Preview Version 12

Lately we’ve been working hard on ZooEasy Online and the release of Version 12. Version 12 will be released on 14 November. We offer you a sneak peek. Discover what’s new in this last version for the PC!

Extensive pedigree with pictures in Version 12.

Extensive pedigree with pictures in Version 12.

More information visible
By popular request the pedigree now shows the pictures of all generations of animals. It is easier to see who the owner and/or breeder of the animal is. The age of all animals is now shown in years, months and days. This makes it easier and more fun!

Easier to use

The records of breeders and/or owners are just one click away on the detailed screen of the animal.

The records of breeders and/or owners are just one click away on the detailed screen of the animal.

We have also changed some features, so they are easier to use. Sort the list with e.g. animals ascending and descending. This way you can easily find what you are searching for. The relationship matrix has been is extended. You will see more animals in one overview.

Easy upgrade
After the installation of Version 12 you can easily import your current database. You won’t lose your

For animals younger than 1 month, the age is now indicated in days.

The age of your animals is now indicated in years, months and days.

data! Do you currently use Version 11? Then all personal lay-out settings will be stored when you upgrade. If you are currently using ZooEasy, we will send you a personal e-mail Mid-November to order the new version.

Tell us what you think!
This will be the very last update for the stand alone version of ZooEasy. Next year we will only develop

With just one click of the mouse you can see the owner or breeder of the animal.

With just one click of the mouse you can see the owner or breeder of the animal.

the online version. This will integrate with the many requests to access the program anytime and everywhere. We are proud on the development this program has made so far. We expect you to use Version 12 with pleasure for many years. What do you think? Let us know!

Which version is the best for me?

logo_zooeasyThese are exciting times for our team! In November we will release two new versions. Version 12 will be full of recognition for everyone who now uses version 11 or below. This will be the last version that can be installed on your computer. In addition we are working hard on ZooEasy Online, so you can register all your animals online in the very near future!

1. When will ZooEasy version 12 will be released?
Version 12 is the very last version that can be installed on your own computer. After this we will continue to develop online versions. At this moment, our fabulous team of testers is testing our new program. Version 12 follows mid-November 2014.

2. Can I use ZooEasy online?
After the release of Version 12 we will also release our whole new product. Soon you can put your animals in the cloud with ZooEasy Online. Imagine to login on your database with your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone! Extra handy: you won’t lose your data anymore after a computer crash! In addition we will develop an app for specific use on exhibitions and on the go.
Do mind: Version 12 cannot be used online.

3. Two new versions: which one is the best for me?
Version 12 will be installed on one computer. For ZooEasy Online you need to login to the ZooEasy website to access your own database. That’s the biggest difference.

ZooEasy Online Single User has many known functions, but Stand Alone users will miss some features, like finances and breeding cards. In the future we will add this functions. The biggest advantage is the online use of the program. This makes ZooEasy suitable for tablets like iPad, Apple computers and smartphones.

Version 12 is the improved version of your current program. This can be installed on your own computer. We recommend Version 12 for breeders of birds, pigeons and poultry. We also recommend Version 12 if the finances are important to you. In addition, this will be the very last version for your own computer. With the new version you are completely up to date with the newest features.

4. Did I see a new website design on Facebook?
That’s right! Glad you noticed! At the same time we will release ZooEasy Online Single User and the new website. The website will look nicer, up to date and really convenient.

5. Let us know what you think! 
Changes are always exciting. We think so too. Follow us on Faceook, Twitter or Google+ and tell us what you think!

Tips & Tricks: double registration numbers

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: how can you go faster when you’re entering registration numbers? How to avoid a double registration number?

All animals have their own registration number. Dogs have pedigree numbers, bird breeders use ring numbers and rabbits have earmarks. How can you speed up the process of entering data? And how can you add a double registration number?

Tip: Prefix
The Prefix function can accelerate the process of entering multiple registration numbers. The Prefix is a standard code of the registration number. Bird breeders may use a breeding number, rabbit breeders use an earmark. If the first part of the number is the same, it’s easy to put this in the system as your standard number. When adding a new animals to the database, you will only have to fill in the last unique number of that animal.

1. Go to File, System settings
2. Click on the tab General and pick your animal species
3. Here you can fill in the Prefix of the registration number
4. Click on OK

Trick: Avoiding double registration numbers
It does happen that a breeder needs to enter the same registration number or ring number as before. This might happen if one breeder uses ZooEasy for multiple breeds or with imported animals from foreign lands. This is also a common problem for rabbit breeders, because the earmarks can be re-used every ten years. However, in ZooEasy every registration number must be unique. The program checks this automatically. When a double registration number is entered, an error will occur.

The solution to this issue is to add extra information to this number. This can be 2 additional letters as an abbreviation of the breed, or the country of origin, or the numbers 14 for an animal born in 2014. Bird breeders can also add the ring size. This way double registration numbers can be added to ZooEasy, while the animal keeps his unique code.

 

Tips & Tricks: a new computer! But what to do next?

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: how to use the backup function to install your current database on the new computer.

Since Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft, lots of people have changed their computer or Windows version. Luckily ZooEasy works very well on other systems like Windows 7 and 8. Here is our support to help you installing ZooEasy on your new computer.

Tip: start right away with your own database
As a user of ZooEasy it’s very likely you already have your own database with all your animals. Before installing ZooEasy on your new computer, you will first have to make a backup of your current database. Put the backup on a flash drive or other portable device. After installing ZooEasy on the new computer you can activate the backup. Go the the menu File and choose Import data. Select the file ‘database’ on your flash drive and import this directly to your new computer. You can continue with your own database immediately.

Trick: make a new backup
Congratulations! You’ve installed everything right on your new computer. Now don’t forget to make a new backup, so your data is always save. Here’s how to make an backup automatically after closing ZooEasy:

1. Open ZooEasy
2. Go to File
3. Choose System Settings
4. Choose the tab Backup
5. Click on ‘Automatically create a backup before exiting ZooEasy’
6. Change the location of the backup. Click on the three dots to choose the right location. This cannot be the installation file of ZooEasy.
7. Click on Ok.

Now your files are save on the new computer. And to add a last trick: save the database on the flash drive and save your new backup there regularly. If something might happen to your (new) computer, your data will be save.

Useful link:Instruction for the installation of ZooEasy for cd or download versions.

Tips & Tricks: license information

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: license information

When purchasing ZooEasy you will always receive a seral number and an activation code. These two combined are called the license information. This information is neccessary to install the full version of the program. You will receive the license information by e-mail. It’s important to keep this well.

Tip: save the e-mail digitally
It’s practical to print the e-mail with the license information. It’s even easier to save the original e-mail. In this mail you will find practical links to (re) install ZooEasy quickly. You can save this e-mail digitally, for example in the folder where you have also kept your ZooEasy backup.

Trick: copy and paste the licence information
When (re) installing ZooEasy it’s possible to enter the license information manually. By using the functions ‘copy and paste’ on the computer, the information will be filled in quickly and without mistakes. It is important to copy both codes without spaces. The extra spaces will be read by the program, so the program will think the code is incorrect.

For filling in the license information you can follow these steps:
1. Go to the chapter Enter Licence information. Follow the instruction of the e-mail.
2. Select the serial number by putting the cursor in front of the serial number. Click on the left mouse button and hold it.
3. Move with the mouse over the serial code until the whole code is ‘blue’. (Please note that there hasn’t been copied ‘spaces’ before or after the serial code). Let go of the mouse button.
4. Click on the right mouse button. Choose ‘Copy’ in the menu that appears now.
5. Go to the screen ‘Licence’ of ZooEasy
6. Click with the left mouse button on the field ‘Serial code’. A cursor will appear
7. Click on the right mouse button and select in the menu ‘Paste’
8. Follow these same steps for the actication code and click on ‘Ok’

Now your program will be activated and you’re ready to use ZooEasy.

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!

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.

Tips & Tricks

This section gives you tips and tricks on using ZooEasy. Jan Vissinga explains:

Tip 1: Backup your data!
Despite all the facilities available in the program, it happens to customers regularly that they lose all their data after a computer crash.
There is no problem regarding the license data and the installation procedure: we can send it again. That is different for the registered data. We do not know what data you have stored and it is up to the customers to back up their files regularly.

In ZooEasy we have three possible ways to backup data:
1. At closing the program you can be asked to make a backup.
2. Click on the menu File, choose for option Create backup to create a backup anytime you wish to do so.
3. In the menu File, there is an option System settings which contains the tab Backup. You can set the program to create a backup every time you will close ZooEasy.
This option lets you indicate that more than one backup must be made before the previously made backup is overwritten. This will give an extra guarantee to keep your files safely.

If you make a backup, do that preferably and in all cases to external media (USB stick, external hard drive, or in the “Cloud”), but not on the hard disk itself. This way you will not lose your backup if your computer would crash.

Tip 2: How to transfer ZooEasy to another computer
When purchasing a new computer, you should fully install ZooEasy on the new computer. Copying and pasting the folder where ZooEasy is installed, is not enough! In that case not all required components, which have been installed in the Windows folders, would be included.

After you have fully installed and activated ZooEasy on your new computer, you should follow the steps of tip 1, to make a new backup.

If you have not, like the description in Tip 1 have made a backup, than it is advisible to do so and transfer the files through the previously made backup.

Trick 1: Prevent the database to request a password
Some customers experienced password problems when reading or trying to watch a backup; they have been asked for an unknown password.

Opening the database using Access is password protected. Using the password to approach the database with Access is strongly discouraged. One single mutation that is done wrong, can cause that your entire database will not be approachable for ZooEasy. When starting ZooEasy and opening the database through our program, we do a series of integrity checks. If one is not completed positive, the program cannot go further and it may be that all data is lost.

The program uses the password while you access, retrieve and save data continuously. Also the password is used with creating and replacing the database (with a backup), and the user does not need the password to the database.

If your computer would crash and you have made a backup on an extern medium (see Tip 1), you can access and retrieve the backup after installing ZooEasy. Restoring the database may then be done by following these steps:

1. Install and activate ZooEasy.
2. Start ZooEasy.
3. Close the list with animals, so only the main menu is open.
4. Click on the menu File.
5. Click on the option Restore backup.
6. Search for your folder in the then shown screen, like your USB stick.
7. On this USB stick there is a file called “database.mdb”.
8. Select this file (by clicking once) and click on “Open”.
If you click on the mdb file twice, the database will ask for the password.
9. ZooEasy now loads the database and the program will be restarted.

Trick 2: ZooEasy on MAC
ZooEasy can be used on a MAC computer, but not directly.

First you will need to install a program like VMWare or Parallels Desktop on your MAC. With these you will have the option to create and install virtual computers on your MAC. Be careful that if you do so, you will have to assign enough memory to this virtual computer. In this virtual environment you can install a Windows version (XP or a later version). If this virtual Windows computer works well, you will have to make a shared folder that is connected to the MAC, if you don’t use the internet in this virtual Windows computer. The installation can start from this shared folder.
If this virtual Windowns environment on the Mac does have a connection to the internet, you can download ZooEasy from the internet and execute the installation.

When the program is installed, you can activate ZooEasy. Then you may make a backup of your windows computer (see previous tricks & tricks). This created backup can be transferred to the virtual Windows environment.

This requires many steps, but this is the (only) way to use ZooEasy on a MAC computer.