BookingPOINT is a powerful booking / library system, allowing you to take full control of the booking and borrowing process, while making sure everything runs smoothly. Does your university / college need a powerful library booking system to manage assets such as cameras, equipment, books, rooms etc? Then BookingPOINT may be the best solution for you. We can customise BookingPOINT to meet your exact needs. If BookingPOINT doesn't quite fit your requirements, then let us know and we can customise it to suit your exact needs.
What is new in this release:
New: Added the ability to choose your paper size for printing in Settings. Options are A4, Letter & Legal, with the default being A4.
Fix: The last update (5.3.3) only corrected the issue with corrupt Resource Types if corruption existed, however if corruption didn't exist then version 5.3.3 could still potentially corrupt new Resource Types. This version fixes the issue.
What is new in version 5.0:
New: Brand new interface design - the BookingPOINT interface has been completely overhauled and modernised.
New: Back / Forward buttons to navigate back and forth between pages just like a web browser.
New: Web users can now see which borrower has booked a resource by clicking on a booking. This is an optional feature that can be turned on or off via Settings. By default, it is on.
New: Quick search filed has been added to the list and entry screens.
New: Option to choose whether web users login in with their Student Number, Barcode or a custom login name. Especially useful for external authentication where custom login names are in use. Option can be set via Web tab in Settings.
New: Ability to reprint last loan agreement from pickup screen.
New: Serial Number field has been added to Kit Items.
New: Added import and export feature for Kit Items. There are new import and export buttons at the bottom of the Resources list screen.
New: Added an export feature for Bookings. There's a new export button at the bottom of the Bookings list screen.
New: On the Week View and Day View screens, users can now choose to show all resources, show resources in the cart, show booked resources, show due resources and show upcoming bookings via the Resource Type drop down filter. This applies to web as well.
New: Admin operators can now 'ignore restrictions' via the booking popup window without needing to first close the window.
New: Added ability to search for resources on the Week View and Day View screens when there's no borrower selected.
New: Added ability to view a booking via the Week View and Day View screens when there's no borrower selected.
New: On the Week View and Day View screens, hitting the Enter key after typing the search criteria will perform the search. (Excludes web).
New: Upcoming Bookings tab has been added to resources screen; showing all upcoming bookings for the resource being viewed.
New: List screens can now be grouped in sections. A new checkbox called 'Group Records' has been added to the Borrowers List, Resources List and Bookings List screens. When activated, records will be grouped by the column that's being sorted. NOTE: Only applicable to some columns and not others.
New: Added In/Out field on Today List.
New: Added ability to print Borrowers, Resources and Bookings (both list and detail pages).
New: Added a dark grey colour to calendar grid for both Week View and Day View. Dark grey shows time slots that can't be booked over (i.e. blockouts, semester, term), whereas the original light grey colour shows time slots that can be booked over (i.e. weekends, public holidays).
New: Added Office Hours to web site on the initial Terms and Conditions page when user logs on via the web. Entry is done via Settings.
New: Added Office Hours to web site on the booking entry dialog.
New: On the Service Booking tab in Resources, you can see a list of upcoming scheduled services.
New: A new tab called 'Service History' has been added in Resources which shows a list of past services. NOTE: Prior to this version, service reason was not kept and therefore older service records wont show a reason, only new ones created from hereon.
New: Added 'View All' button to view all bookings via the Historical Bookings tab and Upcoming Bookings tab in Resources. Also, removed BookingID as a method to view a single booking; instead showing a 'View' button.
New: Added a new 'Due' field. The field shows whether the resource is due or overdue and how many days. If the resource is due today it shows the time it's due. Overdue values are shown in red. The new field has been added throughout BookingPOINT.
New: Added 'View' button to view a single booking via the Upcoming Bookings tab, Loaned Resources tab and Historical Bookings tab in Borrowers.
New: Borrower column in Today List is now a link button that takes you the borrower record.
New: The From and To time can now be specified for service bookings.
New: Added a new 'View' button in Resources to go to the current booking record.
New: Added service reason to bookings detail screen.
New: Returned date & time has been added to the Historical Bookings tabs in both Borrowers and Resources.
New: Added a 'Show Cart' button on Week View and Day view screens which shows unsaved reservations that are in the 'shopping cart'. The button shows a count of the reserved items.
New: Added option to add a logo to the loan agreement via Settings.
New: Added 'Ignore Closed Time' checkbox to Week View, Day View and Booking Window. When checked, all closed times such as block outs, week ends, public holidays, office hours etc. are ignored.
New: Added 'Ignore Term Breaks' checkbox as a borrower privilege set option, which will hide term breaks on the calendar for relevant borrowers and allow them to make bookings during term breaks.
New: Web users can now click on the resource name to view more information about the resource such as description and kit items, but only if the information exists.
New: Added a new option in Settings called 'Auto select all bookings at Pickup' - when checked, the 'Pickup' checkbox on the Pickup screen will be automatically selected for all bookings.
Change: FileMaker 10 and 11 are no longer supported, only FileMaker 12 is supported as of this version.
Change: In the past, a dialog would ask users if they wanted to save or loose the unsaved reservations before doing a new search while on the Week View and Day View screens. Now there's no dialog when doing a new search and the unsaved reservations are kept.
Change: Colour coded all occurrences of the In/Out. Text is green if the resource is 'IN' and red if the resource is 'OUT'.
Change: Searching by item name or barcode on the Week View and Day View screens has been combined into one search field.
Change: Added Group ID and Group Name to Resources export.
Change: When you click 'ignore restrictions' in the booking screen it will now retain the founds set and keep any active reservations.
Change: When swapping a resource at time of pickup, only bookings where an overlap exists will be swapped rather than all future bookings.
Change: The terms and conditions text on the web is now scrollable, i.e. a scroll bar appears if there's more text.
Change: Added more room for Borrower Privileges in Settings area.
Change: Loan Agreement can now fit more items per page.
Change: Removed the Overdue Resources tab in Borrowers as the Loaned Resources tab now does the same thing since we've added the new 'Due' field which shows if the resource is due or overdue.
Change: When viewing resources being returned via the 'View' button on the 'Return' screen, Kit Items are now shown on the window.'Supplementary Items' field and 'Detail' field are now larger and scrollable to show more info.
Change: Group Name field in Resources is now much wider to allow larger group names.
Change: Optimised code for minor performance increase.
Change: The minimum screen width has increased from 780px to 900px.
Change: Only Resource Types NOT flagged as 'Requires Pickup' can be booked outside office hours. (i.e. rooms that don't require pickup can only be booked after hours)
Change: Web accounts were being created / updated only when the user left the borrower screen, now web accounts are created / updated immediately when the relevant fields are modified (i.e. student number, barcode or custom login).
Change: Reshuffled things around in Settings. Renamed 'Pickup/Return' tab to 'Office Hours', rearranged the whole screen, moved Closed For Business to Office Hours tab.
Change: The My Bookings tab on the web has been organised with two new sub-tabs 'Upcoming' and 'On Loan'.
Change: The 'Current Booking' fields in Resources can now be searched.
Change: The Service Booking tab in Resources has been improved. The screen now shows current service details and scheduled services. The button that was used for booking a resource in for a service has been split into two separate buttons, one that books a resources into service immediately, and one that schedules a service at a later date.
Change: The current booking section in Resources now shows service bookings whereas they were never shown before.
Change: The Loan Agreement section in Settings has been rearranged.
Change: With the introduction of 'Ignore Closed Time' checkbox, any closed time restrictions (i.e. blackout, holidays, term, semesters etc.) that were handled by 'Ignore Restrictions' are now handled by 'Ignore Closed Time' instead.
Change: The calendar cells are much wider and easier to work with.
Change: When performing an advanced search, if no results are found the last set is restored rather than showing all records.
Change: Clicking the 'Today' button on the Day View calendar now takes you to the current time as well. For example, if it's currently 1pm, then the calendar will start at 1pm, whereas it used to always start at 7am regardless of the current time.
Change: You cannot book resources overnight via the Day View calendar, only time based bookings. Likewise, you cannot book time based bookings via the Week View calendar, only overnight bookings.
Change: When creating a recurring booking, if any of them clash with exiting bookings or closed days then the clash is skipped and the rest of the recurring bookings are kept. In the past, all recurring bookings were cleared when a clash was detected.
Change: Added new menu item called "In/Out" and moved Pickup and Return screens over to new menu.
Change: When swapping resources or editing the supplement items via the Pickup screen, the Pickup checkbox will be automatically selected.
Change: Added quantity for Kit Items on Loan Agreement.
Fix: Barcode fields in Resources and Borrowers will now clear out any unwanted carriage returns and spaces, which was causing problems with scanning since barcodes didn't match exactly.
Fix: If a borrower tried to extend a booking via the web when they didn't have the privileges to do so, a message would appear and they would get stuck on the screen.
Fix: On rare occasions overdue email reminders were not being sent to borrowers.
Fix: Sometimes overdue emails would advise the borrower that they had non-pickup item overdue (eg. rooms).
Fix: When adding a new Resource Type to a borrower Privilege Set, you can now immediately edit it's Restrictions. Previously the Restrictions window would display, but could not be edited until the windows were closed.
Fix: While editing a booked or reserved resource, if you got a validation error you would get stuck at the booking window.
Fix: When you had resource types with similar names, sometimes at the booking screen you could see resources that your privileges should not have allowed you to see.
Fix: Search results on the Week View screen would sometimes show resources belonging only on the Day View screen and vice versa.
Fix: The 'Show All' button on the Week View screen would sometimes show resources belonging only on the Day View screen and vice versa.
Fix: Clicking cells on the Day View screen would sometimes not register the mouse click correctly and fail to view / edit the booking.
Fix: The pickup select checkbox would sometimes auto select resources that don't require pickup.
Fix: Barcode fields on Pickup and Return screens would sometimes trigger the search before all characters were inputted by the scanner.
Fix: Operators that were assigned to a privilege set other than the 'Admin' privilege set could not export records even if the permission was granted.
Fix: Navigating to the Resources module would go to the list screen rather than to the last screen you were viewing.
Fix: All usage reports now only show bookings that have been returned or currently on loan, excluding bookings yet to be picked up, missed bookings etc.
Fix: Navigating between Resources and Week View / Day View screens would loose the found set of records being viewed. Found sets are now retained.
Fix: Fixed an issue where borrowers with multiple privileges couldn't book after hour bookings correctly.
Fix: Day View calendar was showing time that had passed as available for resources that can be booked outside office hours.
Fix: The calendar would show 'Year End' closed for business, but was ignoring the reopen date and showing all future dates as closed.
Fix: Bookings could be returned after 'Year End' closed for business if there was a reopen date - now all resources must be returned prior to year end.
Fix: Fixed cell alignment issue on web Day View calendar.
Fix: When last cell on Day View was clicked, user was able to make a booking and bypass closed for business which began the following day.
Fix: Sometimes web accounts were not being created web users could not log in.
Fix: Long dates were being chopped on the various booking tabs in Borrowers, increased field size.
Fix: Resources can no longer be booked over term breaks.
Fix: Block Out times now show on the week view calendar and cannot be booked over.
Fix: If the borrower doesn't have permission to extend bookings, the 'Ignore Restrictions' feature will now allow the booking to be extended.
Fix: Resources can now be scheduled for a service at a later date.
Fix: Return screen wasn't showing overdue items in the list when the option 'Resources due for return' was selected.
Fix: When importing resources with no barcode, the resources were being rejected. Resources with no barcode will now be imported.
Fix: When importing borrowers with no student number, the borrowers were being rejected. Borrowers with no student number will now be imported.
Fix: When importing resources, the Resource Type will now be created in Settings if it does not exist.
Fix: Restricting the maximum days a Resource Type or Group can be booked will now exclude days closed for business such as holidays and weekends.
Fix: If an admin user didn't have 'Edit' rights for Borrowers or Resources, they were still able to edit related data (i.e. demerit points, kit items etc).
Fix: Borrowers were able to bypass term and semester breaks by specifying a return date which was two or more days after the reopen date.
Fix: Recurring bookings will now skip block outs rather than create a booking over them.