Meeting Schedule Assistant v20.0.7 is now available

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Theocratic Software

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

What’s New

Improvements have been made to the Midweek Editor to better support those of you who include both the Midweek and Weekend Meetings on your schedule.

Up until now there has always been a issue with the schedule during the week of the Memorial and sometimes it also affect the standard Workbook-S-140 too that only showed the Midweek Meeting.

The Memorial is unlike other Special Events because it only cancels out one of the meetings during the week:

  • Midweek Memorial – Weekend Meeting is valid.
  • Weekend Memorial – Midweek Meeting is valid.

So changes needed to be made to the Midweek Editor to make it flexible enough and the issue was discussed in the Support Forum. As a result, all of the default Workbook-S-140 templates have now been revised. Here are some examples:

Midweek Memorial
Midweek Memorial
Weekend Memorial
Weekend Memorial

Other Improvements

You can now display the time stamps for any given Special Event on your schedule. For example:

Special Event with time stamp
Special Event with time stamp

The default Workbook-S-140 templates don’t show the time stamps. You have to copy the template and adjust it. Something like this:

<xsl:template match="SpecialEvent">
  <tr>
    <td class="textSpecialEvent" colspan="4">
      <xsl:value-of select="Event"/>
      <xsl:text> [</xsl:text>
      <xsl:value-of select="Date"/>
      <xsl:if test="Date/@AllDayEvent=0"> 
        <xsl:text> @ </xsl:text> 
        <xsl:value-of select="Date/@StartTime24"/> 
      </xsl:if> 
      <xsl:text>]</xsl:text>
    </td>
  </tr>
  <xsl:if test="normalize-space(Location) != ''">
    <tr>
      <td class="textSpecialEventLocation" colspan="4">
        <xsl:value-of select="Location"/>
      </td>
    </tr>
  </xsl:if>
</xsl:template>

Simplification with Default Templates

I have taken the decision to reduce the default templates that come installed with Meeting Schedule Assistant. This way I don’t have so many scripts to maintain and revise.

As a result, the following Workbook templates are no longer installed with the software and will be automatically deleted from your existing installation:

  • Workbook RTL
  • Workbook
  • Workbook-off-12h
  • Workbook-off-12h-PublicTalks
  • Workbook-off-24h

Are you using a customised version of one of the above templates? Then please migrate to one of the Workbook-S-140 templates from now on.

In addition, these scripts have also been removed from the installer as they were not deemed necessary:

  • Workbook-S-140-PublicTalks
  • Workbook-S-140-PublicTalks-WatchtowerStudy

Are you using a customised Workbook-S-140 template? Then you will need to make one or two minor changes to make it support the new flexibility for the Memorial / Special Events as described above. I am happy to help if needed.

Please don’t be worried if you open a saved MWB schedule file and an error is displayed in the preview. This is most likely because you were using one of the obsolete templates. Just select one of the others from those installed.

Latest Download

Meeting Schedule Assistant

Supported operating systems:

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Size: 12.8 MB
Version: 20.3.3
Published: 28/11/2020

You can also upgrade by using the Check for Update feature from the Help menu (if you have not been a beta tester).

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