Show Me The Original!
We’ve added a new option in the Entry Display Widget – to see it, open the settings for the widget and go to the Default Fields section. From there, click. the arrow next to Photo/Video(s). The default setting is “Open zoomed image in same window.” This opens a version of the entry image that is scaled to fit in a 2000 x 2000px box. If you change the setting to “Open original image in new window,” clicking an entry image in the pop-up will open the original, non-scaled image in a new browser window! Most browsers will scale this image to fit the window, but clicking on it will show it in its full, original size – including scroll bars, if needed.
Viewing Entries by Time Zone
A new drop-down has been added to the Entries Manager that allows you to change what time zone the entries are displayed in – this should help folks running contests in multiple time zones, or agencies running contests in a different time zone from where they are located.
A New Help Menu? Don’t Mind If We Do!
The Help menu option at the top of the Dashboard and Campaign Builder has been updated for everyone! Instead of showing a drop-down menu with links, it now opens a pop-up with more in-depth explanations and options for your various support channels. Find the question mark and give it a click to check it out.
Following Up Hourly
We’ve added the ability to schedule follow-up emails by hours, in addition to days! If you choose hours, then entries in your attached list will be checked every hour (disregarding how often the emails are sent out – the list will still be checked each hour to make sure none are missed). If you choose days, the entries will be checked once daily, just as they were before.
Deleting Notifications, One by One
When viewing a notification message from ShortStack, there’s now a trash can icon available to delete just that single message. You can also delete individual messages from the drop-down at the top of the Dashboard.
LOCK IT DOWN (Widget Position, That Is)
When you hover over a widget in the Edit Widgets Panel (or in the preview area of the Builder), you can now lock a widget’s position using the padlock icon. This will keep the widget from being accidentally moved up or down in the campaign.
The Random Entry Picker Gets Tweaked
A bundle of changes have been made to the Random Entry Picker to make it more reliable and easier to use. The “The same entry can be chosen more than once” option has been removed, and the algorithm for picking entries has been updated. The picker will now show an estimated time for how long the system will take to select the random entries. The default number of entries to pick has been changed from 3 to 1. Also, the “Give extra weight…” checkbox is now selected by default, and now you cannot submit the picker unless at least 1 entry is being picked, and one label has been added.
Help Gets Context-Sensitive
An update to the platform has been pushed to show context-sensitive help icons – just look for the question mark bubbles around the site and Campaign Builder. These icons, when clicked, will open a pop-up showing support videos and documentation specific to the area of the site you have open. We’re doing all we can to make support easier for you to find!
Widget Design Refresh
You’ll notice that some S2 versions of our widgets are getting a visual refresh – they’ve been updated in the Builder to use our newer UI framework. While light on functional changes, these widgets will have a bit of a new look and some small quality of life improvements. Check out the Buttons, Image, and Navbar Widgets to see the differences!
The Code Widget Gets a Facelift
If you’re ever looking to add custom code to a campaign, the Code Widget has you covered. Now, the Code Widget looks and operates even better than ever! When adding a Code Widget to your campaign, you’ll now start in the Library section of the settings – this allows you to more easily start with one of our public snippets, or a private one that you’ve saved. In addition, the text editor now has a handy menu bar that makes commands (and their keyboard shortcuts) way more accessible.
ShortStack For Teams: Invites Get a Smoother Flow
Jumping into a ShortStack team is now a smoother process, in a few different ways! First; if you click on an expired Accept Invite link, you’ll now get a clearer error message letting you know what needs to be done to move forward. When you click a valid link, you’ll now see the team name you’re being invited to and your email address will be pre-populated – alleviating any possible confusion. Then, once the sign-up process is completed, the new team member will automatically be logged in to the team account (instead of having to switch teams). We hope you enjoy the new, less headache-inducing process!
Points For Actions Goes Advanced…
Our new Advanced Points for Actions feature (APfA) tracks actions/points across multiple entries to the same list, using the same email address. Our existing Points for Actions feature will heretofore be known as “Basic Points for Actions (BPfA).” Currently, entrants can only earn points for a particular action once per email address, no matter how many times they enter. The only change to BPfA is that we no longer support recording actions *before* a form entry is submitted. A form entry must be submitted first for Points for Actions to work. If you’re interested in adding APfA to your plan, just reach out to our wonderful sales staff.
The Style Panel: Reorganized!
The Style Panel has been reorganized to put more emphasis on styling individual widgets in your campaign. When you select a widget in the Campaign Builder, the This tab will be displayed in the Style Panel. Almost all the settings that are available in the All tabs are available now in the This tabs. There is also a new link that appears at the bottom (if any changes have been made) that allows you to clear all the settings for a particular widget. The All tabs have been consolidated with the General tab into a single Theme tab. When you click on the Theme tab, there is a blue dropdown for changing which widget type you want to work with. For more help navigating the “new” Style Panel, check out this handy video!
Making It Snappy! (The Campaign Builder, that is…)
An attempt has been made to ease some pain points for larger campaigns, or campaigns where multiple folks are editing at once – trying to reduce the lag or wait times when loading or changing campaigns. It will be most noticeable when two (or more) people are working on a large campaign. Before, they’d notice heavy lag times when someone else updated the same campaign, and it would just pause with no indication of what was happening. Now, this pause will be much shorter and hopefully less painful; in addition, if a pause does end up being longer, a loading screen will display to let you know what’s happening.
A New Tool in the Action Widget’s Arsenal
The Action Widget has been updated to include a new action: You can now show or hide an Entry Display Widget’s voting button through an action! This will not allow a user to get a vote through using an Entry Display Widget that doesn’t have voting enabled, or when voting is enabled but it’s currently outside of the date range; we’ve added a handy tooltip to remind you of that when you set it up.
Travel Zones Less Confusing
We’ve now simplified how the Campaign Builder handles time zones in a campaign! (*wild applause*) For all new campaigns, a new campaign time zone will be configured automatically. The ability to change a specific widget’s time zone has been removed, and in its place is now the ability to change the campaign’s time zone. When editing the time zone in an existing widget, you will see the time change in the Builder in real time. This should remove any doubt on what time a Container Widget shows/hides, or when an Entry Display Widget starts/stops their voting process.
Note: The Instant Win feature is unaffected by these changes and will still have the ability to change its time zones separately from the campaign. This will be updated at some point in the future.
Social Importing: Get Specific-er
ShortStack’s social importing feature now has the option to grab only comments submitted during a specific date range! This is for comments only (Facebook doesn’t provide timestamps for reactions), and setting a specific date range won’t be a required part of the process – just a nice new option.