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Updating our cloud hosted pricing model for 2020

Happy New Year!

It’s a brand new year – in fact, it’s a brand new decade – and we’re starting 2020 with an update to the pricing model for new cloud hosted editions of our MIDAS room booking and resource scheduling software.

We’ll explain more about that in a moment, but first a little background into the history of our pricing structure…

When we launched the first versions of MIDAS way back in 2005, “hosted” applications (also known as “SaaS” or “Software as a Service”) were few and far between.

Initially, in the very early planning stages of MIDAS, we envisaged our software being something that customers could download and run on their own web servers.

In those days, our software was charged at a one-off fixed price for everyone, but it quickly became clear that there was also a demand for a “hosted” MIDAS solution as well as a “downloadable” version.

We therefore introduced a “remotely hosted” option – which was the same one-off initial price as the “downloadable” version, with an additional small “annual subscription” element, which covered the cost of hosting.

This worked well for the first five years, but we were always conscious that larger organizations, such universities with dozens – if not hundreds – of users and rooms were paying the same price for our software as the smallest of Churches with just a handful of rooms and a single administrator.

We didn’t think this was very fair, and so in an effort to address this in 2011 we introduced a budget “lite” version of MIDAS, which didn’t include many of the advanced features – such as invoicing – that the full version had.

MIDAS “lite” partially addressed this imbalance, but we still didn’t feel it went quite far enough – there were still some small organizations who didn’t have many rooms/users, yet still wanted to use the invoicing features of MIDAS, and so were forced to choose the “full” version of MIDAS.

That’s why in August 2012, we completely reworked our pricing structure. Gone was the “lite” version of MIDAS, and instead we offered only the “full” version, but with a tiered pricing structure based on the number of “venues” (rooms/bookable spaces) to be managed and number of user accounts required. This went on to make MIDAS far more accessible to organizations of all shapes and sizes, and has served us well for over 7 years.

Throughout this time, the cost of MIDAS – whether “cloud” hosted or “self” hosted – still consisted of an initial one-off cost (i.e. “buying” the software), and an annual subscription element (covering software updates and priority support, optional for “self hosted” customers; and covering hosting, software updates, and support for “cloud hosted” customers).

However the rise of SaaS applications has sky rocketed over the past 7 years. It’s now common place to find businesses which offer access to their application(s) for a flat monthly or an annual subscription fee, without having to ever “buy” the software itself.

We’ve also heard from our own customers, some of whom were put off by the initial high “one off” cost element when “buying” a cloud-hosted edition, and who would instead prefer to pay a simple monthly or annual subscription fee.

We’ve listened and that’s why from 1st January 2020 our pricing structure for new customers is as follows:

New & Existing Self-Hosted Customers:

There is no change to the pricing model for new or existing self-hosted customers. Pricing remains an initial “one time” cost (i.e. you’re “purchasing” the software), and we still offer an entirely optional Annual Support Subscription, which provides access to software updates and Priority Support.

Existing self-hosted customers who wish to migrate over to a cloud-hosted system, would need to purchase a new cloud-hosted subscription, and contact us to arrange for existing data/settings from their previous self-hosted system to be migrated across.

New Cloud-Hosted Customers:

The cost of MIDAS no longer includes an initial “one time” cost element. Instead, simply priced monthly and annual subscription plans are now offered.

In essence, new cloud-hosted customers are no longer “buying” MIDAS, but rather “renting” it on a monthly/annual basis.

Comparative illustrative USD pricing example for a Cloud-Hosted MIDAS system (1 user / 10 venues) over 3 years:

…if purchased before 2020:

Initial Cost: $868 ($639 (one time) + $229)
2nd Year Cost: $229
3rd Year Cost: $229

Total paid after 3 years: $1,326
…if purchased from 2020 onwards:

Initial Cost: $339
2nd Year Cost: $339
3rd Year Cost: $339

Total paid after 3 years: £1,017

Addons & Upgrades for new Cloud-Hosted Customers:

Under the previous pricing model (pre 2020), optional addons and upgrades for cloud-hosted customers typically involved a single one-time cost. Under the new pricing model (2020 onwards), upgrading your license or adding addons will affect your subsequent monthly/annual subscription price, and incur a small pro-rata charge in the interim

Existing Cloud-Hosted Customers:

We greatly value our existing and loyal customers, many of whom have been with us for years – and so we have no plans to move existing cloud customers onto the new cloud pricing structure.
Cloud-hosted customers who purchased MIDAS prior to 1st January 2020 will continue to see familiar Annual Hosting + Support renewal prices (which will be lower than annual subscription prices for comparable new systems purchased from 2020 onwards).

There are no changes to addon/upgrade pricing for existing Cloud-Hosted customers who purchased MIDAS before 2020.


In summary, we hope that these improvements to our cloud-hosted MIDAS pricing structure will help make our software accessible to even more businesses and organizations, even those on the tightest of budgets. Gone is the initial high “one time” cost outlay, and instead we’ve introduced simple and straight forward low monthly and annual subscription pricing.

If you have any questions over the new cloud-hosted pricing model, please feel free to reach out to us and we’d be happy to assist!

In the meantime, we’d like to wish you a very happy and prosperous 2020!

MIDAS v4.23 Out Now!

We hope you’re all ready and getting excited (if not already!) for the holidays just around the corner?

Here at MIDAS HQ we’re excited – not only because Christmas is now just over a week  away (where has this year gone?!), but also because we’re pleased to announce an exciting update to our booking software, which includes a number of new and improved features, including support for setup/breakdown times for bookings.

We’ve also overhauled our optional “RSS Feeds” addon, renaming it to “Data Feeds” to reflect that this improved addon will now also allow you to sync your MIDAS bookings to your external Google/Outlook (or other external) calendar – something which is often requested!

Highlights of MIDAS v4.23 include:

How To Get MIDAS v4.23…

New To MIDAS?

We are committed to fair and accessible pricing for all organizations regardless of size. We’re totally upfront and transparent about our pricing structure, and you can purchase MIDAS v4.23 securely through our website and be up and running in no time!

“Self Hosted” Customers:

Self-Hosted customers with ongoing Annual Support Subscriptions will shortly be able to update to v4.23. It only takes a couple of clicks – simply log in to your MIDAS system and go to MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update.

If no update is available, please check back again in a day or so.

“Cloud Hosted” Customers:

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

Thank you for your continued support of our software, and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Work is nearly completion on the next update to our MIDAS web based room booking and resource scheduling software, which is anticipated to be released next month.

In previous posts, we introduced the new setup/breakdown time features and improvements to similar booking searching coming in v4.23. In this post, we’d like to highlight some of the improvements we’ve made to one of our optional “addons”. Addons allow you to further extend the capabilities of your MIDAS system.

For v4.23 we’re updating and improving the “Feeds” addon. Previously, this addon was known as our “RSS Feeds” addon, because it did just that – automatically generating RSS 2.0/Atom data feeds of your upcoming bookings.

Due to popular demand, we’re introducing the ability to sync bookings in your MIDAS system with an external calendar – such as Google Calendar, or any external calendar that’s capable of subscribing to an iCal (webcal) feed. These new capabilities will be included, along with RSS feed generation options, in a newly renamed “Data Feeds” addon.

For those customers who are familiar with the previous “RSS Feeds” addon, the new “Data Feeds” addon looks and feels very similar, but includes an additional “Feed Type” selector. The “Feed Type” selector may be used to control the type of data feed you wish to generate; the three available feed types are:

  • RSS (An RSS 2.0/Atom Datafeed – for use in RSS readers and similar)
  • Google Calendar (A feed that will automatically open in Google Calendar)
  • iCal (A iCal data feed that external calendars capable of subscribing to webcal:// URLS can subscribe to)
Improved “Feeds” addon, allowing synchronization of bookings to your external calendar

Depending upon the type of feed you select, the “Feed URL” will update with a link that you can use in your external calendar to synchronize bookings from your MIDAS system to your external calendar.

An extensive range of settings are available, as per the previous “RSS Feeds” addon, allowing you control over which venue(s) bookings and/or which booking types are to be included in your generated feed.

There are also no limits on the number of feeds you can create – you can have a different feed for each of your individual venues or booking types if you’d like!

Existing customers who have previously purchased the older “RSS Feeds” addon will automatically be migrated to the new “Data Feeds” addon with MIDAS v4.23 at no additional cost! If you’re an existing customer who’d like to be able to add the optional “Data Feeds” addon to your MIDAS system, you’ll be able to purchase this optional addon at https://mid.as/upgrade once MIDAS v4.23 is released.

We’re excited about these new improvements to the optional “Feeds” addon and we’re sure they’ll be of great benefit to our customers! Remember, we love feedback and feature requests from our customers, so do vote and let us know what you’d like to see in future updates to our software.

MIDAS v4.23 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list, or to be among the very first to try the v4.23 “Beta”, why not join in the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

Work is nearly completion on the next update to our MIDAS web based room booking and resource scheduling software, which is anticipated to be released next month.

In our previous blog post, we introduced the new setup/breakdown time features in v4.23. In this post, we’d like to highlight one of the improvements we’ve made in this next update in relation to bulk modifying/deleting “similar” bookings.

The “modify similar bookings” feature allows you to select an existing booking, and then quickly locate other similar bookings to it for bulk modification. The “delete similar bookings” feature allows you to select an existing booking and then quickly locate other similar bookings for bulk deletion.

These features allow you to narrow down the search for “similar” bookings to those which fall within a certain date range, and/or which take place in a particular room/venue, and/or which are of a certain type.

Following customer feedback, we’re improving these options in v4.23 to now also include the ability to restrict booking results to those bookings which take place on particular days of the week.

Limit similar booking search results to specific days of the week

So now, if you want to modify all similar bookings over a date range, but only include those bookings which fall on say a Tuesday, you can!

Previously, you could still do this, but you’d have to list all relevant bookings in the date range, and then painstakingly mark for bulk modification/deletion only those which fell on the specific day(s) you were interested in. In MIDAS v4.23 we’re making this process far less laborious!

We’re excited about these new features and we’re sure they’ll be of great benefit to our customers! Remember, we love feedback and feature requests from our customers, so do vote and let us know what you’d like to see in future updates to our software.

MIDAS v4.23 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list, or to be among the very first to try the v4.23 “Beta”, why not join in the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

Work is nearly completion on the next update to our MIDAS web based room booking and resource scheduling software, which is anticipated to be released next month.

In advance of this, we wanted to share with you some of the exciting new and improved features in this forthcoming release…

A commonly requested feature we’re asked for is the ability to add setup and breakdown times to bookings.

As MIDAS allows users to add custom booking fields, some customers add their own bespoke setup/breakdown fields to their MIDAS system to record how long is needed to setup/changeover. This can work well, however, using custom booking fields in this way didn’t alter the actual start/finish times of the bookings themselves, and so could only be used to denote periods within the confines of the actual start/finish times of bookings.

We’ve listened to customer usage cases, and as a result, we are delighted to announce that MIDAS v4.23 will now include full support for specifying setup/breakdown times for bookings!

If these features are enabled, then the standard Add/Modify Bookings screen will include two additional fields, by default named “Setup” and “Breakdown” (but the good news is that these names are customizable!). These fields allow specifying a setup period before the start time of each booking, and a breakdown period at the end of each booking:

New Setup/Breakdown Fields in MIDAS v4.23

In the above screenshot, a booking is to be added from 8am – 10am, with a 30 minute setup period before hand, and 15 minute breakdown period afterwards. The resulting booking would render in the booking grid as follows:

A booking in the Booking Grid indicating a 30 minute setup time before the start of the booking, and a 15 minute breakdown period at the end

As you’ve come to expect from our software, we give you loads of control over settings and the new setup/breakdown time options are no different!

Firstly, the names “Setup” and “Breakdown” may not be the most applicable to your business or operational needs, so we allow you to choose from a list of alternatives, for “Setup” these include; “Arrival”, “Build”, “Fit up”, “Get in” “Load in”, and “Rig”. For “Breakdown” these include; “Departure”, “Derig”, “Get out”, “Load out”, “Reset”, and “Strike”… and if none of those are suitable, you can enter your own bespoke labels for these pre/post booking fields. Furthermore, you can also set a default value for each, and like other booking fields, choose whether the appear on printouts, and precisely control which users these fields are presented to:

Customize the pre/booking time fields with bespoke names and default values

If addition to be able to control the appearance/visibility of these new fields, we’re also giving you control over their functionality, with a host of new settings:

Control how the new setup/breakdown fields function

You can choose whether the times shown on the Booking Availability screen should include setup/breakdown times, you can choose whether setup and/or breakdown times for bookings are allowed to overlap with other bookings, and also whether setup/breakdown times are allowed to overlap for resources.

What’s more, you can also control how setup/breakdown times are handled with respect to invoicing:

Invoicing options for setup/breakdown periods

You can include/exclude setup/breakdown times from being invoices, or indeed appearing on your invoices.

We’re excited about these new features and we’re sure they’ll be of great benefit to our customers! Remember, we love feedback and feature requests from our customers, so do vote and let us know what you’d like to see in future updates to our software.

MIDAS v4.23 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list, or to be among the very first to try the v4.23 “Beta”, why not join in the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)