Features & Improvements
The big news this week, of course, is Transcript Requests. First announced a month ago, the new features lets your students and alumni request an official transcript from your school. Requests land in a new view in Academics, conveniently titled Transcript Requests (the innovation don't stop around here), from whence you can fulfill them at your discretion. There are various delivery and payment methods available, and they're really simple to figure out. Have a look at the documentation and never hesitate to ask Customer Support for help or details!
We also did away with the action gear on Profiles. The gear has disgorged its actions into each view on the Profile, so now you can more easily find the actions specific to where you are. For example, Record Payment is now right there on Profile > Financial > Dashboard. In place of the gear, a new menu icon that's visible wherever you are on the Profile; it contains the actions formerly restricted to the Profile > Info view (Export ID, etc.).
Optimized the back-end bleeps and boops that power mailing lists. Sometimes people would make enormous mailing lists that would just break everything, and the improvements should prevent all that from happening again. Sorry this is so vague, but the technical notes for this item included words like "REDIS", "cluster", "cache", "instance", "replication", and "antidisestablishmentarianism".
Updated something called FFMPEG to better handle the appearance, functionality, and entertainment value of .mov files in discussions.
Went and added the importation of a test to the course change log.
This doesn't directly affect you, but everyone got new LED light bulbs in their offices this week. The old flickering halogen bulbs made this place look somewhat like an inner-city police interrogation room. The new LED bulbs make it look like we build robots here.