The majority of the contents in this guide apply to both StudioPlus Spectra AND myStratus Desktop.
In most cases, instructions referring to "Spectra" also apply to myStratus Desktop.


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What are Triggers?

NOTE: This feature is available in the Professional and Enterprise versions of both Spectra and myStratus Desktop.


This page refers to Triggers in Versions 2016 and prior.  Click here to view the new Trigger 2017 feature.

 This topic contains the following sections:

Trigger Overview

Use triggers to automate some of the workflow for your studio. Triggers are associated with a variety of statuses, types, and dates throughout the software. You can create triggers for clients, sessions, appointments, invoices, production/preproduction orders, and tasks. You can set up triggers to generate phone calls, printed letters, emails, SMS text messages, tasks, or web forms (myStratus only). You can also choose a combination that will create an email if a client has an email address in their client record, or generate a call or printed letter if they don't. That way, you can be sure some form of contact will be generated for clients no matter what.

 Note: To use invoice statuses, you must first set the preference on the Invoicing tab of your Company (Studio) Preferences.  See also: Company (Studio) Preferences - Invoicing


  • Create a trigger to send an email or text message to a client to remind them of an upcoming session a week before the session.

  • Or, generate a call to check on a production order after three days if it hasn't come back in, or send an email to the customer to come in and pick up their order when it is ready.

Watch the video and/or follow the instructions below to set up triggers.

Setting Up Triggers

To set up triggers, we'll look at a client status example. The screens will be similar for other types of triggers.

  1. Go to Maintenance > Client > Client Status Triggers. This will open your list of client triggers, organized by status.

  2. Use the Status drop-down list to choose the status you want to create a trigger for. Note: A status must be set up before a trigger can be created for it. Set up client statuses in Maintenance > Client > Client Statuses. See also: Client Statuses

  3. To create a new trigger, click New in the Editing group of the ribbon (or type a description in the top row of the table and press Enter) to open the Trigger Detail window.

Trigger Details

Description - Enter a description of what the trigger does. For example: "Email reminder for upcoming session."

Trigger Type - Choose one of the following options:

Process with Control Center - If you've set up the Control Center to process triggers, this option allows you to choose whether or not a specific trigger should be processed automatically. When you create a new trigger, you may want to keep this box unchecked until you know the trigger is functioning as expected. 

Times - Choose processing times to prevent the Control Center from sending emails and text messages in the middle of the night.

Trigger Date Options

Choose the date that you would like the trigger to activate. The trigger can be based on the associated status itself or on the status due date. If you base the trigger on the status, it will be activated when the item is changed to that status. Otherwise you can choose to have the trigger activated a certain number of days before, on, or after the status due date. Remember, the default status due date is based on the duration you set up when you created the status. It can, however, be modified on the record itself. The trigger will activate based on the current due date in the record.

Trigger Exclusions

Choose whether or not to exclude "Do Not Market" and/or "Do Not Call" clients from the trigger. There is also an option to exclude records if the triggered date is in the past (i.e., don't send an appointment reminder if the appointment date was last week).

Trigger Behavior

Enter a description for the resulting communication or task record. When applicable, select the appropriate form letter, attachments, web form, type, department, and user.

  1. Click OK to finish creating the trigger.

  2. The software will set up the trigger for processing by filtering through your database and excluding records that may have fit the criteria in the past. This prepares the trigger for use going forward. Note: This initial processing DOES NOT actually create any communications or tasks. Triggers must be processed manually with the Process Triggers tool or automated with the Control Center.


Processing Triggers

To actually process (or "run") the triggers you've created, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Tools menu and select Process Triggers. A list of triggers that are currently active (meaning they match trigger criteria) will be displayed.

  1. Click to open each group of triggers. You have the option to Process, Skip, or Delete each triggered item. Note: You can also use the icons above the list to Process All, Skip All, or Delete All.

Note: From this list you can also double-click on a triggered item (i.e., client, invoice, appointment, session, etc.) to open it for preview.

  1. Click Process to complete processing the selected items. This will generate the calls, letters, emails, text messages, and tasks that have been defined for each trigger.


Take your workflow automation one step further by setting up a schedule in the Control Center to run your triggers automatically. See the Control Center topic for more information.

Triggers List

The following triggers are available in Spectra and myStratus Desktop:


Appointment Type

- Appointment Date
- Booked Date

Client Status

- When Changed to a Status
- Status Due Date
- Birthday Date (includes family members)
- Anniversary Date

Invoice Status

- When Changed to a Status
- Status Due Date
- Payment Due Date

Production Status

- When Changed to a Status
- Status Due Date

Preproduction Status

- When Changed to a Status
- Status Due Date

Session Status

- When Changed to a Status
- Status Due Date
- Primary Session Date

Session Type

- Primary Session Date
- Session Create Date

Task Status

- When Changed to a Status
- Status Due Date
- Task Due Date
- Task Start Date
- Task Complete Date

Task Type

- Task Due Date
- Task Start Date
- Task Complete Date

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