v5.0 is now 'feature complete'. Here are some of the highlights:
- edit multiple guests in a single operation
- show guest names and seat numbers in the floor
plan at the same time
- view your plan in a web browser
- identify potential problems in the new 'trouble
- display your seating chart on a screen at the
- a new E-shaped table type
- automatic scaling and word wrapping of text
- include 'you are here' maps in stationery
- improved custom seat numbering
- save your plan as a template for new events
- bulk editing of proximity
- check-in guests with a barcode scanner
- report who sat next to who across multiple plans
- improved automatic seat assignment
- free clipart
- improved icons
It just requires a few more weeks of polishing,
debugging, documentation and proof reading before a production version
is ready to go on sale. We hate buggy software and bad documentation,
so we take this final stage seriously.
Sign up for
PerfectTablePlan v5 beta
PerfectTablePlan v5 comprises 115,000
lines of C++ code, integrated with various
third party libraries running across 6 operating systems (3 Windows and
3 Mac). It has to reliably handle a huge range of
types of table plan, from a small dinner party to a 4000 seat gala
dinner, on thousands of differently configured PCs and Macs . And there
are lots of new features in v5. So testing the new release is
a trivial undertaking. We take a 3 stage approach to catch as many bugs
before we release a production version:
- internal testing (by us using various tools and
- third party testing (by external software
- beta testing (by customers)
Beta testing by customers always finds issues that
weren't able to find by other means. So we hope lots of you will take
part in the beta testing. You will receive a temporary licence key so
that you can use the full capabilites of PerfectTablePlan v5 for free,
for a limited time. As well as helping to make the release as reliable
as possible, it will also give you a chance to send us feedback on the
new features in v5. We hope to be ready for beta testing in a few weeks
time, depending on how the internal and third party testing goes.
If you would like to take part in the beta test
one of the first people to try PerfectTablePlan v5, you can
up now and we will email you details nearer the time. Signing up does not oblige
you to buy an upgrade to v5 or do anything else. All we ask is that you
send us feedback on any problems you encounter.
Please note that only customers with valid
PerfectTablePlan licence keys (any edition, any version) are eligible
to take part in the beta test.
The 3 customers that report the greatest
number/severity of bugs/issues during beta testing will each receive a free upgrade to
PerfectTablePlan v5 Professional Edition. Sign up for the
beta for more details.
Upgrading to v5
can't buy an upgrade to PerfectTablePlan v5 until we ship the
production version. We can't currently tell you when this
will be. Hopefully
within the next 1-2 months, but we aren't making any promises. We won't
be cutting any corners to hit an artifical deadline. It is
ready when it is ready. Watch this newsletter for further announcements.
Anyone who purchased a v4 licence in the 3 months
the production release of PerfectTablePlan v5 will be sent a
upgrade to v5.
problems not related to seating
We have added a new FAQ entry: Can
PerfectTablePlan be used for optimization problems not related to
seating, e.g. assigning golf fours?
things go wrong
the moment I made a
mad dash for the toilets, unable to face the inevitable recriminations."
read about how things never turn out quite how you expect at events: Time
To Face The Music – When Things Go Wrong.
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