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Update Number 2.1

Released on: May 10, 2013

Summary

This update added more export options, custom listing sites and the ability to enable/disable properties as well as other minor bug fixes and enhancements.

Inclusions

  • Renamed AdSite schema to ListingSite schema
  • Rewrote ListingSite schema to be more streamlined and expose neater fields in API
  • Added 'create new' option to listing site dropdown on inquiry verify page
  • Added new listing site name text box to inquiry verify page
  • Added 'create new' option to listing site dropdown on unrecognized inquiry email page
  • Added new listing site name text box to unrecognized inquiry email page
  • Added option grouping to listing site dropdown on inquiry verify and grid pages
  • Added listing sites settings page to my account dropdown with add, change and delete options for managing custom listing sites
  • Added extra export fields to booking, quote, inquiry and property grids
  • Fixed grid cells to output HTML encoded values
  • Fixed list values to output HTML encoded values
  • Implemented CSV export on all grid export buttons
  • Added TSV export to all grid export buttons and implemented
  • Removed auto-hide bookings on calendar view, changed to max of 10
  • Fixed property name caching on booking, quote and inquiry grids
  • Fixed listing name caching on inquiry grid
  • Changed option group styling on grids to stand out more
  • Updated Property schema to include status (enabled/disabled) fields
  • Added status (enabled/disabled) column to property grid
  • Added Disable/Enable function links and pages to the property area
  • Added filter bar to property grid with filter option for status
  • Updated filter bar options on property grid to center alignment
  • Updated all property dropdown menus and lists to order by name
  • Updated the Inquiry Watcher service to work with new listing sites schema and workflow
  • Updated the navigation pager on the booking calendar to allow editing and work with different month/year formats
  • Added display options to user profile page for sticky, calendar or list view
  • Removed extra white space from inquiry overview page when resizing to mobile view
  • Added duplicate checking to listing site names so that names are unique per user
  • Added duplicate checking to property names so that names are unique per user
  • Updated top menu bar to scroll instead of being fixed

Affected Components

  • Application
  • Inquiry Watcher Service
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8 Comments (add yours)

May 14, 13
1:10 am
Marinas Edge says:

All this in a week, Sam? Awesome...

Another potentially simple addition to the export....common fields for customer info (email, phone, address). This allows me to import into MailChimp for easy communication with my clients.

Damon

May 14, 13
7:53 am
Sam Westcott says:

Yep, and that requires we do another thing on the roadmap - add phone/address fields to booking directly instead of just on payments. That's been on the wishlist for awhile, particularly for users that get a lot of check payments. Guests need to fill that in on the Point of Contact page during quote acceptance. Pretty straightforward to add.

May 14, 13
10:51 am
Marinas Edge says:

What about just exporting email address until the other stuff is in place?

May 14, 13
10:59 am
Sam Westcott says:

I've just added that to the export code, as well as split apart FirstName and LastName columns. It'll go out in the next release which should be Friday.

May 14, 13
1:27 pm
Marinas Edge says:

Awesome.

May 19, 13
3:33 pm
Glenn Moore says:

Kudos to all the changes recently. The site looks even better than before (it already looked much better than the competition before anyhow). I have noticed a performance improvement too, so overall it certainly seems better.

I am still very anxiously awaiting new functionality on automatic emails (as was discussed previously). I get excited when I go to log on and there is a splash page describing a new update. The first thing I go to is the emails, but alas nothing has changed yet.... Do you have any ETA on when you might be updating the email system? To me this remains my biggest problem as I am constantly having to write various emails though the lifecycle of a rental manually and it gets to be a pain. Your system has so much potential to eliminate or at least reduce this work for me.....

Glenn

May 19, 13
4:17 pm
Sam Westcott says:

@Glenn: Very perceptive on the performance improvements. We just migrated the entire system to a new cloud provider. We were partially using them before but not totally. Now we're 100% there. Just wrapped that up in the past few days.

Literally THE NEXT release will have updates to email templates. We're making sure all guest-facing emails have a template, so (for instance) the security deposit release email or pending booking cancellation will have templates. If it goes out from you to a guest, you'll be able to template it.

The custom email sending is being worked on - there are some moving parts to get right. We are trying to do a release per week (or two at most) over the next few months.

Email templates, custom email scheduling and auto-responders (for inquiries/quotes) are our biggest areas of focus.

May 20, 13
11:13 pm
Marinas Edge says:

Great work, Sam and team. I am hoping you'll have the email stuff ready for my first guests in late June!

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