Meeting Schedule Assistant v19.0.4 is now available

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

Student Material Window

The Student Material window has been made more clearer:

Screenshot of the Student Material window.
Student Material Window

Some users were getting confused with the Apply Yourself to Reading and Teaching assignment and the first week of the month. This information is usually filled in by monthly volunteers.

Hopefully the slight adjustments I have made to the window will make things clearer for both users and volunteers.

Displaying Dates

Several improvements have been made with respects to date formatting and localisation.

List of dates in Polish using genitive form.

Genitive Dates

The application now supports genitive months. This affects specific languages, like Polish.

Dates drop-down list no longer crops of information.

Drop-down list

The application now displays dates without cropping.

Date Format Specifiers

The application now supports additional date formatting specifiers. However, please note that a small handful of languages can’t use these new formatting codes – see the help topic for details.

Song Titles

There was a revision to the Hindi song book, so the following titles have been updated:

11, 21, 23, 24, 30, 32, 34, 41, 42, 49, 52, 82, 83, 103, 105, 120, 132, 133, 140

Meeting Schedule Assistant

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 15.4 MB
Version: 19.0.4
Published: 12/12/2018

Visits Rota v19.0.1 is now available

I am pleased to announce that there is a new version of Visits Rota available.

This edition includes a new Arabic translation:

I would like to thank our translator for coming forward to do the translating and proof reading.

Visits Rota

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 3.93 MB
Version: 19.0.1
Published: 11/12/2018

Visits Rota v19.0.0 is now available

It has been many years since I made any changes to the Visits Rota application. I felt it was about time!

Visits Rota
Visits Rota

Much of the core functionality remains the same. However, several adjustments have been made:

  • Improved window resizing.
  • New Check for Update feature.
  • Greek translation.
  • Hungarian translation.
  • Improved schedule customisation.
  • Can be started from Meeting Schedule Assistant (version 19.0.3 or higher).

One of the key things is that VisitsRota now uses the same XML / CSS / XSL functionality so you have full control over how you want the reports to look.

Visits Rota

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 3.93 MB
Version: 19.0.1
Published: 11/12/2018

Meeting Schedule Assistant v19.0.3 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.

What’s New

There is now a new Tools menu on the main application window:

Main application window with the Tool menu highlighted.
New Tools menu

You can start an instance of VisitsRota from this menu.

You need to have VisitsRota version 19.0.0 (soon to be released) installed for this feature to be enabled.

Advanced Customisation

Also, the Assignments Editor has had a major overhaul. It now uses the same XML / CSS / XSL functionality as the Midweek Editor. The possibilities for customising the look and feel of your schedules is now virtually endless.

You can still customise your reports like you use to, but now it is very easy to override or extend this.

Report Settings window
Updated Report Settings window

The above window is now called Report Settings (instead of Export Settings) and can be found on the new Edit menu in the Editor.


Duty Assignment Slips

Duty Slips have been improved. You now select a new schedule template from the drop-down list on the Report Settings window:

Report Settings with duty assignment slips template
Duty Assignment Slips

Several improvements have been made:

  • The slips look nicer.
  • Multiple slips per page (if you reduce your margins enough).

Since these slips are also using the new XML / CSS / XSL functionality there is nothing stopping you making further refinements to meet your needs.


Student S-89 Slips

I have started to implemented the new 10/18 edition of the S-89 Student Slip:

S-89 10/18 Student Slip

I have decided to show the study number on the slip (even though it is stated in the Meeting Workbook).

This is so that the student will know which of the student items they have been assigned, since there are multiple assignments of the same type on the same meeting.

At the time of writing new slip templates are available in these languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Lingala
  • Portuguese Portugal
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog (uses English)
  • Twi
  • Vietnamese

Templates will be updated for other languages as soon as the updated slips become available.

Users of the software are required to send me a copy of their S-89 Slip by email and I will supply the templates in return.

There are several other minor improvements to the software. Please see the Revision History for full details.

I have updated the documentation to take into account the new features in the software. Advanced customisation can be daunting so feel free to create a feature request on the Mantis BT so that I or someone else can assist you.

Latest Download

Meeting Schedule Assistant

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 15.4 MB
Version: 19.0.4
Published: 12/12/2018