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.

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Librarians take on the iPad

July 24, 2010

Since its much-hyped introduction a few months ago, Apple has sold just over 3 million of the touch screen devices, with several more countries seeing them for the first time just today. Rumors abound regarding the form factor/pricing/features of the waiting-in-the wings competition. The game’s afoot!

Meanwhile, what do librarians think of the usefulness of said device? Check here for a few thoughts from some clever librarians.

My rule of thumb concerning Apple products is to hold off until the second generation: more features and refinements, fewer issues, more 3rd party software choices, and lower cost. But these things are tempting, very tempting. We’ll see.


And now, a word from our Principal Developer…

November 4, 2008

Just a quick note to let you know that there’s a new release of several of the Plymouth Rocket applications.

It contains a handful of changes under the hood which should not change your user experience and also a couple of things that might interest you.

EventKeeper: – The maintenance of the search index has changed. Several users have enough events so that the reindexing process was taking a painful amount o time. We added a new button which you can use to reindex only those event added or modified in the last 24 hours. Much quicker. We also changed the way the Reindex All function works to make that quicker as well.

TixKeeper: – Our museum pass management system is spreading to a lot of libraries outside New England and we’ve been happy to respond to requests to provid a Patron Authentication interface to several new ILS providers. The list now includes: SirsiDynix, Innovative, Polaris, and The Library Corporation.

EKRegistration: – Our patron authentication feature now can be used with EKRegistration as well. Let us know if that is of interest to you.

EKRooms: – It is now much easier to manage equipment that is not associated with a particular room. Check with us if you have always wondered how to do this.

Best regards, Ric

Ric Bailey rbailey@plymouthrocket.com


New England Aquarium/EventKeeper

May 2, 2008

Wow. If you are visiting Boston and wish to find out about all of the very cool things happening at the New England Aquarium, visit their newly designed web site. It’s spectacular.

Their web team worked closely with Plymouth Rocket’s Principal Developer Ric Bailey to create what we call a “branded” calendar, that extends and sustains their brand across their event listing. Check it out by clicking “Events Calendar” on their home page.


HTTPS Protocol enabled within EventKeeper

February 20, 2008

In response to some interest from both existing and prospective subscribers, we’ve enabled the HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer, or HTTP over SSL) protocol within EventKeeper. We haven’t noticed any speed or performance changes, but we’ll keep an eye on things for you.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say regarding https:

https (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer) is a URI scheme used to indicate a secure HTTP connection. It is syntactically identical to the http:// scheme normally used for accessing resources using HTTP. Using an https: URL indicates that HTTP is to be used, but with a different default TCP port (443) and an additional encryption/authentication layer between the HTTP and TCP. This system was designed by Netscape Communications Corporation to provide authentication and encrypted communication and is widely used on the World Wide Web for security-sensitive communication such as payment transactions and corporate logons.


A little more on EKRegistration

December 11, 2007

We’ve been working hard to roll this out. Lots of web demos lately. Visit our web site to find out a few more of the details.


SirsiDynix EPS Rooms/EventKeeper

December 10, 2007

The San Diego Public Library is a long time subscriber to EventKeeper. We’re pleased to let you know that EventKeeper has been successfully integrated into the SIRSIDynix EPS Rooms Portal solution adopted by San Diego School Rooms.