October 2018

New features

  • Report functionality is here. The first report “Entries by category” has recently been released, and is accessed from the Dashboard. Look for the Full report link at the bottom of the entries by category widget.  

  • Settings events are now being recorded to the audit log.  E.g. when updating general settings, payments settings or theme settings, these events are now visible in the audit log.

  • New interface text override option for "My entries: No entries". Use this text override if you’d like to change the default message when a user has no entries.

  • Two new professional language translations are now available: Polish and Czech

Improvements

  • With category export, you can now include the description as an optional column.

September 2018

New features

  • New white-label domain option has been added for scholarships. yourprogramname.scholarshipsplatform.com

  • You can now export the Audit log, and customise that export.

  • Under GDPR, data subjects have the right to request all of data held on/about them, and in a format that could be transferred to other software/systems— we now have a tool in place for users to be able to request this directly themselves (saving you a lot of manual effort) from within their user profile and then download a securely encrypted Zip file package of all their data.

Improvements

  • Performance improvement for panel configurations.

  • Improved protection and optimisation to deal with automated (bot) traffic.

  • Some dashboard widgets are now cached, to improve dashboard/application load speed.

  • The export configurator control for selecting columns to include in exports now have controls to “Clear all” and “Add all” columns, with one click.

  • Subscription and cookie consent preferences are now available as optional columns on the users list view and users export.

  • The Award Force interface has received a few subtle yet impressive improvements:

    • Checkbox and radio button styling

    • Slightly darker text has been implemented system-wide for improved legibility

    • Action button improvements

    • Typography refinements

    • General UI improvements

  • The Audit log has received several new improvements:

    • New search UI

    • Columns can now be arranged and that configuration can be saved

    • Over 10 new resource events are now logged, including fund events, role events and chapter events.

    • Export log event history

August 2018

New features

  • Award Force’s very own advanced bot detection + blocking has just been released.
  • A new content block for use with pre-paid entries is now available.
  • Teaser alert! We have undertaken a new and exciting project which will add even more to the incredible value offered by Award Force. Is it your Award Force or “My Award Force”? Keep watching this space!

Improvements

  • Table field type aesthetic improvements.
  • In judging views, file upload fields now have a direct download link.
  • In a judging view, using the slider for scoring now includes a numeric indicator for even better scoring accuracy.
  • Review exports now include the review URL, allowing you to send emails to reviewers outside of Award Force.
     

July 2018 release update

New features

  • Users can now provide cookie consent for necessary cookies, cookies used for analytics and cookies used for marketing, in line with GDPR requirements.

In the last month, the Engineering team has been working on some major new feature development. So not much new has been released, but some exciting developments are on the way in the coming months— watch this space!

Improvements

  • PDF theming improvements
  • We now support another payment gateway in First Data.
  • Table field type layout improvements
  • Email formatting has improved

May 2018 release update

New features

  • Our new table field type has been completed
  • You can now configure your Award Force platform to request your users to consent to:
    • Your privacy policy
    • Cookies
    • Broadcasts and notifications
  • A preference center has been created for users to individually edit their consent preferences from within their Award Force accountImprovements
  • The user record now includes all agreements the user has consented to
  • You can now filter by tags when creating manual assignments

April 2018 release update

New features

  • In the assignments list view, you can now filter by panel
  • Leaderboard now has configurable columns and exports

Improvements

  • Improved sort functionality behaviour in exports
  • New Hebrew language translation
  • Media links in PDFs are now persistent
  • Rejected entries are now excluded from manual assignments
  • Improved layout for PDFs, including option to include tabs as page dividers
  • Notifications are now seasonal

March 2018 release update

New features

  • Improvements for PCI-DSS compliance.
  • The leaderboard has been updated to allow for sorting, filtering and export of data, including chapters and categories. 
  • You can now export a catalogue of all uploaded files found in the manage entries list view.

Improvements

  • UI improvements for better handling of languages.
  • Content blocks are now sorted by default and sortable in ascending or descending order. 
  • Notifications can now be sent by SMS, even if email is available.
  • All translations have been updated.

February 2018 release update

New features

  • Discount codes can now be assigned to specific categories or all categories.

  • You can now add a purchase order number (PO) and edit the billing address on an invoice.

  • New features to enhance the management of table views found in Award Force (E.g. Scoring criteria or Judging progress):

    • Sort more columns than ever before

    • Arrange columns by drag and drop

    • Add or remove columns from a table

    • Save new created table layouts (views) with a combination of column arrangement, columns in view and any specific filters applied to the table.

    • Share newly created views with your team.

  • Customized exports are now available:

    • Add/remove columns from any export

    • Define column order in the export

    • Save and share the export configuration with your team.

  • Hebrew has been added as a language translation.

Improvements

  • Tables are now fully responsive.
  • Performance update completed for the "My entries" section. 
  • Clicking on links in Award Force now opens a new tab instead of in the same window. 

January 2018 release update

New features

  • Four new language translations have been added. Simplified Chinese, Russian, Korean and Japanese. 

  • An improved CAPTCHA service called “FunCaptcha” has been added to protect registration from bots. Unlike Google’s reCaptcha used previously, FunCaptcha works in China. And it’s more fun!

  • Prepaid entries are now enabled, allowing programs to request payment before the entry process.

  • New API endpoints for orders and order items are available. For more on our API see here.

  • Orders are now searchable. Search by order number, transaction ID, username or user email address. 

  • Two new “order” related widgets can be found on your dashboard alongside “data volume”. One deals with the total submitted cart orders value and the other deals with an estimation of cart orders based on entries in progress.

  • We now give you the option to collect billing details if an entry invoice amounts to $0.

Improvements

  • Changes to the “File upload” field data in the entries export:
    Entries export used to list an ID for an attachment uploaded to file upload (single) fields. Now, we list the original name of the file that was uploaded making it easier to identify a file itemised in the export. Handy if you want to add files to your CRM. 
  • Search and filtering on archived seasons is now much faster and will result in fewer timeouts.

November 2017 release update

New features

  • We now have a Drupal module which allows your logged in users to access Award Force without logging in. 

  • Major upgrade coming: Column views within Award Force and exported data will now be configurable! Significant multi-month work has gone into this feature and will be releasing over December.

Improvements

  • User resource fields have been updated to control read/write permissions by role.
  • Integration with Salesforce is now more powerful - select any objects made available through the Salesforce API.

September 2017 release update

Improvements

  • Badges (e.g. in Galleries) can now be controlled seasonally

  • Support for local and international date formats and date formatting in exports is now improved

  • Mean scores added on the feedback view

  • Bulk downloads now include category short code in the folder name

  • We now prevent removal of judge feature roles when judging assignments are present

  • Broadcasts can now be sent from the Manage reviews page

  • Control the order of judging modes in the menu, via score set

  • Optimisations to the queue pipeline

  • More helpful login failure message

  • Category quick filter option now available

August 2017 release update

New features

  • Mercanet (BNP Paribas) payment gateway can now be used for payments

  • Volume entry pricing can now be controlled "By category"

  • Campaign object on Salesforce integrations has been added

Improvements

  • Use invoice numbers to search orders

  • Category dashboard widget now excludes parent categories

  • Maximum attachments per entry are now capped at 100, previously these were unset

  • French language translations have been updated

Fixes

  • Chapters being locked after season copy has been solved

  • Conflict of interest comments not shown in exports has been resolved

  • Bulk role assignment on users performance improved

July 2017 release update

New features

  • Slovenian is now available as a language option

  • Multi-factor authentication to improve the security of accounts is complete

  • Seasonal entry review filter enabled

  • Export for judging assignments view is available for use

  • Ability to send contributors to Salesforce

Improvements

  • The columns in the scoring criteria list view are updated

  • Now add a category name to the individual scores export

  • Galleries now show instantly in the menu when created or updated

  • Optimised bulk role assignment

Fixes

  • Removed the bug causing the divide by zero error in top pick judging mode

  • The top pick export has been resolved

June 2017 release update

New features

  • Award Force integrated with Salesforce allowing data to be passed between the two systems

  • Judging assignments can be viewed, searched and filtered in a report

  • Additional white-label domains (grantplatform.com and staffexcellence.com) are now supported

  • Facility to (optionally) lock completed assignments and avoid inadvertent changes

  • Export individual scores

  • "Badge" award feature is now complete and ready for use

Improvements

  • Broadcasts can now be sent from the judging assignments view

  • Various permissions adjustments

  • Scoring criteria refinements and new options

  • Autocomplete performance has improved markedly

  • Empty or hidden fields are now not considered for scoring

  • Language translation updates

Fixes

  • Panels and abstentions missing from Progress view has been recitified

  • An error saving interface text has been resolved

  • Fonts now appear as selected in PDF's

May 2017 release update

New features

  • Orders can now be soft-deleted

  • Additional PDF's

    • Packing slip PDF

    • VIP Judging PDF for scoring

Improvements

  • Copied video files no longer have any missing transcoded file parts

  • More optimisations to assignments

Fixes

  • A large number of minor bug fixes have been resolved and to date, no bugs are outstanding

April 2017 release update

New features

  • Entry preview

  • Payments season toggle/switch

  • Indicate entries that are in the cart

  • Category division filter on manager entries view

Improvements

  • Default role applied on login if user has no roles

  • Additional option for related entries in paid accounts

  • Tracking of video viewing minutes complete

  • Queue performance and infrastructure improvements

  • Mobile responsive view improvements

  • Category count for fields updates based on filter

Fixes

  • Default home logo missing from new accounts

  • Role assignment fixes

  • Facebook registration fix

March 2017 release update

New features

  • Control the judging slideshow per entry

  • Default chapter is locked to prevent mistaken deletion

  • Feedback comments are now available from all judging modes

  • Export for VIP judging summary

  • Thumbnail gallery option is now available for file fields on an entry

Improvements

  • A few UI updates and tweaks

  • Judge settings moved to score set

  • Role assignment improvements

  • Additional discount functionality for discounting entire cart (not just individual items)

  • Automatic assignments have received a number of optimisations

Fixes

  • Small bug in the cart has been rectified

February 2017 release update

New features

  • Export for fund allocations

  • Account setup guides added for entry and judging

  • Cybersource has been added to our ever growing list of supported payment gateways

Improvements

  • All exported PDFs now include the Account name, Season, Chapter and Code

  • Video links have been added to slideshow

  • You can now reset a guide with the "reset guide" control

Fixes

  • TIFF files will now generate a thumbnail on the entry list view

  • AAC audio format now plays in the audio player

  • Related entries check for pricing rule was not seasonal