New Products, New Pricing for 2016

April 4, 2016

Next Stop – 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!





PLA 2012

March 22, 2012

We’re just back from Philadelphia. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit us at Booth 237.

This conference is always a good experience, as we meet up with a combination of existing customers and with people who may have never heard of us. You come away feeling pretty affirmed that we are on the right track, but also with a collection of helpful and insightful comments that might take us in new directions. All good.

Aside from a 3 fire alarm event at our hotel on Thursday night, Philadelphia was just great. Had a Boston feel to it; easier to walk, when possible, than to drive. A return is in order.

Again, thanks to all who visited with us.

PLA 2012

February 21, 2012

PLA is around the corner; if you are traveling to Philly for the big event, you can find a few Plymouth Rocket folk hanging out at Booth 237.

Please stop by!

Trade Show Season

November 16, 2011

We’ve been on the road to New York, Pennsylvania, and Burlington VT recently meeting existing customers and new folks interested in one of our products.

A general trend: energy and optimism were higher on the show floors than last year, and the content break out sessions, which unfortunately we are not able to attend, has been praised to the rafters by everyone.

All good.



Plymouth Rocket @ Library Conferences

September 2, 2009

The Plymouth Rocket Team will be in Portland, WA for PLA 2010. We’re looking forward to a great conference, and if you are planning to attend, hope you’ll plan to visit us on the show floor. You can find us at Booth # 660.

We’ll also be attending several regional/trade shows and conferences throughout the fall and early winter. Our schedule:

New York Library Association Conference & Trade Show 2009, October 15 & 16, Niagara Falls, NY Conference Link

New England Library Association Annual Conference, October 18 – October 20, Hartford CT
Conference Link

Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, October 18 – October 21, Harrisburg, PA Conference Link

ALA Midwinter, January 15, 2010 – January 18, 2010, Boston MA. You can find Plymouth Rocket at Booth # 2566. Conference Link

Library Show Keeper

July 2, 2009

It’s only July (feels like March) but library conference season is about to kick off with the arrival of fall. We’ve always had a hard time finding a comprehensive conference calendar, so we put Library Show Keeper together. We hope you find it helpful as you plan your conference attendance schedule.

Did we miss an important conference or event? Send us an email or post a comment with the event information and a link if you have it, and we’ll add it post haste. Thanks!

A Christmas EventKeeper poem

January 6, 2009

Well, this is a first, penned by the poet laureate of the Morton Grove Public Library. Thanks, Kevin!

‘Twas the Night Before EK

‘Twas a new event system for MGPL, 
The colors are chosen, 
and keywords as well.

The templates are hung
under the pop-up with care
in hopes that you’ll use them;
that’s why they’re there!

There’ll be programs galore
for adults, teens and YS.
What attendance will be
is anyone’s guess.

And so I proclaim
as I turn it over to you,
Happy eventing to all
and registration, too!