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MIDAS v4.14 Out Now!

As we head into the festive season, we’re excited to be able to squeeze in one more update to MIDAS, our Web Based Room Booking and Resource Scheduling Software, before this year draws to a close!

MIDAS v4.14 is the forth feature-rich update to MIDAS in this our 10th anniversary year. We’re really excited about this release, so keep reading to find out more…

New & Improved in MIDAS v4.14:

How To Get MIDAS v4.14…

→ New To MIDAS?

We are committed to keeping our pricing fair and accessible to organizations of all sizes and budgets. Unlike many of our competitors who don’t publish their prices, we’re totally upfront and transparent about our pricing structure and clearly display prices on our website.

You can view pricing, find out more, and purchase MIDAS securely at https://mid.as/purchase

→ Existing “Self Hosted” Customer?

Self-Hosted customers with ongoing Annual Support Subscriptions may update to v4.14 right now! It only takes a couple of clicks – simply log in to your MIDAS system and go to MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update

→ Existing “Cloud Hosted” Customer?

Cloud-Hosted customers don’t need to do anything! – All our active Cloud-Hosted MIDAS customers will be automatically updated this weekend to the latest version of MIDAS!


If you have any questions about MIDAS, why not drop us an email, or reach out to us through social media – We’d love to hear from you!


Disabling TLS 1.0 in early 2017

TLS stands for “Transport Layer Security” and is a cryptographic mechanism used to facilitate secure connections and communications over the internet. Several incarnations of the TLS protocol have been developed over the years (1.0, 1.1, and 1.2), with 1.0 being the oldest and now approaching the ripe old age of 18!

TLS 1.0 is now considered a “legacy protocol” and “weak” by today’s cryptographic standards, as it is susceptible to several vulnerabilities. Modern web browsers automatically default to preferring TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.1 over legacy TLS 1.0 connections, however some older browsers do not support the more modern and secure TLS 1.1/1.2 protocols.

As part of our ongoing commitment to security, in early 2017 we intend to drop support for legacy TLS 1.0 connections to our client servers. The vast majority of users will be unaffected by this change, but if you’re using an older web browser/operating system, you may need to update.

The minimum browser requirements for MIDAS v4.14 (and later) have also been updated accordingly.

The following table of web browsers provides additional guidance as to any action you may need to take to ensure you can continue to access our site/your hosted MIDAS system in 2017:

Browser Version Comments
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 OK (If you see the “Stronger security is required” error message, you may need to turn off the “Use TLS 1.0” setting via Internet Options → Advanced)
9-10 OK (When running Windows 7 or newer, however you’ll need to enable TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 in Internet Explorer by selecting the “Use TLS 1.1” and “Use TLS 1.2” boxes via Internet Options → Advanced)
Upgrade Required (Windows Vista, XP and earlier are incompatible and cannot be configured to support TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2 – Please update your operating system)
8 (or lower) Please update to a more recent version of Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge All Versions OK – No action required
Mozilla Firefox 27+ OK – No action required
23-26 OK (Use about:config to enable TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2 by updating the security.tls.version.max config value to 2 for TLS 1.1 or 3 for TLS 1.2)
22 (or lower) Please update to a more recent version of Firefox
Google Chrome (Desktop) 38+ OK – No action required
22-37 OK – No action required (Provided you’re running Windows XP SP3, Vista, or newer, OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer)
21 (or lower) Please update to a more recent version of Chrome
Google Chrome (Mobile) Android 5.0+ (Lollipop) OK – No action required
Android 4.4.x (KitKat) Device Dependent (Some Android 4.4.x devices may not support TLS 1.1 or higher. Please refer to your device manufacturer if unsure)
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) (or lower) Please update to a more recent version of Android
Apple Safari (Desktop) 7+ OK – No action required
6 (or lower) Please update to a more recent version of Safari
Apple Safari (iOS) iOS 5+ OK – No action required
iOS 4 (or lower) Please update to a more recent version of iOS

Important Information For Hosted API users:

If you’re a cloud-hosted MIDAS customer utilizing the optional MIDAS API, please ensure that your applications and the underlying programming language you develop in can support (and are correctly configured for) TLS 1.1/1.2 connections. For instance Java 6 (1.6) (and lower) and .NET 3.5 (and lower) languages don’t support TLS 1.1/1.2.
If your applications/programming languages do not support at least TLS 1.1, your MIDAS API calls will begin to fail in early 2017 once we disable TLS 1.0.
Please refer to the vendor of your programming language if you’re unsure whether it supports TLS 1.1/1.2, or for assistance enabling such support in your development environment.

Inundated by lots of booking requests? Following customer feedback, MIDAS v4.14 includes new “Reject All” and “Approve All” buttons on the Pending Booking Request screen, providing you with the easy ability to “bulk reject” or “bulk approve” all outstanding requests on your current Pending Booking Requests screen.

Bulk Approve or Reject Booking RequestsClicking the “Reject All” button will then allow you to enter an optional brief reason why you’re rejecting the requests (unless the “Approve/Reject requests silently” option is selected), which will be included in the rejection email notifications to the affected clients.

If the “Approve/Reject requests silently” option is selected, clicking “Reject All” will first show a confirmation of the number of booking requests to be rejected which if confirmed will then reject all those requests.

The “Approve All” button when clicked will also a confirmation of the number of booking requests to be approved, which if confirmed will then attempt to approve all those requests.

The order that these requests are approved in is important – as it may not be possible to automatically approve all booking requests. For example, if two requests have been made by two different clients for the same venue and times, they both can’t be approved).

In such instances, a “Bulk Approval Order” setting (found via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Web Requests) will determine the order (priority) in which booking requests will be bulk processed for approval. The four possible options are as follows:

  1. Earliest Requested First (Requests that were made earlier will be approved before requests that were made more recently)
  2. Latest Requested First (Requests that were made more recently will be approved before requests that were made earlier)
  3. Earliest Commencing First (Requests for bookings starting sooner will be approved before requests that start further in the future)
  4. Latest Commencing First (Requests for bookings starting further in the future will be approved before requests that are due to start sooner)

You can read more about some of the other exciting improvements coming in v4.14 here!

MIDAS v4.14 is now available – Find out more

“Booking Types” is a way for you to color-code your bookings in MIDAS based on their “type”. For example, you may have both internal and external users of your facilities, and so by assigning a different color to each of booking allows you to be able to visually differentiate between the two types of bookings in the booking grid.

Additionally, you can also setup discounted room rates based upon the booking type assigned to each booking. Using the above example, you may want to charge external users of your facilities “full price”, but offer a discount to internal users.

Normally, when adding new bookings on the “Add Bookings” screen, you’d have to select the client that the booking is for, and also separately select the booking type. However, wouldn’t it save time if when you selected a client, the appropriate booking type was automatically pre-selected for you? Of course it would!

That’s why with MIDAS v4.14, you’ll be able to set a default booking type for each of your clients. When a user then selects the client on their Add Bookings screen, the associated default booking type will be pre-selected accordingly. (The user may then manually change the booking type for that booking if desired)

You can read more about some of the other exciting improvements coming in v4.14 here!

MIDAS v4.14 is now available – Find out more

The latest exciting update to our web based room booking and resource scheduling software MIDAS is just around the corner, are we’re really excited to be introducing you to some of the notable new features and improvements you can except in v4.14 right here on our blog

Now, the ability to “close” individual venues to bookings over a custom date range has long been a staple of MIDAS.

This has allowed users to, for instance, close a particular venue over a holiday period or when a venue is out of action due to a period of scheduled maintenance or refurbishment, etc.

The limitation of this feature has until now been that only one “closed from” and “closed until” date range could be defined for each venue at any given time.

Based upon feedback from our customers – notably including those in educational sectors – in v4.14 we’re improving the ability to close venues between dates, by now allowing multiple “closed” date ranges to be defined for each of your venues:

Specify multiple closed dates for venues

“closed” date ranges for each of your venues may be specified in MIDAS v4.14 via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage Venues → [select venue] → Hours → Closed Between.

From this screen, simply select a date from the calendar as the “Closed From” date, and a second date as the “Closed Until” date. Clicking the small “+” icon in the lower right corner will then allow you to specify additional “Closed From” and “Closed Until” dates.

Dates that fall within these “Closed Between” date ranges will be unavailable to regular users for booking. (Administrative users however who have been specifically granted the special “Can book outside operating hours” permission can still book even when your venue(s) are closed to regular bookings)

Taking the example of a school/college/university – This improvement for v4.14 will now allow staff to enter dates for all the holiday periods throughout their academic year and beyond!

You can read more about some of the other exciting improvements coming in v4.14 here!

MIDAS v4.14 is now available – Find out more