Category: News


MIDAS v4.22 Out Now!

We’re excited to announce the release today of v4.22 of our MIDAS room booking system, which includes the often requested feature of “custom client fields”.

Similar to the existing “custom booking fields” feature we first introduced back in 2010, which allows administrators to add further bespoke booking fields to their MIDAS booking system in addition of the standard booking fields, the new custom client fields feature provides similar functionality now to your client records.

What’s more, customers running self-hosted MIDAS booking systems can now also attach documents (for instance insurance certificates, signed contracts, etc) directly to client records through the use of custom client fields.

Here’s What’s New & Improved in v4.22:

  • New: Custom Client fields
  • New: Venue Utilization report based upon venue capacities
  • New: “All Days” tick box to allow setting venue rates for all days at once
  • New: MIDAS now warns if its database isn’t compatible with current software version
  • Improved: Option to split resources into categories when printing bookings as a table
  • Improved: Booking Grid View filter setting now persists between session
  • Improved: Booking Information Panel can now be scrolled if lengthy notes, etc are present
  • Improved: Booking Information Panel now remembers selected tab between sessions
  • Improved: Booking Information Panel “Pin” now remembers its state between sessions
  • Improved: Default Booking Type field no longer shown on Add/Modify Client dialog if no booking types defined
  • Improved: XML settings file migrated to JSON
  • Improved: Performance improvements (Pages now load ~200ms faster than before)
  • Improved: HiContrast theme
  • Improved: Initial page title now indicates friendly database name if only a single database is defined
  • Improved: The MIDAS updater now also automatically updates any installed addons
  • Improved: Logging for IPv6 and IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses
  • Improved: Custom Logo shown when logged in (in bottom left) now auto hides if booking information panel would cover it
  • Update: Stripe for SCA regulation (3D Secure support)
  • Fixed: Cumulative roll-up of various fixes for issues discovered since v4.21

How To Get MIDAS v4.22…

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 v4.22 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 v4.22. 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 will be automatically updated to this latest version of MIDAS over the coming weekend!

Thank you for your continued support of our software, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new features and improvements in MIDAS v4.22!

If you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you!

MIDAS v4.21 Out Now!

We enjoy bringing you new and exciting features to our MIDAS room booking and resource scheduling software, and our latest update v4.21 released a few days ago is no exception!

For this latest update, we’ve been busy “under the hood” optimizing the back-end database structure and queries to make them even more efficient both in terms of speed and memory usage. We’ve also added a host of new invoicing features – including the introduction of “Deposit” invoices – and we’ve re-worked the bulk venue modification feature too to make it more user-friendly.

Here’s What’s New & Improved in v4.21:

How To Get MIDAS v4.21…

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 v4.21 securely through our website and be up and running in no time!

“Self Hosted” Customers:

Self-Hosted customers with ongoing Annual Support Subscriptions will be able to update to v4.21 in the coming 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 now been automatically updated to this latest version of MIDAS!

Thank you for your continued support of our software, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new features and improvements in MIDAS v4.21!

If you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you!

MIDAS is now on Reddit

MIDAS on Reddit
Are you a Reddit user?

There’s now a dedicated MIDAS sub Reddit (/r/mid_as/) for our customers and users to ask questions and receive community support from other MIDAS users around the world.

Get involved and make sure you subscribe to our Reddit, as today (Black Friday), we’ve posted a very special Black Friday offer EXCLUSIVELY on Reddit.

If you’re not subscribed to /r/mid_as/ you may well miss it (and potentially other future offers for our Reddit subscribers too!)

In addition to Reddit, don’t forget that you can also find us on your other favorite social media platforms too, including:

MIDAS v4.20 Out Now!

Earlier this month we released the latest update (v4.20) to our MIDAS room booking and resource scheduling software!

For this latest update, our main focus has been on updating and improving some of the visual elements of MIDAS, which you can read about in more depth in our previous post. We’ve also introduced a new addon for Microsoft Teams, as well as making several small improvements to MIDAS and also squashed 17 bugs that were discovered since the previous v4.19 release (don’t worry, no actual living bugs were harmed!).

Here’s What’s New & Improved in v4.20:

  • New: Honeycomb, Squares, and Wood visual themes
  • New: Drag & Drop Duplicate/Reschedule touch screen support
  • Improved: Visual themes now all include high-resolution SVG icons
  • Improved: Browser performance when loading data in the Client tab of the Booking Information Panel
  • Improved: After generating invoices from existing bookings, the invoicing screen now refreshes to show newly created invoices
  • Improved: Pending Booking Request screen will no longer show booking fields which have been hidden
  • Change: Bulk modifying venues no longer bulk modifies venue descriptions
  • Fixed: Cumulative roll-up of various fixes for issues discovered since v4.19 – see https://bugs.mid.as for details

How To Get MIDAS v4.20…

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 v4.20 securely through our website and be up and running in no time!

“Self Hosted” Customers:

Self-Hosted customers with ongoing Annual Support Subscriptions will be able to update to v4.20 in the coming 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 now been automatically updated to this latest version of MIDAS!

Thank you for your continued support of our software, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new visual themes and user interface improvements in MIDAS!

MIDAS and Internet Explorer 11

Here are MIDAS HQ we love getting feedback from our customers! Whether positive or critical, all feedback is important to us as it helps us to continually develop and improve our MIDAS room booking & resource scheduling software and service to make it the best it can be!

Our customer feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and you can read some of these comments on our website and also on independent review sites such as TrustPilot.

However, in recent times a handful of customers have commented specifically in relation to the user interface (UI) of MIDAS, which a few perceive as now a little “dated”.

We wanted to begin addressing this for our next MIDAS update, v4.20, and so we’ve introduced a number of changes and improvements in this area which you can read about in the following blog post.

However, we also thought it would be useful to explain some of the challenges we’ve faced with regards to the UI over the years.

As you may or may not know, MIDAS has been in continuous active development for well over a decade, and our philosophy has always been to support ALL popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Apple Safari, and more recently Microsoft Edge).

Room Booking System for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Edge This has been an enormous task over the years, but we feel strongly that our users should have a choice of which web browser they use, with a consistent MIDAS experience between browsers, and not be forced to use one particular browser in order to be able to access and use our MIDAS software.

It’s fair to say that the most difficult web browser to maintain support for over the years continues to be Microsoft’s Internet Explorer series, primarily because it has always lagged way behind all other vendor’s browser offerings in terms of its development, updates, and support for the latest standards (the web has developed and evolved significantly over the years we’ve been developing MIDAS, and Internet Explorer doesn’t keep up!).

To some extent we’ve been “held back” over the years by our decision to continue to support customers who force their uses to use Internet Explorer, however, as of today the only version of Internet Explorer we officially support is 11, having deprecated support for IE10 & 9, IE8, IE7, and IE6 over the past decade.

MIDAS and Internet Explorer 11 Continuing to support MIDAS in IE11 for the very small (and ever decreasing) percentage of our users who continue to use this old browser limits how we can develop MIDAS, particularly in terms of the user interface.

Whilst we would have loved to have dropped IE11 support long ago, Microsoft have committed to providing mainstream support for IE11 until the end of life of the operating systems upon which it is installed – namely, Windows 7, 8 and 10. Windows 7 & 8 have both now reached their EOL (End Of Life) for mainstream support, however Windows 10 is still actively supported by Microsoft and will continue to be for the foreseeable future (for a minimum of at least two years).

That’s why we’ve taken the difficult – but necessary – decision that at some point during 2019 we’ll officially be dropping IE11 support in MIDAS.

This won’t necessarily mean that MIDAS will suddenly cease to function for IE11 users next year, but it does mean that over time new features and new user interface elements and enhancements may not display or even function correctly if you continue to access MIDAS using Internet Explorer 11.

If you’re currently an IE11 user, there is however, plenty of time to switch to a different web browser and there’s plenty of choice when it comes to modern alternative web browsers.

MIDAS will continue to be supported in recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Opera.

We appreciate that this may affect a very small number of users, but we hope this blog post gives some insight and understanding as to why we’re making this decision and also gives you plenty of time to switch to an alternative, more modern, web browser.

As ever, if you have any questions or concerns over how this may impact you and your organization’s use of MIDAS, please don’t hesitate to contact us and our friendly team will be only too happy to help!