New Products, New Pricing for 2016

April 4, 2016

Next Stop – MARS!

Mars?

Plymouth Rocket has always used the rocket image to mean we are going places.  And our software is designed to take you places.  Now in 2016 we want to go further.  You have asked us about an easy way to brand your EventKeeper calendars and for a version of TixKeeper that looks great on a smartphone. We are excited to announce that both things are now available.

And we have chosen Mars is a symbol for our new services.  We are expanding our horizons, boldly going where no software has gone before and all that.  And this year NASA has a new focus on Mars and that vision is our inspiration.

EventKeeper – Calendars

The next generation of EventKeeper, called EK MARS, introduces a revolutionary new way to make our calendar your calendar.  You can design your own calendar page and then add a handful of special code words that indicate where the EventKeeper pieces should go.

If you are using a CMS, like WordPress, Drupal, etc. this is a very simple task.  And then you just turn the EK Mars “Creation Crank” and the result is a custom calendar page that looks just like your web site and has all the features of EventKeeper.  And, another great implication of this technology is that when your website changes, you just change your EK Mars template, turn the crank and your EventKeeper page is updated, fast and easy.

TixKeeper – Pass Reservations

TixKeeper has always had an impressive number of options for configuring how your museum passes are reserved.  The next generation of TixKeeper, called TK MARS, introduces a presentation that looks great on all devices; desktop, tablet and smartphone.  And now, as part of the information included with each destination, patrons can display a map showing the location and then use map to get directions.

So all the current features – and more – are there, but now it’s elegant and easy to use on all your platforms.

Pricing

This is never an easy topic but first, did you know that we have not increased the cost of either EventKeeper or TixKeeper in over 10 years – since 2005?  Crazy, right?

So, we are taking this opportunity to (1) release the new versions of EventKeeper and TixKeeper, (2) bundle in some commonly ordered features and (3) introduce a fair, market-appropriate price increase.

The new prices will take effect on May 1, 2016 and will apply to new clients ordering after that date or to existing clients on their subscription renewal dates.

EventKeeper

First, everyone with EventKeeper upgrades to EK Mars.  If you don’t want to change the way your calendar looks, you can do nothing for now, and work on your customized page later.  But we think most folks will really like the option to have their calendar match the rest of the web site and we will help you get started with that.

The new annual subscription cost of EventKeeper – EK Mars – will be $525.  Yes, that’s quite a jump, but in addition to the new EK Mars branding feature, we are now including 900 events (up from 300 – a $150 value), Private Events (currently $50 extra) and 10 editors (currently $35 extra) and any other previously-extra costs for hosting customized pages.

TixKeeper

Similarly, everyone with TixKeeper is moving to TK Mars.  The patron experience on all platforms is vastly improved.  And there are some new features, such as destination maps

The new annual subscription cost of TixKeeper – TK Mars – will be $425.  A significant increase but a great bargain for all the features available.

Support

We recognize there are cheap and even free calendar options for you but we at Plymouth Rocket know that what you need is a well-designed calendar configurable for your needs and not designed for the masses.

And we will continue to provide our personal touch of free, quality support to guide you through your initial setup and future changing requirements.  And we’re a little smaller than Google; we listen to you when you have suggestions and, as many of you have seen, your suggestions become reality.

Other Products

By the way, we are continuing to improve our other products, making them look good on different displays, etc.  But there are no price increases planned in the coming year for:

EventKeeper Extensions

EK Registration – program registration option for every event.

EK Rooms – room reservation managemet

LitKeeper : summer and winter reading program

KitKeeper : book club kit reservation management

Study Room Keeper : small room reservation management

As always, thanks for either subscribing to one or more of our applications, and for your interest in Plymouth Rocket, Inc.

Go Sox!

 

 

 


Ramblin

March 6, 2016

Spring means library conferences, and in particular for Plymouth Rocket it means upcoming trips to Denver, Long Island, Atlantic City, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and maybe someplace else. 

Not hardly sure. Denver is exciting mostly because it’s PLA, and consequently a very big deal. Stop by to pick up a newly redesigned ruler, ok?


Travel update

January 2, 2015

In a couple of weeks Plymouth Rocket will be off to visit Toronto and the Ontario Library Association Super Conference. We’re excited, as this trip is our first to a Canadian library conference.

We hear great things about Toronto!


NYLA 2013

October 6, 2013

We just returned from NYLA at Niagara Falls. Great show.

The take away? Public libraries are focused on content that can be shared on mobile devices of all kinds; content that is simple to push out, easily edited, and focused on the needs of patrons and customers.

Off next to Chicago, Portland ME, and Seven Springs, PA.


PR MAPS Live in Michigan

June 3, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that Michigan Activity Pass is now live. Here is the Press Release.

We’re very pleased to be working with The Library Network to make this all happen.


Spring Conference update

May 31, 2013

Plymouth Rocket, Inc. on the road; Ric headed to Newport RI for RILA, and Jim to Atlantic City for NJLA and on up to Long Island for a library fund raising event. Hope we have enough rulers!


Plymouth Rocket, Inc. and the Prison Book Program

May 30, 2013

Prison Book Program of Quincy, MA provides a life line of literature to people incarcerated across the United States. Locating paperbacks in good enough condition to pass muster is not always easy; a couple of weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to get in on the tail-end of the annual book sale at the Ventress Memorial Library of Marshfield MA. 

Six boxes of good books and one trip to Quincy later, the program was able to partially re-stock its shelves, and continue its good work of sending books into prisons.

Prison Book is not unique to Quincy, so check in your area for similar opportunities.

 


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