Perhaps the most visible change in last week’s Táve 2.8.0 release, and even more so with yesterday’s release of 2.8.1, is the completely revamped Deliverables section of the job viewer.

Prior to this release, we showed all tasks for a deliverable in two places in the job viewer; collapsed under each deliverable and also in the general task list. The idea behind it was you’d want to see all of your tasks for a job in one place and yet be able to dig into the individual progress of a deliverable. In reality, it meant that the task list would often get too cluttered to be usable and downright confusing if the same task was created for different items.

Here’s an example of the Tasks and Deliverables sections prior to 2.8.0, courtesy of Karen Lisa:

Now with 2.8, your general task list for a job is limited to tasks you create manually and tasks created when non-deliverable products are ordered.

Here’s a look at at the same deliverables and tasks above in 2.8.1 (Karen has delivered some of the items since the screenshot above was taken):

You’ll notice that we now group the deliverables by order and include a handy progress meter. In this case, Karen has 3 orders with deliverables booked for this job.

To make it easier to see what tasks are coming up next for an order, we show the next task for each deliverable even when collapsed.  Click on the deliverable name and it expands to show all tasks and even the item configuration:

The “next task” is based on the task order, so you can always drag and drop the tasks into a new order by grabbing the dotted grips on the left side of the tasks (any time you see those dotted grips in Táve it means you can drag the item using it).

We’re proud to announce the immediate availability of many exciting new importers, some export tweaks, and other useful updates in Táve 2.8.0. Most of these updates can be accessed via the yellow Data Administration box in Settings.

Flosites Integration

If you’re lucky enough to have one of those sexy Flosites, then it just got even better, as we’re proud to announce that Flosites has added support for your contact form to create new leads directly inside of Táve.

Learn more on about setting up your Flosites website by clicking on the “Flosites Integration” link in your Táve settings.

RedCart Order Integration

We’re expanding our RedCart integration to now automatically queue up any orders made through your RedCart proofing website for import into Táve.

Our RedCart Order Importer will help you match up each product to your advanced Táve product configuration, add costs, and record a payment.  We’ll even record any custom cropping as part of the deliverable configuration so you have it handy from inside Táve.

Besides creating a sales order for your client, you can optionally import it as a sales receipt for a subject or other contact, which will keep it from showing up in your Client’s Client Access portal.

If you’re selling sessions from your RedCart, you can also create and book a new job based on the order.  When you go this route, we’ll create a sales order rather than just a sales receipt, letting you send them to your Client Access portal to sign a contract, make additional payments, etc.

ProSelect Order Imports

If you use the ProSelect presentation software to increase your presentation sales, it’s time to upgrade! Time Exposure has just released version 2010r1 with a new “Standard XML for Web” export format (older versions will still import but lack some of the new features).

We’ve been working with Time Exposure to enhance their existing exports to do exciting new things like add image previews to the export.  They’ve answered with a great new export just for you.  Once you have the file exported, head on over to Settings and click on the ProSelect Orders link, where you can now upload the XML file. We’ll help you quickly create a new sales receipt, complete with image previews, that will help you fullfil the sale promptly and accurately.

We’re quite excited to be the first web-based studio management system to accept ProSelect orders and it’s just the first of many improvements we’re making for portrait studios.

Custom Imports

We’ve always provided a free manual import to studios who purchase an annual or lifetime subscription, but now all studios can import their data on their own with our new vCard & CSV import tool.  So get started with your contacts in Táve from the moment you sign up to really experience Táve.
*Available soon.

New Lead API

Some of you have noticed the new “Webservices Integration” box in your studio settings and wondered what that was for.  There are several uses for this, the newest one being our “New Lead API”, which you can learn more about in Settings by clicking the “New Lead API” link in the yellow box under Integrations.

We’ll be expanding this even more as we go, so if you have some suggestions let us know!

2.8.0 Release Notes

In addition to the above features, this release includes:

  • We’re now automatically creating expenses for PayPal merchant fees for Client Access payments.
  • Deliverables are now grouped by the sale it was created for.
  • Deliverables can now be clicked to instantly view the configuration of the ordered item.
  • Tasks for deliverables are no longer included in the Job’s general task list.
  • You can now mark an entire order as delivered with one click.
  • Tax rates and names are now being saved with each order so that they remain unaffected by changes to your tax setup.
  • Added {{}} to the contract editor to automatically enter the current date (until signed).
  • Making it clear when a job needs a date in order to create the list of available payments for Client Access.
  • No longer waiting for all items on a page to load before fetching the content in Client Access.
  • You can now print receipts for your subscription payments from the subscription manager.
  • The navigation now stays on-screen as you scroll down long pages.
  • Fixed issue where “Unavailable” time was always listed as an all-day event.
  • The sunrise / sunset link in the event editor now changes based on your locale, with new pages for studios from Australia, Canada, and Great Britain as well as a new world-times link for other locales.
  • The sunrise / sunset link in the event editor now changes based on the event start date for US, CA, and GB locales and the studio city and state are sent for US studios.
  • The “” web service has been merged into the main “” web service endpoint, the old URLs (for calendar feeds, exports, etc) will continue to work but you should update your links when possible.
  • General bug fixes and improvements.