Video: Handbid 2.5 Update (September 2016)

Our September 2016 release is full of fun new features in Handbid as well as a number of bug fixes and overall usability improvements.  There are so many features to talk about that we figured the best thing to do is to publish a video that explains them.  In addition to listing the new features here, click on the video below to get an illustration of how to use these new features. 

 

Handbid 2.5 New Features from Jeff Porter on Vimeo.

Here is a detailed list of the changes to Handbid in this release:

Auction Manager
  • We have made User Interface (UI) Improvements (new icons, new header, etc.)  We know a few of you don't like change.  Don't worry!  While the icons and layout may look different, the functionality is the same! 
  • You can now include "Proudly Sponsored by" text on your mobile sponsor page!
  • You can now require that a bidder provide a shipping address before they can pay their invoice.
  • You can ask bidders whether they are onSite or offSite (to help with checkout and communications). 
  • You can now set a welcome message that will show to bidders the first time they join your auction.
Bug Fixes
  • We have made improvements to how we handle currencies for our Japanese, Chinese, and South African clients. 
  • Guests registering on the phone now appear in the contacts list so you can find them.  No more hiding guests! We know where you are now!
  • Now, you can mark an item as sold and it will generate an invoice. 
  • You can now refund non-Handbid CC payments.  
iOS App
  • Displays the Auction Welcome Message.  You wrote it and so your bidders should see it! 
  • Improved User Interface. We have added a tab between the item image and the name so that bidders know to scroll up and down.
  • New chat interface for users to chat directly with us! (in the support tab in the menu). This is a great new feature!
  • The app will prompt the user to add an address to pay invoices if that requirement is set.
  • The app will ask the bidder if they are onSite or offSite and update their status in the auction manager.
  • Fun sounds now accompany the broadcast and outbid notifications.  We love sounds, it will keep your bidders connected to your auction and bidding. Seriously, who wants to get outbid? No one, so lets make sure they hear about it.
  • iOS10 compatibility.  If the images look a bit off when you scroll, or if your app is showing dollars and cents ($12.00) for a $12 item. Install this new version and that will go away. 
 
Bug Fixes
  • The status buttons at the top now take you back to the dashboard... for pete's sake, the Android users had it, why not the iPhone users?
  • You can now tap on the Handbid logo to return to the dashboard.
  • Want to share your auction with your friends?  You can do that from the dashboard by tapping on the share icon.  This will generate a link that you can blast to the world (or at least to your network of Facebook friends).  
  • For all you lawyers out there.... the Terms and conditions now are now more readable! Yeah! 
 
Android App
  • Completely rebuilt application that uses a local data store to improve stability and performance.  The iOS app had a local data store.  It's about time we put it in Android! 
  • We added the same UI components to Android that we added on the iPhone. We are all about fairness!
  • New chat interface for users to chat directly with us! (in the support tab in the menu). This is a great new feature!
  • The app will prompt the user to add an address to pay invoices if that requirement is set.
  • The app will ask the bidder if they are onSite or offSite and update their status in the auction manager.
  • Fun sounds now accompany the broadcast and outbid notifications.  We love sounds, it will keep your bidders connected to your auction and bidding. Seriously, who wants to get outbid? No one, so lets make sure they hear about it.
 
Bug Fixes
  • Sponsor logos now support 4:3 format. This means your sponsor logos will now look as good on the Android phone as they do on the iPhone app. 
  • Fixed search to work on newer Android phones. 
 
Handbid Web Version
  • Noticing a pattern? All of the same upgrades apply here too for the most part (except for the UI changes).
  • Login and the site will display the Auction Welcome Message.  You wrote it and so your bidders should see it!
  • New chat interface for users to chat directly with us! (in the Support tab in the menu).
  • Site will prompt the user to add an Address to pay invoice if that requirement is set.
  • Site will ask the bidder if they are onsite/offsite and update their status in the auction manager.
 
Bug Fixes
  • You made a purchase, but then you weren't sure. Did it go through?  You didn't see it in your dashboard right away. No need to refresh the screen....purchases now show up immediately on your dashboard.  
  • Some smartphones didn't make it easy to add a credit card.  We fixed that so now add your card, pay your bill, pass go and collect $200. 
  • The site would prompt you to add a card on file, but you had one.  So we told the site to look first for a card before you ask.  It's the polite (and correct) thing to do.  
  • We made a number of performance improvements to make pages load faster, etc. After all, you need to be bidding right? 

Have questions about our upgrades?  Is there a feature you desperately wish we would add? Let us know by emailing us at service@handbid.com 

 

Enjoy! 

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