I’m pleased to announce integrated support for Mobillia and Responsive themes from Out Of The Sandbox, two of the most popular premium themes available for Shopify.

If you have one of these themes installed you may have noticed it comes with a Notify Me form built into the product page. Normally this form just emails the shop owner, but you can now install a snippet which will send registrations from this form to Back In Stock. It also in quick view popups, and in the narrower mobile layout.

If you have one of these themes installed you can setup Back In Stock to work with it today. Take a look at the installation guide first, then head to Theme integration to install the snippet with one click.

I’m happy to announce another new feature for Back In Stock: an optional Quantity Field for your customers.

For some products it’s common for customers to be looking to purchase more than one unit. Spare parts or accessories are a good example of these sorts of products. For example, a low energy light bulb may be out of stock and have 12 customers waiting to be notified, but each of those customers may actually need to purchase several of the bulbs. To help gauge the quantity of product in demand, you can now allow customers can now specify how many units are required.

This new feature was launched quietly a couple of weeks ago and has been working nicely for several stores. It’s now available for all stores on the Small Business plan or higher. To get started, read more about how the quantity field works, and then enable it from your widget settings page.

One feature that is often requested for Back In Stock is to allow shop owners to prevent notifications being delivered to customers. This can be useful during some catalog maintenance tasks: if a product will temporarily have a positive inventory quantity you can prevent customers being notified. Or, if you have limited stock of an item and you know it will sell out without notifying customers you might like to disable notifications for a day or two.

To use the feature, login to Back In Stock and click Account from the top menu. Uncheck ‘Deliver notifications’ and hit Save Changes.

While notification delivery is disabled you’ll see a message at the top of the page — just in case you’ve forgotten to turn it back on!

This feature has been tested internally, but because it’s not an everyday task there has been little chance to test it in the real world. Until it’s been tested by live stores it’s considered in ‘beta’: it should work, but the odd bug may crop up. I’d appreciate any feedback on issues you encounter. Just drop an email to matt@backinstock.org

I’d also love to hear about any situations you’ve found the feature useful, and ways it could be improved.

If, like me, you’re a fan of Panic’s Status Board for iPad you’ll be glad to know Back In Stock now provides support for adding your Most Wanted catlaog items as a table panel. To get setup, login to Back In Stock on your iPad and then visit http://backinstock.org/embed.

The last few months have seen a surge in the use of customers visiting online stores from their handheld devices. To better support these customers the Back In Stock registration form will scale to fit the screen width on a narrower devices, such as smartphones or small tablets. As long as you are running the latest version of the app on your site you don’t need to do anything to enable this feature. If you’re not, you’ll see an upgrade button on the ‘widget settings’ page which will update your site automatically with one click.

There’s a huge range of devices on the market now and this is only going to grow in the future. I want Back In Stock to work well on as many as possible, so if you notice any rendering issues on a certain device please let me know by dropping an email to matt@backinstock.org .

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