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September 2021

New features

  • Reviewing fast start has been released! 🚀 Read more about this new review configuration wizard here.  #gamechanger
  • Manage reviewing has been released! 🥳 This new reviewing dashboard offers users a bird’s eye view of all review configurations and progress in one simple view. 
  • You can now add a shortcut to Saved views. Shortcuts are added to the top of the list view where the Saved view is applied. This is also available to reviewers! 
  • A Zapier integration tool is now available in-app under the Developers menu in Settings. A convenient way to find applications that can integrate with Good Grants via Zapier.
  • A new login code has been added for SSO (Single sign-on) users who already have an account. They will now automatically be sent a six-digit code on first log-in rather than asked for a previous password. #simplify
  • Files can now be added to applications via drag-and-drop file upload functionality. 

Improvements

  • Theme setting changes are now automatically refreshed so updates are instantly visible without having to refresh the screen or browser. 
  • We improved the colour of application error messages under the application form for better visibility.
  • The order of action buttons on the Manage applications view have been reordered and a new “Edit form” button has been added for improved user experience.
  • Validation has been added to user invite notifications to prevent accidental errors or deletions of the {join_link} merge field.
  • The registration validation message has been simplified to be consistent with the application form with any error messages highlighted in red.
  • WCAG labels have been added to the Tabs page under the Applications menu. #accessibility 

August 2021

New features

  • A new API endpoint for fields has been added, which can now retrieve a full list of fields.  

Improvements

  • The success message for inviting users has been improved for clarity. 
  • Default notifications for user registration and invitation have been created to ensure ease of registration for new users when these notifications do not exist or were previously deleted. 
  • Image size dimensions are now visible on the application preview for program managers. 
  • Visual and accessibility improvements were made to the My applications view so that keyboard users can now copy, delete and download applications.
  • Role details have been improved in the score set settings for score sharing. Help articles have also been linked in the score set settings for further details. 
  • We improved usability of the searchable fields panel for score set settings, where a maximum of three fields can be selected. 
  • It is now possible to hover over any reviewer in the panel settings and view the email address for faster identification. 

July 2021

New features

  • You can now view Fund allocations from the list view on Manage applications and the Leaderboard, enabling easy and fast viewing of how much funding an application has received. 
  • Funds can also now be allocated to applications directly from Manage applications and the Leaderboard. Click the three dots next to the application thumbnail to allocate funds to an individual application or select the checkbox and click the Action menu to allocate funds in bulk.
  • We now support multiple attachment tabs, enabling you to organise attachment tabs by category or type of attachment.
  • Emojis are now supported 🎉 and can be added to category descriptions, content blocks, notifications, terms and interface text. For Mac users, use the shortcut Cmd+Ctrl+Space to insert emojis. For Windows users, hold the Windows key and the period or semicolon key.

Improvements

  • A confirmation message is now displayed when a user makes a change to their profile or password.
  • Broadcasts now have an option to send a copy to yourself. 
  • We updated the name of the interface text tooltips toggle for clarity.
  • User experience has improved when editing an attachments tab in configuration mode. 
  • You can now resend an email invitation to users invited to the platform but who did not receive the email.
  • When choosing a date and time for application and reviewing rounds to start or end, you can now type in the date and time in addition to using the date-picker.

June 2021

New features

  • It’s now possible to add users via email invite.  #simplify
  • Users can now log in through Google and LinkedIn authentication. 
  • We’ve made it easier to see and edit tooltips within the platform. Go to Settings > Content > Interface text and switch on Display edit interface text tooltips.
  • New endpoints for attachments have been added to the API, which enables application attachments to download through the API, among other tasks.  
  • We now have a native Zapier and Integromat integration to help connect more work apps to the Good Grants platform.

    Improvements

    • When creating reviewing panels, a new message displays to let users know that only a selection of reviewers is shown to help in programs with large review panels.
    • We’ve simplified the error message when an applicant submits an incomplete application. Errors are now highlighted by tabs and fields. 
    • On the category view (Settings > Applications > Categories), the category name column is now sticky, showing even on smaller screens or if the browser width is reduced.  
    • A view-only reviewing round has been updated to better clarify applications can only be seen and not reviewed in this mode. 
    • New season functionality has been improved for clarity and ease. 
    • The following accessibility improvements have been made:
      • The user’s profile at the top right has been classified as a button to help screen readers clarify its purpose.
      • The header image link back to the home page on Applications > My applications has been removed for better user experience for keyboard and tab users. 
      • Keyboard focus on the advanced search button and active menu links have been improved for visibility.  
    • All new Good Grants accounts now come with a default role for a lead reviewer. This role has slightly higher permissions than a normal reviewer allowing them to see a combined total score from all reviewers for each application.
    • To improve usability, the button colours for Action flow have been updated to reflect the traffic light system. The proceed action is green and the stop action is red, helping to avoid any confusion with conflicting theme colours.

     

    May 2021

    New features

    • The leaderboard now shows attachment thumbnails for applications, making it easier to distinguish between applications in a list format. 
    • We now have an API available for Good Grants. View the API documentation here.

    Improvements

    • We added a warning message that appears when an option for an optional field is deleted. This is to let you know that some applicants may have selected the option you’re about to delete.
    • The following review flow improvements were made:
      • Previously action flow required both a proceed action button and a stop action button (e.g “submit report” and “do not submit report”). Now the stop action button can be hidden and users can only see the proceed action button.
      • When users click the stop action button, the fields do not have to be completed to finalise the action. We have now added an option to validate fields on the stop action so all fields must be completed before submission.
      • Review flow notifications have two new merge fields: applicant name and applicant email address.
    • Notifications now must have content in both the email and SMS body to prevent send errors.
    • The following accessibility improvements were made:
      • Update to the flag selector for phone fields to make it compliant with accessibility guidelines.
      • A new black outline around any element in focus for improved keyboard navigation.
    • Contracts now have a signature panel and the user’s IP address and email address have been added.
    • Bulk resubmission is now possible. Previously, resubmission could only be triggered for one entry at a time. Now, resubmission can be triggered for up to 100 entries at once. 

     

    April 2021

    New features

    • A faster method for communicating with a specific panel of reviewers has been added to the Panels view. Simply go to Reviewing > Panels and then click Notify reviewers in the action menu (the three dots).

    Improvements

    • We’ve used April to make several optimisations and performance improvements around the system. Including improvements to conditional fields, our Salesforce integration, exports and search functionality. As well as a few usability and visual improvements.

     

    March 2021

    New features

    • The Top Pick review mode now has a live progress bar to track picks in real-time.
    • Two new languages have been added—Danish and Norwegian, bringing our total number of supported languages to 29.

    Improvements

    • The following API improvements were made: 
      • The filter “archived” was added as an option for the list entries endpoint.
      • When a change is made via the API, the audit log now displays the user as “API User” for easier troubleshooting.
    • We updated the country list to reflect a political change in the name for the Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia.
    • The error message when an applicant attempts to submit an application in an inactive category has been improved for clarity.
    • We added placeholder text to the password fields to make the 12-character minimum clearer.  

     

    February 2021

    New features

    • You can now create contracts for applicants, who can sign by typing their name or use their mouse or trackpad to draw their signature. The contracts are saved as PDF files and recorded with a time stamp on the user’s profile. Merge fields can be added to personalise them, such as the applicant’s name, the name of the application and category. Signed contracts will show up in the applicant’s user profile.
    • Merge fields are now also available for content blocks. Available merge fields for a specific content block can be seen under the content box. 

    Improvements

    • On the form editor, the ‘add’ option for chapters and categories is now positioned next to the edit option.
    • A new WCAG accessibility update was made to improve the cookies banner display for keyboard users. 
    • The Broadcast email review page now displays the number of emails sent and if there were any email delivery failures.
    • There are three new interface text change options. 
    • A 20-second timer has been added to users with SSO login to help with password issues.
    • There is an updated display message to let applicants know if their internet connection was lost during file upload. 

     

    January 2021

    New features

    • Our video player now supports captions. We’ve added new controls that allow applicants to upload a .vtt captions file to accompany their video. Once added, these captions display when a video is played and can be seen by reviewers, program managers and applicants. 
    • A new trigger has been added to our automatic tagging feature. The new ‘assignment completed’ trigger automatically tags an application when a reviewer scores an application and the status changes from in progress to complete. This can enable notification triggers and enable applications to be moved automatically from one reviewing round to the next.

    Improvements

    • New improvements to accessibility were made to meet WCAG standards, including:

      • Added text for screen readers for the profile icon at the top right (when the user’s name is not visible)
      • More easily identifiable buttons for screen readers
      • Labels for the pagination controls at the bottom of list views  for easier navigation 
      • Limit of one H1 tag on the home page for easier reading 
      • Labels and roles added to the searchable list box field type 
      • Full-screen view in the single column view of the application form
      • Dismissable popovers with use of escape key 
      • New page announcements and heading element changes after left-menu clicks 
    • We updated our Google Analytics implementation from analtyics.js to gtag.js to support the new format ID
    • The one-click login message has been updated in line with recent improvements to email deliverability

    December 2020

    New features

    • The application form builder has received new improvements:
      • New drop-down field format: You can now drag and drop the order of a drop-down list field. Also, the value of each list item is now locked to prevent unintended changes.
      • Category configuration: You can now add, edit and delete categories without leaving the application form.
      • There is a new currency field type that automatically preselects local currency, adds the currency symbol and applies appropriate formatting. 
    • There are two new endpoints to the API:
      • Tag entry endpoint to enable adding and removing tags via the API.
      • Orders endpoint to provide access to any payment, billings or orders via the API.
    • The gallery score set now allows you to choose between the original masonry gallery layout (original photo proportions) or a new square layout (images cropped to a square) to display in a grid. 
    • You can now lock categories on submitted applications, preventing applicants from changing categories after submission.
    • Merge fields are now included in Broadcasts, allowing you to personalise your communications sent from the platform.

    Improvements

    • In notification and Broadcast settings, the sender address field has been replaced by a reply-to email field to improve email deliverability.
    • We added new rule possibilities for checkboxes in conditional fields: “is checked” and “is not checked”. 
    • There is a new contributor field prompt that lets users know they need to create contributor fields if there are none on the application form.
    • Several improvements have been made to comply with WCAG 2.1 guidelines, such as: 
      • There is now a hover colour on menu items that have keyboard focus and we added role=”button” to menu items that expand to assist users with screenreaders.
      • All status messages like active search filters in list views and the “Display 1 – x of x” message have been given the role of “status” to assist users with screenreaders.
      • We updated the colour of the search filters to make them more prominent.
    • The file type .avi is now supported for uploads in the application field types. 

     

    November 2020

    New features 

    • Categories can now be configured directly within the application form builder. Every component of the application form can now be created, edited and deleted from the form itself. #timesaver

    Improvements 

    • There are new updates to the API: 
      • There is now a “get file endpoint” that returns file information such as size, path, extension, transcoded file links and more. Also supports video playback from videos originally hosted on Good Grants.
      • We now offer a fund allocations endpoint in the API so you can integrate funding with an external billing system. 
    • There are new customisable interface text options, including:
      • The “Start application” button text
      • Password labels 
      • The “Resubmit application” text 
    • There is now validation on the “Reply to” email field to ensure program managers only input an email address. 
    • We removed the second “Register” button from the custom registration form when there are no user fields, further enhancing the usability of the registration process.

    October 2020

    New features

    • You can now edit tab settings on the application form without leaving the form builder. Click the settings icon above a tab to display settings options on the right-hand side of the screen.
    • The My Good Grants homepage can now be accessed by any users who have more than one grants program or application.

    Improvements 

    • The API has been updated to retrieve and update the application moderation status for any application using the API. 
    • The interface text settings has received updates, allowing you to customise more text strings across the platform. You can also search for a specific string, easily preview the changes you are making, revert changes back with a reset button and view modified text strings only in a list view. 
    • In the application form builder, you can now select which season you want to modify, including live and draft seasons. 
    • The Hindi language is now available on the platform.
    • The owner of an account is now the only user who can change their account details such as email address and password.
    • In the crowd voting review mode, unvoting is no longer counted in the 5 votes per 5 minutes limit.

      September 2020

      New features 

      • The application form builder has new features:
        • Edit your form field settings without leaving the form builder.
        • Click the settings icon above a field to display a settings tray on the right-hand side of the screen, which now contains all field configuration settings.
        • See changes to the form reflected in real-time.
      • A close button has been added to the left-hand settings menu to allow users to dismiss the menu and free up screen space. 

      Improvements 

      • In cases where applications are locked once submitted, we’ve made it more obvious that applicants cannot go back and edit.
      • Category descriptions and images are now displayed with sub-category information together on the application form, removing any need for replicating content.

      August 2020

      New features 

      • It’s now possible for program managers to legally bypass user preferences when sending notifications in compliance with GDPR.

        • You can now sort by values of Fields added to the Manage Applications list view. #timesaver

        Improvements 

        • Programs can now request .srt files in the Attachment tab of the application form, allowing applicants to submit captions or subtitles with any video submissions.
        • The following changes have been made to the cookie banner:
          • The footer now contains a link to activate the cookie banner, allowing users the ability to adjust their preferences at any point in time.
          • All buttons in the banner are now the same colour. No difference in priority or importance is implied.
          • Tooltips for each option in the cookie banner are now provided and allow users the ability to see further information about each option.
        • The following usability improvements have been made in review panels:
          • Searches without results will show the message “nothing found”.
          • A small animation has been added to the reviewer name when you add a new reviewer to a Panel.
        • To enhance security in your account, the required password length in user profiles has increased to 12 characters.
        • In the country field drop-down list:
          • Swaziland has been replaced by Eswatini to reflect the country’s name change.
          • West Bank and Gaza has been added.

        July 2020

        New features 

        • You can now archive Score sets, in addition to applications and seasons. 
        • A new settings menu is now available, with: 
          • Settings grouped by function
          • Improved visual design for easier and faster navigation, with customisable colour styling
        • The main left hand navigation menu is now collapsible, providing greater control over your workspace.
        • Your program participants can now unsubscribe from broadcasts and notifications with a single click.  
        • Galleries and crowd voting pages now display a drop shadow on image cards to improve the contrast between the image and background. 
        • The platform has been translated to Finnish and Lithuanian. This means Good Grants is now available in 26 languages!

        Improvements 

        • Program managers, in addition to account owners, can now generate new API keys. 
        • Users can now download single file upload files and attachment files using the new API.

        June 2020

        New features 

        • The application form has a new flag selector and geolocation for the phone field, which prefills the matching country code for applicants. 
        • Auto-tagging is now available for program managers, allowing you to set up rules on what applications you want tagged and when. 

        Improvements 

        • You can now create chapters for draft seasons. 
        • You now have two ways of reordering your fields in the application form:
          • Through the configuration mode of the application form builder, create and/or move fields and let the system assign your fields a new order number automatically.
          • In the Settings > Fields section, create and move fields around by assigning them an order number manually.
        • In the Score set review view, there is now a combined status that favours applicants needing attention, such as “in progress” or “to be scored”. 

        May 2020

        New features 

        • The reviewer’s view received several new features. Reviewers can now: 
          • Add, remove and rearrange columns to display what’s relevant to them
          • View weighted or unweighted scores
          • See Score sets in separate columns, better highlighting each score
        • A new feature is now available in tab settings. Program managers can now choose to show or hide tabs to applicants.

        Improvements 

        • The validation messages on the application form will now display in the colour specified in the theme settings for “Alert box error”. 
        • Several aesthetic improvements have been made to the form preview, applied tags, applications in the gallery and crowd voting pages. 
        • More performance improvements have been made to panel management – now much faster!
        • Our new API has been released, including updates to key creation and endpoints that include applicants, users and categories. Watch this space, more to come!
        • Multiple improvements have been made to the Settings > General tab: 
          • Enable social authentication for log-in and disable it for registration or,
          • Choose only social media authentication for registration 
          • You can now configure SAML alongside other authentication and registration options.
          • Aesthetic improvements have been made to panel boxes and we’ve renamed headings for ease of use.
          • Social authentication is now more flexible. You can now also:
            • Enable social authentication for log-in and disable it for registration or,
            • Choose only social media authentication for registration

        April 2020

        New features 

        • You can now recover access to your Good Grants account with a simple one-click login. Also available on mobile.

        Improvements 

        • We’ve added a “less than” and “greater than” rule to conditional field settings.
        • You can now adjust the terminology for “state” and “postcode” to be more relevant for your users.  
        • You can now see which chapter managers are assigned to which chapter directly within your chapter export and chapter list view at Settings > Chapters.
        • Several improvements to review panels: 
          • When choosing reviewers for rounds, you can now search by name, email or role. This also allows faster load times! 
          • You can now easily differentiate between reviewers with similar names: hover over the name of a reviewer in the list and a tooltip will display their email address.
          • The reviewers you have selected for a panel now appear on a list at the right of your reviewers list.
          • You can easily remove a reviewer from your selection by clicking the “x” mark near the reviewer’s name.

          March 2020

          New Features

          • We’ve just released our new (and amazing) application form builder! 
          • As part of the new application form builder: tabs will now be highlighted with validation errors to help applicants quickly find fields requiring correction. 

          Improvements 

          • Editing the user associated with an application in the “Manage applications” view has received some updates:
            • A link has been added to the applicant’s name linking to their user profile
            • Within an application, and on-hover of the applicant name, the text has changed from “Edit user” to “Edit” to make it clear that it’s changing the applicant associated with an application rather than editing a user profile
          • Application forms are now automatically saved when the user clicks away from the form 
          • If you’ve deleted a reviewer from an application, the scoring matrix of the application view will now denote this.
          • Links can now also be provided on the attachments tab

          February 2020

          New features

          • Stage 1 of our world-class form builder has just gone into beta-testing!

          Improvements 

          • Crowd vote processing speed has been improved! 
          • Update to the Copyleaks API :
            • Now includes a new downloadable PDF scan of results
            • Improved performance of batch processing on large volume scans 
          • Good Grants is now accessible for users running Internet Explorer 11 in compatibility mode.
          • When sending broadcasts in the Good Grants platform, the sender name and email address are now optional fields.
          • A reference to the position of an application in the Top pick review results has been removed from the manager’s view of an application.
          • Our SAML integration with different providers has been improved.

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