A new module was added to send a monthy newsletter to all the people of your group (with e-mail and checked option 'newsletter' on their profile). Before this option on the profile can be check the module needs to be activated by an admin on the settings page.
This monthly newsletter (sent around the end of the month) contains a financial update for the unit of the recipient
A few small updates:
Good news and bad news!
Good news first. Until now backups of the Centeam data were made weekly. This was not good enough. From now on, the database is backed up every hour, files (e.g. invoices that are added to the costs) are backed up daily.
Sadly, backups cost money, therefore we decided to do a price update. Previously the price calculation was simple: € 12 x number of units = price per year.
This price calculation was a bit off, because the server cost per project is defined more by the number of costs (and files) than by the number of units. The cost per project increases only a little bit with the number of units.
We could have opted for a flat fee per project but that would make Centeam too expensive for really small projects. So, we decided on a new approach in between. The new price calculation goes like this: € 100 + (€ 10 x number of units). So, a project with 13 units now pays € 230 per year.
Hard work was done on Centeam the last few weeks. Most of it was on the concept of a Reserve capital. That change will go live in Januari after we have tested it thoroughly at Cohousing Kerselaar. In the meanwhile, the following changes went live:
The tallies have been improved. You can now group different types of tallies (e.g. hot wash, cold wash, dryer) in one list. It's now easier to submit and print the tally lists.
Was also added:
We made a new page with some videos that try to explain the concepts and workings of Centeam.
Soon, also videos about the meals and shop module.
The last few weeks we crushed some bugs and modified some features:
The organisation of common meals can become more difficult than it should be. The meals module in Centeam allows for managing the subscriptions (adults vs children), for the different options (vegan, meat ...) of the meal you and your crew choose to prepare.
When you're done, add the costs and select for each which variations the cost applied. Centeam will do the calculation for you.
The meals module is off by default but can be enabled by the admins in the settings..
Lots of updates!
From now on, it's possible to link multiple units to one user. In most cases because a user is owner of multiple units. To link extra units to a user, go to the Persons page, and open the user. There you will see the possibility to add more units.
It is even possible for a user to have multiple units across projects. The admins of the different projects don't have to do anything special. Just add the users with the e-mailadres and Centeam will make the link. This can also be interesing for multiple cohousing projects that also belong to a general ACO. Image you have three related projects. You registrer four projects. One for each project and an extra one for the general ACO. In this project you manualy add all users and units of the three separate project.
The result is that users that belong to multiple projects or have multiple units will see a menu on top for switching between these projects or units.
For the past five years, ‘Centeam' was called ‘Plnr'. This original name came from its original goal: create a do-it-all tool for cohousings. Soon it became clear that this was a little bit too ambitious but also not necessary. There are lots of tools to communicate, share files, plan activities, video calling ...
The only thing that we couldn't find a decent tool for was the finances of our project Cohousing Kerselaar. Until then it was a labour intensive soup consisting of Excel, Shared folders, LibreOffice, Google Spreadsheets ...
So the focus of Plnr-development quickly went in the direction of finances. Thanks to a rather long Corona quarantine and a sabbatical the time was found to finish the tool so it could be used by other cohousings.
Because the tool is now mainly finance-focused, a new name was called for. Eventually we decided to not make it too difficult and chose 'Centeam', the name we use ourselves for our own financial team in Cohousing Kerselaar.
Together with this change other changes happened as well: