Wanted: awesome animals with their owners!

Which breeders and animals will feature our new website?

Which breeders and animals will feature our new website?

These are exciting times at ZooEasy headquarters. In cooperation with Arjan Yspeert of YA! Internet Marketing, the Netherlands, we’re busy with several renewals for ZooEasy. We’re working on the development of ZooEasy version 12, so we can release this version at the end of this year. Also, we’re on Facebook now. Did you see the renewed style of the globe at the cover? That’s the first glimpse of what we’ll reveal for now!

Be a star on the new website
Our website will get a new look as well. And we would like to ask for your help. For the new website we’re looking for pictures of real breeders with their animals. Do you and your animal(s) would like to shine on our new website? We are looking forward to receive your pictures!

Facebook
All pictures will be put on Facebook. From all the entries we will make a selection that will be used on the website. With your entry you agree that ZooEasy can use the images in all online communication.

We are looking forward to receive your greatest photos! You can send your pictures to: femke@zooeasy.com

Important news for Stand Alone users

logo_zooeasyThis yearZooEasy does not release a new version for Stand Alone users. In the past year ZooEasy has been occupied with the further development of ZooEasy Online, which is used by many associations. The new version for Stand Alone users will be postponed until the end of 2014.

Subscription version 11 expended by one year for free
Do you use version 11? Your subscription has been extended by one year for free, so you can still use the helpdesk and updates.

More possibilities with version 11
Do you have an outdated version of ZooEasy? You can still use your database. You can also switch to version 11. This will give you new features, like editing multiple data at once for a group of animals, register the animals born dead or alive and much more. Read more. 

Discount for customers with version 10 and lower
Customers with version 10 and lower will receive 10% discount at ZooEasy Stand Alone. This offer is valid until the first of February 2014. In just a few steps you can switch to version 11 and start right away with your own trusted database:

1. Go to www.zooeasy.com and click on your animal of choice
2. Click on Order Now
3. Click on Subscriptions
4. Choose the Download or CD version and click on Order by Internet
5. Keep your client code or serial number at hand and fill in the form

ZooEasy wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy 2014!

New helpdesk employee

Since March 2013, the ZooEasy team has expanded with our new helpdesk employee Jolanda Kuiper. She is now working on all the questions about ZooEasy stand alone. In the near future she will also help answering questions about ZooEasy Online.

Jolanda Kuiper lives in Gelderland, a province of the Netherlands. Originally she is a goldsmith, but she also has much experience within the ICT. She loves animals. Jolanda Kuiper says: “Since my childhood I love animals. My grandparents had a farm, where I spent much time.” Nowadays Jolanda Kuiper lives with her family and an old cat in Gelderland. She also loves to take care of her Halflinger gelding and she is a sports masseur for healthy horses.

Jolanda Kuiper: “I am looking forward to know everything about the program, so I can help our customers to optimize their use of ZooEasy.”

“The members were pleasantly surprised with this many data in the database!”

Doris Knoester

Doris Knoester and her Australian Shepherd

More and more dog breeding associations use ZooEasy Online for their administration. Doris Knoester is the manager for the Australian Shepherd Club Netherlands (ASCN). “With ZooEasy we now have a nice tool to analyse and register all the data.”

Great references
The club has joined ZooEasy in 2011. Doris Knoester: “We were using GSC Datamanager, but we were looking for a complete package that would give us more certainty for the future regarding the continuity and development of more functionalities of the database.” Doris then asked other breeding associations for more information. “I liked the way ZooEasy looks from the start and it had great references.” The ASCN uses ZooEasy mostly to monitor the health data of the dogs, like DNA results and hip researches. Doris Knoester: “It is also nice that the program calculates all the kinship and inbreeding percentages.”

User-friendly
As the manager, Doris Knoester is responsible for the settings of the program and she is the intermediate between ZooEasy and the club. As a preparation, she followed the course of ZooEasy Online: “In the beginning I was reluctant: I didn’t want to do anything wrong! In practice it was better than I expected. It is really user-friendly.”

“A good preparation is essential”
Doris Knoester has an important tip for associations who like to start with ZooEasy. “A good preparation is essential. Which data would you like to report and what should it look like? We have experienced that with double registered dogs and nests in our old database. If you have to correct that afterwards, it is a whole lot of work. ZooEasy has helped us a lot with this.”

ASCN profile

Profile of the Australian Shepherd.

“ZooEasy for the members”
The ASCN aims to open the ZooEasy database for all their members as soon as all the data is complete and up-to-date. Doris Knoester: “ZooEasy helps us to get more understanding of our population and we hope that in the future this information will be available for our breeding members. Just a little while ago I presented ZooEasy at our breeders meeting. The people were really enthusiastic and pleasantly surprised with this many data in the database!”Vo

Switching to ZooEasy Online?
Would you like to have more information? Visit our website at www.zooeasy.com or contact us by mail: info@zooeasy.com.

Reminder: switch to version 11 before February 1st. and get a discount

From 1 February 2013 the following changes will aply to all customers who are using version 10 or lower:
- No free helpdesk support;
- Updates for older versions are no longer available;
-  Outdated licenses are no longer retrievable.

All customers who are using version 10 or lower have received a personal e-mail about these changes. To still be able to use all services of ZooEasy, they can switch to version 11 with discount until the first of February, 2013.

Last minute discount
Everyone who’ll switch to ZooEasy version 11 before 1 February 2013, will only pay 25 euros for the download version, or 30 euros for the CD version.*
After this period ZooEasy will increase the subscriptions to 29 euros for the download version and 35 euros for the CD version.

*Check the “Order now” and “Subscription” pages for the prices in US Dollars or British Pounds.

Buy version 11 now!
1. Go to www.zooeasy.com and click in the Stand alone list on the animal species of your choice
2. Click on Order now
3. Click on Subscriptions
4. Choose Download or CD version and click on Order by Internet
5. Keep your client code or serial number at hand and fill in the form

Have you already purchased version 11? Then ZooEasy has already prolonged your subscription for one year, all for free. More information about this can be found on our blog.

Important news for customers with version 10 and lower

From 1 February 2013 ZooEasy will only provide free helpdesk support to customers with a valid year subscription. Also, from that moment on the updates for version 10 and lower will not be available on the website anymore.

All customers who are using version 10 or lower have received a personal e-mail about these changes. To still be able to use all services of ZooEasy, they can switch to version 11 with benefit until the first of February, 2013.

Record keeping software for birds

Record all information of your birds, rabbits, goats or other species!

Useful benefits of version 11
Switching to version 11 isn’t difficult. All records are kept, so everyone who has purchased version 11, can start right away!

The benefits of version 11:
* New features compared to previous versions!
* Free helpdesk support
* Free updates can be downloaded from the websites
* Also suitable for Windows 7 and 8

Also read the experiences of Yvonne Bijlsma, dog breeder from the Netherlands.

screenshot pedigree dogs

Print your pedigree and add your own watermark in version 11. Available for dogs, chinchillas, pigeons and all other animal species!

Benefits for fast deciders!
Everyone who’ll switch to ZooEasy version 11 before 1 February 2013, will only pay 25 euros for the download version, or 30 euros for the CD version.*
After this period ZooEasy will increase the subscriptions to 29 euros for the download version and 35 euros for the CD version.

*Check the “Order now” and “Subscription” pages for the prices in US Dollars or British Pounds.

Buy version 11 now!
1. Go to www.zooeasy.com and click in the Stand alone list on the animal species of your choice
2. Click on Order now
3. Click on Subscriptions
4. Choose Download or CD version and click on Order by Internet
5. Keep your client code or serial number at hand and fill in the form

Information for users of version 11
Have you already purchased version 11? Then ZooEasy has freely extended your subscription for one year. You can find more information at our previous blog.

ZooEasy wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy 2013!

Stand alone version 12 temporarily postponed

Since 2001 ZooEasy launched a new version of ZooEasy stand alone every year. For the first time there will not be a new version in December 2012. The reason for this is that ZooEasy has been occupied with further development of ZooEasy Online. As a result, there is insufficient capacity to develop a new stand alone version simultaneously. Therefore the development of version 12 will be postponed.

To avoid that no support is given in relation to the expiration date of the subscriptions, ZooEasy will extend the subscription of all users of version 11 by one year for free. This means that everyone who is currently using version 11 will still be able to use the helpdesk support and will receive free updates of version 11 (if you are using version 11!) for one year after the expiration date of the current subscription. You do not have to take action to get the free extension of your subscription. ZooEasy arranges this for you automatically.

If you are currently using an older version of ZooEasy, you can still keep doing that. However, all helpdesk support will expire for these older versions. If you do have issues with your older version, we recommend you to transfer to version 11. This is the procedure:

1. Open the Homepage in a new window.
2. Click on your animal species
3. Click on the left menu on: Order now
4. You will see the tab Subscriptions. Make your choice and click on Order by Internet
5. You can now continue with the data on the form.

As soon as version 12 is available, we will inform all users.

Jacob Miedema: the very first costumer

Jacob Miedema

Jacob Miedema, bird breeder and first customer

ZooEasy has existed for ten years now. The customers of ZooEasy are spread over the entire world: from a bird breeder in Australia until a dog breeder in Sweden. There are sold over 15,000 stand alone software programs to hobby and (semi)professional breeders, and nowadays over 40 breeding associations and herd books are using ZooEasy Online. This series about the foundation of ZooEasy ends with the story of Jacob Miedema, the very first costumer.

Addiction
Jacob Miedema (58) from Franeker, Holland, has always been a fanatic bird breeder. “I have been born and raised with it. My father owned canaries, but I was more a tropics kind of guy. It’s an addiction.” At his height, Jacob Miedema owned 200 birds. In the past years he has won many awards, he has given lectures and judged many birds. He is also closely involved in several functions at Volièrevereniging De Edelzanger in Franeker. Nowadays Jacob Miedema has taken things easier. He now owns about 50 birds, like Turqoise Parrots, swift parrots, starlings, zebra finches and quails. “It’s mainly for fun now.” Twice a day he makes a walk through his aviary: “Especially the quails are very close to me. They come right up to me and eat from my hand.”

Ra-Bird
Just a few people know that Jacob Miedema was also involved at the start of ZooEasy: “My friend Jan Weistra and me were breeding zebra finches at the time. Jan’s son knew Erik Reudink through their badminton association. Erik knew a lot about computers. Jan asked him if he could make a pedigree program. They asked me to join them, to give my opinion on the contents that are important for bird breeders. It was very devious, but Erik was good at DOS. Soon there were more functions available, like judging notes, features and characteristics, safety for the unique codes of the ring numbers. It was then called Ra-Bird.” Since then the program has developed more and more, until the name ZooEasy was released.

The secret is good bookkeeping
With his years of experience at bird breeding, Jacob Miedema has some tips for bird breeders: “It is important to keep good records. I always have a breeding book in my aviary. There I write everything down, and every season I put that in my computer. If you’re breeding birds for contests, you will have to look at the quality norms of the birds. The beauty of ZooEasy is that you can write down everything very accurately. This makes it easy to sort which characteristics like colour and patterns you would like to strengthen en preserve. You can also track and keep up with blood lines.”

Satisfied with what you have
The last ten years there hasn’t changed must in bird breeding. Jacob Miedema has become a wiser man on one topic: “I keep my birds longer to myself. If the quality of the birds is good, why should you want to discard them? In the old days everything had to be more and better. But at one point you should be satisfied with what you have.” A look back at 10 years ZooEasy brings up a lot of personal memories for Jacob Miedema: “I have bred and registered a lot of birds in ZooEasy. Most of these birds aren’t alive anymore, but their records are still there. I will keep on using ZooEasy as long as I have birds. It was just stupid of us that we didn’t ask for a part of the share at the beginning of ZooEasy.” Jacob Miedema laughs. “No, nonsense. Erik has done his job very well, and it has become a great company.”

Turquoisinne Parakeet

The Turquoise Parrot in the aviary of Jacob Miedema

You can now read the complete series about the foundation of ZooEasy:
The interview with founder and director Erik Reudink.
The interview with Willem Stemerdink, the first online customer.

Holiday mention ZooEasy

Wegens vakantie gesloten

Office closed due to holidays

Due to a holiday, our office will be closed from 28th July until the 2th of September. All orders and registrations from the ZooEasy stand alone version that have been previously placed or are made via our website will be processed as usual. Questions sent to our e-mail address or website will be answered from 3th of September.

ZooEasy wishes you happy holidays!