Hello [FIRSTNAME], Welcome to the first edition of the Fusion Ticket newsletter. We've come a long way since PhpMyTicket and we hope Fusion Ticket has been a part of your successful event planning. If you haven't been to the Fusion Ticket site in awhile here is what we've been up to.
What is Fusion Ticket and Who is it for?
Fusion Ticket is an open source Box Office and On-line Ticketing Solution consisting of 4 distinct modules:
Online shop : Patrons purchase tickets from your website. Point of sale : Patrons purchase tickets from the venue Box Office, or any location you choose, in person. Ticket Taker : Validate tickets at the event using a keyboard or barcode scanner. Administrative : Control events, users, seating, etc.
Our goal is to create a complete, easy to maintain, box office solution, yet still offer functionality, design flexibility, and a full feature set, targeting charities and small venues.
For the most part it is unrealistic for small organizations to use a professional ticket sales company requiring an initial set up fee in addition to commissions on each ticket sold.
The software is used regularly for a variety of events. Just look at the sites using Fusion Ticket on our web links page.
At the moment we are working on a new BETA version, maybe you have already seen something about it on the forum. Also we have created a security patch for the current Beta4 version. You can read more about those below.
After the release of Beta5 we want to build at least 1 more Beta version where we will re-examine all the db queries, change the way the seat chart parts are created and maintained, and do some more cleaning.
We will see if a Beta 7 is required or if we can go directly to the Release Candidate version. The Release Candidate is for bug fixes only and new features will not be considered.
When the Release Candidate runs smoothly we will release the Final Version. You can see our progression in the roadmap of our mantis system.
Beta 4c Security Patch Is Now Available!
While there have been no reports of security breaches in Fusion Ticket it is our full intention to stay ahead of the power curve. As a result we scour the net looking for new threats and potential future threats.
Reports from developers of other programs indicate two major threats are Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF). Rather than wait for them to spread we have developed a patch to circumvent them. Fixes are always included in future, full release versions, at no charge. However, if you can not wait they are available as patches.
Patches, similar to the Beta 4c security patch, are free to Premiere members and will be made available to the general public, through email, after a donation of $12.50 or more.
Previous versions of Fusion Ticket are available for download, free of charge, from the Downloads section of the Fusion Ticket website.
Beta 5 is Coming Soon!
The Beta 5 release is just around the corner with new features, security improvements, and the bug fixes our contributors and testers have requested.
Behind the scenes the file structure has been cleaned and improved eliminating unnecessary and/or redundant functions and directories. The result is a faster program with an easier ability to customize your own installation.
The Admin has been reorganized with new information and the ability to add/edit/delete additional admins, managers, and organizers.
Order Handling has been strengthened and streamlined, and includes the new payment methods Google checkout and iDeal.
PDF templates may now be designed using straight HTML code replacing the more arduous EZPDF.
The POS is undergoing major transformations especially in the area of previous users and ticket processing.
A New Payment Handling System
Beta 5 will have a totally new API for handling payments, “The Extended Payment Handler API” or EPH for short. Although loosely based on the old system, the new EPH’s are more secure, easier to understand, and uniform in structure. This means the older payment systems will no longer work and need a rewrite.
On April 24, 2009, we added a poll on the homepage asking which payment methods you used, or wanted to use, to sell tickets. 58 people voted and we thank you for your input.
So far, we have only tested the new PayPal, and created Google Checkout and iDeal as additional payment methods. You also voted for YellowPay, Authorize.sim, and Authorize.aim. We cannot test these ourselves, and hope you can help us with that.
There were six votes for “Other” payment methods. We are very interested in what these payment methods are. If you voted for “Other“, please write the requirements in the forum as we would like to investigate these possibilities.
For more information about the new EPH’s you can read this WIKI page.
New PatronRegistration Options
In previous beta versions the only option for a patron to purchase tickets were to ‘Register, activate by email, and login’ or ‘Sign in as a guest’. In response to member requestswe have expanded these settings.
The new options are:
The most restrictive ordering option. Patron must be registered and activated before they may add to their shopping cart.
Patrons must register and activate before purchasing is allowed.
Patrons register but may delay activation until future orders.
Patrons may choose to purchase as a guest or register. - A check box on the sign-in form allows a guest to convert to registered and save their information, if they wish.
Patrons may only purchase using the guest sign in. Registration is not available.
In addition, we have added Captcha security for guests and member registration.
* Activation emails may now include a link to activate and/or an activation code the user may enter manually.
How can I Help?
Although we try to maintain this software for as little as possible, we have working lives and other items that need doing. Your donations allow us to spend more time supporting members, developing plug-ins and additional features, instead of the bare minimum. A donation, of any amount, helps get us toward the next release and our ultimate goal.
Any member who donates over $50 per release (a feature version release), will receive Premiere status. Premiere members receive access to private sections of Fusion Ticket where mid version bug fixes, patches, and pre-release versions are available free of charge. In addition Premiere members receive enhanced priority support.
When making donations please add your email address and Fusion Ticket login ID so credit can be given where credit is due.
If you have made a previous donation please email niels and include your PayPal receipt.
Can we contribute more than just money?
If programming is not your strong suit then help other users with the software, as everyone's skills differ. Any time the programmers spend explaining something is time spent away from bug fixing or feature improvements.
You may also spend time testing for bugs, reporting them in detail, and work with the programmers, on the IRC, to correct them.
Meanwhile, making suggestions to improve usability and functionality are always welcome.
Maintain the Fusion Ticket Copyright
If you really want to help then do not remove or change the copyright notice at the bottom of the webshop, which is also the link to our site, because you then deprive the project of future members and resources.
If you must remove the copyright, for any reason, please contact us to purchase the proper license.
Thank you for your help and support on behalf of Chris, Niels, Lou, and all those who have contributed to the success of Fusion Ticket.