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Version 8.3.0

Release Date:July, 6th 2021
Compatibility:Android 5.1 (Lollipop), Android 6 (Marshmallow), Android 7 and 7.1 (Nougat), Android 8 and 8.1 (Oreo), Android 9.0 (Pie), Android 10.0, Android 11.0

We strive to let you forget about the printed directory of members. Why? Because cutting down so many trees for an information which is out-of-date even before it is printed is a total non sense in our opinion.

To do so, this version now lets you access the motto of your president, governor and council chairperson.

What’s New

Motto

LionsBase is now capable of keeping track of mottos as you see for the district cabinet of District 102 West:

Motto for the District Cabinet

Naturally, you can get the “history of mottos” by taking advantage of the feature introduced in version 8.0.0, namely getting the history of a given function:

Motto for the list of former District Governors

Hint

As a CLBM, the motto can be stored by editing the corresponding member’s function.

Following functions can hold a motto:

  • Club President;
  • District Governor (and president of the LEO branch);
  • Council Chairperson.

Note

In order to let you see the history of mottos for Council Chairpersons, we had to change part of the business logic introduced in Version 8.0.0, namely that you will not be redirected to the list of former National Conventions when trying to show the list of former Council Chairpersons.

Accessibility

The accessibility for the list of members has been improved. Instead of focusing individually on each line of information, TalkBack will now read the block of information related to the member as a whole.

LionsBase mobile is known to be working for visually impaired persons

Events

Some webmasters told us they would like to embed links into the description of an event; e.g., to add a link to an external website.

As you know, the event’s description is sanitized when accessed from the mobile application. This ensures a better User Experience (UX) by removing any fancy formatting, colors and alike.

Embedding links into the description is however totally reasonable and after thinking about it, we found a good approach. Here is a sample event as seen on a club website:

Event with links in the description

and here is how they will now be displayed in the mobile application:

Event with links extracted from the description

As you can imagine, by extracting the links from the description, we keep it “clean” and make accessing a link very straightforward and at the same time much more accessible for the visually impaired than if we would have kept them in middle of the description.

Social Activities

Another discrete enhancement is visible in the list of club’s social activities. In fact, the application now shows the name of the corresponding president:

Name of the president for a given Lions Year

Other Changes

In addition, a few bugs have been squashed and minor enhancements integrated:

  • the section “Partner” for a member is now more gender-agnostic in German;
  • we now ensure that the list of awards years (at the top of the Profile Page of a Member) is only showing “distinct years” (e.g., whenever a member received more than one MJF during a Lions Year);
  • support for the “Lion of the year” award is enhanced;
  • for a few clubs, the last sponsor/twinning club was partially hidden, this should now be prevented;
  • a better caching strategy has been implemented for the various committees and the list of former national conventions; all in all, those pages should be quicker to display (particularly outside of period of frequent changes like from June to beginning of July);
  • various internal libraries have been upgraded.

About the Large Compatibility with Versions of Android

As you see, we do our best to keep compatibility with rather old versions of Android (Android 5.1 - Lollipop dates back from March 2015 and this represents a gigantic jump in the past in the IT world).

If we keep such old compatibility (compared to Apple users), this is related to a very unfortunate fact that Android smartphones and tablets are usually maintained much less than Apple ones. In fact, manufacturers such as Samsung are selling their devices with (usually) the latest available version of Android at that time and provide major updates of the system for something that we estimate for about 2 years in contrast to Apple which supports its devices for as long as 5 to 6 years. We understand that LionsBase application users do not see any need to get a new device every 2 to 3 years (which is totally legit) and as such, we strive to keep compatibility as long as we can.

As problems arise due to this compatibility and as the number of people still actively using older devices decreases, we may drop support for some older versions at any time.

Note

Using iOS? Please see corresponding release notes.

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