by Michael J. Shapiro | March 09, 2017
Social Tables has unveiled version 4 of its event-management and diagramming platform, a major upgrade over previous iterations. The software, which was overhauled for better speed and more efficient resource allocation, provides functionality for creating floor diagrams and seating charts, as well as for checking in attendees. The platform resides online and updates in real time, lending itself to collaboration among event-planning teams. Venues can use the platform for showcasing interactive floor plans and creating proposals, too.
 
Rebuilding the platform has given Social Tables several primary advantages, according to founder Dan Berger. Most noticeably, version 4 is much faster -- rendering as many as 5,000 objects on the floor plans in less than one second after the diagram loads. That's 10 times faster than version 2.
 
Social Tables diagrams now render using WebGL, which is the same technology employed by professional desktop CAD software platforms. The results not only load faster, but they look better. To ensure that clients don't need the latest, most powerful computers to run the progam, Berger noted, Social Tables redesigned the software so that it relies less on the CPU (main processing chip) and more on the graphics processing unit. As a result, the latest version of Social Tables actually will run on less powerful machines than required to run previous versions.
 
Version 4 can scale, too, with the ability to handle floor plans greater than several million square feet -- such as the Las Vegas Convention Center. The drag-and-drop functionality used to create table layouts in ballrooms is just as easily applied for creating a trade-show layout in an enormous exhibit hall. Organizers can begin by dragging templates directly onto a new room layout, and then save the resulting floor plans for future use, or for diagramming additional rooms for the same event.
 
Finally, version 4 is the most flexible to date. It was designed around the application-programming interface, making it easier to integrate Social Tables into other technology platforms.
 
About 300 Social Tables clients already are using the latest version of the software, with the remainder expected to migrate to the new platform between now and July. By April 1, all new customers will automatically begin using version 4.