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Old 10-18-2014, 9:57 PM   #1
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Announcing: ARC Virtual Member Cards

I'm happy to announce something that I've been working on for quite some time:

ARC Virtual Member Cards

We're discontinuing the practice of printing physical cards for people, to be replaced by a Virtual Card generated in a PDF format.

The Virtual Card can be:

  • Viewed Online
  • Saved to a Smartphone (if you have one)
  • Printed (if you have a printer)
  • Saved and printed at a library or copy center (if you don't have a printer, or a Smartphone)


The Virtual Card contains the following information:
  • Your ARC User Name
  • Your ARC Membership Expiration Date
  • Your Full Name and Address

In addition the card displays the following:

  • Your ARC Forum avatar (as it is currently set, and scaled down in size)
  • A QR Barcode with a link to your public User Profile. If scanned by a Smartphone, it will show your public User Profile - but only what other Members can see.
How do you view your ARC Virtual Member Card?


Go to the User CP menu, then the ARC Subscription link. (Or click the link here.)


The Virtual Member Card link will be on the right side, next to the expiration date.




If you are currently an ARC Member, clicking the link will open a PDF file in a new tab/window and you can save/print/etc it as you will.


If you're not an ARC Member... you won't see anything.




The ARC Sponsors have been informed of the new Virtual Card format, and should know what to expect.


Any questions?

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Old 10-18-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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I appreciate the work. That's great news. I see so many new members questioning this part of their membership and I feel this will have a nice flow of continuity from here on out.

Now what is the ARC BOD going to do with the expensive plastic card printer? I hope it gets sold and re-invested back into the club...
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:41 PM   #3
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It will probably be sold.

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Old 10-18-2014, 11:19 PM   #4
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Awesome! Thanks Giuliano for all your hard work and thanks to all others who helped to make this possible

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Old 10-18-2014, 11:59 PM   #5
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It will download in my app Polaris viewer 4.1 but it will provoke the app to stop suddenly... will try in desktop comp
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Old 10-19-2014, 2:39 AM   #6
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It's here. Yahoo! Yahoo!

Say it isn't so. Yahoo! Yahoo!

Congrats !! to gettin' it done. Now we can focus on getting the new agenda on the table; the ARC educational meetings coming soon. With the new team in place, we're off to a great start. Oh wait! We need to elect the new candidates. Casting my ballot right now!

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Old 10-19-2014, 3:25 AM   #7
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So will sponsors scan the qr code? How does this stop someone from finding out the format and just printing a fake card off?

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Old 10-19-2014, 8:05 AM   #8
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^ if they did, the qr code or sponsors looking at the actual member profile would show its a fake..

good job G!
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Old 10-19-2014, 8:06 AM   #9
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Sponsors can scan the QR code if they choose - its optional.



The cards are generated on the fly, and not stored - there's no template to get.



Only you can view your own card, and only if you're a member.

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Old 10-19-2014, 9:55 AM   #10
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That's great. I love it. Thank you

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Probably something I can fix on my end, but the top line gets cut in half when I print. That, and it doesn't print pre-laminated from my printer....

Pretty cool though. Thank you!!!

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Old 10-19-2014, 1:08 PM   #12
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Probably something I can fix on my end, but the top line gets cut in half when I print. That, and it doesn't print pre-laminated from my printer....

Pretty cool though. Thank you!!!
I just tested it, and I did find that if you print it from the built-in PDF viewer in Firefox, the top line (Atlanta Reef Club) does get garbled.

Open the file in another PDF reader - Adobe, Foxit, even the Windows 8 "Reader" app all print it fine.

In the print settings, check to see if there's a print scaling option - it should be set to none, 1:1, or actual size... something along those lines.

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I just tested it, and I did find that if you print it from the built-in PDF viewer in Firefox, the top line (Atlanta Reef Club) does get garbled.

Open the file in another PDF reader - Adobe, Foxit, even the Windows 8 "Reader" app all print it fine.

In the print settings, check to see if there's a print scaling option - it should be set to none, 1:1, or actual size... something along those lines.
No worries. I am printing from whatever native print functionality Google Chrome offers....

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Old 10-19-2014, 12:05 PM   #14
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The PDF page size is supposed to be credit card sized, but it should print as a card size on any standard 8.5x11" page.



At least it did on the printers I tested.

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Old 10-19-2014, 12:38 PM   #15
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Awesome thanks guys they look great.

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Old 10-19-2014, 12:38 PM   #16
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Way to go!! No more complaining about cards!!

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i get TCPDF ERROR: [Image] Unable to get the size of the image: /var/www/vhosts/atlantareefclub.org/httpdocs/forums/images/customavatars/avatar6044_0.gif
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Old 10-19-2014, 6:13 PM   #18
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i get TCPDF ERROR: [Image] Unable to get the size of the image: /var/www/vhosts/atlantareefclub.org/httpdocs/forums/images/customavatars/avatar6044_0.gif
You don't have an Avatar image, and it's expecting one...

I'll fix that soon, but for now the easiest work-around is to upload an avatar picture.

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Old 10-20-2014, 8:50 PM   #20
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