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PerfectTablePlan newsletter 14

PerfectTablePlan v3.1.0 now available

I haven't been out of the house in days, there is no food in the fridge and I am down to my last pair of clean socks. It must be time to release a new version of PerfectTablePlan.

This release has been a long time coming due to the addition of over 50 enhancements. The key new features are:

  • improved floor planning (titles, shapes, snap to grid etc)
  • more responsive for larger plans
  • built-in PDF export

We have also fixed a few bugs from v3.0.8. Best of all we have decided to release it as v3.1 which means that it is a free upgrade for all customers with a valid v3 licence. If you only have a v1 or v2 licence you will need to upgrade to get a v3 licence.

This is a 'beta' release, prior to the official product release in a few weeks time. As such it isn't production quality. We recommend you back up any plan files before installing it and keep using the last stable release (v3.0.8) for 'mission critical' tasks. We make beta releases available so that customers can inform us of any bugs or issues that we haven't spotted in our own extensive testing. Please let us know of any bugs or problems you find so that we can fix them before the production release. If we don't know about a problem, we can't fix it.

Click here to find out more and download the new version

Performance improvements in v3.1.0

When we first launched PerfectTablePlan we considered 500 guests to be a large event. But our customers have been using the software for ever larger events, so we have put a lot of effort into making PerfectTablePlan v3.1 suitable for large table plans, including:

  • faster loading
  • faster screen updates
  • faster automatic seat assignment
  • faster export

Our tests show that v3.1.0 is between 10 and 100 times faster than v3.0.8 for a range of tasks on a 1,500 guest plan. The improvements are less radical for smaller plans, but still noticeable.

The largest event we know that PerfectTablePlan was used for was 3,000 guests(!). Please let us know if you have used it for a larger event.

MacOSX Intel and 10.5 (Leopard) support

mac universalPerfectTablePlan v3.1.0 is now available as a universal binary for MacOSX. This should further improve the performance on Intel-based Macs.

We haven't yet completed testing of PerfectTablePlan 3.1.0 with MacOSX 10.5. But early indications are that it works fine, with some minor issues. For example dragging  from the Apple AddressBook to PerfectTablePlan doesn't work, but you can drag from Apple AddressBook to the desktop and then from the desktop to PerfectTablePlan. Please let us know if you find any other issues. 

Integrating with online RSVP tracking

online rsvp import

There are a number of online services that allow you to send out and track RSVPs online, including:

You can use these services to take care of some of the more tedious administration required for planning an event. Best of all you can then export your guest+RSVP data into a CSV file and import it straight into PerfectTablePlan using the built-in evite and sendomatic import formats. Just select the appropriate file type from the File type drop-down list in the PerfectTablePlan Import window and it will attempt to do the appropriate mapping of columns to fields.

Evite.com is supported by advertising. Sendomatic.com charge a fee.

Windows 98 no longer supported

The number of people using Windows 98 has been dropping steadily to the point where it no longer makes economical sense for us to support Windows 98. We have therefore dropped Windows 98 support for the latest release. PerfectTablePlan v3.1.0 may work OK on Windows 98, but we haven't tested it. If you have Windows 98 you can continue to use PerfectTablePlan v3.0.8. Or maybe it is time to treat yourself to a new PC?

Andy Brice