Category: Tips and Tricks


We are delighted to announce the completion of our roll out of dedicated sub domains for all our cloud hosted customers!

Following a desire expressed by a few of our existing customers to be able to have their cloud-hosted MIDAS systems accessible via dedicated sub-domains of mid.as, at the start of this year we began providing this to all new customers who chose a cloud hosted edition of MIDAS.

For instance, if you purchased a cloud-hosted edition of MIDAS in 2016 and your company was called “My Organization”, you would have been able to chose the dedicated MIDAS domain https://my-organization.mid.as for your hosted scheduling system.

However, if your company was called “My Organization” and you purchased a cloud-hosted edition of MIDAS prior to 2016 – before dedicated mid.as sub-domains were available – you’d instead have been accessing your MIDAS system via https://mid.as/my-organization

The good news is that from today, we’ve now rolled out dedicated mid.as sub-domains to all our hosted customers who purchased prior to 2016 as well!

So, if you previously accessed your hosted MIDAS system via https://mid.as/my-organization, you’ll now have the dedicated sub-domain https://my-organization.mid.as (Old mid.as/my-organization URL’s will continue to work and redirect to my-organization.mid.as for some time)

If you purchased a cloud-hosted MIDAS system prior to 2016, we’d like to encourage you to update your bookmarks & links to point to your new dedicated mid.as sub-domain going forward!

There are a few things to note when updating your bookmarks/links:

  1. If your hosted MIDAS URL previously contained any underscores (_), you’ll need to change these to hypens () when updating your bookmarks/links, for example:
    https://mid.as/my_organization would now become https://my-organization.mid.as

  2. If your hosted MIDAS URL previously contained a domain name (other than mid.as) (i.e. .co.uk, .com, etc), you’ll need to remove this part when updating your bookmarks/links, for example:
    https://mid.as/myorganization.com would now become https://myorganization.mid.as

  3. If your hosted MIDAS URL previously contained any period characters (.) (other than the initial period in the primary “mid.as” domain), you’ll need to remove these when updating your bookmarks/links, for example:
    https://mid.as/my.organization would now become https://myorganization.mid.as

If you have any questions, or aren’t sure what the new dedicated sub-domain for your particular hosted MIDAS system is, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

MIDAS version 4: Your Questions Answered

Since releasing MIDAS v4 last month, many of our existing customers have already updated their installation to this major new release of our web based room scheduling system.

If you’re an existing customer with a current Annual Support Subscription, you too can update right now via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update.

As well as regularly updating our blog in recent months outlining new features in v4, We’ve also been updating our Knowledgebase with new articles relating to the new version. We thought we’d take this opportunity to compile a list of common questions we’ve been asked about MIDAS v4 – a sort of mini F.A.Q. if you will!

So if you’ve got questions about updating, or about some of the changes/new features in v4, you may find the following articles helpful:

Updating to MIDAS v4:

Using MIDAS v4:

We’ll keep this post updated each time we add new Knowledgebase articles that relate to MIDAS v4, but if your question isn’t answered here, please contact us

We know customers love our room scheduling software, MIDAS, but some are a little apprehensive at first about approaching their boss with the recommendation that their organization makes the switch to MIDAS…. we hear you! That’s why last year we created a FREE PowerPoint presentation that you can download and use when presenting our software to your boss, board of directors, or management committee.

We’ve now updated this free PowerPoint presentation (compatible with PowerPoint 97 and later) to include details of new features in MIDAS v4, along with some new and updated screenshots.

Download: MIDAS Web Based Room Scheduling Software Sales Presentation (4MB PowerPoint Presentation)

What’s more, if you don’t use PowerPoint, we’re also now making this presentation available in .pdf format:

Download: MIDAS Web Based Room Scheduling Software Sales Presentation (2MB PDF Document)

…or if you can’t view either PowerPoint or pdf files, here are the individual slides from the presentation as image files:

8 New Video Tutorials Now Available

We know you love our easy to follow, step-by-step video tutorials for MIDAS… so we’ve just uploaded a whole bunch of new ones, updating for the very latest release of MIDAS, version 4!

With nearly an hour of new tutorials, broken down into 8 new individual tutorials, the following topics are covered:

  • Setting Up Your Venues
  • Setting Up & Allocating Resources
  • Add, Modify, and Delete Bookings
  • Add, Modify, Delete, and Email Clients
  • Invoicing
  • Accept Booking Requests Online
  • Control and Customize Booking Fields
  • Messages, Notifications, Reminders, and Watches

If you’re an existing user of MIDAS, you’re sure to find these tutorials useful as you start exploring MIDAS v4. If you’re not a MIDAS user just yet, these tutorials will show you just how easy our software is to use, and provide an insight into some of the incredibly powerful and versatile features you can expect from MIDAS.

You can find this video tutorials at http://mid.as/tutorials as well as on our YouTube channel

We offer our web based room scheduling software for download and use on your own web server, or alternatively if you don’t have access to a web server that meets our Minimum System Requirements, we can instead “Remotely Host” MIDAS for you at https://mid.as/your_company

Today we’ve released a new tool to help you determine whether your web server is capable of running MIDAS. Our “Server Readiness” tool is a small Perl script which can be uploaded to your server, and then accessed through your web browser. This tool will then perform a series of tests on your server and alert you to any potential issues that may prevent your from installing and/or running MIDAS on your server. If issues are detected, the “Server Readiness” tool will offer helpful insights into how each issue may be addressed!

The Server Readiness script checks over 10 different parameters to ensure that you have the correct Perl modules installed on your server, no conflicting extensions are present, scripts can read/write to your server, there is enough free space remaining on your disk quota, and that your server is able to establish a connection to the internet.

Test your server configuration
The above is a screenshot of the “Server Readiness” tool finding no issues with a server

Check your server configuration
The above is a screenshot of the “Server Readiness” tool finding an issue with the server’s configuration, and offering a solution to fix the problem

How to use this tool:
1) Download the servercheck.pl script
2) Upload it to your server at the location when you plan on installing MIDAS
3) Grant the script “execute” permission i.e. CHMOD 755 (if applicable to your server)
4) If the location where Perl is located on your isn’t “/usr/bin/perl” you may need to edit the first line of the servercheck.pl file to reflect the correct location
5) Access the servercheck.pl file via its corresponding URL in your web browser and follow the on-screen instructions

UPDATE 18th May 2012:
We’ve just updated our Server Readiness tool in advance of the upcoming release of MIDAS v4 so you can ensure that your server is ready for this major update!