Newsletter - October 2014


It is the end of Autodesk's Q3 for 2015 and we have been concentrating on gaining our Continuing Education credits.  All of the team have already hit target.  Autodesk really pushes its resellers to learn what the products are about so that we understand the challenges that our customers have to cope with on a daily basis.

On the lighter side, we had air-clearing storms on 23 and 25 October with 15 and 16 mm of rain respectively, which has added energy and positivity to the office.  Our floral displays in the gardens are also in full swing.

QuickBooks update

At last QuickBooks 2015 is out.  Please go to this link to see the improvements.  Main improvements include better reporting and task tracking.  Please contact Judith or Willy for quotes to buy new or upgrade your earlier versions.  Pricing is the same as for 2014.

PC Tip: Field Order in Outlook

This is intuitive, but some readers may not have noticed it: When you are viewing emails in column view, you can sort in order by any column by clicking on that column's header.  Click it a second time to reverse the sort order.  One normally views in "Received" order with the latest at the top. However, to group emails from a particular sender together, click on the "From" column header.  To then find a sender other than the one you were on, start typing the name of the sender (don't hesitate too much between letters, or it re-starts at the beginning).


The specials are over for Q3, so we will be bringing out our November newsletter as soon as new specials are announced.  Please contact Judith or Willy for quotes.

Autodesk Subscription Changes

From 1 February 2015, upgrades of Autodesk products will no longer be available and all products will have to be bought new.

So keeping your subscriptions up to date now gives real value to your Autodesk product users.  They include the following:

In addition, a new form of subscription is to be launched.  It does, in fact, already exist for the various Design Suites.  This is the Desktop subscription.  This is the solution to managing projects which require using a solution for 6 months to a year.  Subscriptions are therefore very flexible as you have them for the life of the project and thereafter do not renew until you require another subscription.

If you have this kind of requirement, please contact Judith or Willy for quotes.

For more information go to and

Why does keeping a subscription current pay out for you?

Well, in fact Autodesk is not the first to go this route.  The various CRM providers and also major ERP providers have done this for years.  In order to keep their software at a level which meets your changing needs, the renewing of subscriptions gives them the base for ongoing development.  Companies can address your wish lists and the requirements of changing standards (government and professional associations).  In addition, your keeping your subscriptions current means that you do not have to pay a huge amount of money to become current two years down the line.

Think of it as the fee you pay to your security company or the premium you pay to your insurance company.

Green Tip

With the likelihood of a drought this year, saving water is going to be of an essence.  Pollution levels are also making the rendering of water to potable standards increasingly costly.  Please think of using a yard broom to clean your paving on its own without added water.  A good, stiff broom is perfectly functional and works well.  Also, it provides income for the broom sellers!

Excel Tip #127 - The Review tab (II): Comments group

Last time we started looking at the "Review" tab on Excel 2010's Ribbon, with the Proofing and Language groups.  We now look at the Comments group.

A Comment is a small box, coloured light yellow like a "Post-It", containing text and attached to one cell by a small arrow (see illustration).  This is useful for adding minor notes to formulas, etc.

The display of comments is set using File > Excel Options > Advanced tab: In the Display group, under "For cells with comments, show:" choose:

"Indicators" are the tiny red triangles at the top right corner of cells that contain comments.  The default choice will cause a comment to show when you hover the mouse over the cell. It will also show when editing or when you go to that comment.  When a comment is selected it has a dotty border, as shown on the left of the illustration.  During editing, it has a striped border as shown on the right of the illustration.

The selected comment can be re-sized by grabbing one of the circular "handles" at the corners and mid-sides. It can be moved by grabbing somewhere in the dotty border and dragging to the new position.

The Comments group has these buttons:

Next time we will continue with the "Review" tab, the "Changes" group.

Computius Say:

Guide to Computer Terms:
"Power User" - Anyone who can locate the power button and switch the PC on.

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All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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