Newsletter: Holiday Letting System.  27th September 2012


This newsletter contains news and information about the Holiday Letting System and was sent to customers and others who have registered interest.

In this newsletter we discuss:
- A new release with a number of improvements especially additional functions for web integration.
- Using “the cloud” for backup. Some of our users are now using cloud tools like Dropbox.

1. New Version (V3.7) available.

We are pleased to announce a new release containing many new features.

The main focus of the new release is better integration with a Web Site. There are also many new functions to help Letting Agencies manage their business, including handling management fees, accounting functions and additional reporting. There are also improvements for the owner manager, including better recovery, the improved web site integration and other useability improvements.

Existing users can upgrade to this new release free of charge, as discussed below. The new version has been tested on Windows 7, Vista and XP (and even the pre-release version of Windows 8!). We longer test on older versions of Windows although it should continue to work.

The new version can be downloaded from http://erwwen.com/holletsys/download.htm

Highlights of the new release:

The full list of the new features is here: http://www.erwwen.com/holletsys/releasehistory.htm

IMPORTANT:When you upgrade your software:

More details on how to upgrade are here: http://erwwen.com/holletsys/Support/upgrade.htm

Please note that this version will now become the only supported version.

2. Backup and recovery – including backup to “The Cloud”.

Our most frequent support request involves the loss of data, due to many reasons such as hard drive or computer failures. Please use the built in backup tool. This tool,
unlike other backup methods, not only backs up your data as a single compressed ZIP file, but also backs up your settings and makes it very easy to recover these.

Offsite Backup: A family member was recently burgled, and lost not only his computer but also his USB backup disk. All his pictures and other data for a 2 year period were lost forever! A major fire could also destroy your computer and all your on-site data. With sensible precautions, your LetSys data can be completely secure, even from such disasters. Read our updated Help topic “Backup and Data Security” to ensure you are taking reasonable precautions. In particular we discuss ways to keep a copy of your data offsite.

One offsite solution is "cloud" backup. Place your LetSys backup files into one or other of the various tools that backup data using the internet, and store it in “the cloud”. Or you can even use this to contain your LetSys folder. We have at least one customer who now places his LetSys root folder into a "Dropbox" folder, which is synchronised automatically. There are alternatives to Dropbox, but it is currently one of the best for this purpose, and offers up to 2GB free. See http://www.dropbox.com (I have no connections at all with Dropbox – honest!)

3. Help improve your search engine rankings.

Search engine rankings are significantly influenced by the number of other sites that link to you (preferably in the same or similar business areas). Would you be willing to put a link to our web site into your site? In exchange I’ll add a link to your web site into our list of users. Better still – give me a reference quote to use as well. See the current list (including references) here: http://www.erwwen.com/holletsys/refs.htm
Here’s an example of a suitable link: “For other owner/managers: this property is managed with Holiday Letting System software from www.holletsys.co.uk or www.erwwen.com/holletsys/ “
Please ask your web master to add this link, and then send me an email, and I’ll link to you.

4. Comments please!

I hope the system is proving valuable. Your views are always welcome.

Best wishes to all users.

Brendan Blake.