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General Details

Upgrade Dates

Public Cloud Production release date: March 11 2021
Public Cloud Backup release date: February 23 2021

Private Cloud Production (Managed Upgrades) release date: March 25 2021
Private Cloud Backup (Managed Upgrades) release date: March 11 2021


Watch this video to get a general overview of the new features in this release.

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Global System Upgrades

The new features listed below are enhancements to the SmartSimple system and will be immediately available to SmartSimple users upon the application of the upgrade to their server:

Major Updates

Removed Base API Key for Signority E-Signature Integration

Deprecated the default system API key that is used for Signority e-signature integration services when no authentication credentials are configured. Going forward, in order to use the Signority e-signature integration, you will need to engage our partner vendor Signority in order to obtain a license and API key for use in your SmartSimple Platform3 instance. Clients currently leveraging our Signority integration would have already been contacted by a SmartSimple account manager to coordinate this transition, but if you currently have an integration with Signority enabled but have not transitioned to your own license key, please contact our support team for assistance with this.

Deprecated Job Costing Application

Deprecated the legacy Job Costing application. In ages past, prior to the creation of the fully configurable Universal Tracking Application, several static Tracking Applications were created for out-of-the-box use. As these static Tracking Applications are now no longer in use, they are being removed from various configuration menus and settings pages. We do not anticipate any behaviour change to your system.

Deprecated Classic-style Calendar

Deprecated of the Classic-style Calendar. Previously, we introduced an update to the Calendar interface to update it inline with the latest Arcadia styling and behaviour. We also introduced a setting within the Global Settings -> Classic area to allow you to continue using the previous Classic-styled calendar. However, for maintenance reasons we'll be removing this Classic Calendar option and again update your system to use the latest Calendar interface. If the setting for Classic Calendar within the Global Settings -> Classic Options area is not enabled in your instance, then this change will have no affect on your system.

Deprecated IP Address and Workstation Based Login Restrictions

Deprecated user login restrictions to restrict access based upon IP address, or local computer. These were two options found within the Roles and Access menu within each user account. They were older features that allowed you to restrict user access, one based upon the source IP address of a user's connection, and the other based upon a static cookie file stored on a user's local computer. These are now legacy features that no longer function with the highest security standards that the system can offer.

Deprecated Personalized Alert Messages

Deprecated personalized alert messages. In an attempt to create more friendly, and personal system alerts and experience, we previously modified system alert messages for end users with an opening like "Hey John". Unfortunately, that wasn't quite well received by our entire audience, so we're removing that personal message from system alerts, and replacing it with simple symbols or generic "Alert" text where appropriate.

After the upgrade, alerts messages will be styled like the image on the right and will no longer say "Hey, first name".

Updated Interface for Association of Records

Updated the interface and behaviour when searching and adding record associations to other records. This applies to areas such as Contact and Company associations to records, as well as the Special - Linked Record List custom field. An example of the affected area is the multiple contact and multiple company standard field lists within a UTA Level 1 record. The behaviour of adding contact or company record associations has been altered to allow you to perform multiple searches, and review all your selected records in comparison with the current list of contacts and companies before you attach them. A simple search and add function for contacts and companies has been added inline at the top of the list view as well. These changes will now make it faster and more intuitive for users to attach contacts or companies to records.

This Association Entry View pre-upgrade required opening a modal window.
This Association Entry View post-upgrade allows you to add one or more contacts in different roles without the need to open a modal window.

Enhanced Settings Screens for User Menu Permissions

Enhanced and consolidated the settings screens for configuration of permissions to menus and features. The configuration of access to menus and features can be a little daunting and confusing with settings pages split across multiple areas. We're addressing this by first migrating the settings for menus and features that were previously found under Roles and Security > User Roles > Menu, and consolidating them into the Roles and Security > System Feature Permissions screen. Secondly, while the default behaviour lists each setting and all the user roles that you have configured for each, we'll be introducing a new role-based entry mode. This role-based entry mode will instead allow you to specify all the feature permissions that you'd like to set per role much more easily in one shot.

Menu permissions can now be found under System Feature Permissions and can be viewed in feature-based or role-based entry modes.

Extended Group Email Functionality for Associated Companies of UTA Records

Extended Group Email function to be available for contacts within associated companies of a UTA Level 1 record. Previously, the Group Email function could only target contacts directly associated with the Level 1. Now, instead of having to connect contacts directly to the Level 1, you can email various contacts of the companies associated to the Level 1.

Group email contacts of associated organizations.

Enhanced Interface of Geomapping List Views

Enhanced the interface and behaviour of list views with geo mapping enabled. The map frame will now dynamically re-size accordingly as you adjust the search radius of the search filter. Improved interaction between the list records and the map icons, selecting either will highlight the corresponding list record or map icon to better connect the two.

When you search a list view based on proximity, the map will now zoom in and out based on your settings and items in the list will highlight if you select them on the map.

Updated Interface for Question Set Builder Custom Fields

Updated interface when setting up questions for a Special - Question Set Builder custom field. Previously, every question row listed formatting options such as number type, number precision, and currency. As these formatting options aren't always applicable to every field type, we've changed the default behaviour to instead now have these columns hidden, but provide you the option of showing these columns if you wish, as well as limit the available format options within. You can find this setting to control the format columns within the custom field configuration of a Special - Question Set Builder field.

Updated Interface Styles of Checkbox and Radio Inputs

Updated interface styling for checkbox and radio input elements and increased their size as well as updated styling for their state. This makes it easier for users to select these elements and to determine their current state.

Updated Visibility of Older Log Data

Updated visiblity of older log data to allow you to view log entries older than 2 years ago. In the November 2020 upgrade, we began moving log data older than 2 years ago into a separate archive location in the database. We've now linked these archive locations into the regular system screens, e.g. viewing field change history, where you will once again see these older log data seamlessly once again.

Updated Interface of UTA Record Copy Action

Updated the Copy UTA Level 1 or Level 2 action for simplified and improved user experience. The interim screen when you copy a record has been updated to hide options that are not available for the user to select copy behaviour for. A confirmation has been added whether you wish to remain on the current record that you're copying from, or whether you wish to navigate to the newly created record. Lastly, we've updated the behaviour when copying both a UTA Level 1 and its Level 2s to only create the records at the very end, instead of the current behaviour of creating the new Level 1, and then Level 2 as you step through the option screens.

Minor Updates

Updated Chart-type Portal Sections with Ability to Open Records

Updated chart-type sections within a portal to allow you to drill down, and open up individual records. This will now function similar to the table-type sections allowing you to navigate to and open individual records for review.

Updated Login Page to Include Language Selection When Not Explicitly Defined

Updated the display of the login page to include a language selection when you have multiple login pages configured for multiple languages. While you may still navigate to the language specific login pages using the lang parameter in the URL, if the lang parameter is not specified, then a language selection will be presented to the end user on the login page. Upon logging in, the language selection from the login page will carry through the user's login session.

Added Additional Aggregate Record Count to Activities within Contact and Company Profile

Added the aggregate count of associated records within the left menu when viewing contact and company records. Some of the menu tabs representing activities, and UTA Level 2, and UTA Level 3 records associated to contact and company records did not have record counts displayed. These have been updated now to show you a count of these record types per contact or company.

Added Ability to Export Configuration Error Log

Added support for export of Configuration Error Log results, as well as Autoloader Process logs. The output from these two areas may now be exported as a file and more easily reviewed by system administrators.

Updated Search Reference Within Custom Field Configuration to Include Reports

Updated the Search Reference function within a custom field to now also include reports where the custom field is included in. You can now determine if a field has been included within any reports.

Added Ability to Disable List View Sticky Search Behaviour

Added ability to disable the sticky search behaviour of list views. The default behaviour of list views to remember your last search, and display the results of your last search can now be disabled via your personal list view settings and disabling the "Remember Previous Search" option.

On-Demand System Upgrades

The following features are available immediately with the application of the upgrade, but must first be enabled or configured by a Global Administrator:

Major Updates

New Shopping Cart Feature

New Shopping Cart feature allows for the tracking as well as processing of payments from users. When this feature is configured, it will allow users to process payments towards organizations, or UTA Level 1 records. This feature was designed with end user donation purposes in mind and will allow you to process payments directly via our integration with our partner Stripe, or through an integration with your own financial system by way of payroll deduction. Users may choose from one-time payments to multiple payment plans. For system administrators, this feature can be enabled in the Global Settings area through settings called Shopping Cart. You can define what system objects are available to for inclusion within an order, and multiple payment forms as well to specify different attributes for different methods of payment. For example, you can include a flat processing fee, and either choose to display or hide this from the user's order summary screen. For end users, when they navigate the records made available for payment towards, they will be presented an option to add to their shopping cart, from which they may check out when done.

Added Additional Themes and Templates Available to Portal Configuration

Added additional themes and templates available for use in portal configurations. Three new themes are now available. Five new templates have been added for use within these new themes. These templates have been tailored for use with audiences in those respective areas and allow you to setup well designed portals in a snap.

New Integration with ORCID Research Database

New integration with ORCID research and funding database. This allows you to integrate your SmartSimple platform with ORCID in order for users to pull down their ORCID profile into your SmartSimple platform, and also to push out funding data from the platform out to ORCID. Your organization will need to sign up for an API or integration key directly with ORCID, to be entered as an Integration Key in the platform. Additionally, individual users will need to each authenticate their user profile with ORCID and authorize the platform to access ORCID data in order to pull down or update their ORCID profile within the platform.

New Ability to Generate Fillable PDF Forms for E-signature

New ability to generate fillable PDF forms for e-signing. Currently, only available for integrations with DocuSign at the moment, you now have the ability to configure Web Page View custom fields with custom content that will generate a fillable PDF.

New Custom Field Type Special - Like Button Rating

New custom field type called Special - Like Button Rating can be used to present a thumbs up and down rating. You can set the permissions and availability for this field just like any, and present your users with the ability to like or dislike a record.

Updated Disbursement Creator Tool Now Available to Non-Admin Users

Updated Disbursement Creator tool to be available for non-admin users. This feature may now be enabled for use by non-admin users via a role permission located in the allocation mapping settings. Enabling this for users will then display the Disbursement option within the Tools menu within a UTA Level 1 record.

New Ability to Restrict Available Consumer Records for Provider Connection Based on Consumer Type and Status

New ability to restrict the type and status of Consumer records that you can choose from the Provider UTA. Within the configuration of Consumer connection within the Provider UTA connectivity settings, you can now more granularly control the availability of which Provider records can be linked with which Consumer records by type and status combinations of both Provider and Consumer.

New Import Templates Now Available to Non-Admin Users

New Import Templates to allow you to configure import wizards for use by non-admin users. This functionality is available for use with UTA Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 type records. The configuration setting for this can be found within the UTA settings page -> respective level tab -> Import Templates. These templates allow you to create an import profile restricted to specific record types, statuses, and also the fields to import into. You may then permission the templates for use by user role. We've also extended the import wizard functionality to be available now for UTA Level 2, and Level 3 records as well. The interface and behaviour of the import wizard will now allow you to directly copy and paste content for upload in addition to file upload, as well as allow you to specify more options for column delimiter where only comma delimiters were accepted previously. The error detection and data validation has also been improved and will now alert you on any issues encountered at the end of the import. Lastly, you will be able to save your column mapping selection and reload these the next time you use the Import Template for a quicker import experience.

Minor Updates

Extended Bulk File Download Function for use With Consumer Provider List Views

Extended bulk file download functionality to be available for Consumer Provider list views. You may now configure Consumer Provider list views with the ability to download file uploads from the records returned in the list.

Added Options for Invitation-type Workflow Task to Create or Send Invitations

Added two new options for the Invitation-type Workflow Task to allow you create or send Draft Invitations. You can now trigger the creation and sending of contact invitations via Workflow Task, and additionally if the Workflow is triggered on a UTA Level 2 record, you will also have the ability to trigger a Level 2 activity Workflow Task that will create or send invitations off the parent Level 1 record.

Enhanced Hashtag-enabled Text-type Fields with Additional Options

Enhanced the Hashtag option for text-type custom fields with some additional options for improved usability. Introduced an option to restrict the ability to create new hashtag values to certain user roles. Introduced an option to categorize multiple fields into similar categories, such that end users entering in any of these fields will be able to search from the collective hashtags across all fields within the same category. Also introduced a new admin page, Hashtag Library, found in the Global Settings that will show you the list of available hashtags, and that also allows you to change the hashtag value and category.

Added Support for JSON Format for Report Exports

Added support for exporting report resultsin JSON format through the File Export feature of reports. Within the File Export configuration menu of a report, you can now specify an export format of JSON.

Beta Previews

No features are available for beta preview this upgrade.

Notes for Admins

Added New Parameters to SmartConnect API for Pagination of Records

Added additional parameters to the SmartConnect API to allow for pagination of record sets. For List action API calls, new parameters recordcount, recordstart, and recordend will now be returned to you. New parameters recordsperpage, recordstart, and pageofrecord will be available for you to pass to the calls to page through the result set. You may pass just the recordstart to indicate which record to start from, for example, given a recordsperpage 100, you could pass recordstart 1, 101, and 201 in order to obtain records 1-100, 101-200, 201-300 respectively. Another example, given a recordsperpage 100, you could pass recordstart 1, 1, and 1, in combination with pageofrecord 1, 2, and 3 in order to obtain the same record sets 1-100, 101-200, 201-300 respectively.

Added New Criteria Operators to SmartConnect API for Searching of Empty or Non-empty Values

Added additional operator available to the SmartConnect API for use within criteria to search for records where a field is empty or not. You may now include an operator of isempty, with a corresponding value of either true or false, within a criteria in order to search for records based on either empty or non-empty value.

Added New Attributes to SmartConnect API to Describe Sub-type of Custom Field Metadata

Added additional attribute fieldsubtypeid to the SmartConnect API function for Get Meta. This will allow you to retrieve the subcategory of a custom field. Where you were able to previously retrieve the field type, e.g. Text Box - Single Line, you can now retrieve the subcategory, e.g. Text Box - Date, or Text Box - Number for more granularity. You will be able to retrieve both the type name as well as internal type ID assigned to these types and subtypes.