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Please submit your ideas here for how we can improve Studio Helper. You have 10 votes you can use to vote for the ideas you’d like us to do next.

  1. Past Due Reminder

    Hi -

    I have been using Studio Helper since 2015, and thank you so much for the great service.

    I wanted to suggest one idea. I think it would be very helpful if we have a system template for Past Due Invoices.

    With the current system, we can only re-send the invoice, which does not emphasize the invoice is past due. So we need to send a separate email to notify clients that this is past due. If you can add a feature to re-send an invoice with different system template from Invoice template, it would be very helpful.

    Thank…

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will review this and see if its something we can do.

  2. Default PayPal payments to statement balance instead of amount of most recent invoice

    Right now, when a client receives a statement and clicks the link to pay online with PayPal, their payment amount defaults to the amount of their last invoice instead of the statement balance. Clients intending to pay off their account end up only paying for part of their statement balance. Changing the default setting would make my job a lot easier here.

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. SH is designed to pay for the current invoice at the time a link is clicked. You can have them manually pay you the past due amount and you can then apply to the various invoices that the payment covers. A statement is just a statement to let you know what the charges and payments are during a certain date period.

  3. Add timesheet for hourly employees

    I think it would be very helpful if you all could add a small module that would let hourly staff record their hours each day, so that I can import that into the staff payroll. Basically, now I am taking an excel sheet to calculate their hours (based on their time in/out) and then importing the total to the staff payroll, so I can pass that report to the lady that does the books/checks. If I could cut the excel part out, I'd feel a lot more confident that I didn't miss something (or enter something incorrectly). Anyway, I know…

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thanks for your suggestion! We will review and see if this is something feasible to do.

  4. invoice list should show accounts with credit remaining

    On the invoice list it would be great if it somehow showed accounts that have a credit remaining. That would be helpful when sending out invoices so I can apply the credit before sending the invoice.

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will review and see if we can do this. It does sound like a good idea.

  5. Allow Attendance page to filter by day

    I often cannot check off attendance until the following day, and I have around 20-25 lessons per day. It's frustrating and time-consuming to have to individually set attendance for that many previous day's lessons.

    If I could filter by day, then I could globally set all on a day as attended (which should be the default, not canceled, by the way), without accidentally setting attendance for events that haven't happened yet.

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  6. Allow Staff to filter family accounts report by instructor

    Please allow the staff members to filter the family account report by Instructor. As the admin I am able to do this and it makes collecting the tuition's much easier because I can give this specific report to each instructor as needed

    5 votes
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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will look at this and see if we can get that implemented for you.

  7. Auto-Update "School, Grade" field

    Right now, there is one field in the registration form called "School and Grade". Is it possible to make this into two fields, "School" and "Grade", and have the grade section automatically advance by one at the end of each August?

    There is no way we can afford to pay a staff member to update the grades manually one by one each year, and if the field can't stay not up-to-date, it is useless.

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thank you for the suggestion. We are working on upgrades for the end of the year and hopefully we can work on something for this for you.

  8. possible event enrollment to show in the side column when the parents logged in?

    Would it be possible to make "special event enrollment" to show up in the side column when the parents logged into the site? Please guide me step by step. Thank you!

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Hi Choi,
    Thank you for the suggestion. I will put it under review so we can see if we can implement that. Right now you do have an enrollment for you can use for open events on the calendar. However, you have to create them not the parent. If you need help please contact support@studiohelper.com

  9. Practice Log

    Add a search box for instructors to search on the students' name when pulling up their record. I use the Practice log to post student weekly homework assignments when they are at their lesson, and for students to log their daily practice time. It would also be nice to rename this tab so it would have a dual function. Being able to post homework assignments online is more efficient than writing in an assignment book. Additionally, when posting a new homework assignment, I need to be able to keep the view of the previous weeks' assignment as I am typing…

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  10. Birthday report

    Please have birthdays for only active students. Or at least give option for active or former

    7 votes
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  11. set new students as 'primary billing contact' by default

    It's currently possible to create and schedule a new student without identifying a primary billing contact, so that when invoicing is run from the calendar, if no billing contact was selected, no invoice is created for that student. If the 'primary billing contact' box was auto-checked (with the option to assign a different family member, if needed) this would eliminate that risk. Although this likely doesn't affect a studio whose clients are mostly children in families, this adjustment is necessary for any studio who works with a largely adult student population!

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    This may be something we might consider for the upgrade. We would have to determine how to make the default for everyone involved. Number of votes for this will help in determining if this is something we can consider.

  12. editing a repeating event---which option to select? a change in wording only

    Would you consider re-wording the options when editing one event in a series? (no change to how it works, just change to wording)

    "all following" could be change to "this and all following" which would, in my opinion, more accurately describe what it does.

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  13. Provide two or three options for the "From" mailbox

    We would like to be able to send mass emails out from one of three music school mailboxes, and to receive the responses back to that mailbox also. To do this currently, I have to re-enter all Studio information including credit card payment information. It's very cumbersome, when it could be so easy: just tick a box to say which mailbox is sending the mail.
    Thank you.

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  14. Additional Information on System Templates

    Suggest adding information in the blue ? box for system templates that even if you have the information between the % signs typed as it appears (lower/upper case and no spaces), that you also cannot apply any formatting such as bold, italic, hyperlinks, etc.

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  15. 4 votes
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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will review and see if we can something in this area.

  16. Put in Purchase Orders which can be turned into invoices.

    85% of my business requires net 30 from me and use purchase orders.
    Sometimes with Holidays and cancelations, the purchase orders are NOT the same as attendance. I would like to be able to create purchase orders that then align with attendance to insure correct billing. Purchase orders would then convert to invoices. Thank you for your consideration.
    AAM Academies,
    Pegie Brandt

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  17. Add an "Archive" button to the actions available on the invoice page so that we can move old invoices out of the active file, but have them

    If we left all of our customers' paid invoice in the file, we would have thousands per year. Currently, the only way to remove them is to print to a pdf and save them on our own hard drive. Once deleted, payment records indicate the payment amount and date, but no invoice to reference. An "archive" file on SH would be accessible, but not cumbersome.

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  18. Sort attendance the same way that Agenda is sorted

    We rely on printed attendance sheets. We use the Agenda from the calendar to print each day's list of lessons. After lessons occur, we use the printed copy to mark attendance in the Attendance screen. However, events are sorted complete differently between the two lists. I often have over 50 events per day, and up to 6 that occur in the same time block. It would be helpful if there were a consistency regarding how StudioHelper sorts the two views so that we may check attendance with fewer mistakes.

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  19. Family discount

    It would be great to have a family discount option. A lot of Music Schools have discount rates when two or more people from the same family are students. Or if a person attends two or more different lessons/courses. So when you invoice, it automatically gives a discount based on your discount settings.

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    under review  ·  Cathy Conrad responded

    This will be a new feature soon. For now you can always create a package for “Family Discount” and use a negative amount. When you invoice, add a line item, choose package and the family discount package. It will then adjust your invoice.

  20. Show event category in Schedule tab of Profile

    Within the Profile pages, under the Schedule tab, it would be very useful to see the category of upcoming events. It's impossible to know whether the event listed is a class, make up, canceled, etc. And for teachers who don't have calendar editing permissions, they cannot click the event to see the details from that screen.

    I know that it's possible to see event categories in the Agenda view of the calendar, but including it on the Profile Schedule would be useful for several groups and circumstances.

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