PerfectTablePlan v5.0.7 is now available to
newsletter subscribers. It has 9 enhancements and 6 bug
Add colour coded dots to place cards and other
stationery to show meal choice, group, gender or custom field.
For example, you can use colour coded spots on place cards so that
servers can easily identify meal choices.
your own colours to visualize meal, group, gender or custom
in the Floor plan, Table plan and Stationery panes. This allows you to
choose appropriate colours (e.g. green=vegetarian). We have also
improved the default colours.
v5.0.7 is a free
upgrade to all customers with a
valid v5 licence. We recommend that all v5 users upgrade to this
release. If you have v1, v2, v3 or v4 you can upgrade to v5 here.
To find out more and download the new release,
please go to the release page:
Note that installing v5.0.7 won't overwrite
previous versions of PerfectTablePlan.
We plan to make v5.0.7 the official release in a
few days time. As always, please let us know if you have any
You can also let us know what you think of the new
features by posting on our Facebook
Mac OS X 10.8 fixes
OS X 10.8 ('Mountain Lion') broke a few things in
PerfectTablePlanthat used to work fine with earlier versions of Mac OS
- PerfectTablePlan sometimes crashes when
clicking on the drop-down list to change folder in the File Save window.
For example when choosing a folder to save an exported PDF to.
- PerfectTablePlan sometimes freezes
when displaying the Colour picker window.
The v5.0.7 release fixes these issues. We have had
switch to using non-native File
File Save windows on Mac OS 10.8. We plan to switch back
once the underlying issue is fixed.
Choosing an online
registration system with regfilter
you are planning large events you can save a lot of time and effort by
using an online registration system. We don't offer online registration
ourselves because there are so many vendors that already provide this
service and we didn't want to reinvent that wheel. Instead we allow you
data from online registration systems.
The problem is that there are so many online registration systems that
choosing one has become a real problem. This is where theregfilter.com
comes in. Just select your requirements, click Search and they will
list all the suitable services from their database.
Tell us a bit more
We are planning the next round of improvements to
and it would be really useful to know a bit more about how you use
PerfectTablePlan. Please complete our survey, which will be open for
7 days. There are just 3 multi-choice questions. It should only take a
Click here to complete the survey
are a few certainties in life - death, taxes
and harddisk failure. It is not a matter of if, but when. Imagine for a
second that the harddisk of the computer you are reading this on died
right now. What would you lose?
your harddisk dies you can easily re-install
PerfectTablePlan on another computer and retrieve your licence
key. But your
table plan data is a different story. If it was only stored on your
harddisk, it's gone. So you should always make a
back-up copy of your plan (.tp) files to somewhere other than your
harddisk, for example:
- another computer
- online solutions such as Dropbox and Crashplan
- email it to a friend or yourself
get a few stressed emails from people who have lost all their
a few days before their wedding/event. Please don't be one of them. In
optimal seating arrangement in 36 hours
The Annals of Improbable Research (famous for
their Ig Nobel
prizes) have an article on their blog
discussing seating optimization. A
couple of academics used Mixed Integer Non-Linear Programming (MINLP)
software to optimize the assignment of 107 guests to tables
their wedding reception. It took 36 hours on a high-end
to get a solution. PerfectTablePlan can solve the significantly harder
problem of assigning 107 guests to seats (rather than tables) in well
under a minute on a modest PC using a genetic
Admittedly, our solution is not guaranteed to be mathematically
But it is usually fairly close. You can read the article and paper here
(not recommended for those who didn't like mathematics at school). The
article doesn't say what they planned to do when someone inevitably
cancelled in the 36 hours before the event.
Oryx Digital Ltd