Amy Metherell June 21, 2013 •Product News & Updates / New Features
The household Dashboard is a new and improved feature of AboutOne. But this is just the beginning and we’ll be rolling out more enhancements and new features shortly. Here’s what to expect from this latest release of AboutOne (and what’s coming soon!).
Your Family Dashboard As the CEO of your household, you asked for a bird’s eye view of the information you manage in order to take care of your family and home.
The DASHBOARD is your command central – where you go to view, add, edit, and share your household information. It’s also where you’ll connect to and receive suggested entries from your Google calendar, Facebook, and Dropbox. Soon, you’ll be able to select feeds from other apps and sites you use.
Family Calendar You asked us to make your favorite calendars (Google, Outlook, Cozi) more useful for recordkeeping.
We’ve started with suggested entries from Google calendar and the DAILY VIEW, which gives you a quick snapshot of a day’s events. We’re working hard to complete our full family calendar syncing features.
Intelligent To Dos You wanted AboutOne to help you keep track of your never-ending to do list.
We started with ALERTS that are automatically generated by the information you’ve entered in AboutOne – birthday and anniversary reminders and sharing notifications. You can also add Reminders on any entry like oil changes, checkups, home maintenance, and prescription refills. Soon you’ll be able to add your daily to do lists.
Private Social Network
Many of you worry about confusing privacy settings on sites like Facebook. You’ve told us you’d like your own private social network.
We’re making that happen by providing private SHARING to individuals and groups in your SmartContacts. You’ll find notifications about sharing activity in the Alerts section of the Dashboard. More ways to privately share are in the works.
You can email anything to your AboutOne account! Simply send any email from the email address associated with your AboutOne account to firstname.lastname@example.org. Voilà! Your email appears in your AboutOne account in the QuickFile box. Read more here.
Did you know you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a free portable scanner to scan that paper clutter and send it to AboutOne? This is a fast and easy way to add paper bills, receipts, artwork, notes, insurance, health and other paperwork to your account. Just download a free scanning app to make documents more legible while also converting them to PDFs so you can add multi-page documents to AboutOne.
We recommend the free versions of CamScanner and Genius Scan - available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
Using CamScanner as an example: Simply scan the item and click the Arrow button in the bottom right corner.
Select the Email option and then select in what format you'd like to file your item (JPG or PDF).
Your item will then appear as an attachment in a new email. Send this email to email@example.com, making sure the "From" email address is the email address associated with your AboutOne account. Your item will appear in your AboutOne stream as a new entry.
IFTTT is a fantastic way to integrate AboutOne with the other tools you're already using. You can use it to automatically send photos and information from your favorite webapps, such as Instagram, Facebook, Gmail, or Dropbox, to your AboutOne account! Please note, IFTTT can only send emails to your AboutOne account from a Gmail email address. IFTTT does not have the ability to do this with other types of email addresses.
Step 1: Set Up an IFTTT Account
The first thing you'll need to do is set up an IFTTT account. You'll receive an email with a confirmation link that you'll need to click before you can use IFTTT.
Step 2: Activate the Channels You Want to Use
Click the Channels link at the top of the page. Select the channel you'd like to activate. Then click the blue Activate button.
This will take you to sign into your account for that channel. For example, if setting up the Gmail channel, you'll be directed to sign into your Gmail account.
You may also be asked to Grant Access to IFTTT to access your account. Granting access is the only way for this to work. If you deny access, you will not be able to use IFTTT to automate sending information from these webapps to your AboutOne account.
Once you grant access, that channel is activated and ready to be used in a recipe. Do this for each channel you'd like to use.
*Note: The Gmail address you set up MUST be the email address associated with your AboutOne account in order for the emails to arrive into your AboutOne account.
Step 3: Use These Recipes to Make Adding Photos & Information to Your AboutOne Account a breeze.
Click the Recipe link to the right of each recipe photo and then click Use Recipe. Type firstname.lastname@example.org into the To Address field.
Send Your Instagram Photos to Your AboutOne Account from a Gmail Email Address
Amy Metherell January 07, 2013 •Product News & Updates / New Features
This release includes various bug fixes including:
Fix for all address fields being required in contact address - you can now enter partial addresses
Improvements to Households
1. Babysitter Report - We've added a Babysitter Report to the Reports Dashboard. Click View Report and a new tab opens where you can customize the babysitter report with children, bedtimes, and instructions.
2. Product Search - We've also added a Product Search to the Possessions section of the site. Simply search for any keyword and select the inventory item you wish to add to your Possessions. All the relevant information will be filled in for you, making adding possessions a snap!
3. Delete Entries from Shared With Me stream - You can now clean up your 'Shared with Me' stream by deleting entries you no longer need. Simply click the entry and click the Delete button.
4. Copy 'Shared With Me' Entries to Your Own Stream - You can now also copy entries that have been shared with you to your own stream. Just click the entry and click the Copy to Stream button.***
*Comments will not copy to your stream.
**Not available for Health Appointments, Health Allergies/Conditions, Health Medications/Supplements, or Education Grade entries.
You Asked, We've Listened! Here's What's Coming This Month to AboutOne!
Emailing Into AboutOne
You missed the Inbox feature of Version 1, so we're now implementing a way to email entries into AboutOne. This is a very exciting feature that we hope will make adding information into AboutOne even easier.
There are plenty of ways to add information into AboutOne, but how about getting information out? We will be adding a Print button to entries for easy printing of your data.
Another highly-requested feature is a Possession Report that you can print for insurance purposes, etc.
If you missed the release of Shareables, you must check it out! This month, we will be adding the ability to see who has viewed & commented on a shared entry right from the stream.
We hope you're as excited as we are about the new features we're working on. As always, please feel free to send us your feedback to email@example.com.