•Savvy Campus Admins among you might be using Hero's Section Management page to mark multiple sections as "No Learning Materials Required" without clicking into each and every section one at a time. We noticed that Disabled Sections were showing up in Section Management, to the confusion and woe of everyone involved. So we taught Hero to scrub the Section Management list.
•While we were on our Consistent Data Whirlwind, we did this, too: if a course has been deleted, it already disappears from the Courses page. Now it disappears from the Course Summary as well.
•Improvement: We're still tweaking our ever popular One-Click Readopt button. Now, when you mash go on that link, Hero will pull in adoptions for the most recent time you've taught the class (or barring that, the most recent time the class was taught by anyone), including open terms. So if it's November, your Fall term is still active, and you want to just readopt the same material for Winter, you can do that.
•If you added a section to a course that you'd already confirmed in Title Research, it wasn't popping up in New Arrivals. Now it is!
•Improvement: Everyone loves the All Items Report, and we've made it wider. Better. Wider and Better. This release, we've added an Approval Status to the report, so you can see what where the item sits in Title Research without leaving the toasty comfort of Microsoft Excel.
•New Feature: It's traditional to submit feature requests to Sidewalk by taping them to a brick and lobbing the brick through our front window. And this is one of the most commonly requested items. So thanks to your input (and the rising cost of double-paned glass), we're proud to bring you Hero's first true View Only setting. If a term is open for students to view but closed for sales (set these date ranges in your Control Dates), then your bookstore's pricing won't show. This lets you honor HEOA requirements without opening yourself up for sales before you've completed Title Research and textbook sourcing. Enjoy!
•New Vendor: Well, sort of. If you head to your Vendors page, you'll now see both Amazon and Amazon Marketplace. We split those in two because they're really doing two things. Amazon Marketplace returns pricing for items from Amazon Marketplace vendors (i.e. people selling things on Amazon, not Amazon itself). Amazon returns pricing for items that Amazon itself supplies. There can be quite a difference in these two prices, so we're giving you the option to display the Amazon pricing that will match your campus best.
•Improvement: It used to be the Email Configuration page, and now it's the Communications Configuration page. Because yes, we're about more than email.
•Improvement: For example, way down at the bottom of every page in Hero there's a Contact Us link. It used to head straight to Sidewalk, before we realized that not every member of your institution wanted to see our smiling faces when they were in trouble. They probably want to talk to you, the bookstore. So now you can replace that link with anything you like.
•Oh and fine. We won't include Inactive Sections on the Invitation to Adopt emails anymore either.
•Improvement: the box we'd set aside for your school's logo was originally a square, because squares are pretty. But some of you people prefer rectangles. So we doubled the width available for a school logo. Don't worry--we also made sure it would look just fine on a smartphone.
•Sometimes custom items sneak their way in to Hero straight from your POS, which used to get you into trouble: if you wanted to Edit the Item (say, add a picture to a TI-84 calculator), Hero would ask for an ISBN. Now, it won't.
•Improvement: When we import a new term from WebPRISM, we're going to set its Control Dates so it's Inactive. That way, nothing goes live until you pull the trigger. We figured that was only fair.
Sound like a plan? Great! We think so too. If you want to talk about more subjects like books or adoptions or life itself, reach out to your Customer Success Manager or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get you taken care of.