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Simple In/Out 3.1

Today, Simple In/Out 3.1 has shipped on the web, the iOS App Store and the Android Marketplace.

Simple In/Out 3.1 offers the ability for administrators to update other users’ statuses! We’ve had a ton of requests for this feature over the past few months and we’ve listened. Now, if you have an employee who calls in sick, forgets to sign out, or is just lazy, you can change their status with just a few clicks or taps.

To do this on the web, just make sure you’re an admin-level user. Simply click on someone else’s name on the status board. When you do this, you’ll receive a popup dialog that shows you their 7 days of status history. Below that is a button labeled “Change Status”. When clicked, you’ll receive the familiar In and Out interface with an optional comment box. Once you’ve changed someone’s status, you can see that an admin (you) made the change right on the main status board.

We offer this same functionality on our phone apps as well. Just tap on the user when looking at the board. From there, you can tap on the “action” button in the upper right and tap the “Change Status” option. Again, you’re presented with a familiar interface to change the users status.

The biggest problem we needed to solve with 3.1 was one of transparency. Since Simple In/Out relies on GeoFences to change statuses automatically, we needed to be real clear when your status was changed by a third party. So, if someone else changes your status, the admin’s name will appear next to the date it was changed. Transparency is a pillar of Simple In/Out, and this feature adds the power our user’s desire while maintaining the openness that makes Simple In/Out a great solution.

Thanks as always for the feedback everyone, we really appreciate it. Most of our favorite features come from user suggestions, so keep them coming.

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Emma Furniss (@emmfurn) from Tuffley, Gloucester UK. We want to thank all of our new fans and followers for participating. And thank you to everyone that downloaded and tried Simple In/Out this past month. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we did making it.

The Simple In/Out Team

Biggest little update for iOS

There is a new update that is shipping for all iOS users today. While the version number, 3.0.1, would indicate a minor update, there is a lot packed into it. Most of which is under the hood.

When we updated our security a few months back, we introduced a bug for some users that are using a password on the home screen. You login is saved in the Apple keychain for security, but our app wasn’t allowed to access to it from the background if you had a password set. This would result in the login credential or token error that a lot of you were seeing.

This security error has been resolved and now our app can safely access the keychain from the background during your geofence udpates. We also cleaned up the network calls to make them a little more efficient during the geofence updates.

This update fixes a couple issues we were having and makes our geofence feature even more stable and secure. It is by far our most popular feature and we want to make sure it stays that way. Thanks to everyone that emailed us and let us know about the problem. And an even bigger thank you to the few that helped us test the fix and put up with all of the build fixes.

** Note – If you were experiencing this issue, you will need to log out from settings after the update. This is the only way to update your login information in the keychain. After you log back in, you will need to turn on any geofences you may have had, the will not automatically turn on after a logout. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Win a Kindle Fire with our Retweet/Like/Follow Contest

To help spread the word about our amazing new 3.0 release of Simple In/Out, we’re launching a contest to win a new Kindle Fire!  From now until the end of May, if you RT and follow us on Twitter, Like and Share us on Facebook or +1 and Share us on Google+, you’ll be entered to win the drawing.  Winners will receive their name in lights on our blog and a brand new Kindle Fire shipped right to your doorstep.  How sweet is that?

Here are the rules:

  • You can enter 3 times (once on Twitter, Facebook and Google+)
  • All Twitter entries must retweet and follow us
  • All Facebook entries must both Like and Share the contest link on our Facebook page
  • All Google+ entries must both +1 and Share the contest link
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm CST on May 31st

Thanks for following us and helping to get the word out.  Good luck!

Simple In/Out 3.0 Released

Simple In/Out just celebrated its first birthday. Thanks to all of our users around the globe. You’ve made us smile and work harder to create great products.

How do we celebrate our first year? With a new release of course. We are proud to announce Simple In/Out 3.0, available today on the Apple App Store, Android Marketplace, the Chrome Web Store, and our website, simpleinout.com.

With Simple In/Out 3.0, we’ve added one of the biggest feature requests we’ve ever received: Groups. With Groups, companies can divide their users into departments, teams, etc to make the user list more manageable. This functionality runs deep within Simple In/Out, touching most of the features of the app. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Unlimited Groups
  • Applies to User Lists on the web and devices
  • Applies to Reports on the web
  • Intuitive Drag and Drop web administration
  • Administrate Groups from your device

To see this in action, check out our video announcing the 3.0 release. http://youtu.be/IUCbjCgJGrQ

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iOS Update 2.3.1 now available

Our latest update to Simple In/Out is available from the Apple App Store today. As one of our previous posts had mentioned, the big change is dropping support for all iOS 4.x devices. We feel the number of people impacted should be very minimal. This was necessary to make way for future updates. For more information, you can read our post on sunsetting iOS 4.

We also included some changes to our geofencing feature. We have been working very hard on it to make it even better.

We have also been working very hard on some great new features that we hope to have ready to roll out very soon. So please keep your eye open on this blog or follow us on twitter for updates.