There have been several updates to our API this month, mostly focused around our scheduling capabilities. Here's a roundup of them.
There have been several updates to our API this month, mostly focused around our scheduling capabilities.
We've extended our Availability end-point to support two new formats: slots and overlapping_slots in addition to the existing periods format. Our approach with API design is to aim for maximum flexibility in the first instance, then work with customers to understand what additional functionality they'd like to offload to Cronofy.With these two new formats, you can request that Cronofy generates the bookable slots that your application can offer users.You can see slots in action in our Slot Picker UI Element and overlapping_slots in Availability Viewer.See the Availability documentation for more details.
A couple of small but important updates here. The first is to support a minimum notice period required before a slot can be booked. If your users need 24 hours to prepare for a booking, this gives them that. See the Real-Time Scheduling documentation for more details.We also now support creating private events as part of the scheduling flow. Smart Invites also support private events now.
The Availability Rules provided as part of Managed Availability allow you to control the working hours used by any Cronofy Availability query.To support situations where your users need different working hours, we now allow one or more availability rules to be selected as part of the Availability query.Typically, this is used when people work from different locations or they operate a different schedule for different types of work.See the Availability document from more details.
Currently the Availability queries are limited to up to 10 participants over a 35-day period. We're working hard on increasing those limits to support additional use cases. For example:
We'll soon be enabling this for some of our existing customers. If you would benefit from this functionality and want to be part of the early test group, get in touch at email@example.com.
Every six months Cronofy organises a companywide meet up. This May, we met in Amsterdam to give our teams the chance to see our recently opened office and the sights this wonderful European capital has to offer.
Developing how your company describes and represents itself is a challenging and enlightening journey. You have to revisit long held assumptions and confront the reality of what your customers and the market value. I absolutely believe that you can only do this effectively with outside help.