Tue, 18 May 2010

May 18, 2010, 13:35 [home/ServiceBuilder]
Online Version Live

It’s been a number of years since ServiceBuilder has seen any action, but now I’d like to announce that the live version is available to use for free, to anyone who can use it.

Technically, it’s still in ‘beta,’ which means that nothing is guaranteed— you might have trouble depending on your browser, your operating system, and God-forbid, you may even lose your data.

But it’s been live for about a month, and the testers so far have not had any serious problems, so if you’re interested, head on over.

Thanks!
Jason Silver



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Thu, 18 May 2006

May 18, 2006, 08:53 [home/ServiceBuilder]
New Pricing Structure

I’ve decided to develop a new pricing structure for ServiceBuilder. Instead of a yearly cost which would cover database updates and unlimited support, I’ve changed it to be a one-time cost, with an optional support and update fee.

This makes it much more affordable for most churches, and is more similar to other software on the market. Now the one time cost is $379 USD.

Updates come out regularly— usually about once every month or two. These updates will cost only $35.00 USD (bug fix updates are free). If you want unlimited access to all updates then the optional yearly fee is $100.00 USD per year.

I hope this makes ServiceBuilder even more accessable to churches who need it.

~Jason



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Fri, 17 Feb 2006

Feb 17, 2006, 16:11 [home/ServiceBuilder]
Lifeway Called Me!

Wow, I just got the coolest telephone call from a big company in the US, called Lifeway. They are in a five-year process of building a giant web interface for music directors, similar to ServiceBuilder. They’re curious about my program, and told me today that they’d like to fly me down to Nashville to demo it for them! The gentleman I spoke with even mentioned that they might put me in charge of the project, if I was able to find the time!

Wow. I don’t know what to think about that. I’m probably not qualified to lead a project of this magnitude! It does sound like fun— what an exciting prospect to consider!

For God’s glory,
~Jason



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Thu, 02 Jun 2005

Jun 02, 2005, 10:03 [home/ServiceBuilder]
New Version Released

Today I’ve released a new version of ServiceBuilder which includes many new features and fixes, especially with regards to improving user-friendliness.

One of the new features is an interactive video wizard which walks through the essentials of using ServiceBuilder in 12 easy steps.

Visit www.servicebuilder.net/download.shtml to obtain the new version.

If you store your data file at the root of your hard drive (eg: Cdisappointedsb_data.mdb) then be sure to back it up, as this installation will replace your data file. You should move your data file to a network drive, and relink it to the front-end.

~Jason



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Wed, 02 Feb 2005

Feb 02, 2005, 22:45 [home/ServiceBuilder]
Confirm Contact Information

I’m adding a new feature to ServiceBuilder for our church— it’s almost done. It will help us keep our contact information up-to-date.

Here’s what it does: it sends out a message to a group from your database (you decide who) asking them to confirm their contact information. They can click a link, then choose ‘Accept’ or ‘Correct.’

As soon as they view the record, this action is stored in a separate table so we know who actually got the email and bothered checking. Then if they accept the contact information, or correct it, this information is stored in the people table, as well as in the separate table, mentioned above.

This way we can easily ask all attendees, for example, to check their contact information before we print a new church directory. They can also choose to unsubscribe!

The script has a built in password system to ensure someone doesn’t change your information without your permission. Pretty cool.

~Jason



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