Youhere's goal is to sit quietly in the background capturing your check-ins, while you go about your work. To ensure this can happen, there is always plenty going on at our end.
The Youhere website got a site-wide facelift. We hope you like it! Also, we posted a case study from one of our users, in case you want to see how Youhere works for them.
We helped a coach get up and running with Youhere recently. They had a check-in location on a map, drawn around a tennis court! Another client has a check-in location around a student-experimental farm on a college campus.
"Your system appears elegant, uncluttered, and is easy to set up and use. Thanks for your development work."
A few of updates to report:
- We've moved our mapping service to Google Maps.
- Event and roster tables have fast sorting options on all columns.
- The event table has a new 'creation date' column (which can be used for sorting).
- If needed, you can block an enrolled participant(s) from checking in to a given event.
- Our VPAT, GDPR, and CIPA statements are posted under the "Uses" dropdown in the header.
As we type this, a new version of our check-in app is being pushed to both the Apple and Google Play app stores. It has a new modern "dark mode" look:
Also, all of the in-app privacy notices have been updated and the menus have been simplified. The app is in great shape and ready to continue capturing all of your check-ins!
Quote from an email: "We have been using your program for a few months. I generally like it - its simple and effective."
We added more payment options. So, instead of just paying for 1-year of unlimited check-ins, you can pay by the week, month, year, or even by the number of check-ins you expect.
Youhere is in a lot of schools, so we're always taking accessibility of our app and website seriously. We've finally finished the first version of our VPAT document, which stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. It is a document that explains how information and communication technology (ICT) products such as software, hardware, electronic content, and support documentation meet (conform to) the Revised 508 Standards for IT accessibility.
From a customer: "I love seeing the data privacy notes right in the app."
We made a short video (about 5 min) explaining how attendance is taken using Youhere. You can view it here:
The main Youhere landing page has been redone to (hopefully) make understanding how to start using Youhere a bit easier. It now focuses on what most of our users do: use a location-based check-in. Explorations on Youhere's other check-in modes have been moved to the "Uses" dropdown in the main menu bar.
Glad we could help!
We spent the past month or so giving the Youhere website a badly needed facelift. Our regular users won't notice much, as most things look about the same, other than some color changes of buttons and a few more icons here and there to guide navigating attendance reccords. Internally it was an upgrade from Bootstrap 3 to Bootstrap 5, which will be a huge help for future maintenance of the site.
We're thrilled that new users can now login using their Google, Apple, or Facebook accounts. This means easier logins to Youhere, and you don't need to create another password for another website! This greatly improves our privacy and security too, as we don't have to manage and verify accounts anymore.
Sometimes we hear compliments from our customers on how Youhere is helping them.♥️ Here are three that came in over the last couple of weeks. (We screenscraped them right out of our gmail account.)
Version 3.0 of our App has been pushed to the App Store and Google Play. We fixed a few minor bugs, and made very clear data "Privacy notice" statements right in the app. Here is an example from the enrollment screen (see gray text):
We also added an animated circular progress bar during check-in, as shown here. (Notice the "easing" effect of the bar's progress.)
If you're interested in our "up time," we've signed up with UptimeRobot to independently track Youhere's availability. If you want, you can see our uptime report.
We are thrilled to announce that Youhere has been migrated into the Google Cloud web-infrastructure. This gives Youhere industry-leading security and uptime. We're here and ready to capture all of your check-ins! (Thanks to AP for making this happen.)
We worked with two customers recently on some interesting use-cases of Youhere. The first was a parent concerned about their children's attendance in college. They have two children away at different colleges. The parent set up geofences check-ins at each respective school, and has asked their children to each check-in as they go to class. The second is a retail manager of a large grocery chain, in charge of a crew of people doing in-store demonstrations of new products. The manager is using Youhere to be sure the crew performs their demonstration shifts as needed.
We are always happy to see customers find uses for Youhere that we didn't think of!
We have a user with many attendance events. When needing to do a manual check-in for a student, they were having trouble quickly finding the student amongst their many rosters. At their request, we added a roster search feature, that will take the administrator directly to a student's attendance line-item in a given roster, as a result of a simple first/last-name search. (It's available to everyone now; see the "Participant search" option under the blue "Actions" drop down.)
The content trigged by our "Try it" button (on homepage) has been completely revamped, to help new users get started using Youhere for attendance. We also revamped a short, downloadable PDF in case someone wants a printable set of instructions.
After attendance, administering exams is probably the next biggest task for a teacher. We added exam-taking functionality to our App (i.e. the same App used for attendance). Here, the App is able to behave like an on-paper bubble form as shown below.
Instead of the paper form, participants use their phones to tap in answers. When submitted, the exams are immediately graded on the administrator's Youhere account. Detailed reports are also compiled and available. Everyone gets 100 free exam grading credits. After that, exams are graded at $0.10 per submission (so a class of 50 can be graded and processed for $5). You can find more info on this page.
Of course, it's very important that you are able to contact us, but how? People seem to dislike "contact forms," and prefer to use their own email. But what address do we use? We tried an @youhere.org domain to look all "coporate like," but it means we have to do all kinds of tricks behind the scene to make that work. Why? Well, we have to set up an email account somewhere, then route all email to @youhere.org to it, then be sure replies from it get outbounded to look like an @youhere.org email. Messy!
We'd prefer to just use a gmail to communicate with you. Gmail is easy to use, we're used to it, and it's very reliable. So recently we just "gave up" on fancy email names, and put our founder's gmail as the primary point of contact for Youhere (see the FAQ under "Contact"). As always, you can also always chat with us at our Discord too.
Some of our customers haven't been able to use Youhere for attendance, because GPS coverage in their location is weak or erratic. This can happen the middle floor of a multi-storey building, or in a basement, etc. Others want a tighter bounds on their valid check-in area.
For these customers, we're happy to introduce a Bluetooth beacon to our attendance lineup. It broadcasts a Bluetooth identifier with a range of about 150 feet. (The identifier is just like what you might see when pairing your phone to a Bluetooth speaker for example.) The App has been upgraded to look for this identifier and only allow check-ins when a phone "sees" the identifier (meaning the phone is within range of the beacon). Here's our first batch of prototypes beacons we used for testing:
More information on using our beacons for attendance can be found here.
Youhere has quite a number of people come to the site, make an account, download the App, maybe enroll one person, then leave an never come back. Any ideas why? Were they just looking? Is our annual price to high? Anything else? Can you let us know what you think at our Discord?
During pandemic teaching, a lot of teachers used videos to deliver course contents. We wondered: is there a way of "checking in to a video?" Turns out, there is! The playback-time indicator in a video is a great check-in tag. How so? Well, suppose you are having your group watch a video about rockets. You could tell them about a clue to look for in the video. In this video, suppose our clue is "when does the rocket clear the tower?"
The playback-time says 4:22:54. This can be the "answer" to your clue. Our app has been upgraded to allow for such "video check-ins" as shown here.
We were promoting Youhere using a video recently. Here it is if you want to watch it:
We also have a 1-page PDF factsheet summarizing what Youhere does.
We've decided to start a blog here at Youhere. There's always a lot going on behind the scene at Youhere. We'll keep you all posted of these things here. I guess we'll start by saying things are starting to pick up as we all begin to emerge from the pandemic. It's good to "see" you all again!