Thanks to feedback from a few larger churches using WP, we have an enhancement to the People Scheduling page that will make it easier to use. The redesigned Display Options menu now allows you to select which teams you’d like displayed. Before this update, your choices were to display all teams or only the teams that you lead.
The other change we made to this page is how these display options are saved. We were using your browser cookies to save these settings. This worked great in theory, but not so well in practice. Our update now saves those display settings to your WP account so that you’ll see them if you change browsers or computers (notice the button at the bottom of the menu).
The wait will soon be over, smartphone fans. In just a few weeks, we expect to roll out a version of WorshipPlanning.com that is designed to run in the mobile browser of most fairly-current smartphones on the market. The initial functionality will be similar to the current iPhone app, but more responsive and polished. Here are some reasons we are really excited about this mobile web version:
Android owners will finally have mobile access to their WorshipPlanning.com data, with the ability to respond to assignments, view service and song details, access contact info, and listen to audio.
iOS owners will be able see an improved audio player, be able to open PDFs, and submit notes with their assignment responses.
We will be able to develop and deploy more functionality much more easily (read “a lot quicker”) than before. If you, the user community, like how the mobile web version works, we should be able to easily leverage what we’ve done to make device-specific apps (including tablet apps!).
So, keep an eye on our blog, tweets, and facebook updates!
Early this morning, we updated WorshipPlanning.com to version 3.9.5. It has been a little while since our last update, but that doesn’t meant we haven’t been busy! As a general policy, we intentionally avoid applying non-critical updates to the site in the weeks leading up to Easter.
Version 3.9.5 is a mostly-transparent update, but something we wanted to at least make you aware of. Plus, the enhancements for this update are needed for some great enhancements coming soon. Here is what’s in 3.9.5.
Improved Notifications Architecture
This was a big update that I wish I could easily convey the level of effort we put in to. In the short-term, this change will allow us to handle the continued growth in users, especially with how many notifications WP is sending (thousands a day). Down the road, you’ll be able to view a list of “sent” messages, as well as see exactly what messages your team members have received (originating from WP).
3.9.5 also fixes a few small bugs, one of which is a problem where linked services can’t be easily edited (as far as people-scheduling goes) if the master service is in the past and the linked services are still in the future. The fix allows you to schedule people for all services, up to several hours after the service has passed.
We are continuing to work hard to bring you features that will really help you in your ministry. Thanks to everyone that has provided comments, suggestions, and feedback!
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