G'day from down under! Scouts Australia has now joined Scouts Canada in adopting the underlying technology for their members as they roll out their new “Pioneer” Program (very similar to our “Canadian Path”, but they've done some awesome things with their upper-stage OAS's… surfing anyone?).
The Australian edition of ScoutsTracker is branded as “Pioneer Tracker”, and is available via pioneertracker.com. So if you see any questions/references to “Pioneer Tracker” on the ScoutsTracker Discussion Group, there's a good chance that their questions will relate directly to features in ScoutsTracker. They probably won't be asking any licensing questions, because Scouts Australia is making Pioneer Tracker freely available to Australian Scouting groups! (But, note, in order to create a Pioneer Tracker account, you need a special Group-specific validation code that you can only get from Scouts Australia.)
So how does this new Australian edition impact this release? Well in addition to the user branding/terminology/content that varies from edition-to-edition, Scouts Australia's stringent youth data security requirements stipulated that their data have specific hosting requirements, so there was a significant amount of work in adding configuration issues to allow the server code to understand that it has different responsibilities over different data sets.
Scouts Australia has also opted to provide their own first-line support, so there was effort put in (behind the scenes) to allow their staff and volunteers to formally help out with their Help/Support Desk portal.
These were all big changes that justify an release number upgrade from 13 to 14… even if it's not really obvious to ScoutsTracker users that much has changed.
In addition to Scouts Australia changes, there were also signficant (overdue) back-end changes: