conjunction with the Check-In Kiosk - the QR code that is used for checking in to an opportunity will now be scannable for check-out as well.
For those clients displaying "Distance willing to travel" on the Registration page -- a fix has been made so that the correct distances are displayed (previously two values were displayed as "10 miles"
While its an option to display the field "Distance willing to travel" on the registration page - it may or may not make sense to display this in the context of the registration process. The value of "Distance willing to travel" is primarily used in conjunction with skilled volunteer search, and is automatically displayed on the page where a volunteer fills out their skills profile. It will appear on the skills profile page whether or not you display it on the registration form.