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International Schools

While this may not apply to most of you I wanted to put a message out to any districts from outside the United States and Canada. US and CA schools have a lot in common and in general get to handle things in a "standard" way. By standard I'm referring to the fact that the majority of PowerSchool districts are from either the USA or Canada. But what about those schools outside those borders? There is an international user who I would trust for your non-North American needs and that is Romy Backus.

CRB Old to New

Some people have been wondering how to get their custom reports they built into the new CRB. I'll try and give some instruction here.

CRB Plugins not installing properly

Many people have stated that they have had issues installing the plugins. Some have said they were able to install SQLReports4 as a plugin without any problem. Other have found no work around. Yesterday I worked with a school who found that they were able to install the plugins if they downloaded from a windows computer rather than their mac. Once this was revealed to me it seemed like I should let people know in case you are also having issues.

Installing plugins

PowerSchool added the ability for us to give you customizations installed as plugins. This is great for CPM users as you can install and remove very easily. Previously CPM users could only remove a customization by deleting the files one by one. With plugins all the files installed with the plugin is removed if you delete the plugin making management a lot easier. But with this change comes some new directions. Since PDS is building all its new customizations as plugins we thought it appropriate to give you an easy place for directions.

Long overdue update to CRB

The Custom Reports Bundle (CRB) has been stagnant for a long time. Most of this is due to the fact that I no longer work at a single school and thus have less time as many schools need my time. But I've had the urge to do a major update for a while and I'm writing to let you know what that is. The CRB has been one giant zip file that was CPM friendly but could also be uploaded to the custom/web_root. If you upload into CPM you are stuck having to delete each file one at a time to get rid of it. No longer. When the new CRB comes out it will be as a plugin.


Due to the large number of spam comments we get I've turned off automatic posting and all comments need to be approved. This will mean some lag before you see your comment show up. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Cool Enhancement idea

Brian noticed a cool enhancement request and I thought we could help you find it a little. Chris has posted a picture of what he's suggesting (a very nice picture btw) on PowerSource so go there to see what he means. It's a good idea, I like it. Lets vote it up so it catches Pearson's attention! Details of the enhancement request is below

Congratulations to CO-PSUG

Congratulations to the Colorado League of Charter Schools on a very successful 2nd annual PSUG-CO Conference! I look forward to next year's event.

North Dakota PSUG 2011

The ND PSUG has announced their 2011 conference coming in November. For more information visit https://blogs.edutech.nodak.edu/powerschool/2011/10/10/nd-psug-2011/

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