Oryx Digital has released PerfectTablePlan 5 for Mac OS X. The new version has over 40 improvements and new features, including a digital seating chart which displays table/seat assignments as continuously scrolling text.

“There has been a general trend from paper to electronic devices, for example from mail to email and from books to ebooks,” says Oryx Digital founder, Andy Brice. “We expect seating charts to follow the same trend. The problem with paper seating charts is that people always cancel after you print your seating chart. You are then left with an out-of-date chart or gaps in the seating. Many venues now have large plasma screens, so it makes more sense to display the seat assignments electronically. We don’t expect paper seating charts to disappear any time soon, but we do think electronic charts have significant advantages.”

PerfectTablePlan 5 integrates with barcode scanners and can push seat assignments to any device with a web browser. This means that PerfectTablePlan can track the arrival of guests and assign (or reassign) seats in real time. Updates to the seat assignments can then be displayed electronically on large screens and sent to staff iPads and other web enabled devices.

PerfectTablePlan is available for Mac OS X and Windows from US$29.955 at PerfectTablePlan online. It comes with a 14-day, money-back guarantee and you can download a free trial from the website (http://www.perfecttableplan.com/).