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With MIDAS v4.15 just around the corner, we’re giving you a “first look” here on our blog into some of the exciting hilights coming in the next update to our web based room booking and resource scheduling software…

From the very outset MIDAS has included an ability to allow non-users (i.e. visitors to your website, members of the public, etc) to check availability of your facilities and submit booking “requests” online.

These booking “requests” then go into a pending booking requests queue, where administrative users can quickly approve or reject each request. Approved booking requests then become “confirmed” bookings.

You can find out more about how this works in our “Accept Booking Requests Online” video tutorial.

We know that our customers love this long-standing feature of MIDAS – not least of all because it makes their lives significantly easier (as people can check room availability themselves, without having to phone/email/speak to an administrator)

We also know that some of our customers would like for the Public Booking Request features to go one step further and allow people to check availability, book and pay for their booking instantly there and then (rather than having to be invoiced for their booking at a later date)

That’s why in addition to the “Web Request” features of MIDAS, for v4.15 we’re also introducing a “Web Booking” feature.

The “Web Booking” process is very similar to the traditional “Web Request” process, with the addition of a payment step, allowing the individual to pay to confirm their booking.

Here’s How It Works:
1) A person selects the date(s)/time(s) they wish to book, and MIDAS checks their availability
2) If available, the person can enter more details about their booking and continue to the payment page
3) At this point, the booking is temporarily added as a “tentative” booking until the person completes payment, at which point the tentative booking automatically becomes a “confirmed” booking

If the person fails to complete their payment in a timely manner (the time frame of which is definable by an administrator), the temporary tentative booking will automatically expire, and the person will need to re-start the booking process.

As per the native invoice payment methods offered within MIDAS, both PayPal (with IPN correctly configured) and Stripe are available for Web Booking payments (Stripe is recommended).

As the “Web Request” and “Web Booking” features share a set of common settings, the previous “Web Request” tab on the Manage MIDAS screen has been redesigned in v4.15 to become a “Public Settings” tab:

New Public Settings

As you can probably work out from the above screenshot, the new auto-venue selection option we unveiled earlier this month, will also be available for “Web Booking”.

The combination of new auto-venue selection and Web Bookings helps make MIDAS even more suitable for hotels, B&B’s, hostels, and other overnight accommodation businesses, whose customers will now be able to truly “book online”!

You may like to check out some of the other features of MIDAS v4.15 too!

MIDAS v4.15 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 v4.15 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

Work on the next update to our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling, MIDAS, is nearing completion, and so we’re excited to reveal some of the exciting new and improved features you can look forward to first here on our blog…

Resulting from customer feedback (which we love getting by the way!), we’re introducing new global settings for v4.15 which will allow administrators the ability to maintain fixed spacing (or “gaps”) between adjacent bookings.

Maintain Spacing (Gaps) Between Bookings

This can be useful to allow for room setup, breakdown, reset or cleaning periods between adjacent bookings.

Two new settings are available, one controlling the amount of free time to maintain before each booking, and the other controlling the amount of free time after each booking finished before the next can commence.

For example, with the booking spacing settings shown in the screenshot about (15 mins before / 30 mins after), and an booking taking place between 2pm-3pm, the latest allowed finish time of a booking added earlier in the would be 1.45pm, and earliest allowed start time of another booking added later on the same date would be 3.30pm.

You may like to check out some of the other features of MIDAS v4.15 too!

MIDAS v4.15 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 v4.15 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test?

Work on the latest feature-rich update to our web based room booking and resource scheduling, MIDAS, is nearing completion, and so we’re excited to reveal some of these exciting new and improved features first here on our blog…

As you may be aware, MIDAS is capable of generating a wealth of printable reports, graphs, and statistics allowing you to gain valuable insight into the state of your bookings, venues, clients, invoices, and more.

The Invoicing section of this reporting allows you to see which clients or organizations have been invoiced over any given period, how much has been paid, and how much remains outstanding.

For MIDAS v4.15 we’re improving this reporting to also include an “Un-invoiced Bookings Report”. This new report shows a breakdown of the number of bookings each client/organization has over a given period which have so far not been invoiced for. This is a great way to quickly check whether you’re forgotten to invoice a particular client/organization.

New Uninvoiced Bookings Report

You can check out some of the other reports MIDAS can generate to help you gain insight into your facilities at https://mid.as/help/statistics

MIDAS v4.15 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 v4.15 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test?

The popular “Public Booking Request” features of MIDAS allow non-users (i.e. visitors to your website) to check the availability of your venues and submit booking “requests” online. These requests can then be quickly approved by an administrative user with just a couple of clicks to be converted to “confirmed” bookings, or they can be rejected just as easily.

To make a public booking request, a requestor would go to https://your_midas_url/request, where if requests have been enabled they will be able to select a venue (or venues), date (or dates), times, and resources, and check availability accordingly. They can then enter their details, and any additional details relating to their request and submit their request online.

For v4.15, we’re giving administrators even more flexibility when it comes to the initial venue selection step of the Public Booking Request process.

Previously, a requestor would need to manually select the venue (or venues) they wish to request. However, in v4.15 an administrator can instead replace the traditional individual/manual venue selection for Public Booking Requests with an automatic venue selection instead.

If the automatic venue selection option is enabled, the requestor simply selects a venue group, and MIDAS will in turn automatically select a venue from within the group accordingly.

Automatic Venue Selection when making a Booking Request

This is ideal if you allow public requesting of similar rooms. For example, if you have 10 identically sized/equipped meeting rooms, a requestor doesn’t necessarily care which one of these rooms their meeting takes place in. These new options would allow him/her to simply select that they wish to request a “Meeting Room”, and MIDAS will allocate a specific meeting room accordingly.

How MIDAS allocates venues when the automatic venue selection option is enabled can be configure by an administrative user….

Automatic Venue Selection when making a Booking Request

Auto Venue Selection options include:

  • Random – MIDAS will attempt to select an available venue at random from the all publicly requestable venues within the selected venue group
  • Venue Order – MIDAS will attempt to select the next available venue from the all publicly requestable venues within the selected venue group, based on the order your venues are configured to appear within MIDAS
  • Least Used (Number of Bookings) – MIDAS will attempt to select an available publicly requestable venue from the selected venue group with the least number of existing bookings in it
  • Least Used (Venue Utilization) – MIDAS will attempt to select an available publicly requestable venue from the selected venue group with the most free time in it (i.e. the least utilized venue)

These exciting new option for Public Booking Requests will allow far grater flexibility, make it easier for people to make booking requests, and ensure more balanced usage of your venues!

MIDAS v4.15 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 v4.15 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test?

Happy New Year!!

It’s the start of a brand new year, and so usually it’s around this time that many businesses quietly increase their prices each year…

Well, not here at MIDAS!! As you may know, we’re a UK based business, and not only have we held our 2016 prices for UK customers going into 2017, but given the short term fluctuations in value of the British Pound since the UK’s decision to leave the EU back in June, our prices for non-UK customers today are actually around 14-20% LOWER than they were at this time last year!

So there’s really never been a better time to get MIDAS! – Make it your new year’s resolution to get your organization’s scheduling and room bookings back on track in 2017 with MIDAS!

What’s more, in 2017 we’re extending private trial periods of our software. Whilst most new customers who first explore a private trial of MIDAS prior to purchase decide it’s right for them within a two week private trial period (in addition of course to our public demo of MIDAS – which has no time limit), we appreciate that due to the extensive range of capabilities of our software some customers like a little long to be able to fully explore all of the features that MIDAS has to offer.

That’s why in 2017 we’re increasing the length of the trial periods we offer from 14 to 30 days!

If you’re considering MIDAS or alternatives to your current room/resource scheduling system, then please contact us to request your free no-obligation 30 day trial

2016 marked our 10th anniversary, and we hope to bring you more exciting updates to MIDAS throughout 2017!

We hope 2017 is a prosperous year for you and your business and we’d love to get MIDAS working for your organization and make your life easier in 2017 and beyond…