The Evanced software development team has been coding feverishly to bring some new features and functionality to our SignUp, Spaces, D!BS, and Wandoo Reader products. Keep in mind that some of these items won’t be released until a little later in 2015, but we thought you might like a preview of coming attractions, nonetheless.
The ability to set “granular” permissions is one of the next big changes coming to some of our new products, according to Evanced Product Owner Nate Dunlevy. (Nate is a lot like an air traffic controller for our software enhancements—he keeps track of which-ones-are-where and makes sure nothing crashes in progress.) “Right now, there are no granular permissions for D!BS, Wandoo Reader, or Spaces,” he explained. “There are pre-defined roles that you can assign to people, but you can’t pick and choose what controls those people have.”
At the moment, D!BS, Wandoo Reader, and Spaces have simple, pre-defined permissions roles, such as “Volunteer,” “Staff,” and “Admin,” but when the granular permissions enhancement is complete for these products, Nate added, “You will be able to create specific roles for each person, or you could customize those [previously rigid] roles, so that a ‘Volunteer’ can do this but not that—as opposed to us just predefining all of the different roles for you.”
Our SignUp product already features the ability to set granular permissions, but where they are located within that program will be changing. “SignUp permissions are in one spot in the program and all the other [products’] permissions are in another, different spot, so we are moving all of those to the same menu and building a system that is consistent across all of the products. That way, all the products will have the same type of permissions system housed in the same menu,” Nate noted.
New Registration API for SignUp
Of all of our new products, SignUp will be getting the most attention over the coming months.
We are now partnering with Capira Technologies to create a new registration Application Program Interface (API) for SignUp. The Registration API is a simple tool that will enable libraries to provide patrons with a more consistent online experience. “One of the major complaints about library software, in general, is that people have to go the library’s website—and then they get sent to a different website to do almost everything,” Nate said. “We want to change that by providing libraries tools to create a fully integrated website.”
When the Registration API is complete, libraries will be able to create their own registration interfaces easily. As a result? “I could be on my library’s website, and now I stay there to register for an event. I never have to leave my library’s website,” he said. This more unified patron experience will be available on mobile devices, too.
Other SignUp Enhancements
SignUp will also be getting a spiffier dashboard, on the staff side, to afford instant visuals as to how particular events are performing.
And, on the patron side? Patrons should notice quicker load times on the SignUp calendar itself, because it is being rewritten to cut down on the number of data call-backs. (Basically, that just means its overall performance should improve.) SignUp will also be integrated into Facebook and Twitter and optimized for use on mobile devices.
Of course, these are just some of the enhancements presently in the works—there are too many to call out here!
Share Your Ideas!
While our developers work on finishing up these product enhancements, we hope you’ll share any new feature suggestions you might have with us. Visit the corresponding links below, to add your ideas about SignUp, Spaces, or D!BS, to see what others have requested, and to “like” or “dislike” any new feature suggestions about which you feel strongly.