Ease of use

  • Presto's modern interface makes it easy to understand how to use
  • Website works on desktop and mobile browsers, anywhere you need it!

Physical inventory item management

  • District level and organization level
  • Inventory (instruments, electronics, etc.)
  • Uniforms
  • Music Library
  • Checkout inventory and uniforms to members

Manage all members

  • Students and parents have their own unique accounts
  • Students, parents, or directors in more than one organization have a single login, and can easily switch between organizations while signed in
  • Members can reset passwords on their own (directors don't have to reset member passwords themselves!). Secure password resets that are only good for a single use, which helps keep Presto user login data safe.
  • Create groups to quickly reference in other parts of the app. Most people add each school period and groups like booster officers.
  • Directors and District Administrators have a "switch to user" feature, where they can jump into a read-only view of a student or parent to get a glimpse of their view
  • Directors and District Administrators can assign permissions for adult Presto members. Parents helping manage booster finances or organize uniforms can have specific permissions to see only those parts of the app.

Finances

  • This video walkthrough (link) of our finances feature is a good place to see an overview for all features.
  • Generate balance sheets to have a report of what each member owes (even members from previous years with an outstanding balance)
  • Email statements to members with the click of a button, choosing those with a balance or all members
  • Statements are easily human readable — you typically will not see confusing negative numbers on statements
  • Finannces Overview dashboard shows the overall financial health of your organization
  • Payments can be made on fees, either partially, fully, or they can be overpaid
  • Overpayments auto-generate a credit that can later be applied to future payments
  • Credits can also be manually entered individually or in bulk. A good use case for this is when coming from another software application, and students have a positive balance
  • "One-off Fees" can also be manually entered individually or in bulk in the event students have a negative outstanding balance to start. Most people will import all assigned student fees from another platform using "One-off Fees".
  • When a payment is created (either entered by the director or made online by a parent), a payment receipt is emailed to the student and parent automatically
  • Credits can be transferred between family members, either in part or in full
  • Waive fees assigned to students
  • Refund payments (even online payments)

Email Communication

  • Select members to email, easily filtering by group, grade, instrument, etc.
  • Adult relatives of students are automatically included in the email
  • Optionally CC all directors in the organization. You can also have individual “write-ins” for CC. This is helpful in the event the principal wants to be CC'd but doesn't need to have a Presto account.
  • A manageable "email suppression list" gives you insight into which members are not receiving emails and why. Typically this is due to a typo in an email address or a full inbox.
  • Multiple attachments can be included on emails, up to 10 MB
  • Users do not get logged out while composing emails. We will soon have auto-saving drafts though, just in case!
  • View previously sent emails and download attachments.
  • SMS text communication is not available at this time, but will be in the future.

Files

  • Upload any file type, and we'll store it for you
  • Files can have a start and/or end date, meaning a student can only access those files within that date range
  • Files can be:
    • Assigned to students by group or instrument, such as assigning a file to all flutes in wind ensemble
    • Globally available to all members in your organization
    • Or private, only available to directors

Calendar

  • Sync with Google Calendar
  • Presto conveniently reads calendar events from Google Calendar. Any updates that are made to Google Calendar will be visible in Presto.
  • Google Calendar allows a user to have multiple calendars in their account. They might have a work calendar, personal calendar, birthdays, holidays, etc. The director who syncs Google Calendar initially can select which individual calendars will be displayed to the organization. None are selected by default.

End-of-Year Process

  • When it's time to transition to the next school year, we give you a helpful reminder.
  • Every organization can have a "successor organization". For example, a middle school band organization will list a high school band organization as their successor organization.
  • Members can be individually assigned an override for the successor organization, in the event a student is going to attend a different school than most of their peers.
  • Members are automatically bumped up a grade when completing the end-of-year process. If they are an 8th grader, and your "graduating grade" is 8, then they are placed in the successor organization for next year as a 9th grader when completing the end-of-year process.
  • The end-of-year process can be completed in any order. The middle school does not have to wait for the high school to complete the process first, or vice versa.

District Administrators

  • Every subscribed organization in Presto belongs to a district
  • District administrators have their own Presto UI where they can manage district-wide data, such as inventory, uniforms, library, organizations, licenses, etc.
  • District Administrators can add District Assistants to help manage the district's Presto data
  • Manage permissions for all directors in the district

Dynamic Fields

  • Many items in Presto have a feature we call dynamic fields. An example when this might be beneficial is a theater program needing "time period" as a field on uniforms. This is a field that would only be applicable to theater.
  • Any resource that has dynamic fields available can have up to 50 dynamic fields
  • Dynamic field types include: text, boolean (true/false), date, and number
  • When a dynamic field is added, it is available when importing data, viewing a table of data, or viewing an individual record of data

Permissions

  • District administrators can manage permissions for directors in their organizations. They can set the ability to read, write, edit, or delete a variety of items in Presto.
  • Administrators can give directors the ability to edit other users’ permissions
  • Directors (if permitted) can turn on permissions for individual parents. They can grant any permission to parents, as long as it is a permission they have been granted themselves.

Change History

  • Presto is an application that prioritizes transparency and accountability. Critical information, such as physical inventory items, financial information, and member information have a change history. Anytime a change is made, whether creating, editing, or deleting, the change is recorded (who, when, and what changed).
  • When these critical items are deleted, Presto does a "soft delete". This means the information still exists, but you won't see it in the application.
  • Administrators are able to see inventory items that have been deleted.

Support

  • Reach out with questions and our team responds in a timely manner.
  • Our support site (link) has many articles with helpful screenshot walkthroughs for using Presto's features.
  • Directors and District Administrators have an in-app feedback feature to ask questions or give feedback.
  • The Presto team has robust error monitoring. We are alerted when users get stuck using the app due to any kind of unforeseen issue.
  • Our releases page (link) shows regular updates of new features and bug fixes. Although updates are released multiple times per week, release notes are typically on a monthly cadence.