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As the wet and windy wintry weather shows no sign of letting up here in the UK, we continue to put the finishing touches to the next update to our MIDAS web based room booking and resource scheduling software, v4.24.

In the previous blog post, we announced support in v4.24 for a new multi-select custom list field. In this blog post, we’re revealing a new user permission we’re adding to our forthcoming update.

“User Permissions” in MIDAS allow administrators to precisely control what each user account within the system can access. From very restrictive “view only” permissions to fully-fledged administrator – and everything in between! In fact, there are well over 30 individual permissions that can be set on a per-account basis – a full list of which can be found here.

For v4.24 we adding a new additional user permission: “Can Bypass Venue Blocks”. To understand the purpose of this new permissions, we first need to understand what “Venue Blocks” actually are..

Back in 2014, we introduced “Venue Blocks” to MIDAS. You can read more about this cool feature in this blog post. Essentially, venue “blocking” allows administrators to set up rules so that when a certain venue is booked, another venue is then automatically blocked from having any bookings during the same time period.

An example of where this may be useful is in a Church environment where you have a quiet prayer room adjacent to a sports hall. It may be desirable to prevent noisy bookings taking place in the sports hall if there’s a prayer meeting happening in the room next door. This is where Venue Blocking comes in.

Another example might be a large room which can either be hired as a whole space, or sub-divided and hired as two separate, smaller, rooms. Obviously, if one of the sub-divides is booked, a booking couldn’t take place in the space as a whole at the same time, so again, this is where Venue Blocking in MIDAS becomes useful, as you can easily prevent this from occurring.

Until now, however, there has been no way to “override” venue blocks, short of removing the blocks from venues themselves. That’s why we’re introducing the new “Can Bypass Venue Blocks” permission for v4.24:

New “Bypass Venue Blocks” permission in v4.24

This permission isn’t granted to any user by default, however any user account which is subsequently granted the “Can Bypass Venue Blocks” permission by an administrative user, will then be able to make bookings in venues regardless of any venue blocking rules defined.

We’re sure this additional user permission will be of considerable use to customers in helping them manage their bookable spaces more effectively. And once again, this improvement is being implemented as a direct result of feedback from our users. We love hearing feedback and suggestions for improvement and new features from our customers, so why note take a moment to vote on some popular suggestions and let us know what you’d like to see in MIDAS in the future!

MIDAS v4.24 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 v4.24 “Beta”, why not join in the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

The next update to our web based room booking and resource scheduling software is just around the corner, and yesterday we started our new blog series giving you a “first look” at some of the new features and improvements you can look forward to in MIDAS v4.11..

Today we’re excited to announce two new user permissions in v4.11 to compliment the extensive range of user permissions already available in MIDAS.

Maximum bookings allowed per date

  • This setting allows you to limit the maximum number of bookings a user may add to any particular calendar date. Left blank, there will be no limit imposed on the number of bookings a user can make.

Maximum booking length

  • This setting allows you to restrict the maximum length of bookings (in minutes) a user is allowed to make. Left blank, there will be no limit imposed on the maximum length of bookings.

If either of these limits are enforced for a particular user, and the user reaches these limits, they will be notified accordingly on their Booking Availability Screens:

New User Permission: Maximum bookings allowed per date

New User Permission: Maximum booking length

MIDAS v4.11 will soon be generally available, however for now it is only available to Beta Testers. We’re currently looking for additional testers to help test and provide feedback/bug reports on this and future updates to our software before release. It’s free and no experience is required. Find out more here.

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