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MIDAS v4.04 – Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the availability of MIDAS v4.04!

Read on to find out all about the new features and improvements that have made it into the latest update to our powerful web based room scheduling software.

Venue-Specific Resources

Venue-specific ResourcesIn v4.04, we’ve introduced “venue-specific” resources! Previously, any resources you added to MIDAS would then be available globally across all of your venues. Now, you can specify your resources (equipment, consumables, and staffing) to only be available to specific venues. So, for instance, if you schedule a mixture of both sports facilities and classrooms, and you have “Football Nets” defined as a resource, you can now restrict this resource to only be available to say your “Sports Hall” and “All Weather Pitch”, but not available for classrooms!

 

New Web Request Settings

New Web Request SettingsThe “Public Booking Request” (web request) is a standard feature of our web based scheduling software, allowing non-users (i.e. visitors to your website/members of the public) to check your venue’s availability and make booking requests. This feature of our scheduling software is one of the most popular, and so based on customer feedback, we’ve implemented three new settings in v4.04….

 

Show Hours of Operation

By default, your venue’s operating hours are not revealed on your Public Booking Request screen. This setting will show a visual representation of each venue’s hours of operation (similar to that shown to logged in users). NOTE: Whether this setting is enabled or not, requesters will still not be able to make booking requests outside of your operating hours – this setting merely provides a visual indication to requesters of when your venues are closed.

Show Venue Capacities

On the initial screen of the Public Booking Request process, each of your publicly requestable venues are listed, along with the capacity (maximum occupancy) of each. In some cases it may be desirable to hide the capacity information on this screen – especially if you don’t use MIDAS primarily to schedule venues (For instance, some customers use MIDAS, and the Public Booking Request features, to allow staff to schedule support technicians or their own annual leave). This new setting removes information on your venue capacities from your Public Booking Request screens.

Auto-Approve Booking Requests

If enabled, this new setting will automatically approve and convert all received booking “requests” into actual confirmed bookings (availability permitting). This setting is ideal if you’d like members of the public to be able to schedule their own appointments without first requiring approval from a MIDAS administrator.

Sort Booking Requests

Sort Booking RequestsWith v4.04, you can now quickly sort received booking requests by either the date/time that the booking request was made, or the date/time that the requested booking starts, in either ascending or descending order, by simply clicking the corresponding heading. In earlier versions this was fixed to sort requests by booking start times in ascending order.

 

New URL Custom Booking Field Type

New Custom URL Booking FieldMIDAS already allows you to add your own custom booking fields – these custom fields can either be single-line text, multi-line text, numeric, or drop-down list.
With v4.04 we’ve added a new custom booking field option: URL – allowing you to attach one or more internet addresses (URLs) to your bookings, which are also “clickable” allowing users to navigate to the URL.

 

Custom URL FieldThis could be useful to link to the homepage of the organization that the booking is for, or to link to a .pdf or Word document with further information about the booking, or an associated booking contract/insurance certificate… or anything you want!

 

Other New Settings

We’ve also added a couple of other new settings for v4.04…

Account for Pending Booking Requests when checking Booking Availability

Account for Pending Booking Requests when checking Booking Availability

By default, when making bookings, MIDAS doesn’t take into account any outstanding Pending Booking Requests when checking Booking Availability. For example, if a booking request is currently “pending” for Room 1 on Monday from 9am-10am, whilst it remains “pending”, other actual bookings can still be made for this venue/time slot.

To prevent any other bookings being made in slots where “pending” bookings are still awaiting approval, select this option. MIDAS will then show “Unavailable” for subsequent bookings that would conflict with outstanding booking requests.

Enable links for phone numbers (Skype integration)

If enabled, phone/cell numbers displayed within MIDAS will become clickable (using the callto: prefix). If you have compatible software installed on your device, such as Skype, clicking these numbers within MIDAS initiate a call to the corresponding number.

Other New Features

  • Quickly “duplicate” bookings by dragging them whilst holding Shift
  • Ability to filter by booking type when searching for bookings

Changelog / Release Notes

The full changelog may be viewed here

Recent NEW addons

Did you know that during August we released TWO new addons for MIDAS?
With the “Web Calendars” you can seamlessly embed calendars directly into your website, and the “Digital Signage” addon is a powerful solution offering real-time display of ongoing and upcoming room bookings on TV screens around your site!
Read more about these exciting new addons here


How to get MIDAS v4.04

Existing customers with an ongoing Annual Support Subscription are entitled to a FREE update to v4.04, which can be obtained within the software via MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update.

If you’re an existing customer with a recently expired Annual Support Subscription, don’t worry – you can quickly renew your subscription to get the update to v4.04.

…and if we remotely host MIDAS for you, there’s no need to do anything – we’ve already automatically updated you to v4.04!

If you’re not yet using MIDAS for your organization’s scheduling, you can purchase online directly through our website.

Coming Soon in MIDAS v4.04

Whilst many people have been away on holiday relaxing over the past couple of months, we here at MIDAS HQ have been busy working on the next update to our web based room scheduling software. So we thought we’d take this opportunity to let you know about some of the exciting new and improved features coming soon in v4.04.

Venue-Specific Resources

Venue-specific ResourcesIn v4.04, we’re introducing “venue-specific” resources! In previous versions any resources you added to MIDAS would then be available globally across all of your venues. Now, you can specify your resources (equipment, consumables, and staffing) to be available only to specific venues. For example, say you schedule a mixture of both sports facilities and classrooms, and you have “Football Nets” defined as a resource. In v4.04 you can restrict this resource to only be available to your “Sports Hall” and “All Weather Pitch”, but not available for a classroom!

New Web Request Settings

New Web Request Settings

The “Public Booking Request” (web request) standard feature of our web based scheduling software allows non-users (i.e. visitors to your website/members of the public) to check your venue’s availability and make booking requests. We often receive ideas and suggestions from our customers of new features they’d like to see in this particular area, so for v4.04, we’ve implemented three new settings….

Auto-Approve Booking Requests

If enabled, this new setting will automatically approve and convert all received booking “requests” into actual confirmed bookings (availability permitting). This setting is ideal if you’d like members of the public to be able to schedule their own appointments without first requiring approval from a MIDAS administrator.

Show Hours of Operation

By default, your venue’s operating hours are not revealed on your Public Booking Request screen. This setting will show a visual representation of each venue’s hours of operation (similar to that shown to logged-in users). NOTE: Whether this setting is enabled or not, requesters will still not be able to make booking requests outside of your operating hours – this setting merely provides a visual indication to requesters of when your venues are closed.

Show Venue Capacities

On the first screen of the Public Booking Request process, each of your publicly requestable venues are listed, along with the capacity (maximum occupancy) of each. In some cases it may be desirable to hide the capacity information on this screen – especially if you don’t use MIDAS to schedule venues. This setting removes information on your venue capacities from your Public Booking Request screens.

Sort Booking Requests

Sort Booking RequestsWith v4.04, you’ll be able to quickly sort received booking requests by either the date/time that the booking request was made, or the date/time that the requested booking starts, in either ascending or descending order, by simply clicking the corresponding heading. In earlier versions this sort was fixed to ascending booking start times.

 

New URL Custom Booking Field Type

New Custom URL Booking FieldMIDAS already allows you to add your own custom booking fields – these custom fields can either be single-line text, multi-line text, numeric, or drop-down list.
With v4.04 we’re adding a new custom booking field option: URL – allowing you to attach one or more internet addresses (URLs) to your bookings, which are also “clickable” allowing users to navigate to the URL.

 

Custom URL FieldThis could be useful to link to the homepage of the organization that the booking is for, or to link to a .pdf or Word document with further information about the booking, or an associated booking contract/insurance certificate… or anything you want!

 

Other New Settings

We’ve also added a couple of other new settings with v4.04…

Account for Pending Booking Requests when checking Booking Availability

Account for Pending Booking Requests when checking Booking Availability

By default, when making bookings, MIDAS doesn’t take into account any outstanding Pending Booking Requests when checking Booking Availability. For example, if a booking request is currently “pending” for Room 1 on Monday from 9am-10am, whilst it remains “pending”, other actual bookings can still be made for this venue/time slot.

To prevent any other bookings being made in slots where “pending” bookings are still awaiting approval, select this option. MIDAS will then show “Unavailable” for subsequent bookings that would conflict with outstanding booking requests.

Enable links for phone numbers (Skype integration)

If enabled, phone/cell numbers displayed within MIDAS will become clickable. If you have compatible software installed on your device, such as Skype, clicking these numbers within MIDAS initiate a call to the corresponding number.


MIDAS v4.04 is expected to become available to Beta Testers soon, and then shortly after to become generally available.

Existing customers with an ongoing Annual Support Subscription will be entitled to a FREE update to v4.04 when it becomes available.

Also, did you know that during August we released TWO new addons for MIDAS? Read more about them here