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On September 25, 2017 Apple released macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) it's latest version of their Mac operating system. The LodgeMaster team was made aware of an issue exporting data from LodgeMaster earlier this week and began investigating the issue. The LodgeMaster team has confirmed an issue with Silverlight and the new macOS 10.13 operating system. LodgeMaster users who update to the latest version of macOS will no longer be able to export data from LodgeMaster using Safari. The Silverlight issues only impacts the Apple Safari browser. Mac users who have updated to 10.13 can download Firefox ESR 52.40 and continue to use LodgeMaster. LodgeMaster users who have not updated to 10.13 are encourage not to update if they want to continue to use Safari. Mac users can download Firefox ESR 52 here.

The LodgeMaster team is actively working on the next version of LodgeMaster, LodgeMaster 4. LodgeMaster 4 is built on new technology and does not use Silverlight. The LodgeMaster team is working to finish development of the last module and begin the beta testing process very soon. Stay tuned for more information on LodgeMaster 4 in our next development update. 

Yours in Brotherhood,
The OA LodgeMaster Team

Chadd Blanchard, Project Lead
Mike Card, Project Adviser
Rob Anstett, Development Lead

7/26/2017

LodgeMaster Users,

Today we would like to introduce new features that will be released in the User Manager of LodgeMaster 4. These features include permission based on the lodge's structure, use of a single sign on system, sending user invitations, deactivating and reactivating a user.  All of these features will improve security, ease the administration of LodgeMaster users, and allow more granular permissions. 

To improve security the Order of the Arrow will be transitioning to a single sign on (SSO) system. The SSO will allow for a user to sign up on their own and self manage their password. We will provide more details about the SSO as we approach the release date. 

The new User Manager grid is similar, we've kept all of the fields that are in the current version including Name, Username, Offline Access, Youth/Adult, Chapter, and Last Login. The first new item you'll notice is the Invitation section of the grid. This will show if a user has claimed their invitation, it will also show what email address the invitation was sent to and when it will expire (14 days from the day it was sent). Another change to the grid is the Username column now is titled Offline Username. The Offline Username and the user's password will be populated by the SSO system automatically. When a user is given offline access, LodgeMaster will retrieve their credentials from the SSO system, they will then be kept in sync over time. You no longer need to manage usernames and passwords for your lodge's instance of LodgeMaster. 

The Invitation

To invite a user you will need just 3 pieces of information. The member to tie the user to, the email address to send the invitation to (this will be populated automatically with the member's primary email address), and whether or not they have offline access. Once you click save an email will be sent to that email address with an invitation code. If the user doesn't have an account with the SSO they will be able to create one. They will then enter the invitation code to associate their login with the user account you just generated. 

The Permissions

Editing user permissions has changed - in LodgeMaster 3 you were able to set either Lodge or Chapter permission for each permission type. In LodgeMaster 4 there is a hierarchy with the Lodge at the top. 

To edit permissions for a user you will need to select an area that is either the lodge (top of the tree structure), or a parent of a chapter, or a chapter. In this example you could select Lodge, or Chapters, or any of the items below Chapters (i.e. Chief Pomperaug). The Areas with check marks next to them have permissions set for them.

The reason for the tree structure is because areas inherit parent permissions. For example, if in the Lodge Area a user has the permission View Members, then the user will be able to View all Members in the lodge. In the same example it a user then has Edit Access in the Chief Pomperaug chapter then the user will be able to edit all members associated with the Chief Pomperaug chapter.

The grid for editing the permissions is very similar to the existing grid, we have just removed the Chapter Columns. 

A feature we've kept is the ability to Add and Remove all Permissions for the area you are working in. 

Deactivate/Activate A User

We're adding the ability to deactivate and reactivate a user so you do not need to create a new user account if that member needs to gain access again.

To reactivate a User, in the menu bar click Inactivate Users, you will then be presented with a list of inactive users. When an inactive user that has not claimed their account is reactivated you will be prompted to resend their invitation (even if the original invitation hasn't expired).

Please Note: Some of the information in the screenshots above is blurred out to protect personal information.

This is just a few highlights from the new version of LodgeMaster. We hope that you are as excited about the new User Manager as we are. As always, if you have questions or problems, please submit a request online (http://docs.oa-bsa.org/display/OALMLC).

Yours in Brotherhood,
The OA LodgeMaster Team

Chadd Blanchard, Project Lead
Michael Card, Project Adviser
Robert Anstett, Development Lead
Mike Gaffney, Support/Migration Lead

6/9/2017

LodgeMaster Users,

In our first LodgeMaster 4 Development Update we talked about building a better user experience. Using modern technologies to build a cross platform application that will fit the needs of the smallest Lodge’s and the needs of our largest Lodge’s. To follow through on the promise of a better user experience our development team has spent a significant amount of time working on the mobile side of LodgeMaster 4. The mobile version of LodgeMaster while different from the desktop version will hold all the same functionality. This will allow users to use LodgeMaster on mobile phones, tablets, and 2-in-1 laptops.

This week we wanted to show you the completely new and highly anticipated mobile version of LodgeMaster 4. The LodgeMaster team is really excited about the mobile version of LodgeMaster 4 and is excited to show it to you. The mobile version of LodgeMaster scales to fit any size screen, while remaining familiar to the user.  

You learned in our last update that we have removed the ribbon. The ribbon was replaced with several drop-down buttons in a new navigation bar. In the mobile version, the dropdowns have been moved the left side of the screen above the main menu in a new actions menu. The new actions menu, exclusive to mobile devices, is accessible from the hamburger menu on the left. The actions menu and main menu is atomically collapsed to make the most of the screen space available.



Next, we wanted to highlight the new Member Manager mobile grid. The new mobile grid automatically scales based on your screen size to show you only the information is most important. The mobile member grid is completely responsive on mobile devices Including sorting, filtering, adding/removing columns, and much more. The new grid views have been moved into a pop-out menu on the left. Making it easy to view only the members most relevant to you. To view additional columns press the three dots next to a member's name.



The desktop right click menu was moved right into the mobile version. The right click menu is now accessible by pressing and holding a member’s name. The right click menu gives you access to quick access to the most common functions.



Lastly, we wanted to show you the new mobile member editor. The mobile member editor, like the rest of the mobile app, scales to fit any screen size. Allowing for entry of new members anywhere, anytime, from any device. The editor has all the same fields, drop-downs, and radials as the desktop version, just organized to fit your and mobile device.



Please Note: Some of the information in the screenshots above is blurred out to protect personal information.

This is just a few highlights from the new mobile version of LodgeMaster. We hope that you are as excited about the mobile version as we are. As always, if you have questions or problems, please submit a request online (http://docs.oa-bsa.org/display/OALMLC).

Yours in Brotherhood,
The OA LodgeMaster Team

Chadd Blanchard, Project Lead
Michael Card, Project Adviser
Robert Anstett, Development Lead
Mike Gaffney, Support/Migration Lead


5/12/2017

LodgeMaster Users,

Over the past few months we've received many requests for updates on 4.0 development. We wanted to begin providing updates and status as we get close to beginning beta testing. We'll send out information in a future update about getting involved in beta testing. We'll also work to send out a development updated ever 1 to 2 weeks to keep everyone informed.

First a note on Silverlight - the next version won't use Silverlight at all, all of the lodge client is being migrated over to a brand new platform that doesn't use Silverlight or any other plugins. The new version is written completely in HTML and JavaScript and will work in any current browser, including Safari, Chrome, Edge, IE and Firefox. It will also work on tablets and phones as well. When we selected Silverlight in 2010, it was the best choice for the project - it allowed use to write once and run in most places. At the time, we didn't have a large enough team to write both a web portal and Windows offline client, so the decision was made to write the front end once and share it between the online and installed base. At the time this was the only reasonable option and we would make the same decision if asked to do it over again.

The LodgeMaster development team is completely volunteer based, there are no paid professionals or paid deadlines. The teams is 100% volunteer and all of the development team members have full time jobs. We know that originally we hoped to have the software would be out last year, but a combination of job changes, moves, and other life changes caused some delays. We're back on track though and have been working at breakneck speed to wrap up the first version.

Over the past 2 years we have been working to replace the 3.0 OALM client with a web page application that can be run online and offline. Over the first year we worked to design the infrastructure and laying the new foundation for this application. Over the last 6 months, we have been building the user experience. We've been working to keep existing feature sets while at the same time improving features that don't work well. OALM is not a simple application, we must build the infrastructure to run both on our servers and be able to be installed on your computers while maintaining a high level of security.

Today we wanted to provide you some screenshots of member manage to give you some idea of what the new interface will look like. You will notice some major changes to the Member Manager interface, the first being the lack of a ribbon. We have removed the ribbon navigation because it doesn't make sense to use it on a website. We have replaced it with several drop down buttons in the top navigation bar (in red). We have also moved the user add/edit/delete buttons below the navigation bar to ease in their use. The views are now available on the left in a list form and can be adjusted more easily. The main menu will be accessible by clicking the hamburger menu (3 dashes) in top left corner.


Member Module Grid
Please note: some of the columns are blurred out to protect personal information.

The second screenshot is of member editor, all of the sections themselves are very similar to the last version, but we've redesigned the interface to give you more room and make it easier to navigate. To do that we've changes from a window popup to a full page experience. The name appears at the top and important information that used to appear in the header, plus lots of new key information appear in a right menu. Links to easily copy id's and contact information, plus flags on missing or mad information, and an easy click button for dues all appear. The rest of the screen is a set of collapsible sections that contain everything that used to appear in the tabs.


Member Editor
Please note: some of the columns are blurred out to protect personal information.

Lastly, attached is a screenshot of the reporting window. It will open in a new tab so you can continue working. Otherwise the parameters and controls are very similar to the current version.


Reporting
Please note: some of the columns are blurred out to protect personal information.

This is just a taste of the amazing changes that we are working towards in this 4.0 release. More to come in our next update. As always, if you have questions or problems, please submit a request online (http://docs.oa-bsa.org/display/OALMLC).


Yours in Brotherhood,
The OA LodgeMaster Team

Chadd Blanchard, Project Lead
Mike Card, Project Adviser
Rob Anstett, Development Lead
Mike Gaffney, Support/Migration Lead

On March 7, 2017 Mozilla released Firefox version 52.0 removing support for Microsoft Silverlight. Order of the Arrow LodgeMaster is built on Microsoft Silverlight and requires Silverlight to run in a web browser. As of March 7, 2017, LodgeMaster no longer runs in Firefox. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge (the default browser in Windows 10) do not support Silverlight. Until the release of LodgeMaster 4, users will be required to run LodgeMaster in Internet Explorer (Windows users only), Safari (Apple users only) or Firefox 52.0.1esr. On Windows 10, Internet Explorer can be found under Windows Accessories in the application list in the Windows Menu. Firefox 52.0.1esr is Mozilla’s Extended Support Release (ESR) version which supports Microsoft Silverlight. We do not recommend downloading and installing previous release versions of Firefox. Please use the link below to download and install Firefox 52.0.1esr. If you have questions, please submit a support ticket by sending an email to: support@lodgemaster.oa-bsa.org. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We are looking forward to the release of LodgeMaster 4 later this spring.

Firefox ESR Download: https://mzl.la/2o5U49d
LodgeMaster Documentation: https://docs.oa-bsa.org/x/BgAK
Online Support Center: https://support.oa-bsa.org

Chadd Blanchard, Project Lead
Michael Card, Project Adviser