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Issue 090 - Jul 20, 2009



1. CMS Builder Special: Save $50 (one week only - ends July 27th)
CMS Builder Special: Save $50 (one week only - ends July 27th)

For one week only (until July 27th) you can get CMS Builder at a special price of only $149.97, a savings of $50 off the regular price. Or purchase two licenses for $249.94 and save even more ($75 off the regular price). If you were looking to get started with a content management system that can be set up quickly and easily, now's the time.

CMS Builder makes it easy for non-technical users to update and edit the content on an entire website. Plus, with how easy and quickly you can set up your site, you'll greatly cut down on your development time, meaning more time to spend on other projects.

You can use CMS Builder to easily manage any area of your website. With just a few clicks you can create an "editor" for managing your news articles, job postings, your contact us page, customer testimonials, or just about anything else. And you can create as many editors as you want, each with their own set of tailor-made fields for the type of content your website has.

Take advantage of this special price, it won't last. Purchase CMS Builder today for only $149.97 and save $50 or purchase two licenses and save $150.

2. Realty & Auto Manager mySQL Upgrades Available Now!
Realty & Auto Manager mySQL Upgrades Available Now!

Upgrade your Realty & Auto Manager websites to use the latest Instant Realty Website & Instant Auto Website software. Starting at only $299 (software included), upgrading couldn't be easier, our consulting team will do all the work for you.

Instant Realty Website & Instant Auto Website can do everything Realty & Auto Manager can do and more. The benefits of upgrading are huge, giving you several new options to improve your site:

  • Support for unlimited listings (no more 2000 listings limit)
  • Support for unlimited uploads (no more 10 photo limit)
  • Support for unlimited editor fields (no more 75 field limit)
  • Ability to create unlimited pages and sections (you'll no longer be limited to just listings and homepages, you can create new areas for featured listings, open houses, rentals, and more)
  • Ability to create unlimited advanced user search engines
  • Easily create custom search fields in the admin program (make it easier for agents to find specific listings)
  • Fast MySQL based searching

Instant Realty Website & Instant Auto Website are built off of the powerful CMS Builder platform, so they make use of the latest technology. For a list of more features and benefits check out CMS Builder for details.

To get started with your upgrade simply email our consulting team or fill out this form. We'll take care of the rest for you.

3. CMS Builder Online Demo
CMS Builder Online Demo

By popular request, we now have an online demo available! Want to try before you buy? Of course you do! Now you can.

View the CMS Builder Online Demo.

Now you can poke around in the admin, update some content, and get an idea of how the software looks before you purchase it. You can even run a demo on your own site to help market the software to your clients without sending them to us -- purchase a demo copy of CMS Builder for only $49.99. Combine this with our free marketing copy, and it's never been easier to show your clients exactly why they want to use CMS Builder -- and have you setting it up for them!

The rules are simple. Demo licenses are limited to one per customer, are not for resale, and are for providing demos on your site only. Also, each demo license includes our free support and is backed by our 90-day money back guarantee.

To get started, simply visit our order page, place an order for a single license of CMS Builder, and enter CMSDEMOCOPY into the Promo Code field.

4. New version of CMS Builder
New version of CMS Builder

CMS Builder 1.31 has been released

  • Advanced Editor Search: Added advanced editor search and filter options to make it easier than ever to show exactly the results you want in the back end (See: Admin > Section Editors > Searching)
  • Demo mode: Not only do we have a demo on our site for you to take a look at, you can run a demo version on your own server for your own clients to view that will reset back to the default state you create every hour. See our demo online here. (For more details, see the first item of this newsletter.)
  • Category Viewer Updates: New options for category viewers, including default categories, breadcrumb formats and more.
  • Updated WYSIWYG editor: CMS Builder now uses TinyMCE 3.2.4.1, which addresses a number of bugfixes.

... and much more. Grab the latest version of CMS Builder today!

5. Google News: Gmail out of beta & Google Chrome OS (by Donna Brown)
Google News: Gmail out of beta & Google Chrome OS (by Donna Brown)

I admit it, I'm a Google fangirl. I've been using Gmail and Google for Domains for ages, Google Reader helps me keep up to date with my RSS feeds, and I get a certain amount of glee whenever they change their header. I'm pretty sure if a mysterious yet simple and understated glass of unidentified grape-flavored liquid showed up in my house with the "Google" logo on it, I'd drink it without question.

So, I've been following two things of note from Google recently. One is that Google Apps is finally out of beta. Gmail in particular wore the "beta" tag for over 5 years. (Even we have a faster development cycle than that!)

What does that change? Nothing, save for the logo -- and even that, you can re-enable through the settings. But for products that have prided themselves on their everlasting beta labels, it's a bit of a shock to have them -- finally! -- admit that their software is ready for prime time. Even if it's been used that way since the day it hit beta.

(For the record, we subscribe to the more traditional definition of "beta" software, so make sure you keep a lot of backups when running CMS Builder betas, and I wouldn't recommend running them on your live site!)

Slightly less frivoulous than an edited image and some back-patting by Google is the Google Chrome OS. We mentioned here before when the Chrome browser was released, and a few of our staff have stayed on that bandwagon. I'm not quite ready to give up my beloved Firefox just yet, although I do use Chrome for my Gmail windows.

Anyway, Google has taken the browser concept one step further and is creating an entire operating system, designed to be lightweight, fast, and secure, and most importantly, aimed very directly at people who live their lives on the web. Well, that doesn't sound like anybody *I* know... oh wait...

I'm looking forward to see what they come up with. I'm not sure if it'll run my beloved World of Warcraft, so I don't know if I'll be able to make the switch, but surely we've got a spare device or two around here that I can install it on. This koolaid is delicious!

6. News from the Forum
News from the Forum

The latest tips, tricks, tutorials, and more from the community of the interactivetools.com forum.

Random Quotes
Damon shows us how to create a random quote generator in CMS Builder.

Spellchecking for TinyMCE
Forum user Moonworks shows us how to add a spellchecker to CMS Builder's WYSIWYG editor.

7. Developer Resources
Developer Resources

Here are a couple of useful resources for web developers and designers. Email me YOUR favourite resource and I might feature it in a future newsletter.

The Roadmap To Becoming A Professional Freelance Web Designer
This post is meant to act as not only a step-by-step guide, but also as a checklist for those who have already started their freelancing career.

10 Useful CSS/JS-Coding Solutions For Web-Developers
10 useful CSS/Javascript-based techniques and coding solutions that can turn out to be useful for your next web-project.


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