Accessing Apricot Settings
- Select the "Administrator" tab.
- In the left-hand menu, select "Apricot Settings."
- If you make any changes, select "Save Settings" before leaving the page.
The "User Licenses" section details the number of Standard and Administrator seats you have purchased for your Apricot database. It also shows how many of these seats you are currently using.
If you have enabled the "Guest User Access" feature, you will see an area showing "guest seats" (these are always an unlimited number) and the number of guest forms you have purchased.
- If you need to add or change which forms are made available to guest users, you can add them here under "guest forms" by expanding the black arrow and selecting a form.
The "Security" section allows an Administrator to set or adjust minimum standards for user passwords. An Administrator can set:
- Minimum Character Length: The minimum number of characters contained in a valid password.
- Password Complexity Requirements: The minimum different kinds of characters used in a valid password.
- Days Before Passwords Expire: Set the number of days before a valid password will need to be reset.
- Previous Passwords Ineligible for Use: The number of previous password that will not be accepted as a password change/update.
- System Inactivity Timeout: The amount of time before the system will automatically log out an inactive user and require login to resume an Apricot session.
A La Carte Features - Standard
The "A La Carte Features" section contains information on two kinds of features that can be added to your Apricot - "Standard Features," which can be turned on by an Administrator for no additional cost, and "Premium Features," which must be turned on by the Customer Care team, usually for an additional fee.
Standard features include:
- Auto Search: When Auto Search is selected, any record search page in Apricot will allow a user to automatically search through all available records by typing as little as one character. When it is turned off, a user will be required to click the Enter key to begin the search.
- Record History - Audit: The Record Audit/Record History tool allows Administrators and users to search for and access records in both their current version and in all their previously saved versions. You can use this tool to un-do data entry errors by reverting a record to a previously saved version.
- Record Level Access - User: Apricot Administrators can restrict the access users have to certain forms, records, reports and bulletins. User RLA is a way to restrict which records specific users can access (one record can then only be access by one person).
- Secure Web Forms. This tool allows administrators to create a direct URL, or web address, that bypasses the standard login and allows a user to directly access a Tier 1 form for only data entry.
A La Carte Features - Premium
"Premium Features" can only be turned on by the Customer Care team and usually incur an additional fee. They include:
- Apricot for Funders (AFF): This is an additional module that can be used by organizations that accept grant applications and distribute grant funds to outside agencies.
- Automated Import Tools: This tool manages the automatic import of data from a box.com account through the Import Tool.
- Custom Report Expressions: Allows MySQL (structured query language) functions to be applied to columns in a report.
- Document Folder Merge Tool: If you identify duplicated Tier 1 records, this tool can merge the associated Tier 2 records into one folder.
- Dynamic Fields: Provides access to the query tool within Apricot, allowing Administrators to create a custom query to be referenced for data entry. Dynamic fields include: dynamic dropdown, dynamic checkbox, dynamic text and dynamic number.
- Form Logic: Conditionally shows and/or requires fields on a form based on other data that has already been entered.
- Group IP Restriction: Limits access for groups of users based on the IP address or the location where they log in.
- Guest User Access: This feature allows people from outside an organization to log in to Apricot and access a specific form for data entry. They are not counted as users, but instead are categorized as "guest users."
- HUD HCA Access: Future feature, no additional details at this time.
- Import Tool: Permits the import of outside data into your Apricot via Excel spreadsheets in .csv format.
- Integrated Exchange Calendars: Used with the scheduler field; allows for schedule requests and invitations to be created and emailed to Apricot users who have an integrated Exchange account.
- Integrated Gmail Calendars: Used with the scheduler field; allows for schedule requests and invitations to be created and emailed to Apricot users who have an integrated Gmail account.
- Raw SQL Reports: Allows users to write their own MySQL (structured query language) SELECT queries in special sections within Apricot reports.
- Registration Grid: Creates multiple Tier 2 records for multiple selected Tier 1 records from an easily completed grid format. Records created using the registration grid can be viewed in the grid format, or within the Tier 1 document folder.
- Track Record Views: This is similar to the Record History - Audit tool, but with this tool you can view each time a record has been opened or viewed by a user.
"General Configuration" settings include:
- Reply-to: When emails triggers are sent from a record, the email address provided here is the default "sent from" email address. This will also be the recipient email address that receives replies to email triggers. If left blank, the default Reply-to email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org. ***Note that this field must contain either a blank value or a valid/complete email address. Any other value will cause email triggers to fail.***
- Sent From: When emails triggers are sent from a record, the contact name provided here is the default "sent from" contact name.
- Time Zone: The time zone established here will be reflected in time stamps on when records are created or modified, when reports are created or run, etc.
- Field Format: Here you can designate that you would like access to form fields in US, Canada, or UK format.
- When creating new records via linking, open in: You may select how new records will open via the linking field, "New Tab" or "New Window." This will apply to all linking fields across the entire database.
- Logout URL: Allows a specific URL to be designated as the webpage that all users will be redirected to upon logout. If no Logout URL is specified, users will automatically be redirected to the Apricot login page. The use of a Logout URL is recommended for databases utilizing the Secure Web Form feature, so that the individual creating the record will be redirected to a more familiar environment upon logout.
- Homepage Title: The primary header on the "My Apricot" page can be modified to better reflect the needs of your organization.
- IP Whitelist: Allows the Apricot instance to only be accessed from designated IP address(es) entered here. Attempting to access the Apricot from an IP address not included in this designated list will result in a failure to complete the login process. To add a new IP address to the whitelist, type it into the blank text box and click Add. To remove an address, click the x next to the IP address.
Accessibility settings include changing the My Apricot and the Administrator tab color scheme to:
- Apricot Classic.
- Black on White. All Apricot pages will load with full black text on a white background or full black text on a white background.
- Black on Yellow. All Apricot data entry pages (like records), will appear with black text. Blanks for data entry will appear as yellow.
- Green and Gray. This changes the color scheme on the My Apricot tab to resemble that on the Administrator tab. Black and grayscale text on a gray/green background.
Text Option of "Full Black for All Text" is available. It changes all grayscale text to full black.
Actions Menu Options: Many "Actions" in Apricot are available in an actions tab where users can create new records, edit existing records, and create new forms. The Actions tab can be changed here to a dropdown menu in the right hand palette of many Apricot pages, which makes it more compatible with screen readers for visually impaired users.
- Exchange Service Account Username: When you have the Integrated Exchange Calendars this is where you will place the service account username
- Exchange Server Address: This is where you will enter the Exchange Server address
- Service Account Password: This is where you will enter the password for the service account username
"Resource Allocation" provides details on how much data your Apricot database is using.
Upload a Logo
You can upload a picture file to serve as your logo.
- Select "Choose File" under "Upload a New Logo Below."
- A dialog box will open, allowing you to choose the picture from your computer that you would like to upload.
- Select "Open."
- Your logo will appear at the bottom of your Apricot pages and in the "Current Logo Image" box on the "Apricot Settings" page.
This is where you can find out what version of Apricot you are running. Please note, most upgrades occur automatically and there i no opting out.