Recent Blog Posts Open-Realty® 3.3 NjktMTQ5NzIwNTYyMg== Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:27:02 -0400 We are excited (and relieved) to announce the immediate availability of Open-Realty® v3.3 which provides initial support for PHP v7.0. Existing customers can obtain the update via one-click upgrade if supported, or from your customer area here at Transparent Technologies. A few new features and improvements worth mentioning are: A brand new Page API and some new Media API method types, improved localization, a new customizable template for adding saved searches, a re-work and standardization of the Property Class and User Field Editors, and the ability to include the primary listing photo when sending listings to Twitter.

PHP server requirements have changed: Do not attempt to upgrade Open-Realty if you are currently using PHP 5.5 or earlier.

TransparentMAPS 3.2 NjgtMTQ5NzIwNDYyMg== Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:10:22 -0400 Transparent Technologies announces the immediate availability of v3.2 of the TransparentMAPS add-on for Open-Realty®. Existing customers can obtain the lartest version from their customer area. This latest release of our popular mapping and geocoding add-on software has been updated further for PHP v7.0 compatibility, includes new map types for Featured listings, as well as marker clustering and the ability to set custom icon sets individually for each map type.

Requires Open-Realty® v3.3+

PHP server requirements have changed: Do not attempt to upgrade TransparentMAPS if you are currently using PHP 5.5 or earlier.

TransparentRETS 2.2.2 NjctMTQ5NzIwMzYyMg== Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:53:42 -0400 Transparent Technologies announces the immediate availability of v2.2.2 of the TransparentRETS MLS listing import add-on for Open-Realty®. Existing customers can obtain the latest version from their customer area. This release of our RETS MLS import add-on software has been updated for PHP v7.0 compatibility, and adopts recent changes in OR v3.3

Requires Open-Realty® v3.3+

PHP server requirements have changed: Do not attempt to upgrade TransparentRETS if you are currently using PHP 5.5 or earlier.

TransparentMaps v3.1.2 NjYtMTQ4MzA0MDUxNQ== Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:41:55 -0500 TransparentMAPS v3.1.2 is now available for download from our Customer portal. This release adds a new map type and 2 new tags, addresses changes google has recently imposed on the Chrome browser and their Map API, and benefits from our first PHP v7 compatibility refactoring pass of the program code.

It is recommended that all users upgrade to this version to avoid downtime due to changes in google's APIs and the Chrome browser

Open-Realty® 3.2.12 NjUtMTQ4Mjk1MjE1Mg== Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:09:12 -0500 Open-Realty v3.2.12 was released to address a potential, critical security vulnerability (CVE-2016-10033) that was very recently discovered in the 3rd party PHPMailer library. All previous versions of OR v3 are potentially affected, but only if you have your Mail System: setting in Site Config set to use "SMTP w/PHPMailer". Users that still use the default setting: "PHP Mail()" are unaffected.


2016 Winter holidays sale NjQtMTQ4MTgyMjU5MA== Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:23:10 -0500 Our annual winter holidays sale begins today for Open-Realty Pro edition, and all DIY add-on licenses.

Open-Realty® 3.2.11 NjMtMTQ4MTQwMTI2NA== Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:21:04 -0500 Open-Realty v3.2.11 is now available. Existing users may upgrade using the one-click method or download the latest version from their customer area at Transparent Tech.

This release's most useful new features include new Blog API methods for Developers, and the new Agent and Blog custom search template tags that leverage these new APIs.

December 2015 Sale NjItMTQ0OTY4OTYzMA== Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:33:50 -0500 To celebrate the holidays and the recent relase of Open-Realty v3.2.10 we are having a sale on Open-Realty Pro edition, all DIY add-on licenses, and all Real Estate Hosting package setup fees through the month of December.

OR Pro edition licenses are available for $99.00 (regularly $149.00), no coupon necessary.

All Transparent Tech DIY add-ons are discounted by 25%. Use coupon code: Dec2015Sale

Setup fees for our hosted IDX and RETS Real Estate Hosting packages have been reduced to $199.00 (regularly $299.99), No coupon necessary.

Open-Realty® 3.2.10 NjEtMTQ0OTU5MTMwMw== Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:15:03 -0500 We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Open-Realty v3.2.10. This update includes a few bug fixes, as well as several significant improvements to the API, the Page and Blog editors, and further preparation for eventual jQuery v2 support. Before upgrading, you will want to ensure that your host is running PHP v5.4 - v5.6, older versions of PHP are no longer supported. Do not attempt to upgrade Open-Realty if you are currently using PHP 5.3 or earlier.

TransparentMaps v3.1.1 NjAtMTQ0NjU3MzgxMA== Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:03:30 -0500 We have released TransparentMAPS v3.1.1 This release re-enables some previously disabled features, solves some small problems, and includes greatly revised documentation

Bug Fixes

  • TMAPS-20 Fixed a bug where the correct autozoom settings were not always being applied. 
  • TMAPS-23 Fixed an upgrade bug when upgrading from some previous 2.x versions of TMAPS it was not also updating the addon version# in the DB.This bug did not break anything, but made it difficult to identify the true verson of TMAPS that is installed. 
  • Fixed some formatting problems with the map infowindow whenever additional fields were added to it. 
TransparentRETS 2.2.1 NTgtMTQxMjIxNTM0NA== Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:02:24 -0400 This update fixes a few problems reported after the release of TransparentRETS v2.2.0. Anyone who installed and is using v2.2.0 should definitely obtain and apply this update, it is available now via your customer area at Transparent Technologies.

Bug Fixes

  • TRETS-26 We discovered and fixed a bug with the last update that affects certain PHP configurations that would not allow an import to trigger.
  • TRETS-3 Fixed a bug in the RETS Debug feature (Listing Count) that would always return 0 listings found when connected to certain RETS servers.

New Features/Improvements

  • TRETS-16 Updated some informative text on the RETS server page
  • TRETS-16 Added license key# to License Info popup
Open-Realty® 3.2.9 NTctMTQxMTQ0NTQ0OQ== Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:10:49 -0400 There was a small problem with the release of v3.2.8 yesterday, so we took it down temporarily while we sorted things out. We have solved the problem, and restored access to the update servers. As a result we had to increment the OR version number so that anyone who already upgraded to v3.2.8 can detect and apply this update via the one-click upgrade feature.

Our apologies for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. 


TransparentRETS 2.2.0 NTYtMTQxMTMzNTMwNA== Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:35:04 -0400 Along with the release of Open-Realty v3.2.8 we are proud to announce the release of TransparentRETS v2.2.0. This release provides PHP v5.5 compatibility, eliminates some annoying bugs and provides some very useful new features for streamlining the configuration process and for creating and debugging RETS queries. These new features should help reduce the amount of time spent performing configuration and customization work significantly

TransparentMaps 3.1.0 NTUtMTQxMTMzNTI5MQ== Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:34:51 -0400 We have released TransparentMAPS v3.1.0 in tandem with OR v3.2.8. This release primarily deals with PHP v5.5 compatibility.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some PHP E_STRICT "Non static methods" warnings
  • Fixed a bug with the display width if remote linked photos are used
  • Fix AutoZoom. Fix external DIV for Screen View
  • Refined and personalized some error messages for debugging purposes
Open-Realty® 3.2.8 NTQtMTQxMTMzNTI3OA== Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:34:38 -0400 After a much longer than usual development cycle, we are pleased to announce the release of Open-Realty v3.2.8. This release provides support for PHP v5.5, PHP versions prior to PHP v5.3 can no longer be supported.

You may now reset a user's password and optionally have their signup email resent to them from the main User Manager page, and you may also set users to be active/inactive from the same page. A fair amount of code re-factoring was also performed on the user management and display functions while we were adding these features.

We've updated CKEditor to the latest version and switched to use the "full" version which provides for a few more useful WYSIWYG tools and options with better support for Internet Explorer.

Many significant layout changes to the OR Administration area were made to improve usability and to consolidate common styling items as a continuation of the administration area overhaul we began in OR v3.2.7.

Open-Realty® 3.2.7 NTItMTM3Njg0MjMxMQ== Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:11:51 -0400 Announcing the immediate availability of Open-Realty® v3.2.7.

While much of the work performed for this release was aimed at improving the OR administration area layout/interface, a few reported bugs were squashed and a few improvements were introduced.

IDXManager 2.65 Release NTEtMTM3Mzg0OTg0MQ== Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:57:21 -0400 IDXManager v2.65 has been released. This software update specifically addresses a recent change for FNIS IDX repositories that have discontinued the use of FTP for data transfers in favor of SFTP.

New Features

  • Added the ability to connect and download files via SFTP using the default port 22. In a future release we may add the ability to make the SFTP port user definable.
  • Photo import has the option to set the OR image caption to be the photo file name.
Open-Realty 3.2.6 NTAtMTM3MjAwMTM0OQ== Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:29:09 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release of Open-Realty® 3.2.6. This release addresses a few bugs and small improvements.

Bug Fixes

  • [OR-204] - Created a lang variable for "REQUIRED" form validation message.
  • [OR-205] - Unique listing field names are once again being enforced.
  • [OR-206] - Fixed a broken in add menu item button.
  • [OR-214] - Searching a decimal field did not return valid results
  • [OR-218] - Email Templates containing a line break at the start of the email subject were breaking PHP mail() on certain servers.
  • [OR-219] - Listing API was not stripping html tags on title and seo titles durring update/create.
  • [OR-220] - Images were incorrectly being duplicated by the block tag.
TransparentMaps 2.1.6 NDktMTM2NDE0NjgyNw== Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:40:27 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of TransparentMaps v2.1.6. This release primarily deals with the discontinuation of google's v2 API geocoding service.

IDXManager v2.6 Released NDgtMTM1NTA5OTQ4OA== Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:31:28 -0500 We are pleased to announce the release of an update to the IDXManager IDX FTP import add-on for Open-Realty v3.2+. This is mostly a maintenance release, but a couple of useful new features were also added. Customers who have support and upgrade plans in place can upgrade immediately.

New Features

  • Added the ability to have the loader respect the value of an assigned "listing last modified" field if present. This setting will cause the import process to update listings only if the MLS has flagged the listing as being updated.
  • You can now manage your license key at any time from the top of either of the IDXManager's administration areas.
  • Added cross-links & icons to the top of the ServerManager and ClassManager to make it easier to jump between those 2 administration areas.
TransparentMaps 2.1.4 NDctMTM0OTc1MDQ5NA== Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:41:34 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release of TransparentMaps v2.1.4


  • Improved ability to deal with Google's geocoder rate limiting request.
  • Added tags to output raw map links. (Doc updates pending)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix area maps where on map movement, the map would no longer respect the "Show All Classes" setting being set to 'no'
  • Forced width of infowindow to 150px, to resolve IE browser wrapping issues.
  • Fixed Geocode Refresh, it was not correctly refreshing all listing lat/long values.
  • Fixed issue opening an infowindow when a previous order was not first manually closed.
  • Make sure geocode_listing function only calls geocoder if necessary.
Open-Realty® 3.2.5 Released NDYtMTM0NDkwNDExNg== Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:28:36 -0400 We are happy to announce the release of Open-Realty® 3.2.5. This release features a new template allowing control of the look and feel of the next_prev widget for the listing detail page. This release also includes a few other bug fixes and minor improvements.

Bug Fixes

  • OR-190 - Contact Agent form was displaying a print_r array() for each lead form element.
  • OR-191 - API fields__values() not ignoring pclass=0.
  • OR-194 - HTML5 Template fixed to use absolute URLs for the persistent search
  • OR-197 - "Registered" was misspelled in the email a friend template. Removed an extra " at the end of the sentence.
  • OR-201 - Fixed a notice error about undefined output path in media API.
Open-Realty® 3.2.4 Released NDUtMTM0MzE1NDY3Mg== Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:31:12 -0400 We are happy to announce the release of Open-Realty® 3.2.4. This release contains an improved mortgage calculator as well as a few other bug fixes and minor improvements.

Bug Fixes

  • OR-178 - Fix handling of reply-to addresses that contained a comma when using php mail()
  • OR-179 - Fixed a bug in the contact agent form so if you enter the wrong captcha it does not potentially lose the information you entered.
  • OR-180 - API field__values not always respecting the plcass argument.
  • OR-181 - Radio input fields on search that have no options to display did not output a separator causing display issues.
  • OR-182 - In default style #search_page_default has a float:left. This was unneeded and could break templates.
  • OR-187 - min and max searches on lat/long fields were being cast as signed integers, and should be cast as signed decimals.
Open-Realty® 3.2.2 Released NDItMTM0MjIxNDcxMA== Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:25:10 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release of Open-Realty v3.2.2. This is an exciting release for us and includes not only a number of small bug fixes but some very useful new features and polish. We have improved the default appearance and styling of all email templates, listing notifications, and gave the main administration area landing page an overdue makeover.

Open-Realty® 3.2.1 Released NDEtMTMzNzc5OTU4MA== Wed, 23 May 2012 14:59:40 -0400 We have released Open-Realty® 3.2.1 This release addresses a few last minute bugs reported after version 3.2.0 was issued.

Bug Fixes

  • OR-127 Fix handling of photos that contain URLS in their Exif data.
  • OR-126 Fix a sporadic install error caused by randomly generated API keys containing special characters.
  • OR-124 API - Prevent API from creating duplicate field and property class names.
  • OR-124 API - Improve error messages and fix error_msg name in field and pclass APIs.
  • OR-121 Fix broken Search Page Link in HTML5 template OR-121

New Features / Improvements

  • OR-123 Added language var for the Enter Captcha Message.
  • OR-125 Added language vars for "popular", "featured", and "random" listings.
Open-Realty® 3.2.0 Released NDAtMTMzNjk0MjQ1Ng== Sun, 13 May 2012 16:54:16 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release of Open-Realty 3.2. This release adds a large number of new features and improvements, and also addresses bugs reported or located since our last release. Some of the highlights from this release are the templating of the following Open-Realty generated emails:

Open-Realty® 3.1.14 Released MzktMTMzMzQ4NDM4MA== Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:19:40 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release of Open-Realty® v3.1.14. This release fixes a number of issues that were discovered shortly after v3.1.13 was released.

Open-Realty® 3.1.13 Released MzgtMTMzMjc4MTA1MA== Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:57:30 -0400 We are pleased to announce the release of Open-Realty® v3.1.13. This release contains an important security patch, as well as a number of bug fixes, and some new features that users have been requesting such as the ability to drag and drop images/files to upload, and the ability to manually enter leads from the Lead Manager (Pro Edition feature).

Open-Realty® 3.1.12 Released MzctMTMyODIxOTQ2OA== Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:51:08 -0500 We are happy to announce the release of Open-Realty® 3.1.12. This release contains a number of bug fixes, as well as some features that users have been asking for such as the ability to override the mobile browser detection and overriding the default Title, Keywords, and MetaData for any page generated through Open-Realty®.

Open-Realty® 3.1.11 MzYtMTMyNTA5OTQ0NA== Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:10:44 -0500 Open-Realty® v3.1.11 has been released. This update has a number of bug fixes, and a very important update to help combat spam bot abuse of the email a friend form. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

Open-Realty® Extras Launched MzUtMTMxOTE2MTkzNA== Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:52:14 -0400 I am pleased to announce that we have launched a new Open-Realty® Extras directory on this site. The new OR Extras section replaces our old separate add-ons web site and it is better integrated with the rest of the main OR web site.. The new Extras directory allows add-on and template developers to list their products making it easy to find new ways to expand the features and change the look of your OR-based web site. We will also be adding some new official Transparent Tech add-ons and templates to the Extras directory over the next couple of months. For add-on developers we have also updated the Framework add-on specifically (which is available for download via the new OR Extras directory), which includes examples of the latest add-on features, API, and template system

TransparentRETS v2.1.1 Released MzQtMTMxOTA3NjA3OQ== Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:01:19 -0400 We have released an update to our TransparentRETS add-on for Open-Reatly® v3.1.10+. This new release adds the ability to link to photos from a RETS server instead of downloading them to your hosting account. This can greatly speed-up a RETS import, while saving clients a lot of storage and bandwidth. The RETS server must support obtaining photo links using the "location=1" flag, this feature is optional in the RETS specification and not all RETS server vendors presently support doing this. You will need to check with the MLS or their server vendor to see if their RETS server supports this option. If you have any questions regarding a specific RETS server's ability to support this feature our sales team can assist you in determining comparability assuming you have your login credentials to the RETS server in question.

TransparentRETS v2.1.1

New Features

  • Added support for the optional "location=1" RETS parameter. This provides the ability to store links to photos stored on the RETS server instead of downloading and storing raw photos.

Bug Fixes

  • Ensure any empty fields are always created with an empty value.
  • Prevent double escaping any imported photo descriptions.

Note: If you are running an OR version prior to v3.1.10 you will need to upgrade OR first before upgrading TransparentRETS.

Open-Realty® v3.1.10 released! MzMtMTMxODg3MjAyOA== Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:20:28 -0400 Open-Realty® v3.1.10 has been released. This release has added a number of enhancements mostly targeted at add-on developers, to allow add-ons to interact with OR in more ways.

How to create scrolling featured listings MzItMTMxODcyNzQwNg== Sat, 15 Oct 2011 21:10:06 -0400 One of the really great things about Open-Realty is how flexibile the design of your site can be. In the v3.1.9 release of Open-Realty we added a new block tag . You can use this new tag to make some very cool widgets for your site. Today I am going to show you how to use this new tag to build a vertically scrolling featured listing widget. This does not require the use of an add-on, it is simply some simple JS, HTML, and CSS you are going to add to your template..

Open-Realty® v3.1.9 released! MzEtMTMxODI2MzEwMQ== Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:11:41 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.9 has been released.

Detailed Changelog

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed broken jQuery Tools calls for tabs that used the history plugin.
  • PHP Safe Mode Enabled Warning Message was not being displayed during installation.
  • Securimage - improved visibility of text colors in these captchas. .
  • Changed hard-coded in-line styles for the captcha to CSS classes in the default stylesheet. Refined the Securimage captcha layout to remove items such as hard-coded tags that prevent full customization.
  • Make Blog RSS Post and Comments feed sort by date, as not all RSS readers will sort by the pubDate correctly.
  • Fixed jQuery validation of checkbox fields that are required.
  • Fix behavior of on search results page.
  • Fix php error when deleting pdf files via ckeditor filemanager.

New Features:

  • Updated jQuery Tools library to v1.2.6
  • Updated CKEditor to v3.6.2
  • Add which allows the display data when a field is not filled-in or or does not exist for a particular listing.
  • New Tag: allows you to perform a search and return listing results, to main.html and any Blog or Page Editor page.
Open-Realty® 3.1.8 Release MzAtMTMxMjk5MjA0Nw== Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:00:47 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.8 has been released. This is strictly a bug-fix release to address issues found in OR v3.1.7 introduced by the recent update of jQuery which prevented IE browser users from using certain functions in the administration area.

Detailed Changelog

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed broken jQuery ajax call on blog publisher page, which was breaking tabs and add post functionality.
  • Fixed jQuery issue in IE which prevented use of certain administration functions in Site Config.
  • Remove compatibility mode from OR_Small admin template that was forcing IE8 standards mode.
Open-Realty® 3.1.7 Released MjktMTMxMjc2Njg4MQ== Sun, 07 Aug 2011 21:28:01 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.7 has been released. This release addresses recently reported bugs, updates to several jQuery libs, and provides a few enhancements.

Detailed Changelog

Bug Fixes:

  • Patched the Blog Keywords for metadata
  • Fixed bug in listing status detection in listing__read command that affected sites using listing expiration.
  • Member signups initited from the contact Agent form, now correctly trigger email verification if enabled in Site Config.
  • Skip referrer check on send email when accessed via verify email address link. [OR-3]
  • Fix link in new user notifications that are sent to the Admin [OR-1]
  • Fix bug in listing__update API that allowed the use of duplicate seotitles.
  • Fix Page URL Parsing when the SEO link is only set to seo_title.
  • Twitter Disconnect link now works properly [OR-6]
  • Fix URL parsing when using the 'select_users_template' GET variable. [OR-8]
  • Fix max length validation for textarea fields. [OR-7]
  • Fix the ability to save 'no' values for checkbox fields.
  • Fix the ability for Agents to change their password.
  • Fix "permission denied" message if an Agent attempted to edit a different user account.
  • Fix RSS Item Title in Blog Post RSS feed. [OR-9]
  • Improve SEO parsing for listing pages when using the tag.
  • Fix link to tooltip image for Edit User page.
  • Added missing vtour image to the html5 demonstration template.
  • Fix modified date for listing pages in the sitemap.

Language Changes:

  • Fixed link at admin_challenge_phrase lang variable (
  • Updating pt-br language file (
  • Added "Your feedback has been sent to:" (your_feedback_has_been_sent) message LANG variable  [OR-4]


  • Update to wordpress-inject feature to support wordpress export files v1.1 as well as v1.0
  • Enabled the 'selected_language_template' variable to be passed via a GET or a POST variable.
  • Added support for 'listingview_main.html' templte file which can be optionally loaded for listing detail pages that need to bypass (replace) the content normally displayed via 'main.html'.
  • Added and permission tags.  *Note these tags act independently of the mobile template, if  a user is using a mobile device, regardless of if they are viewing the regular or mobile template, the tags will correctly detect if the visitor is using a mobile device and allow/deny content accordingly. [OR-12]

Javascript Changes:

  • jQuery to v1.6.1
  • jQueryUI to v1.8.13
  • jQuery datatables to v1.8.0
  • jQuery fullcalendar to v1.5.1
  • jQuery colorbox to v1.3.17.2
  • jQuery validate to v1.8.1
  • jQuery Tools to v1.2.5
  • jQuery weekcalendar to v2.0
  • ckEditor to v3.6.1
Transparent Technologies Community Portal MjgtMTMxMTI4NDc0OA== Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:45:48 -0400 Transparent Techologies, is happy to announce we have launced a new community support portal to allow customers to communicate, ask questions, and share ideas about all of our products and services. This new community portal uses the same login information as our Helpdesk and Billing system uses, which means you have a single login to both locations. For customers already using our Open-Realty Community Forums, this new community area will be replacing the old forums. For the time being we are going to leave the forums active, after 30 days we will be marking the forums as read only, so the great content that is already there will remain avaliable.

You can access the new community support portal at

Open-Realty® 3.1.6 Released MjctMTMwODc2NjAwNA== Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:06:44 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.6 has been released. This release contains an important security patch, as well as some bug fixes and minor enhancements. We highly recommend all users upgrade to this latest release.

Detailed Changelog

Security Fix:

  • Fix potential XSS vulnerabilites, and a possible admin-side SQL injection vulnerability.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix the maintenance mode page display.
  • Fixed a notice error caused by uninitialized variable in listing api
  • Fixed a permission check on listing__read API command that could potentially be used to allow non Agents to read expired listings.
  • Fixed the after_user_login developer's hook, which was being triggered incorrectly.


  • Only users with Admin privileges can delete other users with Admin privileges.
  • Set PHP Session Garbage collection to enforce 100% cleanup for development installs when using the 'devignoreinstall' option.
Open-Realty v3 - One Year Later MjYtMTMwODE1NTE4Mg== Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:26:22 -0400 One year ago we released Open-Realty® v3.0,  which included new features like our Blog Manager, customizable SEO URL generation, the ability to post listings to Twitter, and a lot of other desirable features and improvements. The v3.0 release also marked the retirement of our open source project version of Open-Realty® and for the first time, professional commercial support was offered as a part of our OR v3 Professional Edition License. There was much speculation from the open source community and our usual detractors about OR moving from what was essentially a "free beer" business model to a commercial business model, and some naysayers even went so far as to insist that OR could never survive if offered as a commercially supported application. 

Open-Realty® 3.1.5 Release MjUtMTMwNTc0MTM2Mw== Wed, 18 May 2011 13:56:03 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.5 has been released. This is a bug fix release only, which addresses two issues we discovered shortly after yesterday's v3.1.4 release..

Detailed Changelog

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix search page layout for FF and IE browsers
  • Fix rendering of agent/member price fields
Open-Realty® 3.1.4 Release MjQtMTMwNTY0ODk2OA== Tue, 17 May 2011 12:16:08 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.4 has been released. This is a primarily a bug fix release to address a few issues that were found or reported. This release also adds support for displaying QR Codes which are similar to bar codes. A QR code is a scannable image that contains a link to the listing page on your site, great for printer friendly listing pages.

What is a QR code?

Detailed Changelog

New Features:

  • Add ability to generate QR codes for listing detail pages. New tag:
  • Remove
    tags from search page  form element generation. style_default.css was updated as part of this fix.
  • Update installer to check for PHP v5.2+
  • Update installer to check for PHP GD Library.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix Display of Seletected Timezone in Site Config
  • Fix issue, with "Update Listing" button saving the listing twice.
  • Fix JS validation for Open-Realty Date format #2
  • Fixed handling user defined date fields when creating/updating listings.
  • Fixed Listing Expiration handling of  Date Formats other then Type 1
  • add_user.html - Remove false user is inactive messages in template.
  • Fix user_id template tag rendering for edit_profile template
  • Fix some non seo friendly urls that use & instead of & in the URL generation
  • Fix issue with secureimage reading the wrong captcha when a user clicked the audio button on the capthca
  • Fix a bug in refine search for min_max fields.
  • Fix bug on search page if multiple non unique pclass options are passed.
  • view_leads.html & leadmanager_edit.html - Fix Edit Listing Link on View and Edit Lead Page
  • API was sorting listing__search based on sort options set in site config. This was not correct as it affected all searches both front end and backend and not just searches from the front end search page.
  • Fix: adding fields to additional property classes. This was not always creating the field correctly for all listings.
  • edit_listing.html Disable pclass select option on edit listing page.
Open-Realty® 3.1.3 Release MjMtMTMwNDQ0MjYwOA== Tue, 03 May 2011 13:10:08 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.3 has been released. This is a simple bug fix release to address a few issues that were found or reported.

If you were one of the users that reported a problem with your Agents/Members showing duplicated fields after you edited a user, all you need to do to fix things is the following: After upgrading to v3.1.3, edit any affected users in your user manager and just resave. This will automatically remove any duplicated fields.

Detailed Changelog

Bug Fixes:

  • Page Editor - Show correct error message when page title is not unique.
  • Fix 404 response when using old style seo links for listings and no listing is found.
  • Fix error with minmax search field generation.
  • Fix Edit User Template, to prevent duplicated POSTS being sent which could casue user data to be duplicated.
  • featured listing was not respecting pclass parameter.
  • Fix SEO Friendly link for contact_listing_agent.
  • Fix broken link in agent lead notifcation email.
  • Fix Autologin on contact agent form after user signup.
  • Changed admin.php to index.php for tag
  • Stop User Editor from saving extra data in the userdbelements table.
  • Fix maintenance mode, which would show a error saying the powered by logo was missing.
  • Fix next_prev number of records per page for the admin ares listing editor
  • API - Fix error with remote API commands.
  • API - listing__search - An error was occuring when searching for only listing with vtours.
  • Language -Fixed a typo at Indonesian language file
Open-Realty® v3.1.2 Released MjItMTMwMjAyNzIyNw== Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:13:47 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.2 has been released. This is a bug fix release to address a couple of issues that were found.

Open-Realty® 3.1.1 Release MTktMTMwMDkwNzk1OQ== Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:19:19 -0400 Open-Realty v3.1.1 has been released. This is a bug fix release to address a couple of issues that were found after the 3.1.0 release.

Open-Realty® v3.1 Release MTgtMTMwMDgwNDk5NA== Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:43:14 -0400 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.

Open-Realty® v3.1 Status Update MTctMTI5OTAzMTEzMg== Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:58:52 -0500 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.

Open-Realty® v3.0.12 released MTYtMTI5MTE0MDg4OA== Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:14:48 -0500 We have just released Open-Realty® v3.0.12. This update includes a number of bug fixes, and one updated template file.

Open-Realty® v3.0.12 Change Log

Open-Realty® 3.0.11 Release Notes MTUtMTI5MDA0MzU3OA== Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:26:18 -0500 We have just released Open-Realt®y 3.0.11. This update includes a number of new API commands, which will benefit add-on developers and third parties wanting to retrieve data from Open-Realty®.  We are now also using these new API commands to build the search page and search result pages. We have gained almost a 50% speed increase in rendering certain search pages. Also we have gained about a 16% speed increase in building the search result page.  

I was recently asked, why a developer should use the API?  The API should be used instead of doing direct SQL management of the OR database. This allows us to modify ORs database structure in the future, without breaking your add-ons. It's also a lot faster than writing custom code and queries. For example, if your add-on creates a property class, instead of manually inserting the property class into the database with some custom code and SQL you should use the pclass API. Our add-ons and Open-Realty® itself make use of the API. We are working steadily with each update to make every aspect of Open-Realty use the API. This is an ongoing process, and will take us many more releases before it is 100% complete. Add-on developers that have questions about our API, can post those questions to our support forums and we will be happy to assist you. 

Along with the API changes detailed above, Open-Realty® v3.0.11 includes the following other changes.

  • TEMPLATE: Agent/Member Signup Pages have been templated.  (IMPORTANT! Copy the new agent_signup.html and member_signup.html template files from the lazuli template to your custom template folder after upgrading.)
  • Fixed the "Tag Setup" Tab in the Blog configuration screen that was throwing an error.
  • Fixed an issue where referrer check was preventing mail from being sent when using listing notifications. 
  • Improved error reporting in listing notifications
  • Added an option to site config to set how many thumbnails will be shown per group on the slideshow template.  (The admin template file site_config_uploads.html was modified)
  • Added an option to site config to control the number of listings shown per page in the Listing Editor. (The admin template file site_config_listings.html was modified)
  • API: New listing__read API command, allows you to retrieve a listing record.
  • API: New listing__search API command allows you to retrieve a list of listing id's that match your criteria.
  • API: New field_metadata API command, allows you to retrieve information on listing fields.

API documentation can be found at the following link:

]]> Open-Realty® 3.0.10 MTQtMTI4NzQyNDE2NA== Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:49:24 -0400 Open-Realty® v3.0.10 has been released. This release is contains a number of bug fixes to correct a couple of issues with the previous v3.0.8 release.  

Open-Realty® 3.0.9 was not released, after we found some additional issues that we felt needed to be addressed in 3.0.10, which is why you will see both updates install.

Open-Realty® 3.0.8 Released MTMtMTI4NDY5NTkxNQ== Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:58:35 -0400 Just a quick note that we have released Open-Realty 3.0.8. This is a minor fix which corrects a bug with setting the  image rank when using the media__create api command. This is the only change since the 3.0.7 update. 

Open-Realty® 3.0.7 Released MTEtMTI4NDU2NzkyMA== Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:25:20 -0400 Open-Realty® v3.0.7 has been released. This release is contains a number of bug fixes to correct a couple of issues with the previous v3.0.6 release.

Open-Realty 3.0.6 Released MTAtMTI4Mjg0MTEzOQ== Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:45:39 -0400 Open-Realty® v3.0.6 has been released. This release is contains bug fixes to correct a couple of issues with the v3.0.5 release. It is important to note that this Open-Realty® release now includes a robots.txt file, if your site already has a robots.txt file please make sure to backup that file before you upgrade.

Open-Realty® 3.0.5 OS0xMjgyMzQxOTI0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 18:05:24 -0400 We have released Open-Realty® v3.0.5.  This release contains a security fix. All Open-Realty users are strongly encouraged to update to this latest release.  Along with the security fix, we have introduced the following new features.

Open-Realty® 3.0.4 Released OC0xMjgxMjkzODIw Sun, 08 Aug 2010 14:57:00 -0400 We have released Open-Realty® 3.0.4. This release contains a number of bug fixes, as well as some very exciting new features.

One Click Upgrade

Your Open-Realty® administrator can install future updates for Open-Realty® by clicking a link from your Open-Realty® admin page. This single click will download any new files as well as update your database to the latest version. This feature should make keeping your site on the latest release of Open-Realty much easier.

Open-Realty® v3.0.3 released! Ny0xMjc3NzY1NjI0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:53:44 -0400 We have released Open-Realty 3.0.3 This is the third set of bug fixes, which address all the issues found to date with the Open-Realty 3.0 release. Below is the complete change log. This 3.0 release should be very stable at this point, so if you were waiting to try it out I would say now is a good time.

Change Log v3.0.3

Upgrading Open-Realty® 2.x Templates For Open-Realty® 3.x Ni0xMjc3MzEzMTY3 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:12:47 -0400 We have been getting some questions on how to upgrade templates that were built for Open-Realty® 2.x to be compatible with 3.x. I thought I would provide a quick guide on how to upgrade your templates. This quick guide only keeps the overall site design changes made to the main.html template. Any sub templates, like listing_detail_default.html  that were modified will need to be modified again after you complete this quick guide.

You should start by making a copy of your custom v2.x template. In the steps below  you will modify this template copy and not your original  template files. This way you have the original files left to compare any other custom changes you may have made to sub templates..  Now that you have your new template copy, follow the steps below.

Open-Realty v3.02 Released NS0xMjc2OTA0NjUz Fri, 18 Jun 2010 19:44:13 -0400 We have released Open-Realty 3.0.2 This is the second set of bug fixes, which address all the issues found to date with the Open-Realty 3.0 release. Below is the complete change log. I would like to thank Eduardo (ebmarques) and the other language translators for their continued work on the language file translations. 

Change Log v3.0.2

Open-Realty® 3.0 Search Engine Optimization My0xMjc2NjI0OTE0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:01:54 -0400 Open-Realty® 3.0 has introduced a number of new features that improve search engine optimization.  First off, for anyone who does not know what search engine optimization is, provides a decent description which follows:

"Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site or a web page (such as a blog) from search engines via "natural" or un-paid ("organic" or "algorithmic") search results as opposed to other forms of search engine marketing ("SEM") which may deal with paid inclusion. The theory is that the earlier (or higher) a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine."
Open-Realty® v3.0 released! MS0xMjc2NTQyMTIw Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:02:00 -0400 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.