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November 2018 | Issue #73
Current Releases: SM 8.0.069 (11/5) | AW 3.5.052 (11/5)
   Keeping an Eye on ACEweb INIs  - 11/15 2:00 CDT
ACEware Software Update - 12/5 1:30 CDT
ACEware Systems Newsletter - Information to Run Your Program
Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching (next week!), so we want to take a few minutes to thank you for choosing ACEware as your partner in Continuing Education. We're honored to support your mission of making the world a better place through valuable personal enrichment and professional development learning opportunities.
Whether you're a brand new customer or one who's been with us since the very start, we're glad to have you as part of our family. Thank you for motivating us to provide the best possible software solutions to help run your programs. We're grateful for you during this season of thanks and year-round.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ACEware Systems!

Contributed by Lindsey Lieberman

Last Chance to Get a Makeover at 2018 Prices
If you remain on legacy ACEweb templates, you've probably had a personal email from me strongly encouraging you to update your templates and schedule an ACEweb makeover. Benefits to updating your ACEweb templates include:
  • Mobile-friendly browsing and registration - no finger pinching or expanding required
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 are met
  • Seamless transitions from your organizational pages to ACEweb pages - a makeover is included in the upgrade (Note that your organization's web pages need to be responsive as well.)
If you aren't sure which templates you have, review the examples below, then examine your existing ACEweb pages.    

Makeover prices will increase in 2019. If you order your makeover before the end of the year, 2018 prices are guaranteed even though the actual service is completed next year.
Contact Sharon with questions or to place your makeover order.

Contributed by Sharon Brookshire
Tip of the Month: Webinar Whereabouts!
ACEware has been hard at work adding to our archive of helpful webinars for many years now, which means finding the right one can be tricky!
Here are some helpful tips and tools for quickly locating the relevant and recent webinars!
Use the "role tabs" to narrow down webinars to ones useful to you!
These tabs will only show webinars in a particular category:

Or click the Show All tab to have one big list, which allows you to use your browser's keyword search (usually CTRL-F) to find webinars that match your query.

Contributed by Jason Allen
Report of the Month: Using the  Report Wizard to Link Charts
Graphical representations of data are always useful, especially when preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.  While attending a conference last month, I learned about a great new feature in the Report Wizard that not only generates a standard chart, but it also allows users to select an element in the chart to break down the data even further.  I was blown away, and I know that you'll be, too.

Here is an example:  I want to see enrollments by subject (main report) between two dates as a pie chart, and then I want to see enrollments by course within that subject (sub-report).  Enrollments by subject is shown first: 

Then I can select just the Computer subject from the total pie chart to see courses within that subject:

To do this, you'll first create the sub-report. In this case, I want a count of registration SSN/IDs (my Y axis) and course numbers (my X axis). For the filter, I need to query by subject. (I'm also filtering by Begin Date between 2 dates, but that isn't crucial to the sub-report setup and it isn't an ask at runtime condition.) Really, the only thing out of the ordinary with the setup of this report is the filter on subject and it is set to ask at runtime.

Then I set up the main report.  I want a count of registration SSN/IDs (my Y axis) and subjects (my X axis). (I'm also filtering this report by Begin Date between 2 dates, but that isn't crucial to this.) On Step 3 - Chart Layout, I need to get into the properties of the subject code and go to the Link tab, which is where I link to which report I want to run (my sub-report) and the filter value I want to pass. It looks like this:

Try it out for yourself and contact me if you need any help. If you don't have the Report Wizard, contact me for a demo or to set up a trial.

Note: The latest release of the Report Wizard is 7.2. To get it, just go to Tools -> Check for Updates. We've updated the online help. Check that out here.

Contributed by Matthew Olson

To your continued success!

- Chuck, Sharon, AJ, Carmel, Jason, Joe, Lindsey, Matthew, Mike, and Stein

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