Release Notes 2017
December 12, 2017 Release
You may have many events that you want to load up all at once. Perhaps you’re planning a quarter or even a year. Loading them one by one may not be effective. That’s why we’ve created Bulk Data.
You can now download your events into a spreadsheet. You can modify them, delete them, or add new ones all via the Comma-Separated Values (CSV) document. After all, it’s easier to make large changes via a spreadsheet. Go ahead, try this out via Menu/Events. See the Bulk Data docs.
We’ve added another View Density, full calendar view. You can now browse the events per month, week, or day in an interface that looks like a typical calendar that many are accustomed to. Go ahead, play with it via Density to Caledar.
December 4, 2017 Release
We’ve been quiet through November. That’s because we’ve been working on something new. It’s called Snippets and it aims to be the best way to share internal content at scale.
We’ve launched the preview version of Snippets to production. You can enable it in Menu/Settings/Feature Management.
This is just the start. We expect to iterate on Snippets quite a bit. And, as usual, your feedback will help determine the next features we ship.
October 30, 2017 Release
Google Calendar Integration
Most of us use Google Calendar to run our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have the PlusPlus events automatically show up in participant’s calendar? They were always able to download them, but what happens if the event changes? We wouldn’t be able to update their calendars automatically.
With the new Google Calendar integration, this is all automatic. You just need to enable this feature via Menu/Settings/Feature Management. Best of all, you don’t need special powers from your IT department since this feature doesn’t require any special security permissions.
October 16, 2017 Release
Single Sign-on is important. We’re adding OneLogin to the list of supported out-of-the-box providers. Of course, we’ll add your favorite SSO provider as needed
October 9, 2017 Release
Public or Private Feedback
Getting the feedback from the participants on how an event went is important. But, perhaps in your organization, you may not want to display all that feedback publicly.
You can now control that. Just go to Menu/Settings/Administrative and look for Feedback is public checkbox.
September 25, 2017 Release
It turns out, in addition to discovering learning events, the PlusPlus app also helps inform your people about other initiatives you may have going on. For example, you can now promote the quarterly planning initiative on the app.
We call this feature Info Cards. To access it, go to Menu/Add an Info Card (available to Organizers and Admins). Go ahead, create an initiative and promote it!
September 18, 2017 Release
Analytics: Additional Pivots and Export to CSV
You’ve liked the Analytics feature but have asked for additional pivots and an easy export. Now you can pivot on presenters and attendees in addition to events, event types, and location. You can also export all the data in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) format for further analysis in Excel or similar.
Event Access: Private
Certain events should be kept private. Perhaps not everyone needs to know about them. Or, perhaps they are not firmed up yet. You can now designate an event as private. Private events won’t show up the event list nor in the search. Yet, people who have the direct URL to the event will be able to get to them.
If we have the access to your organizational structure (such as departments or the reporting structure), we can allow you to further tune up the access controls per event.
September 1, 2017 Release
In the previous release, we’ve enabled event presenters, organizers and admins to view the Roster and check in the attendees. Now, we’ve added the ability for participants to check themselves in as well. From an hour before the event starts until the end of the day, they have a chance to mark themselves as present in the event.
- In the roster, you can now add people via a list of their email addresses. This allows you to sign up a larger group of people all at once simply by copy/pasting their emails.
August 21, 2017 Release
People register for events, but who really shows up? We’re introducing Roster – a way for organizers of the event or the presenter to pull up the list of people who registered and to check in those who actually showed up. And if you have any walk-ins, you can add them and check them in all at once.
Having the right data on how your people learn is important. The Roster should make it easier to track participation.
July 31, 2017 Release
Data is important. It turns out PlusPlus app collects a lot of it. We know who is attending what events and how well they’re rating them.
All this raw data is now available to you via the new Analytics. You can view the data by time frame, sort it, and filter it based on names. It’s based on the industry xAPI standard.
But we wanted to go beyond just the data. We wanted to get you the insights. With Analytics you can pivot your data based on events, event types or location. This unlocks another level of visibility into what is really driving your people to learn.
Go ahead, play with Analtyics! It’s under the Organizer/Admin menu.
July 17, 2017 Release
It turns out people want to see even more events per page. So, in addition to Compfy and Cozy view density, we’ve now launched Compact View. Go ahead, and browse all those events on a single page.
- Web Accessibility (Section 508 Compliance): It’s important that learning events are discoverable by all people in your organization. We’ve made sure that PlusPlus app adheres to strict government requirements so people with disabilities can still use the site.
July 6, 2017 Release
Sometimes people just want to be notified when a new event they would care about has been scheduled. Inspired by Google Alerts, we’ve created a way for your people to save their searches. When a new event is scheduled that matches their terms (e.g. Crucial Conversations, or Core Python), we send them an email notification. They can set the frequency for each alert to Daily, Weekly or Monthly. No more “can you please tell me when that course becomes available” nonsense.
- Feature Management so Admins can toggle cool but cutting edge features
June 22, 2017 Release
Customizable Email Templates
Emails are important. They remind your people about upcoming classes, waitlist status, feedback and more. We send them automatically when specific things happen.
You can now edit these email templates to give them your voice. You can even disable them in certain cases. This allows you to customize the experience that your people have.
June 20, 2017 Release
You may have the same event repeat over and over again. For example, you may schedule the same class may once a month every month. Your people want an easy way to discover all the offerings for a particular event – not just the upcoming one.
Bulk Scheduling allows organizers to schedule the same event for multiple dates and times. We copy everything else for your convenience and consistency. Your users can now see all the offerings of a particular event.
May 16, 2017 Release
Cap Enrollment and Wait Lists
So you have more attendees enrolled than there’s space available for the event. Well, PlusPlus now allows you to set the Enrollment Cap and create a Wait List. We’ll place extra attendees onto the wait list and promote them to enrolled status as space opens up. Attendees will get email notifications as their status changes.
April 20, 2017 Release
Get more Feedback!
We’ve noticed attendees tend to procrastinate proving event feedback despite the email reminders. So we’ve introduced a notification to gently nudge them. As a user who has outstanding feedbacks, you will see a count of those events and get a list of them so you can easily complete them. After all, everyone wants to know how the event went!
- Initials for missing profile photos
- Status Page
- It’s faster! Average response time is 100ms and no request takes longer than 2s.
April 4, 2017 Release
View Density: Comfy or Cozy
Once you get to 100s of events it may get hard to browse through all these offerings. We’ve introduced View Density feature. Now you can select Comfy or Cozyview option. In the Comfy mode, we’ll show two event cards per row and in the Cozy mode three cards. Of course, on tiny screens such as mobile, we’ll show only as many cards as we can fit.
PlusPlus now works better on mobile. As the number of filters and options grew, it got harder to display them all on tiny screens. We’ve introduced a new menu system that solves this problem. You now have all the same features on mobile as you did on the desktop. Go ahead, give it a try!
- Filter settings are now sticky across devices. We’ll remember your settings on as many devices you use.
- Locking of form buttons when there’s no response from the server. This is to account for the possibility of a slow connection.
March 23, 2017 Release
The app has been sending users email notifications for some time now. But the emails were in plain text. While plain text works for any email reader, it lacks branding.
We now send two-part emails: HTML and plain text. If the user can render HTML, they’ll see a nicer looking email. It’ll have your logo at the top-left corner as well as the message that you’ve customized for your email templates.
Easier way to add multiple presenters
Your event may be a panel of presenters, or perhaps it’s just a couple of experts pairing up on teaching it.
You can now have an arbitrary number of presenters associated with the event. Go ahead, add them via the + button. And if the person is not in the system while typing ahead, you can quick-add them via Add Person button.
- Better cloning of existing events so that organizer info is passed through.
- Back to Events button to make it easier to navigate back from event details.
- Related Events widget doesn’t include past events anymore.
- User settings are now linked from the user profile photo for easier access.
- People search now looks at email addresses as well.
- No more seconds for event duration.
March 8, 2017 Release
Most of your events happen in a single sitting. Sometimes, an event may be a few consecutive days. And every once in awhile, you have that event with complex time slots where it has a few sessions that span across multiple days or even weeks. Well, you can schedule those now as well.
Timeslots feature keeps it simple to schedule a single session event – your most common case. Yet it is flexible enough to allow for any complexity in multi-session events.
February 13, 2017 Release
People appreciate being reminded about the upcoming events. And sometimes they need to be nudged a bit to complete that feedback survey. As an Administrator, you can configure PlusPlus app to send these email notifications to your people on specific schedule. For example, 2 days prior to an event send a reminder email to all registered attendees with all the details they need. Now, you can also see what those email templates look like and have them customized for your organization.
February 6, 2017 Release
So you want to know what the engagement of your people is. Reports feature gives you an insight into key numbers. You can filter this list by date range. This feature is only available to Admins.
February 1, 2017 Release
External People Role
You may have people who are external to your organization. For example, a presenter for a class could be an outside contractor. You probably don’t want to allow these people log into your app. External Role allows you to do just that – designate people who cannot access your system but can have a profile that you manage.
See details on People Role
January 23, 2017 Release
New People Profiles
We’ve made it easier to see who has presented what event and how well it went. You can also look up your own profile to see what events you have coming up.
January 16, 2017 Release
Posters are large-screen displays that promote the upcoming events. Currently, a dozen of the upcoming events are displayed – three at a time. The idea is that people around the office can discover interesting events just by walking around.
As an administrator, you can set up these displays. An easy way to run them is via an inexpensive device such as Chromecast. See Deploying Posters recipe.
New Home Page
What PlusPlus is a bit clearer via the new PlusPlus.co home page.