Newsletter - June 2015

Editorial

Winter is here and it's distinctly chilly in the mornings!  Still the brilliant sun during the day makes up for this.  We are still looking for a new sales person for QuickBooks and Autodesk products.  Please send CVs and your Elevator proposition to judith@softwareafrica.co.za.

During load shedding, we can still be contacted via our cell phones - 082 389 3481 and 082 389 3482.

Lumion for Architects, Engineers and Construction Professionals!

We are now reselling Lumion 5, billed as the easiest, fastest and most reliable visualization software. Lumion is an essential tool for everyone who wants to visualize their building designs. It produces impressive, high quality videos very quickly and is easy to master.  Customers in over 90 countries use Lumion: They include architects, designers, engineers, BIM modellers and universities.

Lumion is now seen as the leading software in its class because it has redefined the process of making 3D visualizations. It has also become an essential part of the BIM toolkit for many AEC professionals. Lumion works with Autodesk Revit and 3DS Max.

Lumion licenses are floating. They are effectively the same as network licenses. You may install Lumion on multiple computers. You can run as many Lumion instances simultaneously as the number of seats you have on the license. Contact Rick for prices.

Computer Tip: 'Invoice Number' Malware Emails

When it comes to dirty tricks on the Internet, sometimes even the simplest ones can be effective. Take this current malware campaign, for example. These emails have the subject line 'Invoice Number:' and a random number.  The attached .zip file is named similarly. That is all there is to it. The messages do not mention where the supposed invoice comes from or what it pertains to.

Of course, the attachment does not contain any sort of invoice. The .zip file harbours a malicious .exe file. Typically, such malware can download more malware, steal personal information, and/or allow the criminals to control the infected computer. Be wary of any unsolicited email that claims that you can access an invoice or payment document by clicking a link or opening an attached file.

Read the full article on Hoax-Slayer.

QuickBooks installation for local customers included

Now that the Payroll offer has ceased, we are offering one hour's installation in the cost of the package within the N1, N3 and M2 motorway box.  This is whether you buy new or upgrade your QuickBooks.  For customers further away, we charge R600 inc VAT per hour to install.

Who wants to take this opportunity to cut down their work and automate everything?  If it's you - please contact Judith for quotes.

In addition, upgrading your QuickBooks to 2015 now attracts a 30% discount, so it's a great time to become fully compliant.

Green Tip

How about a community braai and clean up in your area?  Or starting recycling solutions at your local schools?  They all help to keep things smart and shiny, plus reduce crime.  Added benefit - you get to know your neighbours!

Autodesk - the best news yet!

We thought last month's news was good, this one's better!  You can buy a new permanent licence for any Autodesk software at a 20% discount if you buy three years' subscriptions at the same time.  The latter have a ten percent discount.  Result - you can buy AutoCAD for less than buying the licence plus one year's subscription!

If you purchase 3 years Annual subscriptions, with a 25% discount, you also pay less than for the above!

These are really great deals and the Annual subscription option gives you all the great support options as well

Please contact Judith for quotes.

Weakening of the Rand against the US Dollar

This is going to result in a 4.87% increase in prices at close of business on Friday 3 July.  It will not just affect Autodesk products but Microsoft and Adobe as well.

Retiring of Permanent Licences

Autodesk is transitioning from perpetual software licenses to subscription-based options. After 31 January 2016, new seats of most individual Autodesk software products will be available only on a pay-as-you-go Desktop Subscription basis. Sales of new perpetual licenses for these products will be discontinued. This change applies to both standalone and network licenses.

You will, however, be able to continue using your existing perpetual licenses. For your software that is on Maintenance Subscription, you will receive ongoing updates and retain access to your benefits by keeping your Maintenance Subscription current.

To learn which products are impacted by this change, among which are AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and 3ds Max, you can visit the web page www.autodesk.co.za/products/perpetuallicenses.

To learn more about this licensing change, contact us or visit www.autodesk.com/perpetuallicenses

You can also submit your questions via the Perpetual License Transition Forum to get an answer from our experts.

To find out more about Subscription options, visit the Autodesk Subscription page today www.autodesk.com/subscription/overview

For more information go to https://360.autodesk.com/landing and http://www.autodesk.com/subscription/overview. You can also contact Judith on 011 802 2685

An Opportunity to make use of right now

Please note that the Autodesk Permanent Licence option will be phased out in their financial 2017.  So, from February next year, only the Annual subscription options will be available.  If you wish to buy permanent licences --this is the time to do so.  Again, please contact Judith for quotes.

Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams Breaking news!

The 2015 release of Creative Cloud for teams - including the brand new Adobe Stock service introduced today for the very first time - is here! This is an amazing new release, chock full of innovation, that ushers in a new era of creativity and collaboration. With the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, businesses and creative teams will be able to:

So we are already geared up and waiting to tell you far more about this exciting upgrade and the solutions.  Remember that, once you have had your subscription registered, you can update all you software to the very latest at once!  All your software licence details are located in the Cloud, so no more losing the so easily lost and stolen packages!

Please go to the brand new Creative Cloud for teams pages on Adobe.com, which provide a rich set of content to help inform, impress and quickly convert you to this new way of working.  For pricing and more information please contact Judith for quotes

Excel Tip #135 - The Developer tab (II): Overview

Last time, we looked for the Developer tab, which should be just to the right of the View tab, and we saw what to do if it is not there.  Now that the Developer tab is  displayed, it should look like this:

These are the items on the Developer tab:

Next time, we will look at how we use some of these tools on the Developer tab.

Computius Say:

Computer programmers do it byte by byte.

Remember:  We can make your business run better by:

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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