Light Blue 2022.2.2 release notes

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Changes in Light Blue 2022.2.2:

  • Our Zoom integration is now available to all of our subscribers. Your online scheduling calendars can now create Zoom meetings when a client makes a booking, and automatically update a linked Zoom meeting if they reschedule or cancel their booking.
    • Holding down the Alt key when navigating from the calendar to an appointment now takes you to the appointment’s parent record without opening the appointment window.
    • Fixed a bug where clicking the “Import” button in the Inbox for a Pic-Time order wouldn’t treat it as incoming sale data.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when editing scheduling calendar availability and specifying an invalid date.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when customising an appointment type’s colour.

    Light Blue 2022.2 release notes

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    Light Blue 2022.2 is a major update that expands the range of third-party apps that you can use with Light Blue.

    New and updated integrations

    • Light Blue’s new Zapier integration is the most comprehensive in the photography industry, with triggers and actions that allow you to use Light Blue for all of your day-to-day work while taking advantage of industry-leading apps and services in a totally automated fashion.
    • Your online scheduling calendars can now create Zoom meetings when a client makes a booking, and automatically update a linked Zoom meeting if they reschedule or cancel their booking.
    • We’ve added Square to the list of online payment processors that you can use with Light Blue’s online invoices, scheduling calendars, and contract signing services.
    • Pic-Time joins the list of online photo galleries that can send client orders to your Light Blue account, allowing you to import them at the click of a button and keep all of your orders together in one place.
    • Schools photographers using GotPhoto can now import batches of orders into Light Blue and automatically link them to the right shoot, enabling you to combine Light Blue’s planning and reporting tools with GotPhoto’s sales tools.

    Please note that the minimum OS version required for Light Blue 2022.2 is now macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or Windows 8.1.

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    Light Blue 2022.1.2 release notes

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    We’ve just released Light Blue 2022.1.2, which is a minor update that adds new features and fixes bugs reported since we launched Light Blue 2022.1. It includes the following changes:

    • You can now import GotPhoto orders into Light Blue as sales, using the GotPhoto orders export CSV format. You’ll find the “Import GotPhoto Orders CSV” command in the Records menu and Light Blue will offer to set up one of your shoot custom text fields to store the GotPhoto job ID and automatically link all of the orders for a particular GotPhoto job to the correct Light Blue shoot.
    • Added an “Open URL In Browser” button to our HTML editor’s link dialog, to allow you to test the URL.
    • Made the member of staff linked to a mileage claim available in the query window.
    • Fixed a bug where the Preferences window could show a grey bar at the top on macOS 12.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause the quick sale window to default to the wrong tax rate.
    • Fixed a bug that could show options that don’t apply to the selected type of report when changing the “basis” option.
    • Fixed a bug where converting a workflow message to a normal message for an appointment that’s also linked to a shoot could use the shoot’s details instead of the appointment’s details for %EventX% mail-merge tags.
    • Fixed a bug where Sale “next payment due date” and “next payment amount” values could be incorrect if the payment schedule due dates have been manually edited.
    • Fixed a bug where clicking the “Export Template” button in “Email Templates” section of Preferences window doesn’t save changes to the body of the email.
    • Fixed a bug where the cash basis version of the tax report can fail to show the tax amount for some individual payments.
    • Fixed a bug where importing sales from a CSV file and using the “Tax name” column would not save the that tax name and would instead show it as “Custom”.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when editing a form that has a contact roles control that doesn’t specify any roles.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when editing a quote with a percentage booking fee when using a space as your thousands separator.

    Light Blue 2022.1 release notes

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    Light Blue 2022.1 is a major update that introduces an online scheduling tool that allows your clients to book shoots and appointments directly into your diary. You no longer need to send messages back and forth to find the perfect time, or rely on complicated integrations with third-party tools.

    Setting up our online scheduling tool is quick and easy, and you can choose which types of shoot or appointment are available online. Your availability is updated in real-time as you (and your clients!) schedule events in your diary, and it’s easy for you to set up regular availability as well as ad-hoc availability for specific types of event.

    Our new online scheduling features also give you options to include a customised booking form, contract, and booking fee when a client is scheduling a shoot, making the online booking process easier than ever. It’s also tightly integrated with Light Blue’s automation tools, so the reminder emails, text messages, and tasks from your workflows help you to deliver great a great service for your clients.

    Read on for a summary of the other new features and changes included in Light Blue 2022.1…

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    Light Blue 2021.2.3 release notes

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    We’ve just released Light Blue 2021.2.3, which is a minor update that adds new features and fixes bugs reported since we launched Light Blue 2021.2. It includes the following changes:

    • Added an “Import Custom Translations” button to the “Template Translations” section of the Preferences window, to allow you to import a set of translations that another Light Blue user has exported and sent to you.
    • Added more mail-merge tags to the “Insert Mail-Merge Tag/Value” feature.
    • Updated the links in the Help menu to match our new online help resources.
    • Fixes a bug that could prevent the “Prices Include Tax” checkbox in the Preferences window from saving properly.

    Light Blue 2021.2.2 release notes

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    We’ve just released Light Blue 2021.2.2, which is a minor update that adds new features and fixes bugs reported since we launched Light Blue 2021.2. It includes the following changes:

    • Added an Undo command to the Edit menu that can undo changes you’ve made in the field that you’re currently editing.
    • The %ContactFullName% mail-merge tag when used with weddings will now use a bride/groom/partner contact’s name even if either their first or last name is missing.
    • If you open an email window and the screen you’re opening it on isn’t big enough to fit the previous size you opened an email at (e.g. because you’ve unplugged a bigger screen), the position of the email window is now reset.
    • Clicking on an HTML editor now sets the position of the insertion point.
    • Removed unconfirmed and cancelled appointments from the “Today’s Information” report.
    • Fixed a bug where using the macOS emoji picker popup would always place emoji at the end of a TextArea control, instead of at the insertion point.
    • Fixed a bug where using the macOS emoji picker popup could fail to work with our HTML editor.
    • Fixed an error message that could appear when building a query for contacts with linked contacts of a particular age.
    • Fixed a minor positioning glitch for custom text fields that are formatted as comboboxes on Windows.

    Light Blue 2021.2.1 release notes

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    We’ve just released Light Blue 2021.2.1, which is a minor update that adds new features and fixes bugs reported since we launched Light Blue 2021.2. It includes the following changes:

    • Added “Reload Base URL” and “Open in Default Web Browser” commands to web viewer widget options menu.
    • Changed the name of the “Default” Home screen layout to “General Overview”.
    • When creating enquiry from email, if From address belongs to a member of staff or is in the “Other Email Addresses To Filter” list, the app now uses the first recipient as the “sender”. This improves the way that the app works with emails where you reply to an enquiry and CC or BCC it to your unique email address so that it’s available to import as a new enquiry.
    • Added a “Reset Window Size & Position” command to the Window menu.
    • Made using one-time passwords in the “account” section of Preferences more obvious.
    • Added a link to a help article to the Query dialog.
    • On Windows, the Activity panel is no longer loaded asynchronously because slow redraw could make this appear to load more slowly than using synchronous loading.
    • Fixed missing year labels from profit series in charts.
    • Fixed a bug where the “promote attachment to Activity panel” button was visible for emails viewed from the Inbox: it should only be visible for emails opened from an Activity panel.
    • Fixed a bug where the “Query Totals” widget “Quote/Sale Net Total” option shows the undiscounted net total of the sale, rather than the discounted net total.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause the “Add Link” button in our HTML editor to open two copies of the link editing dialog.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the “Import Shoots & Contacts From CSV” command from importing contact full names.
    • Fixed a bug where importing incoming data via the “Preview” function in the Inbox didn’t take you to the imported record upon completion.
    • Fixed a rare bug that could cause the app to hang after the initial data download.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading the details of a sale item on Windows.
    • Fixed a bug that could make a form template item look like it’s set to be required when it isn’t.

    New features for emails sent to your Light Blue account

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    Light Blue subscribers are given a unique email address, and any emails sent to your unique email address are automatically imported into your Light Blue account. They appear in the Inbox, and from there you can use them to create a new enquiry or link them to an exist shoot or client. This makes it easy to keep all of your correspondence in one place, so that you can see the full history of your dealings with your clients.

    We’re constantly updating Light Blue’s email import features to add new features and support changes in the way that major email clients format their emails, but we wanted to highlight a couple of big changes that have gone live recently.

    Attachments are now automatically imported

    When an email containing attachments is sent to your Light Blue email address, we now automatically import them for you. Emails up to 10MB in size are supported, and attachments with the following extensions will be imported:

    • .pdf
    • .txt
    • .rtf
    • .docx
    • .doc
    • .xlsx
    • .xls
    • .csv
    • .jpg
    • .jpeg
    • .heic
    • .png

    Once you’ve created an enquiry from an incoming email, or linked it to an existing record, you can “promote” any particularly important attachments so that they show up on the Activity panel instead of only being displayed when you view the email. To do that, open the email from the linked record’s Activity panel, select the attachment, and click the “promote” button that appears next to it.

    Improved formatting for emails forwarded from macOS or iOS Mail

    To get that initial email enquiry into Light Blue, forwarding the email to your Light Blue email address is usually the quickest way to get it into your Inbox so that you can create an enquiry from it. We’ve recently improved the formatting of emails forwarded from the macOS or iOS Mail app, removing the first level of quote marks and making them easier to read.

    Light Blue 2021.2 release notes

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    Welcome to your new Home screen

    Light Blue’s new Home screen lets you see your business in a completely new way. You can now customise the Home screen by choosing a selection of widgets that give you unique and powerful ways of looking at your business as well as customising the look of Light Blue.

    Widgets include the classic “Current Events”, “Enquiries”, and “Task Manager” widgets from previous versions of Light Blue, plus exciting new options including customisable charts, inbox, lists, stats, or embedded web pages.

    Sets of widgets are grouped together as Home screen layouts and you can customise their appearance with colour themes. We’ve provided a set of example layouts and colour themes that you can choose from by clicking the options button in the top right corner of the Home screen, and you can use any of these samples as a starting point to create your own!

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