Release Notes: December 2022

The December 2022 release of Alinity was deployed to Test environments on December 8th and Production environments on December 15th. A summary of the changes included in this release appear below.

Alinity is Moving to Microsoft Azure – Almost There!

If you have been following our monthly blog posts, you will have seen our announcements about migrating Alinity to a new hosting platform. The new platform is Microsoft Azure© and we have been working with it in our development environment for all of 2022.  We are excited about how well it is performing and the new features it will allow us to create in Alinity.  We have decided to postpone our move to Azure until 2023 in order to allow renewal periods that are currently in progress, to be completed without interruption.  Migration to Azure will begin on Test environments in the first quarter of 2023 and then for production systems starting in the second quarter. We will continue to upgrade Alinity with bug fixes and new features each month while the transition is moving forward.

Verification of the shared features of Alinity on each upgrade is taken care of by our development team. These are features appearing primarily in the Administrator Portal area of the system. Our team does not, however, verify the custom configured components on your Member Portal since requirements for these are often unique and cannot be addressed within the monthly upgrade period. Therefore, we recommend that you review and verify all member and public-facing features on your system before each upgrade. Please see our Verification Introduction article for further details and guides for testing.

Change List

This list is incomplete, please check back shortly.

Change Type Applies To
***************New Feature***************
Corp Renewal Stats Widget New Feature Admin
A new dashboard widget for administrators that shows corp renewal statistics the same as the existing member renewal widget is now available.
Set Excluded for GL Transactions in Bulk New Feature Accounting
You can now select many transactions from the GL transaction search using the checkbox and either exclude or include those transactions with a single action.
Org Profile Update Status Summary Report New Feature Orgs Profile Updates
A new report is featured on the org profile update search screen called “Org Update Status Summary” that mirrors the registrant version to provide status information throughout the system for a registration year.
Multiple Designations New Feature General
Multiple designations are now supported in the system. Designations group registrations and allow for separate registration schedules. Members may hold concurrent registrations of different designations.
***************End of New Feature***************
***************Feature Update***************
Hide Applicant Number on Invoices Feature Update Member Portal
Many clients have run into issues where an applicant has paid the invoice for their application and then printed it off to show their employer their registrant number before they’ve been approved. The number in these cases may not end up being the same as their official registrant number when they’re approved which causes a mismatch between the employers records and the college. The invoices will now only show proper registrant numbers and not the applicant number.
Download Unpaid Invoice Feature Update Member Portal
Members are now able to download a PDF of an unpaid invoice that they can provide to their employer as part of an expense claim. Unlike a paid invoice PDF this one will include a notification that it is unpaid.
***************End of Feature Update***************
***************Bug Fix***************
Archive Emails with Recipient Errors Bug Fix Correspondence
For emails with a very large list of recipients you will often run into a small handful of errors for instance where the email address given by a member was incorrect and does not exist. When attempting to archive an email like this administrators would be blocked due to the error. Now you will be presented with a confirmation indicating the issue and allowing you to confirm that the archive should proceed.
Email Wizard Subject Length Bug Fix Correspondence
The email wizard allowed you to enter more than the maximum number of characters allowed causing an error further into the process. The wizard now properly enforces the maximum length before allowing you to move to the next step
Tasks not Navigating to Other Forms Bug Fix Admin
When a task was related to an “Other Form” for either people or organizations an error was shown when trying to navigate to the related form. This has been resolved and now works correctly.
Unable to Remove Mailing Preference Expiry Bug Fix Correspondence
When modifying a person’s mailing preferences administrators were unable to remove the expiry date if it had already passed. This is corrected.
Late Term Permit Renewal Invoice Error Bug Fix Member Portal
When a member hadn’t completed their renewal in time they were still being shown a link in the renewal summary at the top of the portal to the invoice. Since members don’t have access to pay these invoices at that point they would receive an error. The button now no longer shows if the member is not allowed to pay the invoice.
Renewal Extension Time Bug Fix Member Portal
When a renewal extension is given to a member, that extension will now last until the very end of the selected day at 23:59 instead of at 00:00.
***************End of Bug Fix***************

Next release

The January 2023 release of Alinity is scheduled for deployment to production sites January 19th.