Release Notes

0.8.0 2018-09-23

  • [Feature] #415: Allow organisers to trigger a password reset for team members.
  • [Feature]: Prevent organisers from adding a non-localhost mail server without transport level security to make sure our Privacy Policy holds true.
  • [Feature]: Allow organisers to configure which of the default CfP fields to request and require. Please check your settings after updating, as the migration is not guaranteed to work as expected.
  • [Feature]: Schedules now feature a sidebar navigation to jump directly to a selected day.
  • [Feature]: Schedules now contain a search bar to filter talks by title or speaker.
  • [Feature]: For organisers, the submission/talk API endpoints now contain the question answers given by the speakers.
  • [Feature]: Instead of setting a flag somewhere, pretalx now has an explicit “go live” button. Plugins can listen to the corresponding signal (please refer to the plugin documentation for further information).
  • [Feature] #149: Allow to order questions manually.
  • [Feature] #149: Allow to order rooms manually.
  • [Feature]: The event logo shows up larger and up to the full width of the document below. Please check that your event still looks as intended after upgrading.
  • [Feature]: French translation
  • [Feature]: When linking to a talk on social media, those pages will show the talk image.
  • [Feature] #408: You can now add length restrictions to abstracts, descriptions, speaker biographies, and all text-based questions.
  • [Feature] #474: The review dashboard now features the same search and filter options as the submission list.
  • [Feature] #214: The schedule editor shows warnings on scheduling conflicts, including live feedback on where you can schedule a talk.
  • [Feature]: You can now see warnings and what the public changelog will look like before releasing a new schedule.
  • [Feature] #240: When using paper cards to build a schedule, each card comes with a QR code link to a quick scheduling form for that submission.
  • [Feature]: You can now use your authentication token to access all pages you have access to, as you already could for the API. This makes integration of exports much easier.
  • [Feature]: You can now see the sneak peek / is_featured flag in the submissions and talk API endpoints.
  • [Feature]: The submission list now includes a graph of submissions over time.
  • [Feature]: Present a public list of talks and a list of speakers.
  • [Feature]: Organisers can now also reset the password for the speakers they have access to.
  • [Feature] #492: In exports, HTTP Etags are now supported to allow for more aggressive caching on clients.
  • [Feature] #454: As an organizer, it’s now possible to send an email to all reviewers in the Compose Mail section.
  • [Feature] #213: A human-readable time until the CfP closes now shows up next to the end time.
  • [Bug] #451: Don’t crash during pretalx init if no conference organiser slug is present.
  • [Bug] #463: Don’t show a 404 error if a reviewer tries to review their own submission, but show an error message instead.
  • [Bug]: You could make questions inactive, but not delete them.
  • [Bug] #473: Following the revamp of team permissions, override votes were missing from the settings. We re-introduced the settings, and improved the general handling of override votes.
  • [Bug] #478: The behaviour of pressing enter in multi-step forms was unintuitive in some places.
  • [Bug] #488: The HTML export contained media files (not other content) from all conferences on an instance, instead of the exported conference.
  • [Bug]: If a review question was mandatory while submission questions were active, they would block the submission process.
  • [Bug]: The schedule import in the organiser backend never worked (while the manage command for administrators did work).
  • [Bug] #503: Not all current TLDs did end up included as URLs when processing markdown input to build links.
  • [Bug] #500: Display of times could be off in the static HTML export.
  • [Bug] #505: Custom CSS may now also include media queries.
  • [Bug] #501: When a speaker held more than two talks, their related talks did not show up.
  • [Bug]: When a user removed a submission containing an answered choice question, pretalx removed the selected answer option, too.
  • [Support]: We now have tests to make sure all config options and plugin hooks are part of our documentation.
  • [Support]: pretalx now doesn’t support usernames any longer – as all users had to have email addresses already, you will now have to provide an email address to log in. This may confuse users – as an administrator, you can look up users’ email addresses if they don’t remember them, or change them, if necessary.
  • [Support]: All manage commands available in pretalx are now included in the documentation.
  • [Support]: The URLs for schedule exports have changed from /myevent/schedule/export?exporter=exportername to /myevent/schedule/export/exportername – if you have hardcoded links to schedule exporters, please update them accordingly.

0.7.1 2018-06-19

  • [Bug]: A one-character-oversight led to issues with the new navigation search with certain user permissions.
  • [Bug]: The new read-only links for submissions received the same secret token when migrating the database. pretalx leaked no data, as this made using the read-only links impossible. When upgrading to the next release, all read-only link addresses will be reset.

0.7.0 2018-06-19

  • [Feature]: The API now exports links to submission images and speaker avatars.
  • [Feature]: Organisers can configure a list of talks as “sneak peek” before they release the first schedule.
  • [Feature]: Submitters can share a submission via a read-only link.
  • [Feature]: A navigation search allows you to go directly to a range of useful pages.
  • [Feature]: Some more context sensitive dashboard tiles include for example a countdown to the CfP end.
  • [Feature]: You can now configure the configuration file with the PRETALX_CONFIG_FILE environment variable.
  • [Feature] #128: An event’s schedule is now available even if the browser has no internet connection, provided it has opened the schedule before.
  • [Feature] #430: To maintain compatability with frab xml exports, the schedule xml export now contains a <url> tag.
  • [Bug]: Sometimes, empty HTML reports showed up with all talks missing.
  • [Bug]: HTML exports failed if a speaker had canceled their talk.
  • [Bug]: When accessing a confirmation link unauthenticated, a 404 page was visible instead of a login page.
  • [Bug]: The API always showed the speaker biography as empty.
  • [Bug] #441: The “Mark speaker arrived” button is now visible during and slightly before the event, but not during other times.
  • [Bug] #446: If an event had a custom domain configured, absolute urls would still use the instance’s default domain.
  • [Bug]: Removing a speaker from a submission could be impossible if their nick contained special characters.
  • [Bug] #444: If two organisers set a submission to ‘accepted’ at the same time, two acceptance emails would show up in the outbox.
  • [Bug] #443: (UI) The button colors when changing submission states were unintuitive.
  • [Bug]: When trying to register a user with a nick that already existed in a different capitalization, pretalx failed to show a clear error message.
  • [Support]: Add clever release notes.
  • [Support]: Provide better upgrade documentation for administrators.

0.6.1 2018-05-15

  • [Bug] #431: Accepted, but unconfirmed talks showed up as “Other talks” on the public schedule once the speaker had confirmed one talk.
  • [Bug]: The “Copy to draft” button was missing when viewing a sent email.

0.6.0 2018-05-06

  • [Feature]: Since different events have different needs, organisers can now choose if speakers have to provide submission abstracts, descriptions, and speaker biographies during the CfP.
  • [Feature]: You can now send mails from templates and use shortcuts from submissions to send mails to specific speakers.
  • [Feature]: To avoid running into issues when uploading custom CSS, and ensuring smooth operations, custom colors and CSS is not used in the organiser area anymore.
  • [Feature]: pretalx now has a concept of organisers and teams.
  • [Feature]: Organisers can make more changes to speaker profiles and submissions to ease event administration.
  • [Feature]: pretalx has a better general look and feel and colorscheme.
  • [Feature]: The frab compatible xml now uses UUIDs, and includes an XML comment with a pretalx version string.
  • [Feature]: New plugin hook: pretalx.submission.signals.submission_state_change will trigger on any state change by a submission.
  • [Bug]: If an organiser changed a speaker’s email address, they could assign an address already in use in the pretalx instance, resulting in buggy behaviour all around.
  • [Bug]: There was no possibility to reset a user’s API token.
  • [Bug]: The API showed talks to organisers if no schedule was present yet. It did not show the information to unauthorised users.
  • [Bug] #375: Speakers could see their submission in the orga backend, but could access no information they did not put there themselves.

0.5.0 2018-03-07

  • [Feature]: Allow to filter question statistics by speaker status.
  • [Feature] #348: Organisers can now show information snippets to submitters, or speakers.
  • [Feature]: Individual directories for logs, media, and static files can now take their values from environment variables.
  • [Feature] #352: There are now optional review deadlines, preventing users from adding, modifying or removing reviews after a certain date.
  • [Feature]: Reviewers can now also answer custom questions during their review, with all capabilities that speaker questions have.
  • [Feature] #294: Speakers can now upload an image that will show up next to their talk information.
  • [Feature] #318: The list of submissions is now better searchable.
  • [Feature] #93: Organisers can provide room-based information for speakers, and send it automatically in the emails about talk scheduling.
  • [Feature] #340: Organisers can now decide if reviewers should have to submit a score or a text with their review.
  • [Feature]: pretalx now features a Plugin API, allowing to install custom plugins. Plugins can add their own exporters, and hook into plugin hooks. You can enable or disable plugins per event. You can find the plugin developer documentation: https://docs.pretalx.org/en/latest/developer/plugins/index.html
  • [Bug]: The orga view now always uses the event timezone.
  • [Bug] #300: The Docker setup was non-functional. The documentation includes a notice of limited support.
  • [Bug]: Upgrading the privileges of an existing user did not result in an email, since it required no new account.
  • [Bug]: Unconfirmed talks showed up as empty boxes in the schedule editor.
  • [Bug]: Documentation fix: The environment variable for database passwords is PRETALX_DB_PASS, not PRETALX_DB_PASSWORD.
  • [Bug]: In the <title> tag, the event showed up twice, once properly and once in a technical representation.
  • [Bug] #333: Users could not see (instead not change) their submissions after CfP end, until they were either rejected or accepted.
  • [Bug] #341: The “save” button was missing on the mail settings page.
  • [Bug] #344: In the dashboard, reviewers would see an incorrect link to add new reviewers.

0.4.1 2018-02-05

  • [Bug] #336: Organisers couldn’t add new questions.
  • [Bug] #335: CfP was uneditable due to missing “Save” button.

0.4.0 2018-02-04

  • [Feature] #325: All forms are instantly editable if you have edit permissions, and disabled otherwise. No more need to click “Edit”!
  • [Feature] #320: You can now choose different deadlines per submission type, overriding the default deadline.
  • [Feature]: You can choose a pattern for the header hero strip in your event color.
  • [Feature]: The rebuild command now supports a –clear flag to remove all static assets before rebuilding them.
  • [Feature]: The new init command for project setup adds the initial user, but in time it should ask for basic configuration, aswell.
  • [Feature] #292: We added a new team management interface to manage all team members and permissions in one place.
  • [Feature] #322: You may now import XML files to release a new schedule.
  • [Feature]: A page in the organiser area lists and links all possible data exports in one export page.
  • [Bug] #329: Users always saw the default submission type instead of their chosen one.
  • [Bug] #327: We removed the unused max_duration property of submission types.
  • [Bug]: Frontend password validation was non-functional, and never displayed interactive password statistics. This was a display issue.
  • [Bug] #259: When running pretalx as (in-application) superuser, permission issues could arise. pretalx now warns and offers to migrate the account to an administrator account.
  • [Bug]: The schedule export could change project settings, requiring pretalx restart to reset the settings. Unchecking the “Generate HTML export on schedule release” settings was a workaround for this bug.

0.3.1 2018-01-18

  • [Bug]: Leaving an optional choice question empty resulted in a server error.
  • [Bug]: Re-introduce support for the documented PRETALX_DATA_DIR environment variable.
  • [Bug]: Make 404 errors more helpful.

0.3.0 2018-01-17

  • [Feature]: The speaker biography is now visible in submissions in the API endpoint.
  • [Feature]: We have a new API for speakers.
  • [Feature] #67: Visitors can download an ical file containing all talks of a single speaker.
  • [Feature] #243: Organisers can mark speakers as “arrived”.
  • [Bug]: If notifications about new submissions were active, pretalx sent the mails to the submitter instead of the organizer.
  • [Bug]: If a user without active log-in looked at entered submissions, they triggered a server error instead of a 404.
  • [Bug]: More than one event stage could be visible as active.
  • [Bug]: Non-superusers could not access the email sending form.

0.2.2 2017-12-11

  • [Bug]: Somebody who was reviewer first could not join the organizer team.
  • [Bug]: Inviting somebody twice did not issue a second invitation object.
  • [Bug]: Reviewers could not view speaker pages.

0.2.1 2017-12-06

  • [Feature] #122: All HTML contains better meta tags, which leads to better display in social media.
  • [Bug]: When adding a submission in the orga backend with an orga user as speaker, the orga user did not receive a speaker profile.
  • [Bug]: Absolute URLs always included ‘localhost’ as their host.
  • [Bug]: Organisers could not remove reviewers from teams.
  • [Bug]: Clicking the “Save & next” button when reviewing could result in an internal error, without any data loss.
  • [Bug]: Review team invitations sometimes failed, resulting in useless invitation objects.
  • [Bug] #288: Organisers could not delete choice questions as long as they still had answer options.
  • [Bug] #289: Organisers could not delete inactive questions (making them active first worked as a workaround).

0.2.0 2017-12-01

  • [Feature]: The new read-only REST API supports resources for events and submissions.
  • [Feature] #156: You can assign “override votes” to reviewers, which function like vetos (both positive and negative), on an individual basis.
  • [Feature] #171: You can now configure a custom domain to use with your event, in case you have an event specific domain for each of your events.
  • [Feature] #78: We moved to a new permission system that allows for more flexible roles. Please report any bugs that may relate to incorrect permissions.
  • [Feature] #233: Organisers can mark questions as ‘answers contain personal data’. When users delete their accounts, they also delete answers of these questions.
  • [Feature] #207: Question answers now receive a nice evaluation, aggregating all given answers.
  • [Feature]: The new rebuild command recompiles all static assets.
  • [Feature] #38: pretalx can now run with celery (an asynchronous task scheduler) for long running tasks and tasks like email sending. The new config section is part of our documentation.
  • [Feature] #210:, [Feature] #195: The review interface has been rewritten to include fewer pages with more information relevant to the user, dependent on event stages and their role in the event.
  • [Feature] #209: Speakers can now upload files which will be visible on their talk page.
  • [Feature] #208: You can now ask questions that take an uploaded file as an answer.
  • [Feature] #215: pretalx validates mail template placeholders, and prevents organisers from saving templates including invalid placeholders.
  • [Feature] #126: You can now choose to hide the public schedule (including talk pages and speaker pages, but excluding feedback pages and the schedule.xml export)
  • [Feature] #159: E-mails are now sent with a multipart/HTML version, featuring the mail’s text in a box, styled with the event’s primary color.
  • [Bug] #287: The default submission type was not, in fact, suggested by default.
  • [Bug]: The event stage display could show conflicting phases as active.
  • [Bug]: In some places, gravatar images of the visiting user were visible instead of the speaker.
  • [Bug]: Inactive questions (questions not visible to speakers) were not editable.
  • [Bug]: When removing the custom event color, and then adding it again, caching issues could occur.
  • [Bug]: If a user was both an orga member and a reviewer, they could encounter access rights issues.
  • [Bug]: When building absolute URLs for exports, emails, and RSS feeds, pretalx used ‘localhost’ instead of the actual configured URL.
  • [Bug] #304: pretalx crashed with incorrect invite keys, now it shows a 404 page.
  • [Bug]: The default value for email SSL usage is now False, permitting the default configuration of localhost:25 to work on more machines out of the box.