May 2022 update

Dear booker,

Hurray! Festival season is approaching, and it’s promising to be busy as ever. As usual, we’ve been adding small changes, to try to reduce your workload. Prefilling the exclusivity component for example, together with other small improvements.

We have added a larger improvement, a different way of looking at your upcoming shows:

Upcoming show kanban board

Kanban what ?

According to Wikipedia, a kanban board visually displays work at various stages of a process using cards to represent work items and columns to represent each stage of the process. Cards are moved from left to right to show progress and to help coordinate teams performing the work. 

As you may have realized, this is an excellent way of displaying your upcoming shows. We have implemented drag & drop functionality for easy status updates too. 


Several other changes

Furthermore, we improved admin/user role switching, the exclusivity component and several bugfixes. 

A list of all changes can always be found on the release notes page on our website.

March 2022 update

We’ve implemented several small changes to make your life easier and improve user experience. Read along for more details.

Email alerts for band members

Ticking a simple checkbox when changing a show status, can email this update to all related band members. A simple adjustment that saves you time.

Ticket links automatically linked to your website

On a show page, you can now enter external links to ticket purchase pages or Facebook events. 
Thanks to our updated WordPress plugin, these links automatically appear on your website.

We’ve also added a “soldout” checkbox – put it to good use 😉

Several other changes

Furthermore, we improved our search functionalities and several warning pop-ups. Besides that, you can now link a primary booker to a band, and add invoices and expenses to tours. 

A list of all changes can always be found on the release notes page on our website.

Mobile-Friendly Design update

First of all, we would like to wish you a great 2022 with good health and lots of shows for you and your artists!
We hope together that things will get back to normal soon.

We have been working on an important update, and we’re happy to announce that one of the big to-do’s has been ticked off the list.

Mobile Friendly

Working as a booking agent isn’t a simple 9 to 5 job. Sometimes you’re on the road, and you can’t always access a computer to make some changes or view some important Booker Tools data.

Over the past few months, we have completely rewritten the Booker Tools layout files, and have made the website mobile-friendly.
In combination with our mobile apps for band members, all of our tools are now accessible on multiple devices.

Other than that, we have implemented some bug fixes and little changes to make the software work better.

Show documents & software rewrite

We hope you are all doing fine and are enjoying the restart of our industry. Stats indicate that all of your calendars for 2022 are getting filled, so better times are ahead!

Booker Tools development has continued steadily behind the screens. 
Read on for more updates.

Show Documents

Venue riders, festival information, parking cards, lighting schedule, etc. you name it. We all receive them and it is now possible to upload the files or link to external files in Booker Tools.

Even better, you can share the files with your bands, who can access them in their app or Booker Tools for Bands web application.

Your software has been rewritten from scratch

Due to some very technical nerdy stuff, Booker Tools has been rewritten from scratch and is now completely ready for the future.
Due to this change, the software is faster, can be updated faster, and is ready for the future.

When you receive this email, we have already installed the new version of Booker Tools online.

Expenses, Popups, Ical

Dear booker,

We hope you and your relatives are doing fine during these difficult times. Better times are ahead and the resounding messages of hope and togetherness abound throughout our industry !

Booker Tools development luckily hasn’t been affected, and we have been working hard on some exciting new features and much-needed bugfixes.

ICal

The possibility to see the shows of bands in your own calendar application has been requested many times. We’ve listened and we are happy to announce that this feature is live on the platform.

More information on how to set things up can be found here.

Expenses

Last year we added invoicing, now we are adding the possibility to add expenses. We’re sure this will help you to get a complete financial picture of your project.

Latest improvements

Based on the incredible user feedback we’ve received (thanks again), the following features have been implemented:

  • opening a popup from within another popup e.g. adding a band from the “add show”-popup is now possible
  • the ability to use your team logo in all templates
  • first version of the generated tour roadbook is online
  • + some more little changes and bugfixes

Next up: improved show transport, document uploading and an update for the band app!

Happy 2020 !

We would like to wish you and your family all the best for 2020 and beyond !
Of course all the best for your agency and bands too !

We’re looking forward to improving Booker Tools for you, and growing together to make the best software package for agencies out there !

2020 improvements

We’ve been gathering and grouping all your remarks (thanks again) and have put most of them on our release schedule.

These features have just been put live :

  • you can now copy paste your time tables & schedules in the show timing component
  • the calendar is now saving its last state when changing pages
  • tour dates are displayed on the calendar with a yellow background
  • ... + some more little changes and bugfixes

Next up are expenses & improved document uploading.

Invoicing added

Great news ! We’ve completed some milestones in the last months.
Not only did we complete a huge technical update, we’ve also introduced a new logo and style. But most importantly: we’ve added a frequently asked feature: invoicing


Booker Tools makes it easy

Creating invoices in Booker Tools is fast and easy. As with all other features, invoices are tightly coupled to a show, band, company or other and can be easily generated.
As you know – Booker Tools offers the option to sort columns (date, country,..) easily according to your needs. From now on, we store these preferences, even when you log-out!
We’ve also improved loading time in multiple ways and crushed a number of bugs

Next up are expenses & improved document uploading.

Advanced search and Android/iPhone app

First of all, our best wishes for 2019 ! We hope you’ll have a great (booking) year !
Lots of exciting things are happening at Bookertools and we’re pleased to share the following update with you.

We have added an advanced search function, allowing you to create powerful queries that will make your life easier.
Without further ado, it is a milestone for our team to present you our first Bookertools related mobile app for bandmembers logically called Bookertools for Bands

Advanced search functionality

We know searching for that one venue, festival or contact that you urgently need can be a pain.

To make your live easier, we’ve added an advanced search function to the search page.
Find the needle in a haystack in a quick and easy way by configuring the correct filters.

Bookertools for Bands : Android/iPhone app

We’re very happy to announce the mobile app version of our platform to provide band/crew members with all show information.
With the app (available for both Android and iPhone) all show information entered in Bookertools, is available for connected band/crew members.

The functionality is the same as our mobile friendly website for band/crewmembers (https://bands.bookertools.com):

  • get an overview of all upcoming/past shows & appointments
  • see all show details (except financial details) as filled in by the booker in Bookertools
  • see and add appointments to note holidays/general availability to the booker

Please read more details on how to setup your bandmembers here

What 2019 will bring

We only know what we’ve planned out for Bookertools unfortunately 🙂
This year, we’ll be focussing on the following features (in no particular order) :

  • invoices
  • improved WordPress functionality
  • general tweaks

We hope you’ll have a marvelous year on all levels !

Booker Tools For Bandmembers

We hope you had a nice summer and/or holiday and are ready for another booking season !
We used this summer to implement a huge update, which will improve your workflow and reduce your emails to bands.

How ? Please read along.

1. Booker Tools for Bandmembers : Booker side

Communicating with your bands and their members can take up a lot of your time. Sending all details to bandmembers before each show, requesting band availability for other shows etc., you know the deal.

To reduce the time needed to forward all information, we have developed Booker Tools for Bandmembers.
In Bookertools we’ve added a members/crew tab on every band page where you can see all bandmembers for that band and invite bandmember to use this timesaving feature.

2. Booker Tools for Bandmembers : Band side

Each band or crewmember with an account can then login to a separate special, mobile friendly, yellow themed website https://bands.bookertools.com and can (after logging in):

  • get an overview of all upcoming/past shows & appointments in list or calendar view
  • see all show details (except financial) as filled in by the booker in Bookertools
  • see and add appointments to note holidays/general availability to the booker

3. Back to the Booker again…

… you’re the important one, right ?

When selecting a band on the dashboard calendar, we now display shows and the bands’ appointments.
This makes it easier to view the agenda’s of bandmembers and check availability.
When clicking on a date, you can now add an appointment too, which will appear in the bands calendar.

Our aim is to reduce email communication and offer up to date information to bandmembers wherever they are and whenever they want.

Upcoming related features :

  • we’re working on an iOS / Android app for bandmembers with the same functionality, allowing them to see all show details on their phone, even when offline
  • when adding a show, will show you the appointments in the related band calendars, making sure the band is available

Summer 2018 – updates

Festival season’s here ! We hope you can celebrate together with your bands or are able to enjoy a well-deserved break !

We’ve made a lot of progress since our last newsletter.
We’ve added requested features, changed a lot of nerdy stuff which will make the website faster and are preparing for the band calendar integration/app.

Without further ado, here are the updates :

1. Attack of the clones

If you have multiple bands on the same show/festival (great job!), we’ve added a useful feature for you : cloning shows and tours.
This allows you to copy all details from one show/tour to another for a different band. Saving time.

Shows and tours can be cloned through the newly added submenu.
After choosing the band, you’re good to go !

2. Integration with Google Places

Adding details for new venues (and hotels/parkings) can be tedious, copying all details from one resource to Bookertools.
With the added integration of Google Places, that’s a thing of the past.
Just type in the name of the venue, select it from the list and *katching* all information is automatically filled in in the form, saving you time again.

3. The obligated ‘other updates’ part

– added day of week to showdates to avoid incorrect dates
– added the ‘only my shows’ filter to the shows overview page
– added month/year selectors to all date components for quicker date selection
– added country to the show exclusivity component
– started with a team statistics page to track your teams’ performance
– display the exclusivity radius on the show map
– changed the limitation for venues with the same name to city level
– added show prices, timing, cancellation fee and other shortcodes to the show contract template
– solved all date & timing bugs
– crushed some other bugs and added some tiny details

Have a great summer !