With the holidays rapidly approaching, the number of potluck type of events organized with Anyvite will increase dramatically. While it is possible to manage these type of events using the description field and comment board, it’s much much easier to have built in functionality to handle the “who’s bringing what” question. In response to this, we’ve developed a “Potluck” feature on Anyvite for hosts to specify and manage the items which they would like guests to bring to an event.
Next time you’re creating an invitation where you need guests to bring different items, simply enable the Potluck feature on the “Edit Details Page” by clicking the checkbox next to “Have Guests Bring Items to your Event (Potluck)”. Then, fill in the items that you would like guests to bring and how many of each you need. Finally, decide if you’d like your guests to be able to see who is bringing each item, or if you’d just like to restrict that view only to the host of the event.
Once you save and send that invitation, anyone who RSVPs will have the option to select an item to bring to the event. The summary table will display all of the items available to bring, how many are needed, how many are still remaining, and who is bringing each item. If you would like to print this information out, simply export the guest list and the potluck information will be included with the guest’s name and RSVP type. Hosts are able to change or remove the item that guests are bringing by using the “Change RSVP” link under the name of the guest (or if profile pictures are disabled, clicking the guest’s name).
For now, we’re restricting who can select an item to only guests who RSVP “Yes” to an event, for the obvious reason that you don’t want a guest who RSVPs “Maybe” to be responsible for a crucial item and then not show up. If you feel differently about this, please contact us and let us know what your ideal solution would be.
Keep an eye out for many more exciting additions and updates to Anyvite! Also, please remember to switch over your Groups to Contact Lists before the end of the month!
Today marks the one year anniversary of when we launched Anyvite on Techcrunch. The service has changed significantly in that time period, and will continue to do so in the coming months and years, thanks to feedback from you, the users.
We want to thank all of those people who’ve used Anyvite since the beginning and spread the word about the service, anyone who’s taken the time to write us about problems or features that they’d like to see, and those special people who’ve kept us motivated to keep working on things one day at a time.
We look forward to working with each of you in the future as we continue to improve Anyvite. Thanks again and keep in touch!
~ The Anyvite Team
We’ve released another significant update to the site which should fix a lot of the quirks and bugs that you may have been experiencing recently. In addition, we’ve made some strides in updating the dashboard to be a bit cleaner and less cluttered, as well as added in the ability to enter in a “hosted by” name, rather than just using the name of your Anyvite account. Check it out and let us know your thoughts!
We hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend and are looking forward to a summer filled with BBQs, picnics, parties and fun!
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
From everyone here at Anyvite, we just wanted to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of the mothers out there, and hope you are having a great and wonderful day!
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day! You can do your part today by choosing to send online invitations instead of the dead-tree paper kind.
* Photo Courtesy of Prabhu B
Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and are ready for a great 2009!
We’ve been busy over the holidays fixing bugs, building out new features, and tweaking existing ones. Today we made a much needed update to the Features and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages which can be found under the “About” section of the site. The FAQ encompasses many of the questions you’ve been asking us the past few months, so be sure to check there if you’re having a problem doing something with the site. As always, feel free to send us feedback or an email to support at any time if you have an issue with the service.
The Anyvite widget, which we blogged about a little while ago, has officially been added as an option under the “Settings” tab, so check that out when you have a chance, and give us feedback on your initial thoughts and impressions.
January and February are busy event months, so be sure to plan your Inauguration, Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day parties sooner rather than later!
We have some great things planned for 2009, so keep your eyes open for new features and offerings from Anyvite in the weeks and months ahead. Thanks from everyone here for your support in 2008 and looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled 2009!
Just a quick tweak to the Anyvite homepage…and it’s snowing! Check it out when you have a chance.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Anyvite!
Anyvite received a few more updates over the past two days. Here are a few of the changes:
Export your Invitation Guest List
You can now export your invitation’s guest list to both Excel and CSV formats. The Excel format we’re using is a bit older and may not work in some newer programs (except any version of Excel within the last decade) which is why we also added CSV exports for the other applications (like Numbers).
The new export options are at the very bottom of the guest list so if you can’t find them, scroll down!
Allow Guests to “Invite people” and “Bring people” are now separate
This one is a bit more confusing. There are two options to account for extra guests in an Anyvite invitation. The first is to add them to the guest list so they can view the invitation in Anyvite while the second option is to just use the +Number dropdown when RSVPing. Previously, both of these options were controlled by the same configuration option. NO MORE we said (actually, you said it…) and we split them apart. So for parties where you want your guests to be able to bring a date, but not actually invite outsiders, you can now do it with Anyvite!
Limit the number of people a guest can bring
Another problem with the previous scenario was that you couldn’t limit the number of people your guest could include when RSVPing. So if you wanted your guests to only bring a date but not their entire extended family, you had a problem. So last, and possibly least of today’s feature upgrades, is the ability limit the number of people a guest can include while RSVPing.
We threw in some other goodies along the way. For example, your guests are now sorted by having a profile picture set first and then their name so guests with a picture set will appear before guests without it. The goal is to make the invitations look more exciting which actual faces accomplish better than grey question marks. Let us know what you like and what you don’t like! And remember to get started on your holiday invitations soon!
Your friends at Anyvite hope you have a happy and safe Halloween! Remember to start on your Invitations for the upcoming Holiday Season.