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Coming Soon with v4.07: API v2

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The next substantial update to our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling software is just around the corner, and throughout this month, we’re outlining some of the new features and improvements you can expect to see along with the upcoming v4.07 release…

Introducing API Version 2…

MIDAS API Commands
MIDAS API The MIDAS API is an optional addon for MIDAS, allowing you to interface directly with your MIDAS scheduling system from your own applications.

First introduced just over a year ago, version 1 of the API allowed developers to access and retrieve data from MIDAS.

Version 2 of the API builds on this, and extends the API’s capabilities further by now allowing “bi-directional” access to MIDAS. This means that as well as being able to simply “read” data from MIDAS through the API, developers can now also “write” data to MIDAS, and modify existing data.

Nearly two dozen new API calls have been implemented for API v2, allowing you to:

  • Add, delete or modify bookings, clients, and resources
  • Add, generate, or delete invoices
  • Approve or reject booking requests
  • Email clients
  • Change settings
    …and more!

    Full documentation for version 2 of the API is now available online at http://mid.as/api, and will shortly be available in an offline format too.

    API v2 will be available to coincide with the upcoming release of MIDAS v4.07, and will a FREE update to existing API users who have an ongoing annual support subscription covering the release of v4.07.

    v2 is also backwards compatible with v1 of the API.

    Existing customers who wish to add the optional API to their MIDAS installation can do so via https://mid.as/upgrade.

    New customers can purchase MIDAS along with the optional API addon via https://mid.as/purchase.

    MIDAS v4.07 and the API v2 aren’t yet publicly available. They are however now available to beta testers, with a public release soon afterwards. If you’d like to become a beta tester, help us test this upcoming release and be amongst the first to use v4.07, please click here. If you’d like to know when v4.07 becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media
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    The next substantial update to our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling software is just around the corner, and throughout this month, we’re outlining some of the new features and improvements you can expect to see in the upcoming v4.07 release….

    Improved Support for Smaller Screens

    We’ve already previously optimized MIDAS for use on tablet devices (including the iPad), and for v4.07, we’ve further optimized the layout of MIDAS for use on even smaller mobile device screens – such as the iPhone.

    Below are some screenshots of MIDAS v4.07 accessed using an iPhone 5 (Click for bigger images)

    Best of all – there’s nothing additional to install on your phone/mobile device – there’s no separate “app” to download from the app store – you simply access MIDAS through your device’s web browser. If you’ve got an iOS device, such as an iPhone, you can also add a shortcut to MIDAS directly to your home screen for easy one-touch access to your booking system.

    These improvements make MIDAS the ideal scheduling solution for seamless access to your bookings across your desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices alike, and it’s supported in all major web browsers too!

    MIDAS v4.07 isn’t yet publicly available. It is however now available to beta testers, with a public release soon afterwards. If you’d like to become a beta tester, help us test this upcoming release and be amongst the first to use v4.07, please click here. If you’d like to know when v4.07 becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media
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    The next substantial update to our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling software is just around the corner, and so we’re taking the opportunity to outline some of the new features and improvements you can expect to see in the upcoming v4.07 release….

    This post covers some of the improvements coming to the Public Booking Request capabilities within MIDAS.


    Pre-Populate Selected Dates/Times

    Public Booking Request Header
    The standard public “Booking Request” process has the following five stages/screens:

    1. Select Venue(s)
    2. Select Date(s)
    3. Select Times
    4. Your Details
    5. Finished

    When a member of the public makes a booking request for your facilities, they follow these stages in order. In v4.07, we’re giving you much more flexibility, by allowing you to “hard code” venues and/or dates into your public booking request links to allow requestors to “bypass” the first couple of stages using data supplied via your link.

    For example, if the Public Booking Request for your MIDAS is http://your_midas_url/request, appending a “?venue=Hall” to the URL/link will jump straight to Stage 2 (Select Date(s)), with the “Hall” venue selected.

    Alternatively, appending “?date=YYYYMMDD” to the end of your Public Booking Request URL will preselect the date you pass – Example: appending “?date=20141015” to your public booking request URL will pre-select the 15th October 2014.

    You can also pass a combination of both a “venue” AND a “date” parameter at the same time to bypass stages 1 and 2 of the booking request process and jump straight to Stage 3 (Select Times) – Example: “http://your_midas_url/request?venue=Hall&date=20141015

    Furthermore, you can optionally pass multiple venues and/or dates by simply separating them with commas. In the following example, “Hall” and “Gymnasium” venues are preselected on 15th and 16th October 2014:

    http://your_midas_url/request?venue=Hall,Gymnasium&date=20141015,20141016


    “Remember Me” Option

    Remember Details For Next Visit On the “Your Details” stage of the public booking request process, there’s now also a “Remember Me” tick box, allowing the requestor’s browser to optionally remember their details (name, organization, email address) for the next time they make a booking request from the same browser – so they won’t have to manually enter the same information each time.


    Custom .css Styling

    External Custom CSS We’re also giving you even more control over the “look and feel” of your entire Public Booking Request process, by allowing you to override the default visual “theme” for your MIDAS, and use your own external .CSS style sheet instead! You can specify an external .css style sheet via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Templates → Web Request

    MIDAS v4.07 isn’t yet publicly available. It is however now available to beta testers, with a public release due soon afterwards. If you’d like to become a beta tester, help us test this upcoming release and be amongst the first to use v4.07, please click here. If you’d like to know when v4.07 becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media
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    The next substantial update to our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling software is just around the corner, and throughout this month, we’re outlining some of the new features and improvements you can expect to see in the upcoming v4.07 release….

    This post covers some of the improvements coming to the Invoicing capabilities of MIDAS.


    Tax Exempt Clients

    In MIDAS v4.07, you’ll be able to exclude individual clients from being charged tax on their invoices. Find Out More…


    New “Payment Terms” Setting

    Payment Terms We’re introducing a new “Payment Terms” setting (MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Invoicing) for v4.07, allowing you to specify how many days you allow for your clients to pay their invoices.


    New Invoicing Variables

    As a result of the introduction of the new “Payment Terms” setting, a whole host of new invoicing variables have also been introduced including, %INVOICEDUEDATE%, %INVOICEDUEIN%, %INVOICEOVERDUEBY%, and %INVOICETERMS%, as well as new variables giving you far greater control over the “Invoice To” section of your invoices.

    The previous %INVOICETO% variable (which includes the client’s name, organization, postal address and email address) can be broken down into smaller parts through the use of the new variables %INVOICETO_CLIENT%, %INVOICETO_ORG%, %INVOICETO_ADDRESS%, and %INVOICETO_EMAIL%


    New columns in the Invoicing Overview screen

    Invoice Overdue Column
    Also as a result of the new “Payment Terms” setting, there’s now dedicated “Invoice Date” and “Due Date” columns added to the invoicing overview screen.


    Invoice Reminders / Overdue Notifications

    Invoice Reminder Template
    MIDAS v4.07 contains a new “Scheduled Tasks” engine, which allows your scheduling system to automatically send clients email reminders a number of days before their outstanding invoices are due, or if their invoice is overdue, send them a notification a certain number of days after.

    The content and wording of these notifications can be fully customized too!


    Improved PayPal Integration

    PayPal IPN Integration If you allow your clients to pay their invoices online via PayPal, you can now have PayPal automatically update the status of their invoices within MIDAS once payment has been made, so you’ll no longer have to manually update invoices yourself! For more information, please see: Configuring PayPal Integration


    Google Wallet (formally Google Checkout) support removed

    Google Wallet The previous ability that existed for clients to pay their invoices online via Google Wallet has regrettably been removed from 4.07, as Google no longer support such payment provisions (Google Checkout has been retired, and Google Wallet is now restricted to payments for mobile apps in the Google Play store only) – we’ll cover this topic again in more depth in a future article.

    MIDAS v4.07 isn’t yet publicly available. It is however now available to beta testers, with a public release due soon afterwards. If you’d like to become a beta tester, help us test this upcoming release and be amongst the first to use v4.07, please click here. If you’d like to know when v4.07 becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media
    Pinterest

    The next substantial update to our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling software is just around the corner, and so throughout this month, we’re outlining some of the new features and improvements you can expect to see in the upcoming v4.07 release….

    This post covers some of the improvements coming to the customizable “Templates” within MIDAS.

    A range of customizable templates has been available to administrators for some time (ever since v3.12, way back in May 2011) via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Templates. v4.07 sees a number of improvements to these templates…

    New Email Templates


    More Flexible Email Templates

    List of Templates In previous releases, there has been a single customizable email template which was applied to all outgoing emails sent through your scheduling system. For v4.07, we’ve extended the number of email templates to NINE!

    You’ll now be able to modify separate email templates for booking confirmations, booking reminders, invoice reminders, invoice overdue notifications, booking request submitted/approved/rejected notifications, as well as the original “general” email template for all other emails.

    You’ll also be able to customize the subject field of most of these emails templates too!


    More Variables

    To accompany the many new templates available in v4.07, we’re also introducing a range of new “variables” which can be inserted into your template code to provide even more flexibility.

    For example, a new %CLIENT_FIRSTNAME% variable has been introduced alongside the previous %CLIENT% variable to allow your emails to be more informal by using the client’s first name instead of their full name.

    A whole host of new invoicing variables have also been introduced including, %INVOICEDUEDATE%, %INVOICEDUEIN%, %INVOICEOVERDUEBY%, and %INVOICETERMS%, as well as new variables giving you far greater control over the “Invoice To” section of your invoices.

    The previous %INVOICETO% variable (which includes the client’s name, organization, postal address and email address) can be broken down into smaller parts through the use of the new variables %INVOICETO_CLIENT%, %INVOICETO_ORG%, %INVOICETO_ADDRESS%, and %INVOICETO_EMAIL%


    Visual Template Editing

    The other big improvement for templates in v4.07 is the ability to edit your templates “visually” in the “Template Preview” area as well as manually in the “Template Code” area.

    You can now type, copy, cut, paste, and move items around in the “Template Preview” area, and MIDAS will automatically generate updated template code from your edits.


    Reset Templates

    Messed up a template and want to start again? Each template within MIDAS can now be reset to its standard factory default.


    Customize the Web Request and Pay Online templates further with your own .css Style Sheets

    External Custom CSS We’re also giving you even more control over the “look and feel” of your “Public Booking Request” and “Pay Online” screens by allowing you to specify your own external .css Style Sheets that will override the default theme your MIDAS is running in when these pages are displayed.


    MIDAS v4.07 isn’t yet publicly available. It is however now available to beta testers, with a public release due soon afterwards. If you’d like to become a beta tester, help us test this upcoming release and be amongst the first to use v4.07, please click here. If you’d like to know when v4.07 becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media