Software Africa Newsletter - February 2020

Autodesk Tip ~ Online Business Tip ~ Excel Tip


Inundated by incredible rains at the weekend, it made driving around quite an undertaking. Sadly Gilbert didn't last as he got a better offer. We are busy negotiating with some other people to expand our reach however.

On-Line Business Tip #35: Google Hacks 12 -  Search for Hotels on Google:

Google is the most popular search engine in the solar system. We know Google as a search engine that will find websites for you.  However, nowadays Google is increasingly trying to make money from you directly rather than refer you to somebody else.  Here is an example:

With the school holidays over, you might want to get away for a bit.  You can find hotels on Google Search.  Underneath the paid-for adverts, you can filter hotels by price, location, ratings, and hotel class. They will let you view hotel details, including photos and reviews. Then you can reserve a room with one of Google's "booking partners".

This tip first appeared in the Megaplex Business Booster Newsletter. Subscribe here.

AutoCAD News

90-day Subscription Renewal Reminder Added

You can act on this 90 days before expiry. The subscription will renew on the due date, making it a very good choice.

Autodesk Developments

New Product Usage Reporting for Admins with Single-User Access

Product usage reporting, in Autodesk Account, provides admins with single-user access transparency into what:

We can now spend more time strategically advising you on the best way to adopt new and existing tools to achieve your business outcomes.

Most of the 2020 updates have been done.

Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection

This is a fully integrated system for using integrated BIM tools in this key area of design. Using this Collection, you can produce complete and fully integrate solutions. More details can be found here

Upgrade to an Autodesk Subscription

If you send us your old perpetual licence, we can upgrade you to the latest subscription version of your product at a 20% discount. Microsoft has announced the end of extended support for Windows 7 in January 2020. Hence, this is an opportunity to upgrade to an Autodesk subscription that is supported on Windows 10.

Autodesk Knowledge Network (AKN)

AKN is the community content site providing tech support, training materials, product knowledge, and interactive discussion forums for you as customers. Please make use of it.

Incidentally, M2S subscriptions activate on the day of renewal. Other helpful links are:

The differences on how these different layouts work are illustrated here.

Using Subscriptions Software at Home

Autodesk Cloud Credits

Support & Learning can all be done online at your own pace.

QuickBooks Desktop news

This is the best! No longer do we have to deliver a box to you. Instead we can now provide you with all the links and codes required to download. It works like a dream!

Please contact Judith for more information.

QuickBooks' Cloud Solutions

QBO is proving a multi-faceted platform.  Please contact Judith for more. We have also had good success with international support on our glitches!

Integrity Payroll Solutions

A relief to work with this again. Simple to set up and run, it starts from 5 employees and expands as your company grows. There is also an EPOS solution available. Please contact Judith for more information.

Excel Tip #184 – Better Options for the Excel Visual Basic Editor

Earlier, we looked inside the macro you recorded.  Then, we introduced the macro editor program and its main menu and Toolbars. Last time we examined the Debug Toolbar. We'll now look at some menu settings to get the Editor to work better.

In Excel, press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor.  In the Visual Basic Editor, click (menu) Tools > Options > Editor:

The above are the settings we recommend.

Next time we'll look at setting a better font on the "Editor Format" tab.

PS: Do you keep repeating the same actions in Excel?  Could you be more efficient if you recorded those actions and just played them back?  You can do this with macros!  You could save hours a week not working late, and be the envy of your colleagues... These Excel Macros Tips have been running in this newsletter since February 2019, so it's a slow way to learn.  How about an accelerated version?  This month you can preview –at a reduced price– an on-line version that will boost your productivity in weeks instead of years.  To get a limited-time invitation, click here and send the resulting email now!

Computius Say:

Does Microsoft Office 365 become Office 366 this year?  If not, on which day does it not work?

Remember:  We can make your business run better by:

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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