12 Oct

vTools Meetings version 5.1.1 has been released

Meetings 5.1.1 introduces the following usability and interface enhancements:

  • When registration and payment set up errors are generated, the system will no longer return a blank screen.  All error messages will be displayed on the Schedule meeting form.
  • Price level descriptions entry box has been expanded.
  • Staff will no longer will be restricted from downloading a maximum of 500 records for Find Meetings and Find Meeting Reports results. 
13 May

Accepting Credit Card Payments

Functionality for accepting credit card payments for Regions 1-7 is made possible by a joint effort between IEEE Concentration Banking Program and vTools.   It enables Sections, Chapters, and Affinity Groups that are using vTools.Meetings to accept credit card payments for meetings and have funds deposited directly into the Organizational Unit’s (OU) Concentration Banking account.


If you are interested in using this option for your OU and you do not have a Concentration banking account, you can read more on the IEEE Concentration Banking Program web page or contact concentration-banking@ieee.org


Deposits to a local bank account can be made available for OUs in Regions 8, 9, and 10 per special arrangement. Contact mailto:mga-im@ieee.org for additional information.


Benefits of this service are multi fold:

* It allows OUs to start offering small sale credit card payments if they have not been able to do so in the past.

* It reduces cost to OUs, since outside vendors often charge high fees for small sale credit card payment services.

* It centralizes credit card payment processing and provides benefits associated with such consolidation: better accounting and record keeping, integration with Concentration Banking System (CBRS) when appropriate, and improved security.


Please note the following rules and fees for using the credit card payment functionality:

* This functionality is not meant to be used for large events, such as conferences. If there is a need to process payments for a large event please contact MCE Sales to get started.

* The fees for each credit card payment are the following: 2.2% of the total amount charged + 0.30 US Dollars; * Payments are deposited into the Organizational Unit’s Concentration Banking account in Regions 1 – 7. Deposits to a local bank account can be made available for sections in Regions 8, 9, and 10 per special arrangement. Contact mailto:mga-im@ieee.org for more information.

* Fees for credit card payments should be included in the L50 report on Sch IV under line 5.60 – Other General & Management expenses;

* Volunteers are responsible for issuing refunds when necessary using IEEE Concentration Banking or local bank checks (applicable to Regions 8, 9, and 10 if not using Concentration Banking);

* Volunteers are responsible for complying with any local and federal tax laws and regulations;

* Even though vTools Meetings uses PayPal as the payment clearing house, there is no access to the PayPal accounts;

* Payment reports are available from vTools Meetings and the Concentration Banking System.

* Organizational Units cannot use their own PayPal accounts for this functionality.

26 Jan

vTools.Meetings version 5.0 has been released

Meetings version 5.0

Meetings has been upgraded to a newer software version. With this newer software version, the vTools team introduces the following user interface enhancements:

  • “Schedule Meeting”, “Meeting Report” and “Meeting Announcement” layouts  have been updated to illustrate different sections on the form by adding a range of colors and labeling the sections.  
  • WYSIWYG editors have been included on the “Schedule Meeting” and “Meeting Report” forms to  provide more formatting features to enhance meeting results display.
  • Meetings has been updated to use the new IEEE Style Sheet in order to comply with the IEEE web site requirements and style guide. This includes a “Sign in” option available in the upper right corner of the web browser and the background color has been updated to use the IEEE brand color.
27 Jun

vTools.Meetings 4.5 was released today

vTools.Meetings version 4.5 was released today.

Note:  During the deployment, we experienced a slight delay in bring up Meetings.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

vTools.Meetings introduces a number of new features and usability enhancements as well bug fixes:

New features and usability enhancements

  • Pricing for Life members in event registration has been streamlined to one option
  • The meeting URLs have been shortened

Bug Fix:

  • Resolved the selection of “Recent Unpublished meetings for my Section” application error
  • The L31 Report indicator on the “Find Meetings” results correctly links to the L31 report that has been crated from a meeting scheduled in vTools.Meetings.
04 Dec

vTools.Meetings version 4.3 released

We are happy to announce that vTools.Meetings version 4.3 was released today.

vTools.Meetings introduces a number of new features and usability enhancements as well bug fixes:

New features and usability enhancements

1. Meetings – Event sub-category has been added to Meetings and L31 reports.
o This is being implemented in support of Geo Unit vitality. This provides a further refinement to the existing event categories and the ability to record other section activities such as “Pre-University activities” For more details click here.
2. Find Meetings will provide volunteers the option to search for all meetings within their Region (unpublished, recent, and upcoming )
3. Meeting event registration form will indicate when member number is not required based on price level selected
4. Registration e-mail confirmation will include meal selection, if applicable.
5. Registration e-mail confirmation will include a ‘Join IEEE’ link if the registrant chose a ‘non-member’ price level
6. When creating a new meeting from an existing meeting, all registration fees and levels as well as menu options will be copied to the new meeting.
7. Meeting registration deadline is extended to allow registrations up to 11:59pm of the day of the meeting.
8. Meeting refund request deadline time stamp will display ‘am’ or ‘pm’ on registration page
9. The Meetings website will display a warning if cookies are enabled and payment is required.
10. Updated links to tutorials.

Bug Fixes – Internal to vTools – download of L31 import data for Rebate process completes successfully.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

01 Aug

vTools.Meetings version 4.1 patch will be released today

We are happy to announce that vTools.Meetings version 4.1 patch will be released today.

This patch release is contains usability enhancements as well bug fixes:

New features and usability enhancements

  • Added functionality to check service that verifies member eligibility for discounted pricing based on the membership status and grade. If service becomes temporarily unavailable, the system  will show an appropriate message and advise member to try registering later instead of failing silently;
  • Added ability to override default meeting coordinates automatically determined based on the meeting address. Coordinates are used to produce Google map of the meeting location and in meeting geographic proximity search. As a result meeting organizer now has ability to specify custom coordinates and produce a custom map location.
  • Renamed “mail merge” buttons to better identify functionality to download registration data in CSV and TSV formats;
  • Made adjustment to close possible SQL injection vulnerability;
  • Added ability for administrator to change unit’s “activated” and “deactivated” dates

Bug fixes

  • Fixed meetings “Cancellation”  e-mails to registrants. Emails now contain correct time and date;
  • Fixed wrong time on L31 report submission confirmation email;
  • Fixed sign in sheet missing names;
  • Fixed registration closing too early;
  • Re-sized username field to support new username format;
08 May

New tutorials posted today

Today we posted two new tutorials:

Using feeds in vTools.Meeting” and “Schedule a meeting Doodle“.  The first tutorial goes in detail over HTML, RSS, iCal, and XML feeds available in the Meetings tool for integration with web pages, RSS readers, calendars, and custom software. The second tutorial will quickly show you how to easily coordinate calendars of multiple meeting attendees to schedule a meeting at the most convenient time for all.

04 Apr

vTools.Meetings version 4.1 was released today

We are happy to announce that vTools.Meetings version 4.1 was released today.


vTools.Meetings introduces a number of new features and usability enhancements as well bug fixes:


New features and usability enhancements

  1.  System now has “Find Meetings” functionality. “Find Meetings” replaces “View Meetings” and introduces flexible meetings search similar to L31 reports search added in version 4.0.
  2. System now allows to search meetings within 5, 10, 50, or 100 miles within specified zip code or address.
  3. The system now includes the meeting’s region and section as part of the meetings search results.
  4. System now supports virtual meetings such as web conferences and webinars via virtual meeting flag. Meeting organizers can indicate that meeting is “virtual” by checking a check box on meeting creation page. “Virtual” meetings can be found via the new “Meetings Search” page and dedicated virtual meetings RSS feeds.
  5. System now allows specifying more than 3 Menu Selection Options.
  6. The system now emails meeting contact whenever someone with special requests registers for a meeting.
  7. The system now offers meeting organizer an option to email meeting registrants whenever meeting is cancelled/un-cancelled.
  8. To enhance Concentration banking reports, system now sends meeting ID and title through PayPal to the CBRS.
  9. In the ‘View Meeting Statistics’ page, the system now shows ‘Cancelled’ to describe registration that was cancelled.
  10. CSV file containing registration data now includes meal options selected by registrants.
  11. System now shows units in OU drop downs based on their activation/deactivation dates.
  12. The meeting registration statistics page now has the following functionality:
    • By default the data should is sorted by registrants last names;
    • “last name” column is now be the first of the columns, followed by the “first name” column;
    • Last and first names now link to registrants e-mail addresses. Clicking on the registrant name should launch e-mail client (dependent on your mail client configuration);
    • “Payment Status” now has a drop down that allows filtering out data shown: rows with any payment status, paid, unpaid, etc.
  13. CSV export of L31 report search now includes a breakdown of total attendees on IEEE members and non-members.
  14. L31 search results table shown on a screen is now sortable.
  15. System now includes reporting Unit Name and Meeting Date on L31 report submission confirmation e-mail.
  16. Section names are now shown on top of the meeting announcement and L31 pages.
  17. The event registration form now displays the name and date of the event at the top of the page.
  18. The system now makes iCal feed readable by Google Calendar.
  19. System now prevents registration for meetings with closed registration.
  20. System now shows data for the new section and prevents accessing data from the old section when a volunteer changes his home section.
  21. Multiple code optimizations and security enhancements.


Bug fixes

  1.  After searching L31 reports using L31 search an authorized user is now able to delete reports by clicking on the delete (destroy) link.
  2. System now validates meeting contact e-mail and meeting address information upon meeting announcement submission.
  3. System now shows if there is an admission fee on the meeting announcement screen (bug fix for conflicting messages shown under certain scenarios).
  4. System now validates meeting address and date information upon submission of an L31 report.