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.
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:
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.
As the weekend, gets going, we’re thrilled to report that TixKeeper, our web based museum pass management software, is now live at Boston Public Library.
Thanks to all of the many folks at BPL who’ve made this happen.
The TixKeeper patron confirmation page is an important part of the reservation process, and libraries need to craft the language on that page so that patrons are never in doubt as to its intended use.
Rarely, it happens that patrons mistakenly take that confirmation page to the museum, expecting to retrieve the pass at that point. Museums don’t like that much.
Of course, to avoid any confusion, TixKeeper provides librarians with the option to change that confirmation page text, to say, this: “Please print this page and bring it to the library with your library card when you come to pick up the pass.”
Not a huge issue, but one we thought worth commenting on. Always glad to hear your thoughts!
TixKeeper is our museum pass reservation software, part of our suite of applications that began with EventKeeper a few years back. This is kind of fun. Click here to get a sense of how often patrons are using Tixkeeper to reserve passes. Pass usage is up, administration time is down. A good thing.
Additionally, if you are coming to Massachusetts for a vacation, check out the listing of museums represented. Rain or shine, lots of great places to check out.