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Pronestor Planner - Updates and New Features

8.2.1  to 8.3

New User Interface for the administration module in Pronestor and improvements  

USER ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

It is now possible to see latest meeting activity for any given user in the system. The activity overview can inform administrators on whether to delete them, or if there has been abuse of a users account.

  • Go to Administration > Users
  • Click edit on a user

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  • A pop-up box with editable fields will show – scroll down and click on “Activity Info”

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ADD OR MOVE MULTIPLE USERS TO SAME COMPANY

It is now possible to add or move multiple users to the same company.

  • Go to Administration > Organization
  • Click on the department you wish to add or move users to, in this example “Testing123”
  • Click “Add email domain”
  • Fill out the field “Filter” with the email domain of users you want to move, in this example “pronestor.com”, to company “Testing123”
  • Click Save and the pop-up form will close
  • Click on the green icon “+”
  • Click “Add” to move users with email domain “Pronestor.com” to company “Testing123”

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ENABLE/DISABLE OPTION FOR PARTLY BOOKING OF RESOURCES

It is now possible to disable the option for “partly booking” of resources, so that resources must be booked for the full meeting duration.

  • Go to Administration > Settings > Meeting Settings
  • Under Facilities deactivate “Allow partly-booking” to remove option

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DOWNLOAD RESSOURCES AS A CSV FILE

It is possible to download your meeting rooms and catering resources as a csv file. 

  • Go to Administration > Resources
  • Click on the category you wish to generate a resource csv of
  • Click “Generate resource”
  • A csv file has now been downloaded on your computer

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PRINT MENU

It is now possible to print your catering menu

  • Go to Administration > Resources
  • Click “Print menu“

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SET COMMODITY GROUP ID FOR DELIVERY INVOICING

It is possible to set a Commodity Group Id either globally (for all service charges) or for each service charge.

To set the Commodity Group ID globally,

  • Go to Administration > Delivery Invoicing
  • Fill out the text field “Commodity Group ID”

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To set the Commodity Group ID for each service,

  • Click “Edit” on the resource
  • Fill of text field “Commodity Group ID”

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Hide catering prices from booker

You can now hide all your product prices and easily reveal them again in the future.

Why is this important: We have talked to a lot of companies that wishes to embrace a culture of trust and self-autonomy with regards to the purchasing of catering. They want to nudge their employees to buy whatever they find fit for their meeting and not worry about the cost. When hiding the price from the booker, the ordering is still associated with a cost and billed as normal.

How to:

To hide your product prices, go to

Administration > Meeting seetings > Booking Prices

  • Activate “Hide prices from booker”

Prices will be hidden from the booker but visible in all reports.

Reservation ID is now visible on check out page

You can now see the reservation ID of a booking on the check out page of that booking.

Why is this important: In some cases – and this is especially true for bigger meetings/arrangements – the meeting owner and kitchen manager need to do some additional planning. By exposing the reservation ID for the booker, the kitchen manager can search for the ID and quickly identify the right booking, making communication much better.

How to:

If you wish to see the reservation ID of a specific meeting, go to

My Calendar > Find and click on a meeting >

  • Click edit and see reservation ID on check out page

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Billing overview: Show not locked bookings

It is now possible to pull a report that shows not locked bookings within a period.

Why is this important: Get a quick and actionable overview of bookings that have not yet been billed, before month-end closing

How to: To pull a report of not locked bookings, go to

Administration > Reports > Select Report

  • Choose a start date and an end date
  • Choose Layout “Billing overview (unlocked)

Show tax descriptions

It is now possible to add “tax” as a global setting, thereby disposing VAT in price label for catering table and in checkout/my calendar/email notification

Why is this important: Before, unless the booker knew about the VAT arrangement, she would not know whether the booking cost was with or without VAT. With the new description, booker always knows the total cost of a booking. 

How to: Add tax as a global setting, go to

Administration > Settings > Meeting settings > Bookings Prices

  • Choose one of the following: “Don’t show VAT information” “All Prices include VAT” or “Prices are ex. VAT”

Unlock locked bookings

You can now unlock locked bookings that have not yet been exported.

Why is this important:  Before, if a booking had been locked, it was not possible to make any changes to that booking. With the new changes, you can unlock all bookings that have not yet been exported to your finance system, so that they can be edited and relocked for export in case of any errors.

How to: To unlock a locked booking, go to

Administration > Bookings

Find the booking you wish to unlock

  • Click on the “lock” to unlock

It is now possible to edit the booking.

8.1.70

Internal / External users

The filter that decides whether a guest is internal or external has been expanded. You now have 3 options to choose from, ensuring a more versatile Pronestor Planner experience and a better integration with Pronestor Visitor.

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8.1.70

Attendee picker

The attendee picker has been updated with a new look and the option to show an Alternate hostname on your Visitor badge, making life easier for your receptionist.

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8.1.49

Help button

The help button has been moved to be more accessible. Don't forget to fill out the contact information of your system administrator!

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8.1.44

Scheduling assistant

We have created a new and improved view for those managing other peoples bookings. It's a big feature, so it's explained in this guide: Pronestor-Planner-Scheduling-assistant-feature

In 8.1.27

Costless meetings

If your booking doesn't cost anything, you won't be asked to fill out a Billing Account for your booking.

In 8.1.25

Anonymization of deleted users

Deleted users are anonymized in the database, so that all personal information is removed in compliance with GDPR.

In 8.1.24

Book on behalf of

This feature is limited to those with the Secretary right in Pronestor Planner.

You can find the user you want to book on behalf of in the dropdown box.

Then you get a view of their calendar, so you have a better idea of when they are available for bookings.

 

In 8.1.19

Partial booking confirmation

In Pronestor Planner it is possible to have a meeting room for a meeting without having the meeting room for the entire span of the meeting. To ensure the users are aware that they have made a partial booking, we have added a large confirmation boxs for when they book in Pronestor Planner.

Latest (from 8.1.16 onwards) 

My Calendar 

We have introduced a new left side panel within the My Calendar - introducing both a calendar for easier navigation, a section showing your next 5 upcoming meetings and a section showing how many hours of meetings you had last week vs. this week.

Mobile support

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Pronestor Planner now works with both iOS and Android - offering the users full access to all the booking options, room/catering/equipment from your favorite mobile phone.

Visitor Boarding Card

 

The Visitor Boarding Card lets you send information to your visitors prior to the meeting - with information like how to get to the meeting (map and directions), general information like ex. parking or any other useful information helping the visitors arriving on time.

The Visitor Boarding Card can also include evacuation information in case of fire or GDPR information - any information that you see as important for your Visitor when they are to visit your company.

 

Room Cancellation notification

Pronestor's Room Cancellation Notification is a feature that will help you optimize the utilization of your rooms. When configured, you'll receive a reminder x days, weeks or months before the booking takes place. Helping you avoid possible "no-show" meetings

Office 365 Add-in

With the newest add-in, Pronestor now offers an add-in that works with Office 365 on Outlook 2016, Outlook Web Access and even on Outlook 2016 for Mac. It shows within Outlook as an important feature that enriches and simplify the search for the best room fitting your requirements.

Customizing front page

Streamline the login page with a background image, logo and your own choice of text helping to welcome your users.

Import users from Azure AD

We now offer customers within the Pronestor Cloud to retrieve and maintain users from the Azure AD. New users will automatically be created, old users will be deleted and any updates to users or their roles will be fed into Pronestor Planner.

Single Sign On using Azure AD

Keep it simple for your users and let them login with the Office 365/Azure credentials - if they are already logged into Office 365/Azure, then Pronestor will simply log the users into Pronestor Planner without asking for another login.

(Pronestor will NOT store passwords - but will rely on SAML2.0 for authenticating users towards Office 365/Azure AD)

 

May 2018 (from 8.0.4 onwards)

Hourly pricing on room resources

It is possible to select whether room costs should be calculated per booking or on an hourly basis for individual room resources.

 

March 2018 (from 8.0.0 onwards)

My Calendar

My Calendar is a new way for users to get an overview of their meetings. Click here to learn more.

 

Rescheduling feature and conflict handling

When users are rescheduling their meetings Pronestor checks the availability on the fly, so users are made aware of any issues right there in the booking flow.

 

New Mobile-Friendly Design

We have redesigned the solution, so the users can take Pronestor Planner on-the-go and access it from mobile devices. Click here to see more.

 

New Mail Notification Design

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We have also redesigned our mail notifications, so they have a similar look and feel to that of the Check out pane in the booking flow. Click here to see our FAQ on the new mail notifications.

 

January 2018 (from 6.0.56 onwards)

Restricting delivery of catering and equipment resources to specific rooms

Resource owners are now able to restrict delivery of catering and equipment resources to specific rooms by editing the individual resources.

Disallowing explicit pick-up of catering and equipment resources

Resource owners are now able to make users unable to explicitly select certain catering and/or equipment resources for pick-up by editing the individual resources.

Did you forget to include a new resource category in your reports?

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Should you forget to update the resource filter of the report you use with new resource categories, we will make you aware of it in the Resources tab in Administration. 

 

October 2017 (from 6.0.52 onwards)

Improved overview of your workday

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We have made it easier for you to get an overview of the entire workday by focusing the Facilities time to span the workday hours as defined in Administration --> Settings --> Other settings. 

September 2017 (from 6.0.50 onwards)

Filtered away all the rooms?

We have implemented a message in case you filter away all the rooms in the list.

Delivery note can now be filled in on a per serving basis

Instead of filling in the delivery note for each individual booking, you can now just fill in the note for the serving as a whole when the delivery note is required.

 

August 2017 (from 6.0.48 onwards)

Change the background image of the Planner booking workflow

We've made it possible for Administrators to choose between four different background images for the Planner booking workflow. Just go to Administration, choose Settings and the Other settings. Here you'll find "Themes" where you can choose between the different layouts. 

 

New warning icon in Pronestor Outlook add-in

The previous red warning icon in Pronestor's Outlook add-in had a makeover to soften the visual voice of the "Important message".

 

New report type: Order summary

We've added the new "Order summary" report type primarily to help kitchen and delivery personnel arrange servings individually. The order summaries can also be used as a ordering receipt for the booker to be delivered with their respective serving.

 

Closing days for Catering

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Catering may not always be available due to holidays and the like, so we've made it possible for the Catering manager to set up location-specific dates on which Catering is unavailable. Closing days can be set in the Administration. Go to Resources and it's found below the catering categories. 

New Location selection

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The Location selection has been moved out of the Filter to the top left corner of your booking workflow. 

Extended Help Page

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We've omitted the old Help-icon and replaced it with Help-tab in the right side of your booking workflow. System administrator(s) can now set up the contact information (phone and email) of internal Pronestor-relevant stakeholders as well as a link to a customized Help Page. Just go to Administration, Settings and choose Help settings. 

May 2017 (from 6.0.44 onwards)

Attendee Picker and Guest Import converted to default features


Our new AttendeePicker and Guest Import features have been through a betatesting process and are now enabled for all customers.

Checkout improvements

The "Complete booking" button in Checkout has been made sticky to ma ke available to the user without scroll. The Checkout header color has been changed to avoid confusion as to its function. A [X] has been added for improved usability.

Pronestor supports change of recurrence patterns in Outlook

We have introduced support for changing recurrence patterns for meeting series in Outlook.

"Reservation title required" setting added to Administration

It is now possible for the Administrator to prompt users for a meeting title in the Planner workflow by enabling the new setting, "Meeting title is required", in Administration --> Settings --> Meeting settings.

Attendees badge counter accumulates named and unnamed attendees

 

The counter in the Attendees badge now accumulates named and unnamed attendees for the meeting. 

 

February 2017 (from 6.0.39 onwards)

Helpsite is accessible from workflow

The helpsite can be accessed directly from the Planner workflow if you need help.

Catering items are listed per serving in Checkout

The catering overview in your Checkout has been organized in servings, so you can easily see when you'll get the individual deliveries.

 

 

Dirty form validation has been introduced

If you have made changes to a reservation and try to leave, we'll ask you to confirm. We just want to make sure that you don't have to start over again.

 

Date-picker has been enhanced

The date-picker, as we call it, now displays current date and selected dates to make it easier for you to navigate.

Improvements on mail notifications

 

When you receive an email from Planner, we want to make sure that you can easily access the reservation. The reservation ID link is now a link directly into your reservation. 

We also include your booking notes in the emails - for both you and the resource manager. 

 

Notification handling improved + notification box at the bottom of the screen can now be closed

The notifications you get during a workflow have been reduced, and you now have the possibility of closing the notification box.

The filter has been improved

We've improved the overall usability of the filter.

 

Coexistence and synchronization improvements

The Exchange integration has been greatly improved.

 

We're continuously working on fixing bugs and improving the solution, so the listing above is only the tip of the iceberg. 

 

September 2016

Outlook Add-In

Improved robustness and performance.

 

New button: Import Attendees

Import your attendees directly from Pronestor Room in the web booking flow. 

Please note: This is not a default setting.The button is available and can be activated by Pronestor.

 

Notes & descriptions

Room description: Up to 255 characters.

You can now add room descriptions with up to 255 characters.

 

Meeting notes: Arbitrary length.

Write as many comments as you like. There are no limits to the text length.

 

August 2016

Badge counter

Counting attendees, room/catering resources, and equipment. These numbers give you an overview of your booking and the attached resources.

 

Auto update

The timeline updates automatically when choosing a date/time slot in datepicker. The ‘Update’ button is now removed. 

 

July 2016

SAML - Single Sign On

One log-in to all of your Office 365 related accounts - including Pronestor Room.

Please note: This is not a default setting. Pronestor Room can be set up to function with SAML.

*Technical requirements: Office 365 - Azure AD

 

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