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MIDAS v4.15 Out Now!

With Easter over for another year (and with what seems like enough chocolate to keep us going until the next!), we’re excited to announce the availability of MIDAS v4.15, our powerful web based room booking and resource scheduling software.

Here’s What’s New & Improved in v4.15

How To Get MIDAS v4.15…

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. In fact, with the affects of “Brexit”, our international prices are some 13% lower right now than they were 12 months ago – so there’s never been a better time to buy!

“Self Hosted” Customers:

Self-Hosted customers with ongoing Annual Support Subscriptions will be able to update to v4.15 in the next few days. It only takes a couple of clicks – simply log in to your MIDAS system and go to MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update

“Cloud Hosted” Customers:

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

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!

World Backup Day 2017Today marks the annual World Backup Day, an event designed to raise awareness of the importance of keeping your critical files and data regularly backed-up.

We strongly believe in the importance of regularly backing-up data you can’t afford to loose, and to that end we built a number of backup features into to our world class web-based room booking and resource scheduling software, MIDAS to do just that!

In the background, MIDAS makes a complete and automated backup of its own database and settings upon the first successful login each and every day day. These database backups are then compressed (typical backups are less than 1MB each in size) and stored on the server where your MIDAS resides for a period of time you specify, typically up to 30 days.

To further protect your data, these automated daily backups can optionally also be emailed to a specified email address each day, allowing you to retain your own “off-site” copy of your database too!

In addition to the automated backups that MIDAS makes, our scheduling software also provides the ability to manually generate instant backups at any time via a one-click “Backup” button (accessed via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Database → Backup Now)

Database backups (whether generated manually or automatically) can be easily and readily restored – either partially or in full – at any time via a simple user interface accessible through MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Database → Restore. So, should you ever wish to “roll back” your MIDAS system to an earlier point in time, or if you suffer a massive server failure and loose data, you can have your MIDAS system back up and running in next to no time!

Backup and Restore in MIDAS

For more information on the powerful backup/restore features of MIDAS, please see https://mid.as/help/manage_database_settings

For our cloud hosted customers (those customers who don’t run MIDAS on their own infrastructure, but instead choose to have their MIDAS “hosted” by us in the “cloud”), we also take complete database backups daily, which are then stored off-site at two separate locations for a period of six months.

What’s more, we also offer an optional “Emergency Access” addon to our hosted customers. This optional addon allows cloud-hosted customers to access a “real-time” backup of their hosted MIDAS system in event that they are ever unable to access their primary cloud-hosted MIDAS system. These backups run on different servers, in different data centers, via different ISPs to our Primary Servers.

So, as you can see from all the above features and procedures we’ve built into our software, that we take data backups very seriously! And we make it really easy to ensure that your important MIDAS booking data can easily and readily be backed up and restored with the minimum of fuss!

But on World Backup Day today, whilst your MIDAS data is taken care of, why not take a moment to backup your own important personal files – your family photos, home videos, documents and emails too!? Yes, it may seem a little boring and time consuming, but you’ll be glad you did should anything ever happen to the originals!

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?