New Access Permission Options and the Latest Elvanto Updates

Over the past few weeks, the team has been busy building a number of  new updates to the system. We’re particularly excited about the new options now available within Access Permissions.

We’re pleased to announce that admins now have an extra level of restrictions available across permissions, which can be used to further restrict or open up viewing as needed. We recommend visiting the updated Access Permissions support article to get the full details, but some of the new options include:

Extra options for People and Groups

Admins can now select for users to only view people in groups they are in, as well as groups they lead. This helps churches who are wanting to open up access to people for those in the same groups, as well as just those that they are responsible for.

Similar to this, admins can now also select for users to only view groups they are in. This opens up groups to be viewed by members as well as leaders, but still restricts them to appropriate groups.

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Extra options for Lockdowns

Admins now have the added benefit of assigning lockdowns across a number of select demographics instead of assigned demographics. This feature is particularly useful for leaders who might need access to a demographic they don’t belong to, like a Kids Pastor. For more information on how lockdowns work, view this article.

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Other Improvements:

As well as a number of other small tweaks we’ve made to access permissions, we’ve also made some improvements to the way the system matches duplicates and works with event administrators.

To better accommodate for liturgy and other notes that are sometimes needed within a printed service plan, we’ve also allowed users now have the option to hide an item’s description within the Print Layout.

Coming Up:

In the coming weeks, we hope to release a new activity report, implement new (cheaper!) SMS providers, and hope to bring improvements to the group reporting feature.

Stay tuned and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!


Announcing our ‘Continue to Give’ online giving integration for US clients!

Integrating your Elvanto account with a payment provider can help make online giving a smooth and straightforward process for your church. We have recently teamed up with the folks at Continue to Give to bring a new payment provider to our US clients.

As well as supporting recurring payments and smart phone giving, Continue to Give accommodates for multiple projects in an account, which helps for setting things like short term missions goals. It also has a nifty kiosk app you can download to use on your tablet or iPad.

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If you don’t yet have an account with them, the first step is to contact the team to discuss plans and pricing. You can also check out our support article that will guide you through the setup process. We’ll be coninuing to add integration with more providers over the coming months!

Enjoy!

Hannah


We want to integrate with ProPresenter!

We are currently working on integrating with ProPresenter, a software application created by the team over at Renewed Vision. ProPresenter is one of the most popular church presentation softwares available on the market today, and since the guys over at Renewed Vision are working hard on the next version, we’d love to be a part of it!

In order to do this, we need your help.

We’ve been in communication with Renewed Vision to get integrated, but so far haven’t been given the green light.

To help us get there, we’d love you to do one or more of these three things:

We hope that by building a bit of a buzz and showing them that we have plenty of customers wanting this integration, it will help us finally join the dots!

Thanks everyone for your continued support, we look forward to continuing to bring better software solutions.

Ben
CEO & Founder


PDF and Excel Report Improvements

This past fortnight, we’ve put a big focus on improving PDF and Excel files generated from within Elvanto. We’ve nailed a number of issues that customers have been experiencing, and are pleased to release a few updates to the software. We hope this will make a big improvement the next time you find yourself generating reports.

We’ve made some major improvements to the way PDF reports are generated:

  • PDFs with larges amounts of data now generate much faster
  • PDFs that include images also generate much faster
  • Column headings now span over multiple pages
  • Rows with information that spans over multiple lines fit much better and don’t overlap
  • PDF file sizes are much smaller
  • Dates now output in a more readable format (but still allow you to sort correctly)

Some of these updates will also apply to other PDFs generated by Elvanto, including things like service plans, letters and labels.

We’ve also made some small improvements to the way Excel reports are generated.

  • Headings are now bold
  • The widths of cells are now automatically adjusted based on the content
  • The heights of cells now adjust based on the amount of lines in a row

As we continue to develop the Reports area of Elvanto, we hope to release a new inbuilt ‘Activity Report’, which will allow you to report on changes and actions that have been made against person’s profile. We also hope to further customize the options and selections for individual members showing in the member directory.

Stay Tuned!


The new Elvanto is coming

Hi Everyone!

It’s Aaron here- I’m the head of UX design here at Elvanto. My role is to help revolutionize how Elvanto is used across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. It’s my pleasure to start showing you some of the upcoming designs for the new Elvanto ‘Admin Area’. Of course, everything is in development, so things may change as we progress and figure out even better ways to do things, but here’s a sneak peek of some of the coming updates!

The new admin area will allow you to add your logo and a color of your choice to the layout. The below image shows some of the colors within the palette we’ve been working on to bring Elvanto a breath of fresh air and life.

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