•Bug Smashed: Recently we told a few of you that you can create a non-textbook custom item. Now, you can create one for realsies. We've highlighted the required fields and have stopped making that Create Item & Add button the most confusing button in the entire product.
•Improvement: Coordinators, it turns out that you are amazing. A lot of admins told us that you can handle more power that you currently have in Hero, so, behold: we've given you access to Section Management! This fancy little page lets you mark any section you're assigned to as "No Materials Required," and should save you bushels of time. Time you would have spent doing this one. section. at. a. time.
You've earned it. Have a blast.
Talk it Out
•Improvement: Is your school blessed with multiple terms? Do you send so many Adoption Invitation emails to your faculty that they march right into the bookstore to gravely shake your hand? Living the dream is great, we know. And to make it even dreamier, we've added the Term Name to all outgoing emails where that made sense. So now if you're inviting someone to endorse adoptions for BIO 101 in Winter Session 2017, and inviting them to adopt for BIO 101 in Spring 2018, they can tell the difference.
•Improvement: Most weeks we give you things. This week, we're taking something away. If your students aren't yet using Hero, then your faculty won't see the Message to Students box in the Adoption Editor. Removing that box should stop just about 100% of the student-facing comments written to people who don't exist.
Once you invite your students to use Hero, of course, that box reappears.
Reports and Data Sorts
•Improvement: Actually, two improvements. Many of you use your Vendors report to track the quarterly affiliate commissions that we pay you. (That's right: you use our product and we send you checks. That's a bit of an unorthodox business model, but it seems to make people very happy.) This week, we got all the columns to line up in straight lines and we added a Totals row for you. Might sound like little things, until you're struggling to add up the commissions you made during next Rush. Then it's wonderful.
•Mesmerizing Improvement: Some of us didn't know that this was possible, but as of this release, when you click buttons in Hero, they...jiggle. Or ripple. Or something. It's an animation somewhere between a pebble tossed in a tranquil pond and a ladle thrust violently into the largest bowl of Jello™ your Aunty May has ever made.
We can't really show you a picture of what this is like. Go log in to Hero and click around. Send us your own metaphors.
We'll get you taken care of.