The first time you use the app you will be asked whether you would like to setup Field Notes. These are notifications from researchers in the field that you can customize by your local region of the state and interests. If you decide to enable Field Notes, you will need to give authorization for your device to receive notifications from the CAFNR app. For more information on Field Notes, please see this section down below.
When first opening the app the news view will load. To switch views, tap on the menu icon at the top left. This is the primary navigation for the app, called the sidebar. The sidebar allows you to quickly jump between the different parts of the app. In some parts of the app, such as viewing a news story or event, the menu icon will change to a back arrow. This allows you to quickly go back to the main section you were last in. In addition to using the menu icon, you can also swipe from the left edge of the app to the right to slide open the sidebar.
The news view is composed of two parts: All News and Featured Stories. The All News section loads by default when opening the app, and lists all of the most recent stories. Featured Stories contains some of our best content, curated by our editors. If you need a quick news fix, head to this section to stay up to date.
The news view is sorted by most recent, with the newest story appearing large at the top. You may tap on this, or any of the other stories below it to read more. This will take you to the story view. To share the story, tap on the share icon at the top right of the screen. To email the author, click on their name under the title. To go back to browsing the latest stories, tap on the back icon at the top left.
To search stories, click on the search icon at the top right of the main news view. From here you can search across all of the news stories, you can browse categories, or you can search for specific tags. After searching, it will load your results. Tap on the one you want to view.
Field Notes are notifications from researchers in the field sent directly to you. When a researcher in the field posts a Field Note relevant to your region and interests, you will receive a push notification on your device. If you open the notification, it will launch the CAFNR App and open the Field Note that was posted. If you would like to browse an archive of your Field Notes from the past 30 days, you may do so by selecting "Field Notes" in the sidebar. Here you will see a list of everything that has been posted about your interests within your region.
If you chose to go through the initial setup when you installed this app you would have selected the regions of the state you wanted to receive notifications from and what types of notifications you would like to receive when you selected your interests. If you have put in your interests in the previous version of the app, these will be carried over and pre-populated in the new version of the app. If you chose to skip the initial setup, you can easily configure Field Notes in the settings. The settings can be found in the top left corner of the sidebar as a "cog" shaped icon. If you would like to stop receiving alerts, you may flip the "Field Notes Alerts" switch to off to stop receiving notifications. You may re-enable alerts at any time by turning the switch back on.
Please note: Field Notes are a new feature. More researchers are expected to be trained and join the program over time. If you are not yet receiving alerts for your region and interests, please be patient as we expand this groundbreaking new capability. We're excited to give back to the residents of Missouri through this new functionality, and in return we ask that you please be patient as we gradually expand coverage throughout our wonderful state. Thank you for understanding!
My Centers is your own personal research center hub. Here you can follow centers that interest you. When you first open this view it will ask you how you would like to add centers to follow. You can add by things that interest you, location, or manually from a list. This will guide you through the process of adding centers.
To remove a center, tap on the pencil icon at the top right, and then tap on the red delete icon next to the center you wish to remove. To add a new center, tap on the plus icon at the top right.
To view details about a center, tap on one in your list. This will show you information such as superintendent, address, phone, website, images, and events. To view these details, tap on the “Contact & Website” dropdown. Tap on an address to get directions in Maps, or tap on the phone number to call. Tap on “View Website” to open up that center’s homepage, and tap on “View Photos” to see that center’s photo set on Flickr. If a center has upcoming events, it will show up as a number in a red circle over the calendar icon. Tapping this icon will show you upcoming events at this location. Tapping the share icon at the top right will allow you to share this center’s website with others, and tapping the back icon will take you back to the centers list.
The events view will load the month with the next scheduled event. So if it’s currently May, but there are no remaining events in May, then it will load June’s calendar. To change months, tap on the arrows on either side of the month name. The list of events will show the event date, event name, scheduled time, and location. If the time says 12:00am then that means it’s an all-day event. Tapping on an event will load the event detail view.
The event detail view shows the name in full, when the event it taking place, and the address. It also loads a small map of the location, along with a description of the event. Tapping on the map will open the Maps app so that you can get directions to that location. Tapping the share icon at the top right will allow you to share this event with others, and tapping the back icon will take you back to the events list.
The social media views load CAFNR’s Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr pages. From here you can keep up to date with everything happening at CAFNR, and choose whether or not you want to like or follow us.
The locations view can be found by clicking the pointy chevron icon at the top of the sidebar. This view is simply a listing of every research center and may be used for reference. The difference between this and My Centers is that My Centers is your personal space to follow only centers that you’re interested in. Locations behaves similarly allowing you to view details of each center. To view a map of all center locations, tap on the place mark icon at the top right. To switch back to list view, tap on the list view icon at the top right.