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MIDAS v4.17 Out Now!

A very Happy Christmas from MIDAS HQ!

Whilst many businesses shut down over the Christmas period, we also appreciate that that many of our customer’s businesses remain open this time of year. That’s why our Priority Support remains available across the festive season to those customers with active Annual Support subscriptions!

We’re also excited to announce our latest update to MIDAS, v4.17 is now available!

Here’s What’s New & Improved in v4.17:

How To Get MIDAS v4.17…

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 v4.17 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 v4.17 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 the latest version of MIDAS!

We’ve plenty more exciting updates in the pipeline for 2018, so watch this space!

In the meantime, whatever you’re up to this festive season, we wish you a very happy and peaceful time with friends, family, and loved ones.

Coming Soon: New Custom Links Addon

We have an growing range of optional “addons” available to extend the capabilities of your MIDAS Room Booking and Resource Scheduling system.

Along with the forthcoming v4.17 update to MIDAS, we’ll also be launching a brand new “Custom Links” optional addon, based upon feedback we’ve received from some of our customers.

Customers have expressed the desire to be able to add their own custom links after the standard “Logout”, “Change Password”, “Help” and “Full Screen” links underneath the main date near the top of the screen when users are logged in:

Standard links when logged into MIDAS

Our new “Custom Links” addon allows administrators to do just that – add up to three additional custom links for logged in users:

MIDAS Custom Links Addon

Administrators will be able to specify the name of the link as it will appear on screen, as well as the URL to the webpage or resource to link to. Furthermore, administrators can also specify whether each link should open in a new tab/window, or within the main booking grid area:

Custom link to Wikipedia opened within MIDAS

Custom link to an Accuweather forecast opened within MIDAS

A note about opening custom links in the booking grid area: Some 3rd party websites prevent their content from being directly embedded within other websites/apps. In such instances, you would need to specify that your custom link opens in a new window instead.

As mentioned, the new Custom Links addon is expected to become available with the upcoming release of v4.17, but in the meantime be sure to also check out some of our other exciting addons available for MIDAS at https://mid.as/addons

MIDAS v4.17 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 v4.17 “Beta”, please consider becoming a beta tester (we reward our Beta testers too!)

With v4.17 (the next update to our world class web based room booking and resource scheduling system, MIDAS) just around the corner, we’re giving you a first look at here on our blog of some of the new features and improvements you can expect to see in our next release.

Today, we’ll look at the improvements coming to “booking types”. Booking Types allow you to color-code bookings based on their “type” making them easier to spot in the booking grid. Furthermore, you can assign discounts to each booking type, allowing you to charge different rates depending upon the type of booking. You can also set booking types to be “tentative“, so that bookings assigned that type will automatically be removed if not confirmed in a timely manner.

This time last year, for v4.14, we introduced the ability to set a default booking type on a per-client basis. For v4.17, we’re also giving you the ability to specify a global default booking type. If set, then any bookings added without a booking type being specified, will automatically be assigned the default type. This is especially useful if you’ve “hidden” the booking type selector from view, as you can still assign bookings a default booking type.

Additionally, following customer feedback, we’re making it possible for you to limit which booking types are available for selection on the public web request/booking screens. Many organizations have “internal” booking types/classifications that they don’t wish to make available to external clients, so this new feature will allow this to be achieved!

You’ll find the new “Public?” and “Set as Default?” options on the Manage Booking Types screen (MIDAS Admin Options → Manage Booking Types), where they will affect the currently selected booking type. If a booking type is currently set as being the default, this will be indicated by an “*” after its name in the “All Booking Types” list.

Set Booking Types as Public and/or Default in MIDAS
MIDAS v4.17 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 v4.17 “Beta”, please consider becoming a beta tester (we reward our Beta testers too!)

It’s been a little while since we last blogged, but that’s because we’ve been busy working away on the next update to our web based room booking and resource scheduling software, MIDAS.

Over the next few posts, we’re excited to give you a first look at some of the new features and improvements you can expect in this forthcoming update.

First up – Custom Resource Categories!

“Resources” are additional items/services you can add to your bookings. Until now, resources have been split into three distinct categories; “Equipment”, “Staffing”, and “Consumables”.

The differences between each of these three categories are outlined below:

Equipment:

Resources categorized as “Equipment” are those which are charged per booking, irrespective of the length of a booking. For example, a Flip Chart may be added to this section, as its charge would be the same for 30mins or 2hours. The “Quantity Available” allows you to define how many flipcharts are available site-wide at any one time. So, if you own 5 flipcharts, set the “Quantity Available” to 5. MIDAS will then not allow more than 5 flipcharts to be in-use at the same time.

Consumables

Resources categorized as “Consumables” are those which would only be used one-time, and cannot be reused. For example, paper for a flipchart could be classed as a consumable. The “Quantity Available” figure is very fluid in this category. For example, you may have bulk purchased 100 flipchart paper pads, so you would set the “Quantity Available” to 100. However, unlike the other categories, whenever a quantity of a consumable is added to a booking, the remaining “Quantity Available” of that resource decreases by the same amount. i.e. once all 100 flipchart pads have been used, they will no longer be able to be added to bookings, until your stocks are replenished, and the “Quantity Available” updated accordingly. Consumables, like Equipment, are charged per booking.

Staffing

Staffing is a section to list human resources you have available to clients. These are charged per hour when added to bookings. For example, you may have 3 AV Technician’s on staff, with an hourly rate of $40. Adding these details to the Staffing section of resources will allow your staff to be allocated to bookings and the client charged accordingly.


Following requests from a number of our existing users, for MIDAS v4.17, we’re adding the flexibility to add your own custom resource categories in addition to the three standard categories:

Custom Resource Categories in MIDAS

This will be idea for organizations with large numbers of resources, as they can now be broken down into smaller groups.

Each custom resource category you add can be named, and resources assigned to it accordingly. You can also specify how resources assigned to the category should behave in terms of billing and remaining quantities (i.e. as Equipment, Consumables, or Staffing).

When adding resources to bookings, additional tabs will be shown on the Add Resources dialog for each of your custom categories:

Adding Resources From Custom Categories to Bookings in MIDAS

We believe this new feature offers even more flexibility when it comes to managing your resources along with your venues in MIDAS!

MIDAS v4.17 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 v4.17 “Beta”, please consider becoming a beta tester (we reward our Beta testers too!)

In the meantime, why not become more familiar with how “Resources” work within MIDAS in our short “How To Setup Resources & Add Them To Bookings” video tutorial: