Wow, what a month! We have certainly been busy as the year is winding down. There's a long list of bugs, features and changes in this release - so many things in fact that we've had to check it twice. If you have any queries or would like to take advantage of our new features please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you get up and running.
Clients reported that users were unable to log into the system if they had left the page idle for a while - we've squashed that bug. There is a timeout of 1 hour in place if you're already logged in, but you will no longer find yourself unable to login after a period.
We also improved the styling of the optional Desired Spending Limit box on the auction registration page - if you would like to find out more about this feature, get in touch.
BidJS New Features
We have enabled BidJS users to execute autobids by just hitting enter on the keyboard. This should make for a much improved user experience.
BidJS and Bidlogix Changes to Existing Features - Please read! This affects all auctioneers!
1. Opening Bid Price Changes
We have brought in a change to one of our existing features that allows auctioneers to set the opening bid price. This means that instead of the user bidding the start price + increment when you set an opening bid, users instead will just be bidding the start price and the subsequent bid will be the first increment.
2. Archived Auctions List Changes
Secondly, we have enabled users to find unsold lots in the Past/Archived Auctions list. This means that all items that were unsold during a sale will still be shown to users after the sale is reconciled. We've put this in place at the request of many auctioneers who want to offer their buyers the opportunity to find and make offers on unsold items. If, however, there are certain items you do not wish to show in the Past/Archived Auctions list you will need to Withdraw and Hide the items before reconciling the auction.
BidJS and Bidlogix Behind the Scenes
We've made some behind-the-scenes changes that enable us to be more efficient with our releases. This means that going forward you should see even less disruption to your software as we bring you more new features and bug fixes down the line. On top of this, we've made changes to improve the performance and stability of our software.
Current Software Versions
Current BidJS Major Version: 2
Current BidJS Minor Version: 2.2
Current BidJS Modules Minor Version: 1
Current BidJS Modules Minor Version: 1.6
Supported Software Versions
Supported BidJS Versions: 2.2, 2.1, 2.0
Supported BidJS Modules Versions: 1.6,1.5, 1.4
Firstly, we have removed the excessive empty space that was displaying on the deals list view. Alongside this bug, we found that some images were not making it over when sent to Bidlogix as their filename contained a dot (e.g. image.1.jpg). We have made sure that if there are any dots in filenames, they will be replaced with an underscore by the system, so you don't need to make any changes to your workflow. Result!
We've made a few changes to AssetFlow in this release. Firstly, we have added a new level of permission that allows users to edit individual assets that are in the Sales in Progress status. This means that these AssetFlow users will be able to edit the title, summary and description for assets that are currently in a sale, which will in turn update on bidlogix. (This applies only to individual assets and will not be available for bulk editing).
Next up, we have streamlined the downloading process for a faster workflow by making a change such that rather than having to deselect all the fields except the ones you want in your download, only the following will be selected by default: Asset ID, Asset Group, Title, Summary, Description, Location. All other fields/sections will need to be selected manually.
Finally, we have introduced a brand new feature to AssetFlow that enables you to use assign lot numbers to assets within a group. This includes many facets including enabling users to do the following:
Lot numbering can be disabled (or hidden) for clients who do not wish to use this feature. Please note that lot numbers will not be sent over to bidlogix when sending into a marketplace.
If you would like Lot Numbers to be disabled for your AssetFlow instance, please get in touch. You can read more about how to use lot numbers by clicking here.
Well, folks, that's all from the Bidlogix team for 2019. What a great year it has been for us - brimming with new features and new clients, so we're looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings. From all of us at Bidlogix, have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! Our office will be closed from 25th December to 2nd January. See you in 2020!