CommCare March Updates: New Mobile Version 2.4, CommCareHQ Improvements

Dear CommCare Users,

It’s been a while since our last update, but we are ready to announce some
updates that we are very excited about. As always, your questions,
comments, and suggestions are very welcome!

CommCare Mobile

··· * * CommCare Mobile version 2.4 is now available!

How to upgrade

Most Android phones will upgrade to the new version automatically, but for
Nokia phones you must change the version of your application on CommCareHQ
to 2.4, rebuild the app, and re-install it on the phones. If your Android
application is not automatically updating to 2.4, visit the CommCareODK
application in the google play store/marketplace and hit “upgrade”.
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Nokia phones (J2ME)
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We worked hard on fixing the bugs you reported from the field - thanks for
reaching out to us and working with us to get these issues fixed! We also
made some new features:

  • Improved error messages
  • Removed “view answers” option when in CommCare Sense One Question per
    Screen mode
  • Added the ability to configure an audio message warning when the user
    logs into the app in demo mode

Android phones (CommCareODK)

Thank you for reporting “force close” errors to us - we spent a lot of time
fixing these issues. We’re confident you’ll see an improvement in the
number of errors in 2.4.

  • Support multiple user logins: now multiple users can log into the same
    phone and maintain separate case lists
  • Install your application by entering a short code on the installation
    screen (just the end of the bit.ly link). No more barcode scanning
    required!
  • unsent forms appears on the sync button

  • Improved error messages
  • Keep font consistent across screens
  • Add multimedia validation tool to the home screen menu
  • Add app name to the login page
  • Add new Tablet Friendly dual-pane select process (tablets only)
  • Ensure screen transitions do not pop up the full screen keyboard
    unnecessarily
  • Update “back” behavior across the interface to always go to the
    previous screen

CommCareHQ
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We hope you’ve been seeing improvements to CommCareHQ over the past few
months. The following is a list of the major improvements we’ve made since
the last release notes in December:

  • CommCareHQ speed improvements
  • Navigation improvement: app builder menu/form outline remains visible
    while in form designer
  • Adding a menu image/audio to a form or module sets a suggested
    filepath automatically
  • Better error messages in the app builder
  • Multimedia uploader supports upload of menu multimedia (form and
    module icons and audio)
  • Remote update to CommCare on Androids is faster and smarter: only
    changed forms are remotely updated to the phone
  • Ability to access a child case’s parent case properties in detail
    screen
  • CloudCare speed improvements
  • CloudCare now reports form and app logic errors to you more directly
    instead of just spinning forever or loading an empty case list
  • Form Completion Time report sorts correctly (previously it was
    alphabetical, now it is numeric / datewise as appropriate)
  • Case ID shows in the case view on HQ
  • Null values consistently show as “—” in both the case and form export
  • Exchange usability improvements
  • Two new CommCare Settings that configure when the phone warns the
    mobile user if they have too many unsent forms or have not synced in too
    long: “Unsent Form Limit” and “Unsynced Time Limit”
  • New “Phone Number or Numeric ID” question type
  • Streamlining question properties to show field relevant for your
    question type
  • Repeat Count can now be set in the logic section by dragging a
    question into the Repeat Count field
  • Add a constraint message or hint text without worrying about the itext
    checkbox

Happy March!
Amelia

Dear Android Users,

One important side-effect of the improvements in CommCareODK 2.4 is that
the location of the multimedia folder has changed. If you have Android
phones in deployment that use multimedia, they should update to the new
multimedia system automatically - there is no need to reinstall multimedia
on phones that update from 2.3 to 2.4.

See updated instructions for installing multimedia here:
https://confluence.dimagi.com/display/commcarepublic/Multimedia+in+CommCare

On CommCareODK 2.4 (Android), you will find a folder called “app” located
here: Android\data\org.commcare.dalvik\files\app . After installing your
application, this folder will contain a folder with some name (Often a long
string of numbers and letters). Inside that folder there should be a folder
called “commcare”. Put your folders inside of that folder.

Thanks,
Amelia

··· On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Amelia Sagoff wrote:

Dear CommCare Users,

It’s been a while since our last update, but we are ready to announce some
updates that we are very excited about. As always, your questions,
comments, and suggestions are very welcome!

CommCare Mobile
*
*
CommCare Mobile version 2.4 is now available!

How to upgrade

Most Android phones will upgrade to the new version automatically, but
for Nokia phones you must change the version of your application on
CommCareHQ to 2.4, rebuild the app, and re-install it on the phones. If
your Android application is not automatically updating to 2.4, visit the
CommCareODK application in the google play store/marketplace and hit
"upgrade".
*
*
Nokia phones (J2ME)
*
*
We worked hard on fixing the bugs you reported from the field - thanks for
reaching out to us and working with us to get these issues fixed! We also
made some new features:

  • Improved error messages
  • Removed “view answers” option when in CommCare Sense One Question
    per Screen mode
  • Added the ability to configure an audio message warning when the
    user logs into the app in demo mode

Android phones (CommCareODK)

Thank you for reporting “force close” errors to us - we spent a lot of
time fixing these issues. We’re confident you’ll see an improvement in the
number of errors in 2.4.

  • Support multiple user logins: now multiple users can log into the
    same phone and maintain separate case lists
  • Install your application by entering a short code on the
    installation screen (just the end of the bit.ly link). No more barcode
    scanning required!
  • unsent forms appears on the sync button

  • Improved error messages
  • Keep font consistent across screens
  • Add multimedia validation tool to the home screen menu
  • Add app name to the login page
  • Add new Tablet Friendly dual-pane select process (tablets only)
  • Ensure screen transitions do not pop up the full screen keyboard
    unnecessarily
  • Update “back” behavior across the interface to always go to the
    previous screen

CommCareHQ
*
*
We hope you’ve been seeing improvements to CommCareHQ over the past few
months. The following is a list of the major improvements we’ve made since
the last release notes in December:

  • CommCareHQ speed improvements
  • Navigation improvement: app builder menu/form outline remains
    visible while in form designer
  • Adding a menu image/audio to a form or module sets a suggested
    filepath automatically
  • Better error messages in the app builder
  • Multimedia uploader supports upload of menu multimedia (form and
    module icons and audio)
  • Remote update to CommCare on Androids is faster and smarter: only
    changed forms are remotely updated to the phone
  • Ability to access a child case’s parent case properties in detail
    screen
  • CloudCare speed improvements
  • CloudCare now reports form and app logic errors to you more directly
    instead of just spinning forever or loading an empty case list
  • Form Completion Time report sorts correctly (previously it was
    alphabetical, now it is numeric / datewise as appropriate)
  • Case ID shows in the case view on HQ
  • Null values consistently show as “—” in both the case and form
    export
  • Exchange usability improvements
  • Two new CommCare Settings that configure when the phone warns the
    mobile user if they have too many unsent forms or have not synced in too
    long: “Unsent Form Limit” and “Unsynced Time Limit”
  • New “Phone Number or Numeric ID” question type
  • Streamlining question properties to show field relevant for your
    question type
  • Repeat Count can now be set in the logic section by dragging a
    question into the Repeat Count field
  • Add a constraint message or hint text without worrying about the
    itext checkbox

Happy March!
Amelia