Aaron at the booth in Albuquerque

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Greetings from Albuquerque! I'm sitting in our Planning Center booth at the National Worship Leader Conference here in New Mexico on the last day of a great conference! I love getting to travel around and meet all of our extremely loyal Planning Center users and hear about how PCO is helping you be more effective in your ministry; that's what Ministry Centered Technologies is all about!

We recently introduced Planning Center Music Stand and the response has been great! By the time you read this, there should be an iPad app update available for download. We've added offline support for your last 10 accessed plans! With this new version, the Music Stand app will automatically open up to your last plan, and even if you don't have internet access, you'll be able to see any of the last 10 plans you've used along with all of the related files.

In other Music Stand news, we've done a little bit of a price reduction. It was an additional $10 a month for any church to enable music stand for all of their users, but after some feedback, we felt like we should drop the price for churches on the lower packages. So effective immediately, our $14 a month Lite churches can enable Music Stand for only $2 a month, and our $29 a month Basic churches can enable Music Stand for only $5 more a month! Your site owner can sign up for Music Stand from the site settings page, and then anyone from your account can access the web version from each plan under the rehearse button, or using the free iPad app.

A lot of you have been asking about the hardware we announced for the Music Stand including the mic clip and foot pedal. Manufacturing a clip has proven to be quite the challenging process and is taking a bit longer than expected. We are in the final design stages and hope to go to manufacturing in the next week or two, but unfortunately it will be at least another month before it's available. As far as the foot pedal goes, we want to recommend bluetooth foot pedals that are being made by other companies but are not available yet either. Rest assured, we will let you know as SOON as either of these items is available! For more information on ordering, click here.

And finally, we're really excited about the release of the new iPhone software, iOS 4. We've recompiled the Planning Center App to take advantage of  "multitasking" in the new software and man, does it make a difference! The update will let the app save its state, so that whenever you launch the app, it is exactly where you left off. It seems like a small thing, but after using it for the last week, it makes such a big difference! Look for the app update shortly after iOS 4 is released.

Well, that's it for now. If any of you are coming to the National Worship Leader conference in Kansas City next month, make sure to stop by our booth, say hi, and get a free tshirt. We'd love to meet you!

Aaron Stewart, Product Manager