New Release: Customizable UI per Check-in View and Tablet Driven Check-in!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:14:00 PM Categories: New Features
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 Check-in has now been upgraded to the new User Interface matching the upgrades we've been doing since early 2013.  This means the check-in screens adjust to whatever device you are using (responsive design) ... like tablets.  

 
While we were at it we added a few options that you can find in the check-in views.  None of these affect your current setup, but they do expand what is possible:  These all came from client feedback.
  • A3.2 - Include parent mobile phone on child label.  (So teachers can text parents directly.)
  • D4, D5, D6 - Require address, email and/or mobile phones when adding a new family.
  • E6 - Make any other custom attribute required.
  • E5 - HTML stylesheet  to control font/settings of the entire page for ministry specific settings.
  • E4 - HTML heading / logo of main check-in page to allow for ministry specific branding.  
 
The new upgrade to the check-in system will become the normal one in a couple of weeks.  But, first we want you to test and become familiar with it.

Labels and name tags are still printed through a computer with a USB printer attached.  When used as a printing station for tablets, this computer ceases to be available as a check-in station and has become a printing station linked via the Internet to tablets.  As before, to setup a printer, follow the instructions under settings then check-in.  Remember, you have to use Internet Explorer or Firefox to print.  When that is done or on your current check-in computers:
  • Login using the check-in password and click the gray button for Tablet Driven Check-in (Upgrade beta).  The check-in shortcut links bypass this page, so be sure to use your general login link.
  • Select a Check-in View and Date
  • Select the Printer Station option and give or choose a name for the printer location.
  • Click ok.  This screen indicates the printer is ready to print from tablets.
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It is no problem to have as many printing stations as you like for convenience and to remove any bottlenecks created by lines. 
 
 
Second set up your tablets.
 
The system works with all tablets and all browsers.  We generally recommend 3 or less quick edit attributes (check-in view option E6) to make screen formatting better for tablets.  
  • Login using the check-in password and click the gray button for Tablet Driven Check-in.  The check-in shortcut links bypass this page, so be sure to use your general login link.
  • Select a Check-in View and Date
  • Selet "Use printer station" then select the station you want to print to.
  • Click ok.  This screen indicates the tablet is ready to check families in.
 
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Note:  You can use more than one tablet per printing station.  You will want to test to find out what the optimal number of tablets printing to one station is based on your printers, physical location and traffic  At least two tablets per printing station should be supported easily.  
 
After the two week beta trial, all logins and uses of check-in will default to this new version.
 
We think that Tablet Driven check-in has the potential to make the check-in process more relational and get rid of the check-in lines.  What do you think?  We'd love your feedback.