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This script is a great script.. an excellent one. I was about to write one on my own, but thanks god my time was saved that one is already made.....Thumbs up! ...
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I have to say that Open Realty has really grown into an extremely versatile product. ...
Jerry O.

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Thank you, and thank you for all the help, your service is exemplary and should be a standard to be met for others in the IT industry! ...
Doug W.

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Just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the folks at Transparent Technologies. ...
Michael

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In general, we are very impressed with your software and hope to use it for other clients in the future. ...
Hall and Pete Stuart-Lovell Dungeness Communications, Inc.

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You all are wonderful. You have been so helpful in the past and I truly enjoy working with this system. ...
James S.

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I already have this idea of doing a multiple Realtor web sites with the capability to pool MLS database. ...
Stanley Tan, HSN Website Designer Pte Ltd, Singapore

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It's hands down the best *free* product for real estate. If you've configured any other script, this should be fairly easy. ...
Hotscript User

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Open Realty is a gift. We used it to develop a highly customized website with an automated IDX feed, and were impressed with the results. ...
Sarah

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I really wish I had found your real estate software before wasting 6 months trying to get something else working for my customer that required almost a dozen plug-ins. ...
Randy S., San Diego

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Open Realty is a gift. We used it to develop a highly customized website with an automated IDX feed, and were impressed with the results. ...
Sarah D.

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This past year has brought us to an interesting point in time. Open Realty 2.5.6 is out with lots of new features, The VOW policy is adopted by MLS's across the country and RETS servers are provided by most MLS' per NAR mandates. ...
Carl Johnson, Real Estate Consultant

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Transparent Maps is a fantastic add on. It works exactly as described and was easy to integrate into my site. ...
Jesse Johnstone, Brockville, Ontario, Canada

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I have been successfully using IDXManager for years now, thank you for the great product. ...
Tyson K.

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We have been developing websites for clients for a number of years. We often have to deal with support departments and over the years we have found that many of these (probably the majority) have a poor or not so great support service. ...
David. T.

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I have to say that transparent has always been very speedy and helpful with my problems also. ...
jabezus

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I cannot thank you enough for the good work Transparent does. It is rare to find a company that gives great service any more. ...
Mark B.

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Thank you, and thank you for all the help, your service is exemplary and should be a standard to be met for others in the IT industry! ...
Doug W.

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I have been using IDXManager for 3 years now and just started launching a new site this week. ...
Lee F.

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You guys have excellent service ...
Scott K.

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Thanks again for your amazing support! ...
Chris F.

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Thank you this was a great piece of software when I first started using it and it has kept up to date with change and is still fantastic. ...
YellxPV
Open-Realty
This script is a great script.. an excellent one. I was about to write one on my own, but thanks god my time was saved that one is already made.....Thumbs up!
Hotscript User
Open-Realty
I have to say that Open Realty has really grown into an extremely versatile product. I am truly impressed and can't wait to see what you guys have in store for the future.
Jerry O.
Open-Realty
Thank you, and thank you for all the help, your service is exemplary and should be a standard to be met for others in the IT industry!
Doug W.
Open-Realty
Just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the folks at Transparent Technologies.
Found myself stuck when it came to my last host and upgrading to vs 3.x, you really did come to my rescue with the hosting and top notch support.
My client and myself are very satisfied and it's no doubt due to your continued support!
Michael
Open-Realty
In general, we are very impressed with your software and hope to use it for other clients in the future. If you run across people needing help with installation and theming, please feel free to give them our names.
Hall and Pete Stuart-Lovell Dungeness Communications, Inc.
Open-Realty
You all are wonderful. You have been so helpful in the past and I truly enjoy working with this system. Its complexity combined with its simplicity is elegant.
James S.
Open-Realty
I already have this idea of doing a multiple Realtor web sites with the capability to pool MLS database. Then, I found Open-Realty and that is! By tweaking of php scripts. I had done it! Without great help from Transparent Technologies, I wouldn't be able to do up Multiple linked Property Portal Web Sites. The flexibility to be able to configure access to hosting MySql is very important, only Transparent Technologies provide this feature.
Stanley Tan, HSN Website Designer Pte Ltd, Singapore
Open-Realty
It's hands down the best *free* product for real estate. If you've configured any other script, this should be fairly easy. Not for a total novice, but I figured it out, and I'm no programmer! Kudos!
Hotscript User
Open-Realty & IDXManager
Open Realty is a gift. We used it to develop a highly customized website with an automated IDX feed, and were impressed with the results. This open-source software program is flexible and stable with an active community forum for peer support. It laid a solid foundation for our unique customization needs -- and best of all, it was free.
With our high-profile client, we also needed some other services tailored to our specific needs. In addition to purchasing the IDX Manager add-on from Transparent Technologies, we also signed up for their hosting and technical support packages. This was probably the best decision we made in our website development process. The team at Transparent Technologies was exceptionally helpful, responding to each of our development requests within a day -- even on weekends and holidays (do they ever rest?). They not only provided useful technical solutions to problems we didn't even expect them to solve, but they also came loaded with important knowledge about MLS listing laws. Their advice was invaluable, and we couldn't have done it without them.
Sarah
Open-Realty
I really wish I had found your real estate software before wasting 6 months trying to get something else working for my customer that required almost a dozen plug-ins. Your knowledge and support has been top-notch, you guys really saved me from losing a long time customer.
Randy S., San Diego
Open-Realty & IDXManager
Open Realty is a gift. We used it to develop a highly customized website with an automated IDX feed, and were impressed with the results. This software program is flexible and stable with an active community forum for peer support. It laid a solid foundation for our unique customization needs.
With our high-profile client, we also needed some other services tailored to our specific needs. In addition to purchasing the IDX Manager add-on from Transparent Technologies, we also signed up for their hosting and technical support packages. This was probably the best decision we made in our website development process. The team at Transparent Technologies was exceptionally helpful, responding to each of our development requests within a day -- even on weekends and holidays (do they ever rest?). They not only provided useful technical solutions to problems we didn't even expect them to solve, but they also came loaded with important knowledge about MLS listing rules. Their advice was invaluable, and we couldn't have done it without them.
Sarah D.
TransparentRETS
This past year has brought us to an interesting point in time. Open Realty 2.5.6 is out with lots of new features, The VOW policy is adopted by MLS's across the country and RETS servers are provided by most MLS' per NAR mandates.
With so many new technologies and business rules available it was time to upgrade my site to all of the latest software. I especially wanted to upgrade from my custom coded IDX importer to a RETS feed. I tried some of the open source RETS clients that are available. Especially the ones that are supposed to work with Open Realty. I then contacted Transparent Technologies about Transparent RETS.
You all were very helpful and took the time to assess my MLS’s server, finding some RETS standards compliance issues. ( this was a great help in getting the corrections made) As you know, I eventually bought the product and was elated to find that it was extremely easy to install and set up. The user interface is much better than other RETS Clients I tried and within minutes was connected to the RETS server and pulling data.
The TRETS client queried the server and displayed all of the property fields available. I simply went down the list and checked the fields I wanted to import and hit "Auto Map". The system automatically created all of the fields in my OR database! Brilliant! Setting up the queries to only import the data I wanted was also extremely easy and intuitive.
Literally, in 10 minutes I was pulling data into my site. It automatically cleaned up the database by removing old properties and it works with OR’s new property notification system. Something I was missing from my custom coded solution. The best part is that it is so easy to use that I do not worry about the MLS making data changes in the future. This is going to make my site much easier to maintain. I also feel the site is on a much better platform on which to add future capabilities.
Considering the many hours I spent with other products to get any data imported, and all the tinkering required for making changes to the import, I feel the cost of Transparent RETS was a bargain. The fact that you were there to help with identifying issues on my MLS’s server was also a huge benefit and something I would never have been able to do on my own.
I am looking forward to completing the implementation of my new site using this product. It truly is a huge improvement to my site.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is setting up an OR site and has a RETS server available. It is the way to go.
Thanks so much for this product.
Carl Johnson, Real Estate Consultant
Open-Realty & TransparentMaps
Transparent Maps is a fantastic add on. It works exactly as described and was easy to integrate into my site. Thank you Transparent Tech!
Jesse Johnstone, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
IDXManager
I have been successfully using IDXManager for years now, thank you for the great product.
Tyson K.
Open-Realty
We have been developing websites for clients for a number of years. We often have to deal with support departments and over the years we have found that many of these (probably the majority) have a poor or not so great support service. Often we have been of the thought that "we got their money now - so they can wait for the support" kind of attitude. "Transparent Technologies" have surpassed our best hopes for support. Not only is Open Realty a truly established and excellent product but the level of support, the turn around time, the amount of patience and commitment to quality service Transparent Technologies have given us - is simply astonishing. If there is anyone out there who has not made their minds up about purchasing the professional services from TT then we urge you to go with them. What price do you pay for true peace of mind in today's market of IT?
Thank you once again Transparent Technologies for your ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction. Simple Superb.
David. T.
Open-Realty
I have to say that transparent has always been very speedy and helpful with my problems also. So a big thank you!
jabezus
Open-Realty
I cannot thank you enough for the good work Transparent does. It is rare to find a company that gives great service any more.
Mark B.
Open-Realty
Thank you, and thank you for all the help, your service is exemplary and should be a standard to be met for others in the IT industry!
Doug W.
TransparentRETS
I have been using IDXManager for 3 years now and just started launching a new site this week. Only 6 hours after install and BAM, awsome site with instant super content. Smooth product ya got there boys...
Lee F.
Open-Realty
You guys have excellent service
Scott K.
Open-Realty
Thanks again for your amazing support!
Chris F.
Open-Realty
Thank you this was a great piece of software when I first started using it and it has kept up to date with change and is still fantastic.
would and do recommend it.
YellxPV
Open-Realty® v3.1 Release

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Open-Realty v3.1 has arrived. Our latest release includes some very important new features, that I blogged about a a few weeks ago as well as an assortment of bug fixes. The full change-log for this release is below, as well as some upgrade notes that everyone should read before performing an upgrade.

Upgrade Notes

Customers performing the upgrade using the "Upgrade Avaliable" link from within the OR Administration area.

1. Backup your OR site files and your OR database.

2. if you have modified any files located in the following folders:

/template/lazuli
/template/cms_integration
/admin/template/OR_small
/admin/template/cms_admin_integration

You will need to copy these folders to new folders using different folder names before upgrading. These 4 template folders will be overwritten during the upgrade. If you have made changes to any of the contents of these 4 folders and you do not rename that folder first before upgrading, any custom template changes will be lost. Any other existing template folders will be ignored by the upgrade.

3. During the upgrade you will first be upgraded to v3.0.13. This version simply contains a patch for the update system itself. You will need to refresh your Administration home page and click the "Upgrade Avaliable" link a second time to obtain the OR v3.1 upgrade.

4. After the upgrade is complete, you can delete any template files from your custom template folder(s) that you have not actually modified, this will allow Open-Realty to load default template files for those instead. See my comments on the simplified template management for more information.

Customers who are performing a manual upgrade.

1. Backup your OR site files and your OR database.

2. If you have modified any of the following templates, rename the folders and set your template in Site Config to use one of the new public/admin template folder names you used.

/template/lazuli
/template/cms_integration
/admin/template/OR_small
/admin/template/cms_admin_integration

You should delete any folders above that remain after renaming the one(s) you have modified.

3. Download and install the Open-Realty upgrade.

4. After the upgrade is complete, you can delete any template files from your custom template folder that you have not actually customized, this will allow Open-Realty to load default template files for those instead. See my comments on the simplified template management for more information.

Add-on Compatibility

Since we have removed the database table 'classlistingsdb' in OR v3.1, any add-ons that looked-up or stored property class ID# information in this table will now need to be updated to use the 'listingsdb_pclass_id' column that has been added to the existing 'listingsdb' database table.

If you are uncertain if any of your add-ons use the 'classlistingsdb' DB table or not, you should not upgrade until you can verify with the add-on's maker or for yourself. Add-ons that only need to read information from OR that reference this table to do so will simply fail. Add-ons that write data to OR's database that reference this table may only partially fail, and could possibly corrupt your OR listing database.

Updates to our commercial MLS import add-ons such as the IDXManager and TransparentRETS are already underway and will be completed within a few days of OR v3.1's release.

Detailed Changelog

 

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix HTML Encoding Issue with Blog and Page Editor
  • Fix MB String "Yes/No" Selection in Site Config.
  • Fix Bug in slideshow that was causing all but the first thumbnail group to have one less thumbnail then set in site config.
  • Fix intval() usage on number fields as it was breaking some high integer inserts on 32 bit machines.
  • Prevent Browsercap from calling out.
  • Fix edit listing link.
  • Fix Remove $config variable and http://www.open-realty.org/template/or3_site_v2 tags from admin and visitor alert phrases.
  • Make featured listing display use full url to no_photo image to prevent broken images when seourls are on.
  • Fix bug when calling searchbox_render using field_id
  • Fix sessions logging out on each click when a invalid cookie is set.
  • Fix Fatal error: Call to a member function parseDate() when searching by date.
  • Fix undefined constant 'APACHE_GET_MODULES' error message in installer.
  • Fix upgrade script so it sets the admin template to OR_small no matter what it is currently set to when upgrading from 2.5.8 or previous versions..
  • Fix Lead Manager now uses template_lead_sections instead of listing template sections
  • Fix Improve description of the Show Admin on agent list option.
  • Make backed for the Blog Publisher use blogs_per_page instead of listings_per_page
  • Fix Blog Publisher link, it was pointing to the page editor.
  • Fix - Fix bug in listing notification. Listing URLS in notification email were incorrect.
  • Fix - Fix bug in multiple language add-on support.
  • Fix per page searchresults.
  • Fix some notice errors.
  • Remove white space before "Refine Search" button the the listing next/prev bar that only appeard when search criteria was specified.
  • Prevent / in listing seo titles, as they should be part of the SEO URI config and not the actual title.
  • Fix rss_item_titles on featured and lastmodified listing feeds.
  • Fix link_yahoo_neighborhood_url tag
  • Fix Search Results was not respecting display privileges for Admin Only listings.
  • Fix Magic URI Parsing, which could break in certain cases when the SEO Title contained  the path parts of the Open-Realty install. Eg install Open-Realty in a folder called open-realty then using open-realty as thefirst work in a blog title would break the parser, causing the page to not be found.
  • Fix filter in Lisitng Editor for Show Expired
  • Fix {vtour_tab_block}tag parsing.
  • Set Slideshow thumbnails per group to 4 instead of 5 by default.
  • Make Listing Editor Page pass expiration date to API.
  • Add Country Field to Default Listing.
  • Add Verify_Priv of "CanEditExpiration"
  • Fixed issue with user specified template not correctly setting the template_url on first page load.
  • Fix Next/Prev on Listing Page.
  • Fix the return to search button on listing next/prev so that is points to the searchresult page instead of search page even when the search was for all listings.
  • Make Add Listing JS use Absolute URLS
  • Make sure we call set_session_referrer if we are not using SEO Friendly links.
  • Make sure set_session_referrer ignores load css and powered by page loads.
  • Fix SeoTitle behavoir when updating a listing.
  • ON Add Listing Disable submit button after click to prevent user from adding multiple listings.
  • Added missing lang variable for  alert_user_inactive

API Changes:

  • Add initial api media__read command
  • listing__search - Add ability for agents to search by active "yes", "no", or "any".
  • listing__search - Allow agents to search by listingsdb_expiration_greater and listingsdb_expiration_less both which take a unix timestamp.
  • listing__read - Update API command to only return array's for select-multiple and checkbox. It was returning for select and option fields as well which is incorrect as they only can have a single value selected.
  • listing__search -Fix some bugs in the listing__search API.  
  • listing__search - Add ability to search on listing_title only.
  • listing_search - Fix photoONly and vtourONly searches
  • listing__read  - Performance Fix for when reading only core fields
  • fields__values now accepts pclass as a parameter
  • fields__Metadata now correctly respects the Admin Only fields permission
  • listing__search Fix bug in API command when searching by expired date.
  • listing__update Add ability to update listing expiration
  • listing__create now correctly sets the listing expiration time.
  • fields__metadata - searchable_only was always be set to FALSE, this caused the search page to show field that were not marked as searchable, but had a search type set.
  • listings__update & listing__create - Add Log messages when listings are added.
  • listing__create - Make sure command is adding all fields to a listing, even if they are not passed to the API call.
  • listing__create make more efficient
  • Add ability for admin user to bypass API Activity Logs on listing__create and listing__update. For bulk importers.

New Features/Changes:

  • General Code Cleanup and Speed ups
  • Sessions are now stored in the DB.
  • Remove Support for assigning listings to Multiple Property Classes (DB table: classlistingsdb removed)
  • All invalid URLS should now goto a 404 page not found instead of the index page.
  • Added support for ReCaptcha and ability to choose between ReCaptcha and SecureImage in Site Config.
  • Add {current_language}tag to display currently selected language.
  • Add Mobile Browser Detection, and all site admin to configure a separate template to show to mobile users.
  • Lead Manager - Add Support for Floor Agents.
  • Added {mobile_full_template_link}tag to allow user to switch between mobile and full site templates. Requires User Template Changing be turned on in Site Config.
  • Improve performance of replace_listing_field_tags
  • Improved Performance of API
  • Improve performance of magicURIGenerator

Template Changes:

  • Implemented a new template system change that supports falling-back to using .html and .css template files in the "default" template folder for both the front end and administration templates when custom versions are not already present.
  • The load_page() function now requires that the template you are loading be in the users template folder or in the default template... You can not load template files from other directories using load_page().
  • NEW - Login pages for both administration and members are templated.
  • NEW - Email a Friend feature is now templated.
  • NEW - HTML5 Template* (*experimental)
  • NEW - Mobile device Template
  • search_page template - Search page is now tableless. You will need to copy the new css into your custom templates, and update the search_page template file you are using.
  • The following 2 template tags and now fully supported for retrieving individual search form label and form elements for any listing field that is set to be searchable. {search_field_FIELDNAME_label} {search_field_FIELDNAME_element}
  • Removed all template specific .png images from default template. Replaced .png gradients with css3 gradiants.
  • member_signup.html - Fix hardcoded image path that was not using http://www.open-realty.org
  • contact_agent.html -The existing user login form should have the password field set to type="password" not “text”
  • contact_agent.html - Typo: “test-align:” should be “text-align:”
  • blog_article.html - Removed unused tag {tag_popscale}
  • blog_article.html - Fix a name for comments.
  • New template tags {current_user_first_name}{current_user_last_name}and {current_user_id tags}added for main.html
  • Default - Removed default template file page_100.html as it was specific to the lazuli template.
  • Default - Changed ids to classes on featured, random, latest, and popular listing templates.
  • Lazuli - Apply ccs fix from eduardo to correct 1px offset of background image on menu items.
  • Default - Remove old license_tag from printer_friendly.html
  • HTML5 - Add Persistent menu for display to logged-in Members/Administrators/Agents
  • Default - add_listing.html Cleanup tag not used anymore that was part of multipclass support.
  • Fix missing image in slide show code.
  • Change name of default style sheet.
  • Make replace_blog_template_tags() render on blog index
  • Fix multiple CSS and HTML errors and do general cleanup.
  • {search_field_FIELDNAME_label} {search_field_FIELDNAME_element}now work from main.html, wysiwyg pages, and from blog posts.
  • New template tag: {pclass_names_ul}. This places all Property class names in an unordered list

Support for our products is not handled via this blog. If you have questions about Open-Realty®, or need support, please use the following links:

Sales:     Sales questions
Support:  Support

Comments (3)
nick-b says:
I'm so excited about all of the fixes and new features!!! Will the table changes also have an impact on the TransparentMaps addon? It does reference class info to change the icons on the maps for different classes. If it needs to be updated, I'll wait to upgrade O-R. Any idea on a time-frame for that one, if it needs updated?
03/23/2011 04:16 AM
PIV Support says:
From the blog post: "Updates to our commercial MLS import add-ons such as the IDXManager and TransparentRETS are already underway and will be completed within a few days of OR v3.1's release." I'd hold off from updating for a couple of days. :)
03/23/2011 10:19 AM
nick-b says:
Quick note: In the "Add-on Compatibility" section of Ryan's blog entry, there is a critical typo... Where he says... "Since we have removed the database table 'classlistingsdb' in OR v3.1, any add-ons that looked-up or stored property class ID# information in this table will now need to be updated to use the 'listings_db_pclass_id' column that has been added to the existing 'listingsdb' database table." ... the following should be corrected... "listings_db_pclass_id" should become "listingsdb_pclass_id". There was an extra underscore in it.
03/25/2011 06:17 AM
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