NearBeach is looking for testers

With the release of NearBeach Alpha 0.24.0, and the exciting plan that we want to escape from Alpha towards the end of this year (or early 2020), we are now facing an issue. The main issue is time – sadly we can not create any more than we have, and sleepless nights are not a help at all. Essentially we need help testing NearBeach

If you are interested in testing – thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you would like to help NearBeach financially, we have a Patreon, every dollar is appreciated.

Upcoming Improvements

  • Documentation – improvements for existing documentation, and construction of missing documentation
  • Visual improvements
  • Code stability

Release of NearBeach Alpha 0.24.0

Quick release notes: NearBeach Alpha 0.24.0 has been released, this is the first release for the branch 0.24. We are dedicated to finding and fixing any bugs or security issues within this branch.

Bug Fixes

  • BUG403 – Data too long for campus phone
  • BUG504 – Mobile iOS: The chosen-js are not working
  • BUG527 – request.session[‘is_superuser’] not filled out if user logs in wrong way
  • BUG528 – Input Wants display error
  • BUG531 – New User – results all clear if there is a mistake
  • BUG532 – New Bug Client – submitting incorrect form returns blank empty page
  • BUG533 – NearBeach can not connect to NearBeach’s bugzilla account
  • BUG534 – Clicking on “New Card” does not make input default input
  • BUG535 – Cards can not move
  • BUG536 – Change: user with no group access notice
  • BUG538 – Add “Blocked” to default kanban board settings
  • BUG539 – List customers not searching for by last name
  • BUG540 – Kanban search does not exist
  • BUG541 – Project can not delete tag
  • BUG543 – Update installation documentation
  • BUG544 – Kanban properties has no style
  • BUG547 – New Campus phone number not saving correctly
  • BUG548 – Not recalling phone number correctly
  • BUG549 – Login page not laid out correctly for IE 11
  • BUG551 – Need to remove ‘phonenumber_field’ from setup documentation
  • BUG553 – New project does not have new select fields
  • BUG555 – New branch is not loading correctly onto test server
  • BUG556 – IE Not supported warning

Planning to release 0.24

We are currently working hard with version 0.23 to find and fix any issues. This has now become an extremely large task due to how large NearBeach has become over the last year. We have also started using NearBeach to plan NearBeach – this hopefully means we will find out improvements we could implement back into NearBeach faster.

Listen to this space for updates

Release 0.22.0

Release 0.22.0 has reach the wild. This new release is the start of many new changes to NearBeach that will be developed and release during this branch. These changes are;

  • Deployment to – NearBeach can now be installed using the PIP command making it easier to deploy NearBeach to a server.
  • Development of automatic testing – NearBeach will now under go automatic testing to help us determine when we break core functionality. Now that NearBeach has reach a certain size, it is getting harder and harder to test and find issues. Thanks to automatic testing tools like Browser Stack we can easily test
  • Update to our documentation – due to the recent changes to the core installation process
  • Deployment of CircleCI for continuous integration and continuous deployment

NearBeach recommends installing a stable branch like 0.22. You can find 0.22.0 on Github –

Bug fixes

  • BUG443 – New campus only uses old phone method
  • BUG453 – Mapbox is not loading – causing issues
  • BUG457 – Datetime widget not working for new opportunity
  • BUG458 – Can not remove users from group
  • BUG459 – Kudos module won’t submit if you do not click the “Kudos rating”
  • BUG460 – Can not save new user
  • BUG461 – Permission Set Information not loading the values correctly
  • BUG462 – Search Bar in navbar does not work
  • BUG463 – Can not connect Opportunity to Requirement
  • BUG464 – Drag and drop does not work
  • BUG465 – Kanban board does not update when changing a card’s value
  • BUG466 – Admin – can not update a permission set’s properties
  • BUG469 – Can not create kanban board
  • BUG476 – Customer add campus not in friendly layout
  • BUG477 – Uploading a document in contact history – can not download
  • BUG478 – Organisation Quote missing approval status
  • BUG479 – Chosen-js interrupts the tab order
  • BUG488 – Can not give out kudos

Branch 0.21 has finished

YAY. It is finally done. NearBeach’s 0.21 branch has been completed – however please wait till the 0.22 branch.

0.22 branch is starting on time and it will focus on bug fixing and polish. NearBeach went through a massive change in the 0.21 branch. We enhanced quiet a few modules, implemented the bootstrap module, and created a basic request for change module.

The 0.22 branch will be the first branch that we will focus releasing on pip. We still will release on github, however to make life easier for everyone, we are also releasing on pip. This will help speed up the install and update process for you. We will only be releasing stable versions on PIP.

NearBeach new visuals

One of NearBeach’s goal is to be user friendly. This includes a better UI/UX and adding in accessibility. NearBeach has fully migrated to Bootstrap 4.0 in the last couple of weeks to bring an improved experience.

Users can now edit their profile. This information will then be represented on their user page for project leads to read.
New project now has flowing fields
Each section of project information is broken up into cards. This makes it easier for the user to navigate and distinguish between sections
The graphical improvements were applied to other already enhanced pages

The bootstrap library has been applied to most modules within NearBeach. There are a few modules that have been missed in the first stage due to enhancements already in the pipe line.

NearBeach 0.20.0

NearBeach 0.20.0 has been released on github. The 0.20 branch will focus on fixing bugs and any security issues. We are trying to build a stable platform before moving onto the next major feature requests

Bug Fixes

BUG435 – Can not remove project customers
BUG436 – Pressing “Enter” button on file upload modal reloads page
BUG437 – Pressing “Enter” button on new folder modal reloads page
BUG438 – New quote using old date system
BUG439 – Can not remove assigned users for quotes
BUG440 – Can not remove assigned user from project
BUG441 – Can not deactivate old campus
BUG445 – Customer history not in TinyMCE widget
BUG451 – Kanban board – linking existing projects/tasks/requirements come up with an error
BUG452 – Can not remove customers from tasks

Current planning

What would make NearBeach awesome – if we had a dashboard and an API. Sadly the dashboard is out of scope however it has not stopped us thinking about a simple API functionality. This will be an optional module which you could enable – allowing data to be transferred to an external dashboard like Qlik or PowerBI.

We are currently in the planning stage and will look at the viability of this over the next month.


NearBeach will be looking at porting all the graphics/designs over to a bootstrap friendly version whilst at the same time looking at improving NearBeach for those who have disabilities. We are currently opened to all suggestions.

NearBeach 0.19.3 has been released

I have been working hard these holidays to bring you the final release in the 0.19 branch. The lovely and new 0.19.3 can be found on github –

Bug Fixes

BUG404 – Can not modify requirement permissions
BUG405 – Can not modify quote permissions
BUG408 – When assigning customers to a project – inactive projects still appear
BUG413 – Project History not showing in correctly
BUG416 – Document upload not working
BUG417 – Assigned groups not appearing in project information
BUG424 – Error when uploading large pictures
BUG425 – Campus Information contains old method of selecting country/region
BUG429 – Assign task to project
BUG430 – Can not link requirements to projects/tasks
BUG431 – Can not link requirements to projects/tasks
BUG432 – Requirement Kanban board does not have link back to parent requirement information
BUG433 – Project Email – does not utilise chosen-js
BUG434 – Layout and information missing for email history
BUG442 – Can not get back to organisation from Campus
BUG444 – Customer history/notes date widget not working
BUG446 – Can not download uploaded documents against a customer
BUG447 – Can not assign project/tasks to customers
BUG448 – New Opportunity does not use chosen-js
BUG449 – Linking project/tasks does not show any tasks
BUG450 – Customers not showing in organisation

Road Map

We will currently be looking at new features for NearBeach over the next month and planning them out. We are hoping to get a road map to everyone by the end of January.

New Document Upload Widget

The new and improved document upload can centralised the widget. Visual improvements have been added like;

  • drop down menu
  • icons representing deletion of folders/files
  • ability to link URL’s to online documents

The improvements will be released in version 0.19.2 which will be released soon

A learning experience

NearBeach has been a wonderful learning experience. I have made mistakes and have had to retract a lot of code. The development cycle for 0.19 is going to be a large improvement for NearBeach. I am looking at restructuring;

  • The file system layouts for files
  • The permissions
  • The assigning of objects

We are hoping once this 0.19 branch is finished, we can support 0.20 as a LTS version. This however is just an idea that we are floating.

I have decided to leave the current 0.19 sprint opened till the end of December.