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The forthcoming update to MIDAS – our popular web based room booking and resource scheduling software – includes a handful of small, but none the less useful, updates and improvements to the extensive Invoicing capabilities within the software.

We often receive ideas and suggestions from our customers as to what new features and improvements they’d like to see when it comes to invoicing within MIDAS, and so our next update (v4.19) will feature..


A new “View Only” option for the “Can use invoicing” user permission

Existing MIDAS administrators will know of the powerful set of permissions that can assigned to accounts on a per-user basis.

One of the available permissions is the “Can use invoicing” setting. This setting allows administrators to allow/deny each user the ability access to MIDAS’ Invoicing features.

Previously, this permission had three possible settings:

  • No – User has no access to any of the invoicing features
  • Yes – User has full access to all of the invoicing features
  • Limited – User may create/generate invoices, but may only view/modify/delete invoices which they created/generated (i.e. they will not have access to invoices added by other users)

For v4.19 we’re adding a forth option to this permission – “View Only“. User’s who’s “Can use invoicing” permission has been set to “View Only” will be able to view all invoices, but will not be able to modify, delete, email or print them, nor will they be able to generate or create new invoices.

This new option will be useful to organizations who wish to grant “read only” access to their invoices, for example, for the purposes of auditing.


Exporting invoice summaries in Excel format will format “Invoice Dates” as Excel dates (rather than as text)

In the previous update to MIDAS (v4.18), we introduced the ability to export invoice summaries in native Excel (.xlsx) format.

We’re made a small improvement to this for v4.19 in that invoice dates will now be formatted as Excel dates rather than as a regular text string.

This will allow for easier manipulation/format of dates when viewing your exported invoice summaries in Excel.


Tax Amount and Grand Total fields become editable

After you generate or create a new invoice in MIDAS, you may freely edit its contents prior to “finalizing” it (printing/emailing to the client).

When editing invoices, by default, MIDAS will automatically re-calculate totals when you make changes. For example, if you charge $50/hour for room hire and you’ve invoiced for 2 hours, the line total on the invoice would be $100. If you then manually change the quantity from 2 to 3 hours, MIDAS will automatically re-calculate the line total of the invoice to $150, and the grand total of the invoice accordingly.

A small “Calculate Totals” tick box is present when modifying invoices, and if un-ticked will prevent MIDAS from automatically calculating totals, allowing you to specify manual amounts if necessary.

However, in earlier version, with the “Calculate Totals” box un-ticked whilst you could modify item rates, quantities, line totals, and tax rate, the tax amount value and grand total values would still be automatically calculated and couldn’t be manually adjusted.

We’ve changed this for v4.19 so that when the “Calculate Totals” box un-ticked, you’ll be able to manually modify the value of any field on your invoice.


We’ve also made one other small change relating to invoices for v4.19, relating to the way that a client’s “Paid in Full” and “Outstanding” invoices were displayed in the Booking Information Panel.

Previously, these lists were sorted in ascending order (i.e. the client’s oldest paid invoice would appear at the top of the list “Paid in Full” list of invoices).

We’ve changed this sort behavior to descending order for v4.19, so that the client’s most recently paid/outstanding invoices will be shown at the top (rather than the end) of each respective list.


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MIDAS v4.19 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 v4.19 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

We’re improving and simplifying the password reset process for MIDAS v4.19.

Due to the secure way passwords are stored by MIDAS, it’s not possible to “recover” a forgotten password, the only option is to request a password reset.

In the past, this process has been as follows:

  1. User clicks the “Forgot Your Password?” link on their MIDAS login screen
  2. The user then enters their email address and clicks “Reset My Password”
  3. MIDAS then emails the user with a reset confirmation link
  4. The user clicks the reset confirmation link
  5. MIDAS emails the user a new temporary password (which they’re required to change upon their next login)

We’re simplifying this process and so from v4.19 the process will instead be as follows:

  1. User clicks the “Forgot Your Password?” link on their MIDAS login screen
  2. The user then enters their email address and clicks “Reset My Password”
  3. MIDAS then emails the user with a temporary login link
  4. The user clicks the temporary login link and is prompted to enter a new password after which the user is logged in

This simplified password reset process removes the sending on two emails to users (a reset link followed by a temporary password), as just a single email will be sent. This also strengthens security as a temporary password is no longer sent via email.

This improved flow also addresses the issue of multiple password reset attempts and emails arriving out-of-order. For instance, take the following scenario:

  1. User initiates a password reset, receives an email with a reset link and clicks it
  2. Whilst the user is waiting for a new temporary password to be sent to them, the initiate a further password reset and click the reset link in that corresponding email
  3. The original temporary password email arrives, and the user attempts to use the temporary password. However, as they since initiated a second password reset request, the first temporary password is no longer valid

This caused confusion for a handful of users who’d attempted to reset their password several times within a matter of minutes couldn’t understand why the temporary password they received wasn’t being accepted.

The improved password reset flow for MIDAS v4.19 completely eliminates this. Even if a user initiates multiple password reset requests the links they receive via email will all permit the user to set a new password, until they have done so.

We’re sure these improvements will make it easier and stress free for users to reset their own passwords.

Along with these changes, administrators can also still specify how long password reset links are valid for (the default is 2 hours). This setting may be found via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Security. For more information, please refer to the help documentation.

Of course, if a user isn’t able to reset their own password, any other administrative user who has been granted the “Can Manage Users & Permissions” user permission can reset a user password on their behalf.

Click here to continue reading about some of the other new & improved features coming in MIDAS v4.19!

MIDAS v4.19 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 v4.19 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

When adding new bookings to MIDAS (or modifying existing ones) if there’s an email address on record for the client that you’re making/modifying bookings for, then MIDAS will offer a “Send Booking Confirmation?” tick box on the Booking Availability screen, allowing you to send an automated booking confirmation email notification to the client when the bookings are made.

Sometimes, you may wish these booking confirmation notifications to go to multiple recipients in addition to the primary client that the bookings are for.

That’s why MIDAS v4.19 will automatically detect email addresses added to the standard “Booking Notes” field, or any text custom booking fields, and offer these as additional “CC” email addresses for the booking confirmation notification to also be copied to.

Here’s an example to illustrate:

Detect email addresses entered into booking fields

Two email addresses have been added to the “Booking Notes” field for the above booking. When “Check Availability and Book” is clicked, the following “Booking Availability” screen is shown:

Offer additional recipients for booking confirmation notification

Notice how MIDAS has detected these email addresses and offered each as an optional cc recipient for the booking confirmation email to the client.

Please Note: Cloud-hosted editions of MIDAS will detect a maximum of 5 additional email addresses in booking fields when MIDAS is configured to send via an external SMTP server, or a maximum of 2 additional email addresses when configured to send via the Sendmail option. There are no limits imposed in self-hosted editions.

MIDAS can be configured to send outgoing email via SMTP/Sendmail via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Email. For more information, please refer to the documentation at https://mid.as/help/manage_email_settings

Click here to continue reading about some of the other new & improved features coming in MIDAS v4.19!

MIDAS v4.19 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 v4.19 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

We love giving customers flexibility over how they charge clients for use of their rooms and spaces.

MIDAS already allows specifying different “room rates” for different days of the week, and for different lengths and types of bookings. In addition, venues can be charged “per booking”, “per hour” or “per day”.

For more information on setting venue rates, please see our short video tutorial:

For our upcoming v4.19 release, we’re introducing a new “per person” venue rate:

Per Person Venue Rate

When a venue rate is set to “per person”, the charge for hire of the venue will be determined by the number of attendees for the given booking.

For example, if you set a “per person” venue rate of $5, and you then add a booking with 10 attendees, the total charge for hire of that venue would be 10 x $5 = $50.

You’ll still also be able to setup different rate types for different lengths of bookings too – allowing you to, for instance, charge a reduced rate for lengthier bookings.

Click here to continue reading about some of the other new & improved features coming in MIDAS v4.19!

MIDAS v4.19 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 v4.19 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

New Content Delivery Network (CDN)

May’s been a busy month here at MIDAS HQ!

Not only have we migrated Certificate Authorities to Let’s Encrypt, but we’re also been testing a new Content Delivery Network (CDN) feature in MIDAS.

To explain what a CDN does, imagine viewing a photograph online. That photograph will be stored on a web server somewhere. If you’re in the UK and the server where the photograph resides is located in Australia, it will take your browser longer to establish a connection and download the image from the other side of the world than it would do if the server was located in the same country as the person viewing the image. Now, we may only be talking of a few fractions of a second longer, but if you’re viewing a webpage containing several photographs, that can soon add up!

A Content Delivery Network vastly improves performance by storing (or “caching”) a copy of the photograph from the source server on multiple servers all around the world. Then, when a viewer requests the photograph, the CDN serves a cached copy of the file from whichever server is geographically closest to the viewer. This greatly improves the load time for the viewer, and also reduces the load on the original server (as the photograph is served from the CDN “cache” instead).

As a CDN “caches” a source file/webpage, it is only suitable for “static” content which doesn’t change frequently (for example, images, Javascript, Cascading Style Sheets, downloads, etc). “Dynamic” content (i.e. content which changes frequently/upon each visit, files must still be served directly from the origin server, rather than via the CDN.

In MIDAS v4.18 we unofficially introduced support for serving static resources from a CDN (CloudFlare), and this has been automatically enabled for all MIDAS trials and for all new cloud-hosted customers since the start of April, whilst we closely monitored its impact and effectiveness.

As our CDN trials proved effective and exceeded our expectations, throughout May we’ve been engaged in a phased roll-out of the CDN for remaining cloud-hosted customers, and we’re pleased to announce that all cloud-hosted MIDAS systems now have CDN support enabled.

We’re currently seeing nearly 90% of all requests for static resources being served directly from CloudFlare’s global CDN network, and performance improvements and reduction in load times of customer’s hosted MIDAS systems of between 13% – 67%!

We’re sure you’ll appreciate these performance improvements, which are all part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible service for our customers! …and we’ve more improvements and enhancements in the pipeline too!