Recent Platform Updates
There are often several small platform releases a month. Our updates generally cause little or no service interruption.
Please note the version number in your account (as seen on the login page or in right corner of the main menu). At times some nodes may be on different version of the platform.
If you have a idea on how to improve Checkfront, some way we can make your life easier, dazzle your customers or other suggestion please see how to make a feature request. For issue reports please file a support ticket so we can track it in your account.
* Note not all nodes have been updated to v3.0 but will be in the near future. See: announcement and schedule.
March 3rd 2014
Batch printing and improved status updates.
Several of the reports including the booking index and daily list include an improved bulk status update. This provides an extra confirmation when bulk updating bookings, as well as the ability to batch print, and add notes in bulk.
Better language and translation support.
We've improved the way translations are managed on the system. You now have the option of using a community translated language pack, or a siloed version edited and maintained per account. Error messages including those triggered on the booking screen can now be translated.
New cash-out report
A cash-out report has been added to show daily reconciliation of payments and bookings.
New bookings by item report.
A new report has been added that shows bookings broken out by item.
We've made significant updates to the developer tools. These are now available under Manage / Developer. Included is a new developer console for testing API calls and new token pair authentication that doesn't require oauth2.
Performance improvements for large inventories.
We've refactored some of the back-end to improve rendering and loading of large inventories.
Responsive booking pages
The booking pages and plugins now include a more responsive layout that works better on varying size browsers and devices. As the size of the screen is change the layout is updated to render the best possible view. Please note this also depreciates the layout=mobile option previously passed to the booking page.
We've updated the core UI to be more intuitive and perform better in different viewing modes. Please note the booking map has been moved under customers, and several of the account related areas have been moved under a new Account menu.
A new "Booklet view" has been added to reports containing bookings. This provides a handy way to quickly scan through a sub-set of bookings that doesn't require drilling into each booking one by one. The Booklet view when available is located beside the export button in a report.
Keyboard navigation added to calendars
Keyboard navigation has been added to the Monthly, Inventory and Customer calendars. Using the left and right arrows on your keyboard will advance or move back in these views. Note this also works in the new Booklet view.
Bookings are no longer archived
Previous to v3.0 bookings would be archived 60 days after they completed for performance reasons. This would also remove historical data from your booking calendar after this period. This is no longer the case.
Added full booking view to monthly calendar
Previous to this release the monthly calendar would only show a total per day of the number of bookings. You now have the option of rendering a complete view of bookings with the monthly calendar as the week and day views do. This is configurable in the Settings menu while viewing the calendar.
iCal feed length configurable
The length of the iCal feed was previously set to 6 months. This is now configurable when creating an iCal feed (up to 18 months).
October 17th 2013
New payment gateway (Denmark): Quickpay
Quickpay is a new integrated payment gateway the processes payments in Danish Krone and Euro. See: http://www.checkfront.com/quickpay
New Add-on: TripConnect by Trip Advisor
TripConnect is a new service from Trip Advisor that allows you to include real-time availability, pricing and bookings as part of your Trip Advisor listing (accommodation only). See: http://www.checkfront.com/tripadvisor-connect
October 17th 2013
New add-on: Authorize.net CIM
Authorize.Net CIM (Customer Information Manager) allows you to rebill a customer without the need to re-enter the credit card. See: http://www.checkfront.com/authortize-net-cim for more information.
New droplet generator
We have updated the Droplet, Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal booking page generator to support more options when creating a booking page on your website.
September 30th 2013
New in-app help center
We've improved the support center while logged into Checkfront. You can now search documents and view recent updates without leaving your account. We've also made available your recent support history and open cases.
Please note you need to verify your email address to see your support history (follow the instructions on the support screen, or under your account profile).
Improved real time inventory adjustments
Adjusting inventory via the Inventory Calendar now allows for a note. Dates that have adjusted will have a shaded corner in the calendar view to note that there has been a manual adjustment made, along with the time and staff.
Fix to category filtering on the customer facing booking page
If you are filtering categories on any of the booking plugins, there has been an issue where it displays all categories on the first load. The solution is to supply the filter_category_id parameter as well as a default category. For example https://demo.checkfront.com/reserve/filter_category_id=2,3
Resolved issues with Paypal Standard on Facebook
Security restrictions have caused issues with redirecting to Paypal standard. We've found a workable solution that will ensure a smooth payment process from Facebook to Paypal.
September 15th 2013
June 20th 2013
New Exporting options: Google Drive and via E-mail
Exporting reports now includes the option to send to Google Drive or directly to your email address.
The export dialog also includes an option that will attempt to open the file inline / within your browser instead of downloading it.
May 28th 2013
Updated refund support
Refunds can optionally be applied manually / POS even if the original transaction was charged to a credit card.
New "tip" option for fields on the booking form
A "tip" option has been added when editing or creating new fields in the booking field editor. This allows you to add more descriptive information / instructions about the information required for the field.
- The main calendar now remembers the last view used. Month, Day, Week will displayed based on the last time accessed.
- The main calendar better supports date and time formats / translations based on your locale.
- The booking calendar now advances past 12 months.
New Payment Gateway: Stripe
MailChimp add-on updates
The MailChimp add-on now allows you to map fields your booking fields to merge tags in Mailchimp. This will allow you to sync more information than just the email address and name to MailChimp.
The e-mail opt-in is also displayed when making an internal booking. This is useful for customers the call in but still want to be added to your mailing list.
Added more logging to the Twilio SMS add-on
The message is now shown in the booking log, and any errors will show in the activity log. Message is now truncated at 160 characters.
April 19th 2013
Category index option for booking page.
We've added the ability to display a list of categories instead of all items in your inventory by default on your booking page. You can set this in Manage / Layout / Page by selecting "Category Index" as your default category id. This is a good option if you have a lot of items and categories.
The expanded daily summary has been renamed Daily list and added to the booking menu.
Improved formatting in MS Excel exports.
Facebook booking page can now restrict items by category.
Fixed issue with notifications not being sent with bulk status changes.
We've also added a confirmation dialog when doing a bulk status change that confirms the status, and notification selection.
Customer Calendar Improvements.
- The customer calendar will now wrap the name of the item if it's longer than the column instead of truncating it.
- When hiding empty items, empty categories are also not shown.
April 5th 2013
You can now change the SOLD-OUT label on the booking page
See Manage / Layout / Booking Page.
Inclusive tax support added (beta)
Taxes can be configured to be inclusive. This allows you to input a tax inclusive price into your items, and have the system break out the tax on the invoice and in your reports. This is useful in VAT countries, Australia and New Zealand.
Customer calendar now remembers your settings.
The number of weeks to view, and showing empty rows is saved for the next time you return to the report.
Changing the status of a booking to PAID now adds a transaction.
Previous to this version, you would have to add a manual transaction via the "Add Payment" button to apply a transaction. Changing the status to PAID would only update the balance due. Now to ensure the revenue is properly tracked in our add-ons and within the revenue report a transaction is automatically entered for the booking as "POS" (point of sale).
Customer calendar now includes PDF export / Print
New Add-on: Twilio SMS
You can now enable SMS notifications via Twilio. See: www.checkfront.com/sms-booking-notifications-via-twilio
Added date select and export options to revenue report.
System updates are now announced while logged into the app.
Updates to the Xero plugin that deal with some issues related to inclusive taxes, and bookings with multiple paramaters. You can now also override the default account code per item, in the item setup / advanced tab.
March 19th 2013
March 12th 2013
New Payment Gateway: AsiaPay / Paydollar
iCal feed can now be filtered by item.
Adds support for iCal pulls from services like AirBnB, Wimdu etc to update availability.
January 17th 2013
Booking Plugin (Wordpress, Joomla + Droplet) now supports a transparent background.
If no background color is specified in the booking portal configuration it will assume the background color or image of the site it's integrated in.
UI tweaks to booking plugin(s)
- Extra white space at the bottom of an embedded booking portal has been removed. - Retina icons added. - Works better on dark background colors.
Check-in check-out icons have been updated.
The check-in and check-out icons have been updated to be consistant with the mobile app. A checkmark is displayed on bookings that have been checked-in, and an arrow on bookings that have been checked-out.
December 31st 2012
New event spanning option
A new option has been added to events that forces bookings to start, and complete on the exact dates of the event. This is useful for one off, multi-day events.
Improved Mobile Booking interface.
The customer facing booking interface now renders better in mobile devices and smaller displays. Extra tracking has been added, and mobile bookings will be noted on the admin version of the invoice.
Booking paramaters can now be set per item.
Parameters (eg Adult / Child) can be set per item. These are still set globally, and can be opted out in the item setup page.
Archived bookings can now be unarchived.
iCal feed now breaks out bookings by item.
Click on the iCal feed in the calendar page for the available options. This includes the ability to only subscribe to specific categories, or bookings created by you.
New calendar, now includes the option to filter by category and display events.
Inventory calendar is now seperated by category.
New add-on: Apple Passbook
Mobile bookings can now include the option to add a booking to the Apple Passbook. Details of the booking are stored on the customers device, and the bar code is compatible with our Mobile Apps. See: http://www.checkfront.com/apple-passbook
November 2nd 2012
Increased invoice notes length from 255, to 3000 characters.
Added advanced filters to events and discounts, including the ability to view expired items.
Ability to add multiple images to items as well as an optional video.
Packages can now be editing and sorted (drag and drop)
Bulk system export now includes custom fields.
Ability to add custom statuses.
Events are now accessable while editing an item.
You can view events impacting an item using the events button in the item setup. You can also quickly create an event that is tied to a single item using the create event button from within an item.
Transaction report updates
The transaction report now includes the ability to filter by payment source (Visa, Amex etc), or search by customer, name on card, or the transaction id from the gateway. Please note manual payments now show with a gateway id of "None" and a payment type of "Manual".
New iOS Moble Apps (iPhone / iPad)
See Apple App Store. Now includes iOS Support.
Added support for IE 10, and improved rendering for IE9
Improved notes report to make it easier to review notes.
September 20th 2012
September 19th 2012
August 6th 2012
Authorize.net refund update
Some transactions sent for Refund were being improperly identified as unsettled, thus a VOID was requested instead (as per the Authorize.net specifications). This would cause the transaction to fail. Both VOID and REFUNDS are now triggered in the proper order where required.
Added alias support in item setup
Added Colombian peso
E-mail bounces now show in the activity and booking log
Added bulk edit support in booking index
4 new rules
Added the following rules: * Min and Max Booking Window * (limits how far in the future and past bookings can be created). * Min and Max Item Amount * (limits the value of a booking)
Rules can now be opted out of for customers or staff
New dashboard widget: customer calendar
June 28th 2012
New add-on Xero Online Accounting
Xero integration -- online account system. See full announcement and setup guide.
Support for multiple payment gateways
You can now enabled Paypal and Google Checkout as an alternative payment gateway if using another integrated gateway such as Authorize.net or Sagepay.
Booking process now auto updates when changing date or category
We have removed the Search button when making a new booking. Changing the date, category or clicking on the calendar will automatically update the booking form.
New Facebook Application
The Facebook application now support the v2.0 Checkout. See our Facebook demo for an example.
Copy capabalities added to item inventory
New Wordpress Plugin
Support for v2.0 interface added.
New Joomla Plugin
Support for v2 interface, Joomla 1.6 - 2.5
New dashboard widget: customer calendar
1 week view of the current customer calendar (under Calendar / Customers)
Update to "disable e-commerce" function
The ability to disabled e-commerce on specific items now correctly sets the status of the booking on completion, based on you default booking status.
New tax type added 'per booking'
You can now add a tax or service fee that applies a fixed amount per booking / invoice. See the updated tax setup documentation.
Copy capabalities added to events and discounts
PDF exports now use Landscape mode when more than 8 columns are present
You can now export and print the Calendar / Inventory report
E-commerce set: Can now set accepted credit cards under Manage / Ecommerce.
New Payment gateway: SagePay
See: SagePay Setup Guide
New Payment gateway: 2Checkout
Authorize.net: added support for Auth Only transactions.
Changes to upsells / packaing.
You can now adjust the amount in upsells / packages for "simple price" items. Note this is for the v2.0 checkout only.
- You can now remove packaged items post booking, and opt-out of taxes.
We've included the tax totals and subtotal while in the edit screen.
Ability to opt-out of a notification trigger while changing a booking.
On some occasions, adding or removing new items from a booking would trigger an email notification (when enabled). For instance, if there was a PAID booking, removing all of the items would trigger a CANCEL notification. This is no longer the case. You can now make multiple changes to a booking without triggering multiple notifications. If you wish to send an updated invoice, you can use the e-mail button while viewing the invoice. This doesn't not impact notifications in any other way.
New Addon: interactive customer maps
Added support for custom receipt url
See: Custom Receipt URLs
January 17th 2012
New Interactive Dashboard
A new interactive dashboard now replaces the static charts on the dashboard screen. You can add / remove, and reorganize items in your Dashboard. This includes new widgets, including revenue and a system wide activity report.
New Booking Interface
Completely redesigned intuitive interface works better with complex setup and pricing structures, and provides a more interactive and intuitive checkout flow.
Improved Calendar Views
The Calendar has the ability to drill into a day and preview bookings for the given time period, along with their status. You can also create a new booking from within any of the Calendar views by selecting the day.
Each day in a calendar view is color coded based on the number of bookings, and availability of your inventory.
Real Time Inventory Editing
The inventory calendar now allows you to adjust the amount of items available in your inventory for any given day. This can be used to quickly increase the quantity of items available, or to completely close off a day (by setting the number of items available to 0).
To adjust an item, go to Calendar / Inventory, and by click on a date. Please note, the account must have inventory management permissions in order to make an adjustment.
General Layout Changes
The administrative interface has been optimized for better organization of your key information. In areas where maximizing screen real estate is important (reports and dashboard), the sidebar has been removed. Where there was previously a calendar, a new drop down calendar is available.
The Dashboard no longer has sub-menus -- this is strictly your dashboard. A new top level menu item has been created for the Calendar that holds what was previously the Availability, Inventory, and month based calendar. The Booking Report (Index), and Daily Booking Summary have been relocated to the Booking menu and the extensions are available under the Manage menu.
Reports now include endless scrolling that allows you to traverse a table without having to page through large data sets.
Date and time format can now be set to override locale.
Inventory includes a inventory search bar.
Support for multiple discount codes per booking.
Support for mixed booking units (hourly, nightly, daily) -- no longer limited by category
Customer Profiles and Contact Manager
This update includes customer profiles and contact management. Previous to this, your Customer list (under the main Customer tab) was an list of bookings organized by customer.
The system now automatically creates a customer profile when a new booking is made, and ties any future bookings to the same profile. Furthermore you may also wish to create customers who have not yet made a booking.
Added XML as an option in report exports.
Test Gateway Updates
Now requires test credit cards. Can be used to test a failed transaction. Added refund testing support. See: Test Gateway Setup Guide
QRCodes Addon Update
QR codes are re-sized based on the subject source. Subject is now configurable.
DPS / Payment Express
Added support for AUD.