Festive Greetings December 2014


All the very best to you for the festive season and may 2015 be the best year yet for you!

So we wind down 2014 somewhat in the dark!  Fortunately our installation for the office works on battery backup* and we are now going Solar Photovoltaic as well.  Our intention is to become grid independent over time.  The investment cost is coming down markedly as the technologies improve and are adopted by more people.

* A 1400 VA UPS unit, bought in February from Emergency Reaction Services, Tel 011 234 6000.

We will only close for the festive break from 19th December until the 5th January 2015.  The same timeframe applies to all the distributors.


We have a vacancy for a trainee software salesperson to start in January.  Training will be available via the Internet on QuickBooks and Autodesk products.  Requirements are Matric and computer literacy.  Contact Judith or Rick

QuickBooks Upgrade Special

For the rest of the year, upgrading to any version of QuickBooks 2015 will attract a 30% discount.  Please contact Judith or Willy for quotes to buy new or upgrade your earlier versions.  Pricing is the same as for 2014.

HotPlot Changes

HotPlot is the Windows interface for dotPLOT, the South African standard in Soil Profile and Borehole Log software.  From next year, the price of HotPlot will rise to R3000 + VAT and it will be sold in a bundle with new copies of dotPLOT, rather than be optional as in the past.  If you have dotPLOT, until 31 December you can still buy HotPlot at only R2500 + VAT.  Might this be a good time to upgrade?

Outlook Tip: Never Forget an Attachment Again!

Here is an early Festive Season gift: From our web site you can get our Outlook "Attachment Nanny".  It will scan your e-mail for words that show an intended attachment ("file", "attach", "doc" –you can customize this) and warn you if there is no attachment (see picture).  Clicking "No" stops the Send.

You can get it free at our Outlook tips page.


The specials running at the moment are dependent on stock availability.  AutoCAD LT has a 10% discount and full AutoCAD a 15% discount.  The Q4 special is on renewing your subscriptions to your Autodesk package without it attracting a late penalty.  In order to qualify, your subscription must be renewed within 11 months of its becoming due.  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.  There will also be three types of subscription available.  The first is the traditional one described below:

The next is the Desktop subscription.  This is the solution to managing projects which require using a solution for 3 months to a year. 

Finally there is Cloud subscription taken for any of the Cloud based solutions and valid for 3, 6 and 12 months.

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.  Please note that until 1 February 2015, some products will not have this option.

For more information go to https://360.autodesk.com/landing and http://www.autodesk.com/subscription/overview

Green Tip

See the Editorial above for this!

Excel Tip #129 - The View tab (I): Workbook Views group; Show Group

Last time we concluded our review of the "Review" tab.  Now we start viewing the "View" tab.

The first group, Workbook Views, controls how the workbook is displayed on screen. The display is modified by the checkboxes in the following group, Show. The Workbook Views group has these buttons:

Next year, we will continue with the Zoom group in the View tab.

Computius Say:

Guide to Computer Terms:
"Microsecond" - The time it takes for your state-of-the-art computer to become obsolete.

End-of-Year Gifts: Free Spreadsheets

The free spreadsheets you can order from our web site, just by sending an e-mail with the right Subject, are:

To order any of these spreadsheets, visit our free spreadsheets web page.

Remember:  We can make your business run better by:

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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