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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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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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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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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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You guys have excellent service ...
Scott 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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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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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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I have been successfully using IDXManager for years now, thank you for the great product. ...
Tyson K.

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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 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 Open Realty has really grown into an extremely versatile product. ...
Jerry O.

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

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

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

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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 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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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.
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
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
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
You guys have excellent service
Scott 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
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
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
IDXManager
I have been successfully using IDXManager for years now, thank you for the great product.
Tyson K.
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
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 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 & 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
Thanks again for your amazing support!
Chris F.
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
I have to say that transparent has always been very speedy and helpful with my problems also. So a big thank you!
jabezus
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
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
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
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
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
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® v3.0 released!

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On behalf of Transparent Technologies, Inc., I would like to announce the immediate release and availability of Open-Realty® v3.0. 

With this release we have added many new and exciting features and optimizations, and re-written a considerable amount of the core, making this our finest and most powerful version of Open-Realty® to date. We have greatly improved our blogging system, added the ability to automatically post listings and blog posts to Twitter, enhanced our listing editor, rewritten our listing field editor to be much easier to use adding drag and drop support, and we squashed a big pile of bugs that were reported by the community. More than 100 user requested items/improvements were addressed alone. Of no small consequence, we have also changed the Open-Realty® license. Open-Realty® from this point forward will be licensed as a commercial product, backed with available commercial support. I will address our new license changes first, then I will discuss a few of the new features we have added.

Why did we change the license and what does this mean? The reason for the licensing change is not really a simple explanation and there is more to this decision than would fit here, but there are two primary reasons.

First, for those of you who do not know me, I am a big advocate of open source software and I have loved developing Open-Realty® (OR) and moreover, being able to keep it open source and free since 2002. I have been working within the open source community since long before it was a "trendy" or a marketable thing to do. Having said that,  be assured I did not come to the decision to change OR's licensing easily, but the sheer costs of developing, maintaining, and supporting OR for free as we have for the last 8 years is just not sustainable. Transparent Technonogies can no longer subsidize the very large number of individuals who benefit from OR every day and even earn their living from it, who also expect support, but do not contribute to OR's development.

Second, certain individuals have taken OR's open source program code and some of our copyrighted commercial program code and they have re-distributed both (for profit) in ways that violate our licensing while at the same time they publicly and privately associate themselves with our well established brand. Other actions by these same individuals indicate they intend to cause financial harm to myself and Transparent Technologies and they intend to continue creating confusion within the marketplace. This situation even further exacerbates the problem with OR's sustainability that I already mentioned above.

What does this licensing change mean for you the Open-Realty® user?

  • We will still offer a FREE version of Open-Realty® , but our program code will no longer be fully open-source, and you will have to register to download it. The free version requires that you display a "Powered By Open-Realty®" logo visibly on your web site.
  • For users who require commercial support including the ability to remove the "powered by" logo, we have a Site License available for $149. This license includes one year of professional support & upgrades for a single site, after which you can opt to to renew at any time for $60/year.
  • Ongoing development of Open-Realty®  will now be commercially funded, ideally this means more new features, much more often.

That covers our licensing changes, but let's move on to why you are reading this at all, I want to highlight just a few of the new features in Open-Realty® v3.0.

Blog Publisher

- Our old Blog Manager has received a complete overhaul and a new name, resulting in the creation of a premium and fully integrated blogging solution for real estate professionals.

Blogging has become a useful tool that savvy and ambitious real estate professionals can use to agressively market themselves and their properties. We feel it is important to have as many useful tools available under a single interface as possible instead of trying to manage a hodge-podge of separate web applications, while allowing users more flexibility in marketing their listings and services.

 

 

We have added many new features to the Blog Publisher and have vastly improved the layout.

 

  • Category/Subcategory Support
  • Post Tag & Tag Cloud Support
  • Pingback Support
  • Customizable SEO-friendly Permanent Links
  • Archive Support
  • RSS Post Feeds
  • RSS Comment Feeds
  • Wordpress Inject

 

We are especially excited about Open-Realty's®  new ability to import content from existing Wordpress blogs (Wordpress Inject), which makes the transition from using a Wordpress blog to using Open-Realty's®  integrated Blog Publisher a snap.

Listing Editor

- The listing editor has been completely revamped. The field layout now mimics the Open-Realty® Listing Detail page for easier location of information.

Our new layout combined with our new media widget allows you to edit all the listing information, photos, files, and virtual tours from a single screen. This allows for much faster and easier listing management. The display is fully templated, so web designers can re-arrange virtually everything.

A large focus of this upgrade was making the administration areas like this more streamlined to allow users to spend more of their time doing their regular jobs, and less time updating a website.

 

 

Add-on Manager

- Add-ons are now easier to install with automatic downloads and installation available from our official add-on site.

Locate Free and Commercial add-ons quickly and easily. We hope this new Add-on Manager combined with the Add-on Site will help encourage more add-on developers to produce and keep their add-ons updated and will help users find the tools they need.

These are but just a few of the exciting new features that we have added to this release. I will be blogging more about the new features and our plans for Open-Realty® over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

 

Ryan Bonham is the CEO and Lead developer of Transparent Technologies, Inc.

This page was created entirely with the Open-Realty® real estate Blog Publisher

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 (11)
says:
Sad to see you guys leaving the Open Source Model. Lots of people have been successful with the model, shame you couldn't figure it out.
06/14/2010 04:27 PM
Michael108 says:
Congrats on the upgrade! What does this mean for modifying the source code? I've customized a number of modules for client requests. Thanks! Michael
06/14/2010 04:33 PM
Michael108 says:
Just clicked on the keywords link at page bottom, and got black text on the dark brown background, which renders the text invisible... page: http://www.open-realty.org/blog/open-realty-30.html
06/14/2010 05:05 PM
Eduardo Marques says:
I wish success and long life for TTech and Open-Realty!!! It was a honor to be part and help the release of v.3.0.0 - Ryan, thank you very much!
06/14/2010 05:06 PM
Ryan Bonham says:
Michael108, Almost all source code modification I have ever seen can be accomplished using the add-on system. With the new hook system, there is even less reason to modify the core products source code. If however there is something you can not do using the add-on or hook system, I would suggest that you create a forum post or private message me if you do not want to share the information publicly and I will see what we can come up. P.S. I fixed the text on the tag page. We are going to be continuing to do some css adjustments to this site over the next week to smooth out some rough edges as more content is added etc.
06/14/2010 10:42 PM
aimlowjoe says:
I still haven't gotten my email to be able to download the new release. It is a klugy system to download it.
06/15/2010 11:57 AM
prakash says:
Hi, I could not download OR 3, how to download?
06/16/2010 12:24 PM
Ryan Bonham says:
If you are having problems downloading Open-Realty after you order, please contact our Open-Realty 3.0 sales department at http://www.transparent-support.com/billing/contactsales.php and include your order number and we will be happy to assist you. Most issues with orders are arising from incomplete or inaccurate information being entered during the order process which is triggering our fraud screening system.
06/16/2010 02:02 PM
renato.dias says:
About the new license. (Second reason.) I think that is totally fair, broke part of my learning, but im agree with that decision. So, we can still develop addon´s and templates, and use O.R free? With a license easily to respect!? no reason to cry ! About the O.R 3.0. I was surprised, with the Drag-and-drop on listing fieds editor, very - very nice! Obviously O.R 3,0 have many other features, but this was the one that caught my attention. Long life to O.R !
06/18/2010 04:27 PM
ClarkS says:
This software is frakking amazing i was able to land 2 clients the same day after showing it to them. i don't know squat about making real estate websites but i was able to get it working and show a demo the same day. i am going to spend the next weak learning all the things i could not answer. Incredible!
06/23/2010 08:27 PM
prakash says:
What to do sir, I could't download OR Version 3, I tried so many times but no way to download. I am seriously interested to download OR3 thanks
11/24/2010 11:23 AM
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