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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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You guys have excellent service ...
Scott K.

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

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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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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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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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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

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I have to say that Open Realty has really grown into an extremely versatile product. ...
Jerry O.
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 & 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.
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
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
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 & 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
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
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.
IDXManager
I have been successfully using IDXManager for years now, thank you for the great product.
Tyson K.
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
Thanks again for your amazing support!
Chris F.
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
You guys have excellent service
Scott K.
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
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
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
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
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
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® v3.1 Status Update

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I wanted to take a few moments to keep everyone updated about Open-Realty development, and tease you with some new features we have completed. We have been very hard at work on Open-Realty v3.1 and are finishing-up our final testing. We are very anxious to get our very latest version of Open-Realty rolled out to you. Not only have we fixed and closed a number of bug reports, but we have also added some new, and very nice features from our long-term roadmap, a few are mentioned below. We hope you enjoy using our latest software, the 13th release in the 3.x edition. We are eager to get this into your hands and hear your feedback so we can get started on our next round of features and improvements already planned for Open-Realty v3.2.

Simplified template management

One area we realize that some customers have had difficulties with, is upgrading templates to work with newer Open-Realty releases. We know this problem is a bit of a double edged sword in that site developers want every single page or feature to be templated in order to customize the look and feel of everything, yet this same flexibility leads to having a lot of template files that require manual updates. It's also very easy to miss adding a new template file that is part of an OR upgrade to your custom template if you are not paying close attention.

In order to make upgrading down the road a whole lot easier, we have implemented a new template loading system. The way this now works, is when a site visitor visits for example your listing detail page,  OR will first look in your custom template folder for a listing detail template file to match and if it is not found, OR falls back to use a listing detail template file from a "default" template folder. This means you now only need to place the template files you want or need to actually modify into your custom template folder. If you are not using a customized template file for one or more pages, you don't need to worry about upgrading those manually in the future. This new template loading system has been applied to both the front-end of Open-Realty and the administrative back-end and it is 100% compatible with the old template loading system. If you are an add-on developer using our template engine don't panic, your templates and etc.will still work without modifications.

Upgrade Impact:  What does this mean for you if you upgrade to Open-Realty v3.1? First, make sure you have OR set to use your own own template folder, and that you are not just making changes to the files in the Lazuli template folder. All example templates like Lazuli will always be overwritten during any upgrade. Second, after the update 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. Lastly, you can now use the tag {load_css_style_ordefault} to load the default css for Open-Realty applying your own template's css after it is declared, allowing your custom CSS to override OR's default css. If you configure your templates this way, as we add new css definitions to Open-Realty to deal with new features, you will not have to modify your template css, our changes will automatically be included.

Mobile Browser Detection and Template

Open-Realty can now detect site visitors using mobile devices and will switch those users to a seperate mobile template for the site. Mobile users can choose to view the regular site template by clicking a provided link.

Lead Manager Floor Agents

Open-Relty's lead manager now offers basic support for "Floor Agents". A Floor Agent is someone who will handle the leads generated by another Agent''s listings. This is usefull when an Agent goes on vacation, or if you use a regular MLS IDX or RETS data import where many (or the majority)  of the listings on your site do not belong to your office's Agents. You can now set which Agent(s) will serve as a Floor Agent, if you select multiple Agents to serve in this role, leads will be sent (round-robin logic) to the selected Agents. In the OR User Manager you can now specify if each Agent's leads should be handed-off to the floor Agent(s), or be sent to the Agent as usual.

HTML5 Template

For those of you who like to play around with upcoming technologies, we have included a basic HTML 5 compatible template. Keep in mind if you try to use this template in production, that anyone running Internet Explorer will need to be using at least IE v9 or they must use recent versions of Chrome or Firefox for this template to be displayed correctly. It is far from being finished, so we will be upgrading this HTML5 template over time adding proof of concept items and features that may eventually make it into OR's core.

Listings may no longer belong to multiple property classes

Open-Realty had a very seldom-used feature that when enabled would allow the assignment of a single listing to multiple property classes. This feature added a LOT of extra logic and code to almost everything Open-Realty had to do in terms of managing listing data. Therefore, we have removed this seldom-used feature In an effort to improve OR's overall performance, and have achieved noticable gains by doing so.

Upgrade Impact: Anyone who was using this feature, will find that their listings now only belong to a single property class after the ugprade. You will want to review any listings that previously belonged to multiple property classes after the upgrade and set them to a different class if desired.

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

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ITSa341 says:
The last subject is a sad thing at best. Limiting properties to just one property class limits sales also. We have numerous properties that are residential homes, rented by the week during summer so they are also commercial income properties. By limiting the listing to a single category we have to choose whether to present to customers looking for income properties and ignore those who may choose to buy it solely as a home or vice versa. This was a decision made by someone who did not think about the target audience of Open Realty and will definitely change our outlook on your software drastically reducing the possibility of this being used long term much less paid for and used as the pro-version. Many of if not most of our properties fit into multiple categories and listing them in only one category drastically reduces the odds of making a sale. I hope this feedback makes sense and helps you improve the product by adding this feature back into future versions as it is a game changer for us. We had planned to buy the pro version after testing...glad we tested first as this is not ready for sale until this feature is added back into OR.
09/25/2012 01:06 PM
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