Newsletter - February 2012


Our apologies for the lateness of this month's newsletter and a big thank you to all our customers who have made us so busy that it got put on the back burner!  January was our best month in years and February has also shone.

We are using a business coach to get us into focus and to hold us accountable for what we do.  This is one of the best moves that we have made as he's winnowing the staleness out of the company and getting us back into being a team.  We'll keep you updated on our experience and please contact us for his details if it looks like a route you would like to pursue.

dotPLOT Version 7005 Released with HotPlot 3.5.0

The Bar character (|) can now be used in the Notes block to cause dotPLOT to ignore any keyword: This previously worked only in a depth description line.  For example, you can now ignore the word "Sample", or a pesky piece of text that dotPLOT is interpreting as a sample number or depth.

A PDF error, if a symbol crossed a page boundary, has been fixed.  The Plaintext warning has been changed. Educational licences are now supported

Irontree Off site Backup

Is your data precious?  In these days of entire offices being stripped of their computer installations, a good data backup that is not vulnerable to theft is essential.  Irontree offers precisely this solution.  If all your data is stored on a server, then that is the only machine that requires the solution to be installed on it.  However, they offer a multi-PC solution as well.  Please send your enquiry to Peter at Switched-On IT.

Maximizer Version 12 - Cloud Computing a Reality

As more and more software becomes cloud based, the sense of anywhere and any time becomes tangible.  Maximizer is working well for us and they have been cautious about the cloud format.

If you would like a demonstration of the solution, please give Thuli a call to make an appointment on 011 802 2685

Green Tip

Water is our most vulnerable resource.  It is polluted at catchment level and then the pollution continues as it flows through our rivers.  Please report pollution to your local authority.  Earthlife Africa Joburg also has a mining waste group, which is working at national level to counteract the AMD pollution.  Its interests also embrace other pollution sources.  Please look on their website for a view of all that is being done or go to their Facebook page for up to date information on branch activities.

AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT

We are now able to provide you with the full product range including all the suites.  Budding film-makers please note that Autodesk Design Suites are regularly use for animated movies!

Please contact Judith or 011 802 2685 for more details or to set up an appointment to discuss your drawing office requirements.

Excel Tip #97 -  Excel 2007/2010: Secrets of the Ribbon (XI) - the Insert tab, more Chart menu Options

We continue looking at the second tab, the Insert tab, on the Ribbon, and the third group, Charts (graphs).

As we saw in the last issue, when the chart is selected, you get a new tab on the Ribbon, Chart Tools Design.  Next to it, there are two more new tabs, Layout and Format, shown below:

You can use the items on these tabs to change different parts of the chart.  Some items will not be available for certain chart types.

An alternative is to right-click on the part of the chart that you want to change.  This gives you a context-sensitive pop-up menu allowing you to change all aspects of that item.

QuickBooks 2012

On 20th March QuickBooks are running a seminar on the impact of the Budget on your employees.  You can book via and the cost is R999 inc VAT.  It will be at the Glenhove Conference Centre on Glenhove Road.  You can also ring 010 203 4300.

For more information, phone the team on 011 802-2685 / 6440.

Computius Say:

Man who steal ideas from one person is plagiarist; man who steal from many is researcher.

Remember:  We can make your business run better by:

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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