Booked

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Booked
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Original author(s) Nick Korbel
Developer(s) Twinkle Toes Software
Initial release September 13, 2004 (2004-09-13) (1.0.0) as phpScheduleIt[1] and January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) (2.5.0) as Booked[2]
Stable release

2.8.5  (November 1, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-11-01))

[±]
Preview release 2.7.1 Beta  (May 1, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-05-01)) [±]
Written in PHP, JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Resource management software
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0
Website BookedScheduler.com

Booked is a free open-source web application designed to improve scheduling and manage resource utilization. Resources are scheduled and reserved using a permissions-based calendar, later allowing for modifications to those reservations as needed.

Product history

The predecessor to Booked was phpScheduleIt. The author, Nick Korbel, originally created the program for the Immunology Applications Core Facility and the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago.[3] A SourceForge project for phpScheduleIt began on November 21, 2003[4], and by September 13, 2004 an official open-source version 1.0 release of the software was made on Freecode.[1] On March 22, 2006, new forums were created for supporting the software and the community.[5] By the end of the summer, hosting on Freecode stopped, remaining exclusively on SourceForge.[1]

Work on the project tapered off by mid-2008, with only a few releases being made. But a flurry of updates arrived after the 2.0.0 release on February 12, 2012[6]. Steady work has continued on it since, with Korbel stating in April 2012 "the time I spend [on it] is fun and rewarding."[7]

On January 24, 2014, Korbel announced phpScheduleIt would become "Booked," developed by his new small business Twinkle Toes Software. The software would remain open-source.[2]

On November 1, 2020, the open-source version of the software was discontinued, with release 2.8.5., with the software becoming "a ful SaaS offering."[8] According the primary developer Nick Korbel, "Booked Scheduler will be shifting to better serve the small business and not-for-profit communities. Going forward I’ll be directing all new academic and research customers to LabArchives Scheduler."[9] A few users took to forking the software[10], but it's not clear if those projects will take hold. As of January 2021, one fork has a 2.8.5.2 release.[11]

Releases as Booked

The following tables show the dates of various known releases of Booked[12]:

Version Release date
2.5.15 23 June 2015
2.5.14 20 March 2015
2.5.13 31 December 2014
2.5.12 04 December 2014
2.5.11 28 November 2014
2.5.10 26 November 2014
2.5.9 24 November 2014
2.5.8 26 July 2014
Version Release date
2.5.7 15 June 2014
2.5.6 03 June 2014
2.5.5 06 May 2014
2.5.4 23 April 2014
2.5.3 21 April 2014
2.5.2 31 March 2014
2.5.1 01 February 2014
2.5.0 24 January 2014

Releases as phpScheduleIt

The following tables show the dates of various known releases of phpScheduleIt; it may not be complete[1][6][13]:

Version Release date
2.4.2 04 April 2013
2.4.1 12 March 2013
2.4.0 02 March 2013
2.3.6 14 December 2012
2.3.5 01 November 2012
2.3.4 26 October 2012
2.3.3 07 September 2012
2.3.2 06 September 2012
2.3.0 & 2.3.1 05 September 2012
2.2.2 03 July 2012
2.2.1 28 June 2012
2.2.0 27 June 2012
Version Release date
2.1.4 09 May 2012
2.1.3 24 April 2012
2.1.2 19 April 2012
2.1.1 13 April 2012
2.1.0 07 April 2012
2.0.2 14 March 2012
2.0.1 20 February 2012
2.0.0 12 February 2012
1.2.12 13 February 2010
1.2.10 17 July 2008
1.2.7 29 April 2007
1.2.6 17 February 2007
Version Release date
1.2.5 18 December 2006
1.2.4 17 October 2006
1.2.3 31 August 2006
1.2.2 25 August 2006
1.2.1 19 June 2006
1.2.0 14 June 2006
1.1.3 13 February 2006
1.1.2 22 November 2005
1.1.1 10 August 2005
1.1.0 22 April 2005
1.1.0 22 April 2005
1.0.1 16 November 2004
1.0.0 13 September 2004

Features

Features of Booked include[14]:

  • schedule view for finding and booking a time slot
  • administrative tools for searching, managing, and exporting data
  • reservation start and end reminders
  • reporting system
  • user-based security
  • flexible layout configuration
  • flexible quota system
  • optional reservation review and approval
  • export to Outlook or any other system that accepts .ical files
  • authentication integration with LDAP/Active Directory

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for phpScheduleIt include:

  • PHP 5.2 or greater
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • a web server (Apache 2, IIS)
  • a JavaScript-enabled browser

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using Booked

Further reading

External links

Booked can also be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "All releases of phpScheduleIt". Freecode. http://freecode.com/projects/phpscheduleit/releases. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Korbel, Nick (24 January 2014). "We’re Officially Booked!". Nick Korbel. http://php.brickhost.com/blog/2014/01/24/were-officially-booked/. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. Kowalski, Elizabeth T. (29 June 2007). "Summary: ON-LINE SCHEDULING SOFTWARE". Purdue University. https://lists.purdue.edu/pipermail/cytometry/2007-June/033057.html. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  4. "phpScheduleIt". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpscheduleit/. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  5. Korbel, Nick (22 March 2006). "phpScheduleIt - New Forums Launched!". Simple Machines. http://php.brickhost.com/forums/index.php?topic=4.0. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Home > 1. phpScheduleIt". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpscheduleit/files/1.%20phpScheduleIt/. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  7. Korbel, Nick (18 April 2012). "Why phpScheduleIt?". Nick Korbel. http://php.brickhost.com/blog/?p=17. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  8. "Booked - Open Source End of Life Update". SourceForge. 13 October 2020. Archived from the original on 21 December 2020. https://web.archive.org/web/20201222195530/https://sourceforge.net/projects/phpscheduleit/files/. Retrieved 30 January 2021. 
  9. Korbel, N. (October 2020). "Big Changes for Booked Scheduler". https://www.bookedscheduler.com/the-future-of-booked/. Retrieved 30 January 2021. 
  10. daevor (29 October 2020). "Open Source Development". Booked Scheduler Support Forums. https://forums.bookedscheduler.com/viewtopic.php?t=435. Retrieved 30 January 2021. 
  11. nenimilo. "BookedScheduler Releases". GitHub. https://github.com/nenimilo/BookedScheduler/releases. Retrieved 30 January 2021. 
  12. "Home > Booked". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpscheduleit/files/Booked/. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  13. "phpScheduleIt - Announcements". Simple Machines. http://php.brickhost.com/forums/index.php?board=3.0. Retrieved 02 November 2012. 
  14. "Booked Scheduler - Features". Nick Korbel. http://www.bookedscheduler.com/features. Retrieved 28 April 2014.