IDX 3.1 Release Brings Design, Feature Upgrades

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IDX BoxAloha! We are excited to let you know about the new version of our IDX, which will go live on Wednesday, July 3. As you know, our all-new IDX 3.0 was released in April of this year. But our development and design team has been continuously refining and improving it. The first round of enhancements are now here in IDX 3.1.

There are no huge, jarring changes. Instead, we’ve made quite a few improvements, including:

  • Better responsive design elements for improved display on mobile and non-PC platforms.
  • More cohesive and intuitive design, including tweaks to buttons, menus, and other UI elements.
  • Adding the ability to search by “Oceanfront,” by “View,” and by keyword.
  • Addition of a “Share this with a friend” email feature.
  • Implementing the modern Bootstrap framework behind the scenes for cleaner and more efficient code.

We encourage current and potential IDX customers to take a few minutes to try IDX 3.1, and we would appreciate it if you’d send in feedback for future bug fixes and enhancements. If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact our webmaster Michael Torres at michael@alohaliving.com.

Mahalo!

Limited Outage on Thursday, May 12

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Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has scheduled a power outage for Thursday, May 12, 2011 that will affect our office in Iwilei. As a result, some services will be unavailable from 3:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Most customers will not be affected, as you will still be able to access REsearch. However you will not be able access BOC documents, or make changes to “My Profile.” First-time enrollment for Safe MLS will also not work.

Additionally, IDX, FTP, VOW, and beta RETS service will be unavailable during this time.

We will restore these systems as soon as power is restored. If there are changes or additional updates relating to this outage, we will update our Bulletins blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your understanding. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-628-3121 (or 808-599-4224 on Oahu), or e-mail support@hawaiiinformation.com.

Big Island Members: You’re Invited to a Special IDX Information Session with Colleen Yasuhara

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As you know we have made vast changes to our IDX (Internet Data Exchange) products recently – 26 features and functions overall – and as such there is much to share about how to utilize these enhancements to help you grow your business exponentially.


To help with this Colleen Yasuhara, our sales account manager, is going to be in Hilo this Thursday, February 4th to give a special presentation on the new and enhanced IDX, talk about the different product options, as well as answer any other questions you may have about products and services through HIS.

This has proved to be a very helpful and informative class for all agents and we strongly encourage you to attend if you have time.  Come and acquaint yourself with the upgrades and changes, ask questions, and network a bit with your fellow members.  Seating is limited so please RSVP as early as possible.

When: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Where: Hawaiian Island Board of Realtors, 26 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii

RSVP:
By Wednesday, February 3rd by responding to this e-mail or by e-mailing me at erin@alohaliving.com.

If you can’t make this one in Hilo don’t worry, we will be doing another one in Kona as well as on Kauai very soon!  In the meantime please check out our Products & Services portion of HawaiiInformation.com for more information and demos of our IDX products.

Check out the robust list of features and functions added to the IDX:

Questions?  Please do not hesitate to contact me at erin@alohaliving.com

Exciting XML Update!

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Added Latitude and Longitude Data to XML Feed Vastly Improves Mapping Accuracy

With this upgrade to our XML feeds, property location data will now be significantly more accurate than most mapping systems that merely estimate a location using street address. In some cases, you’ll now be able to display a position within 10 inches of the property* versus discrepancies of up to five miles using the address method.

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How Will It Work?

We’ll now be populating previously unused fields in the XML feed with latitude and longitude coordinates. Field “latitude” will specify a property’s latitude, and “longitude” will specify the longitude. These coordinates will specify the “centroid,” or the very center, of the property, for maximum accuracy. This data is one of the many advantages of our parcel-based MLS!

How Is This Better?

On other systems, searching for a property without a street address is a challenge. For example, Google Maps would be unable to find ‘Kaniahiku House Lots’ without an address, or many other properties in a newly built subdivision. With integrated latitude and longitude coordinates built into your XML, displaying the property with pin-point precision is no a problem at all.

*Accuracy of 10 inches is possible only when updated property information with longitude and latitude coordinates is available.

EZ IDX – Basic Just Got Better

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With 14 features and functions, our EZ IDX will allow your clients to get their property search started out the right way, all at a very affordable price price to you!

EZ IDX Homepage

What you’ll find in our EZ IDX Suite:

Search…

  • By New Fields City, Zip Code, County (New)
  • The Entire state from one page vs. four (New)
  • Using Sorting options, high to low, low to high etc. (New)
  • With Dynamic Regional Maps (New)
  • Using Multiple MLS Numbers (New)
  • By Address (New)
  • By Open House (New)

Customize

  • Customizable CSS – Webdesigners and developers use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to design the way that a web page looks, i.e. It gives them the ability to personalize your IDX color, font, layout, etc. so it looks exactly the way you want it! (New)
  • Agent Photo and Contact Information prominently displayed (Improved)

Detailed Property Information & More

  • Property Description
  • Display – Days on Market (New)
  • All Photos
  • Photo Captions (New)
  • Print Page (New)

Want More? Upgrade to our Mid & Full IDX Suites easily:

With our Mid & Full IDX your clients will have access to all of the features and functions above, as well as:

Search (Full Only)

  • Save Search – Consumers provide contact information to save their search criteria (New)
  • Hot List – Consumers provide contact information to save their favorite listings (New)

Map It (Mid & Full)

Our Mapping features just got better!  Now, property location data will now be significantly more accurate than most mapping systems that merely estimate a location using street address. In some cases, you’ll now be able to display a position within 10 inches of the property* versus discrepancies of up to five miles using the address method.  (*Accuracy of 10 inches is possible only when updated property information with longitude and latitude coordinates is available.)

  • Map Details – View a single property (New)
  • Interactive Map Search – View multiple results on a map) (New)

Call To Action (Full Only)

  • Schedule Showings (New)
  • E-Mail a Friend (New)
  • Ask an Agent (New)
  • Open House Schedule (New)
  • Mortgage Calculators (New)

Take our EZ IDX for a test drive using our new product demo.  Click HERE to access it.  For a personal tour of the EZ IDX and more information, contact Colleen Yasuhara our account manager who will walk you through it at 808-748-8751, toll free at 1-800-628-3121 #151 or via email at Colleen@AlohaLiving.com.


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