December 5 to December 9, 2016 Release Notes

Features & Improvements

Login approvals are a security measure that helps protect Populi user accounts by sending a one-time use passcode to the user's mobile phone. The code helps verify that you're the person logging in by requiring physical access to your phone. Lots of services offer this (Google, your bank, Slack, etc.), and Populi is pleased to join their august company. A number of other improvements and settings went out as part of that release, so have a look at the blog post for an overview.

Mentioned in the blog post, but worth a mention here: Recognized Devices in your personal settings lets you see which browsers and devices you've used to access your account, and lets you delete them and mark them as trusted or public. As part of the security update, Populi now emails you whenever you log in on a device not on that list, making sure you know what's going on with your user account.

User account management has been scooped out of the Profile > Info view and placed more prominently next to the menu button. It's much easier to see whether someone's a user and when they last logged in, as well as manage their user account (blocking, etc.).

Some new items for Account Administrators:

  • The new Security view lets you manage access to a number of sensitive items, including which user roles are allowed/required to use Login Approvals.
  • The Appearance view lets you upload image files of your logo for your school's login page, Populi header, and exported documents like transcripts.

Clinical and Attendance Hours totals are now retrievable via the Data Slicer.

New transcript variables, just in time for Christmas! The number of weeks a course ran in a particular term, together with all the various totals and such.


Fixed a few things with the email a student gets when he's given a test exception, including the wording, which was less than Shakespearean.

Fixed a tripwire that could occasionally afflict Advisors when trying to view a file on a person's Activity Feed.

If someone typed something really weird in a date field in the General Ledger report, it could break the report. Those fields now fold their arms and gruff at you if you don't type a real date in them.

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