New FASTbook Update – Version 5.5.18.1318

FASTbook Release Notes – Version 5.5.18.1318
Here is a list of NEW features in FASTbook

  • Since we added the Automatic Update feature to FASTbook, we realized that the update reminder could be quite bothersome. We have now added the ability to disable the prompt for new version, which can be found in Settings > Personal Preferences. Uncheck the box if you no longer wish to see update notifications.

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  • Many users have commented that the Auto Update Reminder unnecessarily prompted the users that a newer version was available. Now, new version prompting now only happens once per version.
  • In the new Auto Update Reminder, you have a link that you can click on to see the full release notes. This is to help aid your decision to update when previously FASTbook versions only provided the release notes at completion of the update process.
  • While the way that attachments were compressed into the FASTbook database was changed, there was sometimes an error that the “Zipped” file types could not be opened once they were attached and automatically zipped, this issue has been resolved.
  • The Event Information Report previously would show charge and rate labels, even if the option was chosen to not show Financial Information, this issue has been resolved.

For more information on the release or to schedule an update, please call us at (480) 517-9990 or email our technical support at support@eventsoft.com.

Distributing Event Listings

One of the ideas behind FASTbook is you put your event information in once and you can then use it every way you need to without having to re-enter it again. Talking to a few of our customers, I have been hearing how event information is being submitted to various online and offline directories. These are being submitted via various means none of which have sounded very efficient to me and I think FASTbook could help make it simpler.

I have heard of emailing lists, communicating them via voice over the phone, PDF reports of events, event information reports being sent, and a bunch of seemingly tedious means that will cause someone to re-enter data somewhere along the line. I think there is probably better means of exporting specific files formatted in a way that the recipient can just import into whatever software they are using. This would eliminate re-entry errors and the work of re-entry altogether; not to mention, save our users time from having to prepare these lists when they can just click on an export function to prepare it for them.

What directories, offline or online, do you submit your events to? And what means do you use to submit them? Are you calling on the phone and telling someone? Are you emailing some type of list? Where does that list come from? Is there a better way we could be helping you get lists of your events to those people? Perhaps some standard CSV file list or an iCal file? Any information on this would be helpful and we can probably implement something to make this a lot more efficient.