Meeting Schedule Assistant v19.0.1 is now available

Meeting Schedule Assistant Logo with white background

I am pleased to announce that there is a new version of Meeting Schedule Assistant available.

This edition includes some important bug fixes. It also includes some minor improvements to the Edit Student Assignments window:

Edit Student Assignments window
Edit Student Assignments window

The information panel is updated automatically as you click on each student control. Also, the student item number is also displayed for clarity.

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The highlighting for the currently selected students has also been improved. It now uses a distinct colour for:

  • Bible Reader
  • Student
  • Assistant

You are encouraged to update to this version at your earliest convenience.

There is an incompatibility with the monthly workbook data in several languages for November / December 2018 when using the 19.0.x editions. The data files are being updated to rectify the issue.

Please also read the version 19.0.0 newsletter if you are still using a 18.x version of the program.

Latest Download

Meeting Schedule Assistant

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 15.6 MB
Version: 19.0.2
Published: 02/11/2018

Meeting Schedule Assistant v19.0.0 is now available

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I am pleased to announce that there is a new version of Meeting Schedule Assistant available. This edition includes updates to the Hindi song titles.

Also, you know doubt heard that there are going to be some changes to the Midweek Meeting beginning 7th January 2019. These changes were announced at the Annual General Meeting held in October. Here is the official announcement. There is also an official document with Midweek Meeting Instructions on the website. 

As a result changes needed to be made to Meeting Schedule Assistant to support these new adjustments to the meeting format.

The schedules saved with this version (MWB Files) are not binary compatible with earlier versions of the software. Old schedule files can still be opened but will be upgraded when you save them.

Student Material Window

Several changes have been made to the Students Material window:

Students Material Window
The new Students Material window
  • You can now specify the study number for each student assignment. These are provided for us in the Meeting Workbook’s. The drop-down list is based on the new Reading and Teaching brochure.
  • There now a new Apply Yourself to Reading and Teaching section. Tick this option and then select the study from the drop-down list. This item is 10 minutes in duration and is presented during the first week of the month.
  • A fourth student item has been added.
  • Each student assignment is now optional (use the checkbox). This is required because there are a different number of assignments each week:
Week 11 student item
Week 24 student items
Week 3, 4 & 53 student items
  • Any student item can now be assigned as a Talk.

Please be aware that Monthly Volunteers will be providing the above information for you. So for many of you all you you need to do is press F6 to download the Workbook information.

You will only need to make the above changes each week if there is no Monthly Volunteer for your language.

Students Window

Several changes have also been made to the Students window.

  • A fourth student item has been added.
  • The Information Panel has been moved over to the right and now includes the study number reference.
  • All study number drop-down lists are disabled and auto-populated from the Students Material information.

Viewing Selected S-89 Slips

Viewing Selected Slips

The Assignment Slips window has also been revised. It  now includes the fourth student assignment.

Workbook Templates

S-140 Template Week 1

The default S-140 templates installed with the program have been updated to display the following informaton:

  • Study number references.
  • Reading and Teaching assignment.
  • Fourth student item.

Template Customization

Are you using customized S-140 templates? Then you have two ways to upgrade them. You can copy the newly supplied template and add your customizations again to this new file. Or, you can upgrade your existing template to include the new syntax.

In the following template I have added |StudyPointDescription to the end and then added the two highlighted lines to display the reference:

  <xsl:template match="Material | SourceMaterial | StudyPointDescription">
<span class="textMaterial">
<xsl:value-of select="." disable-output-escaping="yes"/>
<!-- Display the study point in brackets (if it exists) -->
<xsl:apply-templates select="@StudyPointReference"/>
</span>
</xsl:template>

Next, you need to add this new template:

<xsl:template match="Material" mode="NoStudyPoint">
<span class="textMaterial">
<xsl:value-of select="." disable-output-escaping="yes"/>
</span>
</xsl:template>

Now you need to add the new Teaching template:

<!-- Teaching assigning - 10 minute talk on the first week of the month -->
<xsl:template match="Teaching">
<tr>
      <xsl:apply-templates select="Time" mode="End"/>
<td class="cellTheme" colspan="2">
        <span class="bulletAYFM">&#8226;</span>
<span class="textTheme">
<xsl:value-of select="Type"/>
</span>
<xsl:apply-templates select="Theme"/>
<xsl:apply-templates select="Time" mode="Duration"/>
<xsl:apply-templates select="StudyPointDescription"/></td>
<xsl:apply-templates select="Name"/></tr>
</xsl:template>

You will also need this new template:

<!-- Display the study number reference -->
<xsl:template match="@StudyPointReference">
<span class="textStudyNumberReference">
<xsl:text> </xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="."/>
</span>
</xsl:template>

Finally, you need to add one line to the following (as highlighted):

    <!--Apply Yourself To The Field Ministry-->
<xsl:template match="AYFM">
<table class="tableAYFM" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
      <xsl:call-template name="SetColumnWidths"/>

<xsl:call-template name="SectionHeading">
<xsl:with-param name="strSection">AYFM</xsl:with-param>
<xsl:with-param name="iSpanColumns">3</xsl:with-param>
</xsl:call-template>

<xsl:apply-templates select="Teaching" />
<xsl:apply-templates select="StudentItem"/></table>
</xsl:template>

If you look closely at the above script you will see that we have introduced a new class into the CSS files:

.textStudyNumberReference {
    /* Uncomment to hide the study number reference */
    /* display:none;*/
}

The default S-140 Worksheet templates have also been updated and so have the other templates but it is beyond the scope of this article to provide full details about the changes that are required.

Students Menu

The Students menu will no longer be available from 7th January 2019. It has been decided that these features will be redundant.

Students Menu
Students Menu

Latest Download

Meeting Schedule Assistant

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 15.6 MB
Version: 19.0.2
Published: 02/11/2018

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