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Reference #: RN 2016V2R1
Author: Tech Support
Created: 09.06.16
Last Revised: 09.13.2016

Release Notes:
myStratus/Spectra 2016

Volume 2 SR 1


Official Release (SR2): September 20, 2016


New or Enhanced Features

The following features have been added or enhanced in myStratus Desktop 2016 Volume 2 and Spectra 2016 Volume 2:

Feature Description
New Perfectly Clear Features

Want to save time and energy retouching? Our Perfectly Clear feature is now enhanced to add even more Automatic Retouching tools. Save precious time by utilizing the most powerful options available. Imagine, only having to retouch the most severe images— let the software handle the rest!

We’ve added more presets and tools to our Perfectly Clear integration, including:

  group visiblity
  • Skin Smoothing
  • Sharpening
  • Skin Tone
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Face Contouring
  • Blemish Removal
  • Shine Removal
  • Additional charges apply for the Perfectly Clear plug-in.

+ More about Perfectly Clear
+ Sign up for Perfectly Clear

Custom Lists

For each enhanced Custom Text field, you now have the ability to convert it into a drop down pick list instead of a normal text field.

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+ More about Custom Labels and Lists

Cash Drawer Reconciliation

A new Cash Reconciliation form simplifies the process of counting cash in the Cash Drawer at the beginning or end of a day.

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+ More about Cash Drawer Reconciliation

Promotional Items

Price List Promotional Items- A new Price List Promotion feature has been added, allowing you to make Promotional Items not combinable with any other offer.

Promotional Types - We've added two new Promotional Types for Price List items:

a. Dollar Amount Off Per Item. For example: a coupon giving $2 off each 8x10.
b. A new Combination Promotional Type. For example: you can now combine multiple Promotional Items, such as 10% off your entire order AND $2 off each 8x10.


+ More about Coupons or Promotional Items

Other Goodies!

Here are additional enhancements from 2016 Vol2


Department Calendar - A new ability allows you and your staff to view Departments on your Calendar. When chosen, it will auto select all user’s Calendars from that department.

» Session Status - We’ve added new Session Results fields. These can be based on certain Session Status’es. For example, the Session Statuse's may be not completed and the Session Result can be child crying.
» Composites - Another new ability allows you to move image layers, like a PNG overlay, with composites on the fly in front of a customer.
» Session Numbers - You can now choose a new Session Number Configuration: last name and a random number.
» Printing - You can track Reprint Reasons for Rendering. Now, when reprinting an image from an invoice, the user can be prompted to enter a reason why.
» Triggers - We’ve added a new option to Triggers, allowing you to include or exclude cancelled appointments or sessions.
» Client Import - SMS Checkboxes have been added to the Client Import, allowing you to import those fields from a csv or xls file.


stratus desktop

Several additional features have been added or enhanced in myStratus Desktop 2016.
Note: Spectra does NOT include these features.

Feature Description
Web Forms

Web Forms have also been updated.


Web Form features include:

» Customize your Web Form’s appearance to better match your website or brand through our new Web Form Preferences form.
» Embed a Web Form Link on your website to get new leads. Generally used as a Contact Us page.
» Web Form Merge Fields have been added, allowing you to include a link to your Web Forms within an HTML email or Form Letter.

TIP! If you're not using web forms, the Web Forms tab can be hidden on both your clients and your sessions. Choose that setting on the Clients and Sessions tabs in Company Preferences.

+ More about Web Forms

Online Booking 2.0

So many new features have been added that we should really call this Online Booking 2.0. Online Booking is much more automatic, significantly reducing the effort it takes to set up and control Online Booking. You also have many more options to control your online booking experience. Make it match whatever look you want! Completely integrated, and designed with photography studios in mind, our Online Booking tool should be your first choice for online booking.

Book Appointments online as well as Sessions. For example: You can now book Sales Consultation Appointments online.
A new ability allows your clients to cancel or reschedule Sessions/Appointments online.
a. Add these options as links to HTML emails to send to your clients.
b. Session and Appointment statuses may also be advanced automatically, based on cancellations or reschedules.
Create Time Slots in bulk using our Bulk Time Slot Creator, enabling you to add time slots much faster.
To promote efficiency, a new ability to auto create Scheduling Time Slots has been added. This is a new Control Center job, running once a week to create a week’s worth of time slots. In combination with the Bulk Time Slot Creator, time slots will be very easy to automate and add.
The software automatically recreates a Time Slot if the Appointment/Session gets canceled or rescheduled. So if a client does cancel or reschedule, their time slot is automatically added back to the Calendar, allowing another client to book in that slot.
Now you have the option of hiding Time Slots on your Calendar with a toggle button.
Make fields either required--or hidden if you don’t desire to track a certain field.
More fields have been added online to enhance your tracking capabilities.
Include lead sources and session promotions online for additional tracking.
We’ve added more customization options to your Online Booking tool, including Changing Button Colors and Fonts for the Next and Back buttons
You can now prevent a client from booking a Session or Appointment on today’s date or a certain number of days before a desired date.
Now you can also prevent a client from cancelling a Session or Appointment on today’s date or a certain number of days before the Session/Appointment date.
A new feature’s been added to prevent a client from rescheduling a Session or Appointment on today’s date or a certain number of days before the Session/Appointment date.
Make your Clients login with credentials instead of creating new clients online.


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+ More about Online Booking
+ Watch Online Booking Part I Training Video
+ Watch Online Booking Part II Training Video


Fixed Issues

The following issues have been fixed in this release:

4503FiltersClient Filters based on Loyalty Rewards may not show all results. Resolved.
4505PreferencesSaving Preferences may not save Default Invoice Status selection. Resolved.
4519Price List Maintenance Price List Item Maintenance Detail may not show Avatax fields when Avatax method is selected in Preferences. Resolved.
4566Group CaptureSearching by Session Number in Group Capture may not show results. Resolved.
4847ReportsImported Custom Reports may not show in Custom Reports Maintenance. Resolved.
4908Bulk Image ImporterBulk Image Importer ignores manually typed values in the Job Search Criteria field. Resolved.
4943ClientsSearching for a Client by Organization may not show any results. Resolved.
4986ReportsPreviewing a Product Sales Analysis Report may produce an error. Resolved.
4999InvoicesInvoices hub Tax Rate column may show as a dollar amount rather than a percentage. Resolved.
5014Scheduling Time SlotsRemoving the Session Type from a Scheduling Time Slot may produce an error. Resolved.
5020Session PromotionsEntering a long Session Promotion name may produce an error. Resolved.
5111FiltersSelecting a Filter for Loyalty Rewards in Communication Wizard may produce an error. Resolved.
5115OnLocationChecking out an OnLocation database may never successfully complete. Resolved.
5127ClientsSearching for a Client by phone number may take a long time. Resolved.
5153RenderingOption to Exclude Composites may be disabled in Render Profile maintenance even when using a Custom Profile. Resolved.
5166InvoicesFields may overlap in a printed Invoice. Resolved.
5174RenderingMax Size value may be lost when saving a Render Profile. Resolved.
5186Workflow Image Adjustments may apply twice when retouching an image in Workflow. Resolved.
5187Payments [Enterprise Version only] Auth Code may not populate when authorizing a return with a saved Payment Method. Resolved.
5198TasksTask Status Notes do not show the Task create date. Resolved.
5204InSpiredByYou.comThe Control Center InspiredByYou Sync job may ignore Production Order Auto Create company settings when downloading an order from InspiredByYou . Resolved.
5215Google SyncIf a Session was synced to Google, and then deleted from Google, it not longer is being flagged as On Hold. Resolved.
5226Reports[Enterprise Version only] Organization Session List - Not Photographed Report may show incorrect information in header. Resolved.
5232RenderingRender Profiles may not show newly added Image Groups. Resolved.
5235Session TypesSession Type Maintenance Detail may inadvertently set Online Booking Require Amount fields to zero. Resolved.
5241SessionsPrinting a Session Label may produce an invalid barcode. Resolved.


Additional Information

Spectra Users

Spectra 2016 is available to all Spectra customers with a current maintenance plan.

+ Download Spectra 2016
+ Read more about Spectra software updates and upgrades

myStratus Desktop Users

myStratus 2016 is a free upgrade with your subscription. We will begin updating myStratus accounts next week. You will receive an email with your scheduled conversion date. If you use the myStratus Desktop App, you will be prompted to download the 2016 version the first time you log in after your conversion.