Update : Business Class (v2.1) beta release
Halloween is almost upon us – the next release of myBookingWizard is in full production fling! Planned for beta release at the end of this year, version 2.1 (codenamed Business Class) covers off some of the stuff we’d have like to include in v2.0 but time was against us and also tidies-up some issues we’ve uncovered since v2.0 was launched earlier this year.
Outside of general tidy-up there are some major enhancements to the product. We’ve listened to our clients and tried to build upon the strengths and also address some of the weaknesses. Online Booking is going to become easier, faster and so much better than before.
All clients will be automatically updated as part of their contracts in early 2013. Beta clients will get this a little earlier. As v2.1 is now well into production we’re assembling the list for v2.2 so this is a good time for you to add to the wish list. So what have we planned for delivery?
Specifically targeted at the 16 to 21 yr old marketplace who regard FB as the web and, often, don’t have an active email address. To address of number of critical opportunities; a) simplified login process to encourage your customers to login using Facebook, b) sharing of online booking on the customers’ walls and c) use of mobile which, usually, stays permanently logged-in. 25% of first-time web accesses now come from mobile devices.
Improved Tablet Support
New, different sized and shaped tablets are popping up all over the place. v2.1 will better deal with the differences in sizes, resolution, aspect ratio and (most importantly) orientation.
Maps, Navigation & Directions
Targeted for mobile devices but available across all platforms we’ll see improved mapping support (including IOS 6), navigation and web-base mapping.
How we use the Amazon cloud has changed over the last year and we’ll be adapting it further to include automated scaling and faster delivery of content.
Design, UX & UI
We’ve already won plaudits and praise for the clean design and simple UI so we’re not messing with a good formula but we are tidying up some of the oddities and inconsistencies. More of a tidy-up than a make-over.
Unchanged. Note that iPad 1 and iPhone 3 will not be supported in the design changes and will be phase out by the end of 2013.