AuctionWorx - Release Notes


 

v3.5 Release Notes:

  • New email notification for when a credit card is declined – Sent to the buyer when a card payment has been declined for a specified invoice
  • Admin users can now edit closed lots/listings, and can always change the assigned category
  • New admin options to exempt specified users from some or all seller fees or buyer site fees
  • New Custom Tax Rates option - An alternative to the region-based Sales Tax rates or VAT tax, Up to 3 different tax rates can be created and optionally overridden per seller account
  • Sales tax rates now support precision up to 1/10,000 of 1 percent
  • Improvements to the filter and view options under all My Account areas
  • New option to “Replace” a credit card is provided when using Stripe, for users updating their credit card when the site requires a credit card on file.
  • New option to include an associated listing ID when creating a manual charge to a site fee invoice (Admin only)
  • New Admin settings:
  • Time Picker Default Time - Choose the default time that comes up when creating an auction and entering start or end times
  • Option to Require a Credit Card for Buyers (for charging site fees)
  • Show Logo on Printable Invoice - Include the main website logo image at top of all invoices (print view only)
  • Disable PayPal as an option for Site Fee Payments
  • Listing/Lot Detail Page Layout – Alternative design layout for the listing/lot item pages

Consignment Feature Improvements:

  • New Admin setting to hide Commissions or Fees on Consignor Statements when the value is Zero
  • Added a “Sale Status” label on Consignor Statement line items to show sellers the associated sales as Paid, Unpaid, or Voided
  • Added Recalculate Statement button to seller consignor statement views to update values when sales or voided or fee settings are changed
  • Consignor statement line items are now ordered by associated Lot Numbers when possible
  • Added new Admin option to make a consignor profile from an existing user account
  • Toggling "Global Consignor List" will now automatically transfer ownership of consignors between the internal Global list and the default Admin user account
  • Added new "Remove & Void" option for sellers for each line item on an unpaid consignor statement
  • New Admin setting to automatically void consignments when a sales transaction is voided, On by default
  • New feature to “Change Consignor” on closed listings or lots

Events Edition:

  • Added new settings “Default Event Closing Group Increment” and “Default Event Auto Extend Increment” for default values when creating a new event
  • New buyer fee option, “Per Lot Fee” - Allows sellers to charge a buyer flat fee for each sold lot that gets added to sales invoices
  • View the closing groups (lot order) and auto-extend group settings on closed events
  • Validated Lots can now be Copied or Moved to Published Events
  • New Admin setting to display the auction event title on sales invoices
  • New Admin-only critical event controls:
  • Pause/Resume Events – During the closing process an event can now be paused, suspending all bidding and countdowns. Individual closed lots can be reactivated and then the auction can be resumed with first lot closing times extended
  • Reactivate Event feature for Closed Events - If an auction closes with any issues the event can be reactivated to a paused state, selected lots reactivated, and then the auction resumed to a state of accepting final bids
  • Events Edition now supports extending all active lots with a single Admin function

Developers:

  • AuctionWorx now targets .NET Framework 4.8
  • Added icon links to the Admin Event Log to show a Summary view and a filtered view to only show entries related to site setting changes
  • Data maintenance is now split into 6 phases, each phase is guaranteed some time to execute from the configured maintenance window time set.
  • Added new web.config setting "ListEventsOnSiteMap", On by default
  • Added new web.config setting "SaveOriginalListingImages", Off by default
  • Added new CMS > Content for robots.txt ** Requires removal of any existing /robots.txt file
  • Added new web.config setting “UserCommentMaxLength”, 500 length by default
  • Stripe integration changes:
  • Stripe 3DS auth required results during batch payment processing are now treated as payment failures (instead of pending)
  • Stripe Webhook Endpoints are now created automatically in the Stripe account when viewing the Stripe settings area in the AuctionWorx Admin Control Panel
  • Added new web.config setting "AutoUpdateStripeWebhookEndpoints", On by default
  • Added new web.config setting "IgnoreStripeVersionMismatchExceptions", On be default (Set to False to strictly reject webhooks with an unexpected API version)
  • Stripe API Version Mismatch Exceptions are now ignored by default

 

v3.5 Release Notes:

  • New function to manually add a site fee transaction for one-off payments (Admin function)
  • Set Allowed Bid Amounts – Require bids to be whole dollar amounts without cents
  • Min and Max options for Seller Final Fees
  • Added HTML editor to Invoice and Statement seller comments areas
  • Added new status showing invoices and statements emailed with timestamp
  • Added new messages count with icon to header menu
  • Added Listing Format filter to My Account > Listings > Active
  • Updated the User Export to generate and immediately download the CSV
  • Integration with reCAPTCHA V3 with options to cover Sign In, Contact Form, New User Registration
  • Updates to My Account summary page with context links
  • Removed Custom User Field Option Deferred – replaced by Input Locations
  • Added new Input Locations to Custom User Fields: Registration, My Account Details, Edit Consignor Details, Consignor Preferences
  • Added a buyer’s last name and username to sales invoice sort options
  • New optional data maintenance function to delete extra images for old listings/lots but keeping the primary image
  • Added "Remove Ended" button to Bidder’s Watching list
  • New Admin option to hide the seller’s address on all sales invoices
  • Admin options to toggle the My Account > Site Fees areas for Sellers and Buyers independently
  • User feedback can now be submitted for each sale transaction line item, rather than per listing
  • Added new "Admin Scripts" CMS Content area
  • Changed order to debit/credit dropdown list on invoices (Seller View)
  • Support for admin to mark users as exempt when credit cards are required
  • Clicking on the “Add” button is no longer required if a single shipping option is entered when creating listing/lots
  • Cleaner default CMS content for Empty Homepage and No Search Results
  • New Stripe Integration now uses the Payment Intents API

Consignment Feature Set:

  • Allow Consignors to login and view consignments, consignors can register as a new user which merges with their consignor profile automatically
  • Admin setting to Auto Generate Statements immediately after an auction event or listing ends
  • Consignors can view all Active Consignments with number of bids, current price, and starting price
  • Consignor tools to view all Sold and Unsold Completed Consignments along with their Consignor Statements
  • Options to include any Custom Fields on Consignor Statements and Consignor Statement Report (Admin settings)
  • Added "Create All Statements" button for Sellers on My Account Consignor Statements page
  • Admin Reports for Consignor Statements and Consignment Sales
  • Tier Based Consignor Listing Fees based on the final price value, allowing for fees for consignments that are not sold
  • Tier based Consignor Commission Fees based on final sale price
  • Default Consignor Fees configured sitewide can be changed for each Seller or individual Consignor
  • Additional fees or credits can be manually applied to Consignor Statements
  • Seller option to Aggregate Commission Fee Tiers
  • Email, Print, and track Consignor Statement payment status
  • Sellers can upload logo image to be applied to all Consignor Statements
  • Seller option to set a default comment to be applied to all Consignor Statements
  • Admin tools to Manage Consignors and edit Consignor profiles
  • Seller tools to Manage Consignors, either as a global consignor list or their own separate list of consignors
  • Sellers can view all Active Consignments by Event or Consignor
  • Seller report for Consignment Sales includes all finalized consignment sales
  • Consignors are prevented from bidding on or buying their own listings/lots
  • Global Consignor List – Choose to allow sellers to share consignor data or maintain their own consignor lists

Events Edition:

  • Primary Auction Event – Showcase an auction event and its associated lots as the site homepage
  • Create Similar Event - Quickly create a new auction event based on an existing one
  • Assign a Consignor for entire Event or per Lot
  • Change Event Owner (Admin-only option) – Move an auction event and associated lots to a different seller account
  • New Event option “Hidden When Closed” will automatically set an event and associated lots to be hidden, and not searchable, after closing
  • Events and associated Lots can now be set to Archived status separately from being Visible or Hidden
  • Event Activity Report now includes status dropdown options for Active Lots, Active Lots without bids, and Active Lots where the reserve price has not been met
  • Added "Lot Ended" CMS content area to be shown when a user doesn’t have permission to view a closed lot marked as hidden
  • Added new function to Reset Lot Numbers – Generate new lots numbers for all lots based on the current lot order
  • New site option to always Add all new lots to the same auto-extend group - Force all lots to close one at a time in the proper order. All lots are triggered to auto-extend when final bids are submitted, extending the entire auction closing.
  • Updated the manage Lot order and auto extend groups areas to a light-weight UI for events with a large number of lots (configurable, default is 1000 lots or more)
  • Added warning confirmation when starting an event early
  • Added "back to catalog" link and removed breadcrumbs on lot detail page

New Design Changes:

  • New streamlined header design
  • Admin setting to choose a Light or Dark Header Text Color
  • Category names that are too long are now properly truncated in the navigation
  • Improved navigation in Admin Control Panel, can now expand and minimize sections
  • Updated gallery view design with new Admin options for Short Gallery Titles, Gallery Image Cropping, and change the Gallery Image Aspect Ratio to Landscape, Square, or Portrait

Developers:

  • Removed Admin > Site Preferences > Site URL and Secure URL (now managed from web.config setting BaseUrl)
  • Improved API request/response sample help text for all methods
  • Added ConsignmentLogic provider
  • Updated bootstrap source files v3.4.1 with custom asset / color profile ~ minor component modifications (color, font-size, margins)
  • Added some additional user caching logic
  • Set GetCatCountsForAllSearches to on by default
  • Merged Azure and Standard web.config variants
  • Support for specifying multiple BCC or CC recipient via web.config settings
  • Images uploaded from iOS automatically checked for correct rotation
  • New Stripe Integration now uses the Payment Intents, Setup Intents and Payment Methods Stripe APIs for saving credit cards and processing payments

 

Require Credit Card for Buyers

Buyers will be redirected to enter a credit card before placing a bid or buy now if they don't already have a non-expired card on file.

Require Credit Card for Sellers

A seller can be required to enter a credit card if they don't have one on file, when they first go to create a listing.

Auto Generate Sales Invoices

When an auction closes, all sales invoices can be automatically generated for all winning bidders.

Auto Charge Credit Cards

Buyers with a credit card on file can be automatically charged after the sale.

New Seller Option to Copy Selected Listings as Drafts

Bulk Delete Selected Draft Listings

Support for Active Directory authentication (LDAP)

Notification Provider for Developers

Options to include CC: or BCC: for email templates in web.config

Added web.config setting to disable all background threads

New setting in web.config to highlight checkout button for Buy Now purchases

New Admin option to set Newsletter Opt-In By Default

New In-Process Queue System

Automatically redirect buyers to checkout for Buy Now purchases (Added web.config setting)

 

Quick Bid

A great new way for bidders to quickly place bids, alongside the usual submit max bid option. A red button will be available on the main bid form, and will attempt to submit a bid for the current minimum bid amount when clicked.

Large Bid Confirmation

If a user attempts to place a bid for 100 times higher (or more) than the minimum acceptable bid amount then a popup modal will be displayed to confirm if they meant, e.g. "$100.00" or "$10,000.00", in case the bidder mistakenly forgot a decimal point.

New Event Log Filters and Search

Search by Listing ID or User to quickly audit transactions by bidder, listing, and more. Internal system logs can now be filtered by type (Information, Warning, etc) or platform area (Notifier, User, Listing, etc).

New Email Notifications for Paid Sales Invoices

When a sales invoice is paid, email notifications can be sent out to the buyer and/or seller. This allows for proper e-delivery of items such as gift certificate codes.

Realtime Updates and Improvements

Many performance and realtime data update improvements went into this release. Covering overall performance and bidding updates as well as updating pages with data updates such as My Account, Watch List and Active Bidding areas.

Next Bid Meets Reserve - Admin Option

Taxable option set per listing

Buyers Premium tax option

Added support for custom fields in Sales Invoice Report export to CSV

Change categories for draft listings

 

Make Offer

An option for both Auctions and Fixed Price: Accept offers from buyers to complete a sale, or counteroffer to continue the negotiation.

Facebook Login

Allow users to login with their Facebook account for authentication.

New Admin Control Panel Design

Fully Responsive and mobile-friendly design of the entire backend Administration area.

Stripe Integration

New Payment Service option for accepting credit cards with Stripe Connect API integration.

Azure SQL and Service Bus Support

Support for Azure Service Bus and Azure SQL and allows for a fully supported deployment to the Azure Cloud.

New design and header color selector

A fresh new starter design, and added a color picker to easily change the primary site color from the default.

Option to include selected User Custom Fields on Sales Invoices

Admin function to reset email templates to default content

Developers: Updated user authentication from Membership Provider to the newer Identity Framework

Developers: Project code updated to .NET 4.6.2 and VS2017

 

Public Q&A Messages

Category Specific Fees

Fixed Height Gallery

Browse Default Display Options

Homepage Content Options

Tax Exempt User

VAT Support

Payment Option for 3rd party sellers to accept credit cards

Print or Email multiple Sales Invoices in bulk

Display number of users watching a listing

Bulk delete unsuccessful listings

Live countdown remaining options

Always-On SSL Configuration Option

Support for custom currencies

 

Real-Time Listing Data Updates

Watch auctions countdown to the last second, new bids and prices increase in real time without needing to refresh your browser.

Upload PDF Attachments to Listings

Attach important documents for all prospective bidders.

Create New Content Pages

Add new pages to your website, right from within the web-based Admin Control Panel.

New Skin Designs

More available designs to choose from, all of which can be used as-is or as a starting point for completely new look and feel.

Website Maintenance Mode

Restrict all website access and display a message to your site visitors.

New Sales Report for Sellers

View all sales transactions in one place with options to filter and export to CSV.

New Gallery View

Now displays larger responsive gallery images.

Listing Drafts

Create preliminary listing drafts with partial information to be completed at a later time.

Improved Asynchronous Bidding System

Support for Time Zones

Categories and regions moved from homepage to menu option

Improved Performance

New Admin Invoice Report

Added Search and Filter Options to My Account Sections

Added New Sort, Filter, and Display Options for Browsing Listings

Buyers can now archive purchased items

Added options for sellers to void transactions or incomplete sales

 

Generate All Sales Invoices

The new "Create All Invoices" function, allows sellers to quickly create an invoice for each item sold, combining items to the same invoice when possible.

New Data Maintenance

An administrative function to delete closed listings and associated images based on the number of days since the listing ended. This can be scheduled to run automatically or on demand.

Starter Theme Options

Added three new Bootstrap starter themes: Default, Basic Black, and Drop-Shadow.

Additional Item Shipping Cost

An optional secondary shipping price can be applied to flat rate shipping options for instances where multiple items are combined on the same invoice.

Performance Improvements

Reduced calls to the backend database resulting in improved website performance.

Added a new CMS content area and default HTML content for the File Not Found (404) error page

The available countries and states/regions for user addresses and tax rates can now be managed from the Admin Control Panel

Email template / content can now be previewed without having to send test emails

Added “SearchListings” to Web API for developers

Removed all remaining dependencies on sessions

Added preliminary support for importing legacy rwAuction Pro user data

Admin users can now bypass all seller fees when creating listings

 

Mobile-friendly Responsive Design

Utilizing the popular Bootstrap 3 framework, the main site design is an optimized experience on all devices, from desktops to tablets or mobile phones.

Web Service API

Built on Web API 2 – Enable developers and external custom apps to connect to your website.

Technology Upgrade

A complete internal refresh to the latest .NET 4.5.1 / MVC 5 / Razor 2 / VS2013.

Rotate Image Tool

For when photos taken with a mobile device are uploaded with incorrect orientation.

Language Management CMS

Manage content for multiple languages within the Admin Control Panel.

Email Notifications Editor

Manage all email templates within the Admin Control Panel.

Email Notifications Editor

Manage all email templates within the Admin Control Panel.

Custom Field Permissions

Fine tune when custom fields are displayed and control the types of users who can edit them.

Listing Option Improvements

Admin settings to toggle available listing options and whether to display listing decorations on the homepage.

Print Invoices

Sales invoices and site fee invoices now have a print friendly view.

New Animated Listing Badge Option

An eye-catching sunburst animated gif can optionally be selected to overlay onto a listing thumbnail when browsing.

Touch-enabled Image Viewer

Added an image thumbnail carousel for viewing image thumbnails on the listing detail page.

Support for Reply-To, RCPT-TO, CC, and BCC added to Email Notification Service

New Admin function to upload seperate mobile site logo

New email tag to display listing images

Updated components: CKEditor, Azure, Unity, LightSpeed OR/M, jQuery, jQuery UI

Contact Us form updated to use the sender's email as the Reply-To address

Improved address workflow when adding a new credit card

Mailbox indicator is now always shown even if there are no new messages

Category item counts are now shown for View Seller's Other Listings

Removed Italic listing option

Admin function to select available Countries

Admin setting to show/hide all listing decorations on the homepage

Admin setting to enable/disable each listing option

 

Buyer's Premium

A purchase % fee defined by individual sellers and applied to the buyer's sales invoice.

Buyer Final Fees

Percentage of final sale price or a flat fee applied to the buyer's site fee invoice.

CSV Import Listings

Bulk upload listings along with image references from the Admin Control Panel.

Automatic Batch Payments

Schedule or manually charge credit cards for site listing fees. *Requires compatible merchant gateway

Flat Final Sale Fees

In addition to existing Final Percentage Fees; Charge flat fee amounts to sellers based on their sold listings.

Scheduled Listings

Complete control over the bidding timeframe - Select start and end dates/times for individual listings.

HTML5 Image Uploader

Mobile friendly, including iOS, image upload functionality for all modern browsers.

Event Logs

View information, warnings, and errors based on system events and major user actions.

Favicon

Admin setting to upload website Favicon.

Category Content

Admin options to add custom page titles and add HTML content to specific categories

Added email form to Contact Us page

Seller setting for Default Invoice Comments

Fee options for Good ‘til Cancelled (GTC) listing durations

Custom content area display when no listings are found (Browse and Search)

Custom content area for Privacy Policy

JS Lightbox widget for viewing listing image

Default robots.txt file

Admin setting for hiding all tax related functions

Admin setting for “Buy Now“ availability alongside bids

Admin setting for proxy bidding function below reserve

Admin setting for managing currency code display

Optionally specify meta keywords & meta description for each listing category.

Admin setting to enable/disable each email notification

Admin setting to display cropped thumbnails

 

Good ‘Til Canceled (GTC)

Fixed price and classified listings can optionally remain active indefinitely until ended early, or in the case of fixed price listings, the quantity drops to zero.

Auto Relist

Auction listings can optionally be automatically reactivated when they expire without a winning bidder

Improved User Management

Completely rebuilt User Management with Search, Sort, Delete, Deactivate and Edit all user details.

Export User Data

Admin function for exporting user data to CSV, including filter option for email newsletter selection

Email template branding

Deploy a custom email Header & Footer for all system generated email notifications

Admin Reports

Sales Transactions and Listing Fee reports with functions to search, sort, and export to CSV

Improved SEO Support

Updated Dynamically generated meta keywords & meta description for listings and browsing categories.

Bulk Relisting

Sellers can now reactivate a number of unsuccessful closed listings all at once, keeping the original listing number.

Improved navigation with additional links and 'back' buttons on pages to enhance usability

Relist function now resets and activates existing listing and retains original ID

Admin option to require manual approval from the Admin before being able to login

Admin option to require authentication before users can view listings

Admin option to require credit cards for new user registration

Admin option to extend all active listings

Admin option to disable all credit card related functions

Admin option to show seller location on listings

Taxable shipping option on sales tax rates

Taxable checkbox for each invoice line item

Admin can now assign roles to specific users (buyer, seller, and admin permissions)

Seller preferences can now be updated when creating new listings (Payment and Tax Details)

Sellers can now archive completed successfully sold listings, hiding them from view

 

Classified Listings

YouTube Video Support

Auto-Extend Auctions (Sniper Protection)

Banner System

CMS Content sections: Social media, Footer and Header scripts

Relist

New Message Indicator

Azure Support

 

Standard Auctions

Proxy Bidding

Reserve Price

Buy Now

Configurable Bid Increments

Fixed Price Listings

Multiple Image Asynchronous Uploads

User Feedback

Internal Message System

Watch Listings

Sales Tax

Listing Fees

Sales Invoicing

Flat Rate Shipping Options

Multiple Currencies Support

Multiple Language Support

International Support

Time Zone Offset

Email Notifications and Templates

Content Management

Web Based Administrative Control Panel

Custom Fields

Single Seller Mode

Categories

Regions

Advanced Search

SiteMap

SSL Support

PayPal Standard Payment Support

Authorize.Net

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