Archive for November, 2019


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 “Feeds” addon.

For those customers who are familiar with the previous “RSS Feeds” addon, the new “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 “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 “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!)