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MIDAS v4.07 Now Available!

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MIDAS v4.07 brings unified Web Based Room Booking and Resource Scheduling across your Desktop, Laptop, Tablet and Mobile Devices!

Room Booking and Resource Scheduling for your Desktop, Laptop, Tablet and Mobile Device

We’re excited to announce the availability of the latest version of our web based room booking and resource scheduling software, MIDAS – Version 4.07.

MIDAS v4.07 contains a whole host of new & improved features, many of which are as a direct result of feedback and suggestions from you our customers, and most of which we’ve already been blogging and Tweeting about during August.

So here’s the rundown on exactly what’s new and improved in the latest version of our powerful and intuitive scheduling system:

How To Get MIDAS v4.07

Existing MIDAS customers with valid Annual Support Subscriptions can update to v4.07 from within the software via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update.

Customers who have their MIDAS “remotely hosted” by us – you don’t need to do anything – you’ve already been automatically updated to v4.07!

Is your organization not yet using MIDAS for its scheduling needs? Maybe now is the right time to get on top of your room bookings and resource scheduling once and for all with our intuitive, powerful and easy to use, web based software!

So why not give MIDAS a try online now, Read what some of our existing customers say, and get MIDAS working for your organization today!

Keep Your Browser Up-to-date!

Supported Browsers We want you to have the best possible user experience when using MIDAS in your favorite Web Browser. We support our web based scheduling software in all major browsers (including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera). A list of minimum and recommended browser versions can be found at http://mid.as/browsers.

The sad demise of Google Checkout

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Google Checkout Logo As you may be aware our web based room scheduling software contains a feature allowing your clients to directly pay their invoices online for the hire and use of your rooms, facilities, and resources.

Since MIDAS v3.10 back in 2010 when we first introduced this feature, we supported allowing your clients to pay their invoices using either PayPal or Google Checkout.

Unfortunately, as of MIDAS v4.07 we have now removed – the now defunct – Google Checkout support from our software.

Google Checkout first came into being in 2006 with the aim of simplifying the process of paying for online purchases. Users would store their credit or debit card and shipping information in their Google Account, so that they could make purchases without having to re-enter this information each time, and secure in the knowledge that their card details wouldn’t be made available to the seller.

As one of PayPal‘s main competitors, over time the transaction fees for using Google Checkout – which were initially free – became identical to PayPal’s fees, as did many of each platform’s features such as providing fraud protection and the ability for customers to track their purchases.

So whilst PayPal and Google Checkout were in direct competition offering quite similar services, there were a number of differences.

On the plus side, once a merchant received a payment via Google Checkout it would be automatically withdrawn to the merchants bank account, whereas PayPal required merchants to manually withdraw funds to their bank account. On the downside, PayPal supported transactions in multiple currencies; Google Checkout only accepted payments in the currency that the merchant’s bank account was in. It was not possible for Google Checkout merchants to accept multiple currencies.

Google Wallet Logo In 2011, Google then announced a “rebrand” of Google Checkout to “Google Wallet”, but the Checkout services offered remained the same.

However, in late November 2013, Google Checkout was discontinued and the nature of “Google Wallet” shifted.

Google Wallet has now become a method for making and accepting payments exclusively for apps and in-app purchases via the Google Play Store. It can no longer be used as an online payment processor for anything else.

Due to this new direction in which Google have taken their Google Wallet service, the previous functionality we were able to offer in MIDAS – the ability for clients to pay their invoices online using Google Checkout/Wallet – now no longer works, and we have therefore removed all Google Checkout/Wallet integration as of MIDAS v4.07.

It would be nice to see Google reconsider their stance as an online payment processor solely for their own app store, as the more competition there is, the more choice their is for both consumers and merchants alike. That said, there are numerous other online payment processors that have sprung up in recent times; solutions such as Amazon Payments, and Stripe (which incidentally is now our preferred card payment processor for purchases made through our website – read more here)

Going forward, we continue to support PayPal as a method to allow your clients to directly pay their invoices nline for use of your rooms/facilities. In fact, we’ve also improved this support for v4.07 too! 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

We’re also keen to hear if there are any other online payment processors you’d like us to consider supporting in future updates to MIDAS. Let us know in the comments below…

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.

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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!

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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