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.”

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–  Outdated licenses are no longer retrievable.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!

New customers for ZooEasy Online

Recently a few associations have joined ZooEasy as a new customer. ZooEasy introduces you to three of these new associations: The Dutch Chow Chow Club (Nederlandse Chow Chow Club (NCCC)), The Dutch Association for Domesticated Waterbird Breeders (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gedomesticeerde Watervogelfokkers (NVGW)) and the Nationwide Association for White Swiss Sheepdogs (Bundesverein für Weisse Schweizer Schäferhunde e.V.)

First waterbird breeding association
The Dutch Association for Domesticated Waterbird Breeders (NVGW) is the first waterbird breeding association that will use ZooEasy, thanks to the support of the Foundation For Rare Pet Breeds (Stichting Zeldzame Huisdieren) Edgar de Poel tells: “This is a special initiative, because small animal breeders have never worked on a combined population registration system before. This should contribute to the reduction of inbreeding and a better exchange of proper breeding stock between breeders.”

The NVGW unites breeders of Dutch and international domesticated ducks and geese breeds. A particular interesting project of this association is the reconstruction of the Twentse Landgans, a Dutch goose breed. In the heydays between 1850 and 1940, ten thousends of geese and goose products were traded and exported annually. Due to World War II the trade market stopped and the Twentse Landgans seemed to be extinct. Now the breed is doing better. Edgar de Poel: “The NVGW organises an annual summer breeders day and the breeders of the Twente Landgans have their own breeders day to exchange animals and to support breeders to select their breeding stock.”

Dutch Chow Chow Club
The Dutch Chow Chow Club (NCCC) was founded in 1941. The Dutch association does not have many members, but the Chow Chow has a great population worldwide. Many foreign Chow Chow have a Dutch ancestor on their pedigree.

Janneke Leunissen-Rooseboom is the secretary of the NCCC. “The main purpose is to provide breeders, stud owners and puppy buyers of all the (health) information that will be useful to make a good decision regarding the dogs. They will need to find that information independently. That is the way it goes nowadays. For a right decision we want to provide more information than just the official health records and a three generation pedigree. As an association, we want to provide that extra information. We hope that our members will share all the knowledge about their dogs with the NCCC database. ZooEasy will help us archiving all the data and will make it available for all those who will have benefit of this knowledge.”

Bundesverein für Weisse Schweizer Schäferhunde e.V.
The Bundesverein für Weisse Schweizer Schäferhunde e.V. (BVWS) is the latest customer from Germany. This is one of the first White Swiss Sheepdog associations of Europe and they have close bonds with associations in Switzerland and Sweden. The White Swiss sheepdog is very versatile and can be trained as companion, investigative or watchdog, but also for rescue operations. There are registered over 2000 dogs in the herd book. The goal is to improve the breeding of the White Swiss Sheepdog even more, to maintain a healthy and resilient breed.

ZooEasy is looking forward to cooperate with these associations and wishes them the best of luck with the start of their new online database.

The first online customer

Willem Stemerdink

Willem Stemerdink is the online manager for his association

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. How did the first association came to ZooEasy?

Dutch Association for Stabij- and Wetterhounen
The Dutch Association for Stabij- and Wetterhounen (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stabij- en Wetterhounen, NVSW) celebrates their 65th anniversity. In the past the association had its own database in a homemade MS DOS program. This worked out well, until the manager of this program became ill and the program was no longer supported. They then tried the data manager of GCS, but that was also stand alone software. It was a lot of work to spread this information to all the members. Willem Stemerdink of the NVSW says: “We met Erik Reudink before on dog shows, so we had met before. As we needed another program and heard that he worked on an online version of his software, we contacted Erik. We started out with ZooEasy Stand Alone, and soon after that we changed to ZooEasy Online.”

“I like to help at hunting training”
Willem Stemerdink lives in the east of the Netherlands. He and his wife Ieke have two Stabijhounen. “My favourite part is the character of the dogs. Let me put it like this: they don’t deny their roots. The Stabij has their own opinion. My wife likes that about them too.” Although the dogs are particularly of his wife, Willem does a lot with them too: “I help out at hunting training. I let them exercise with retrieving, searching, pulling a drag track, and more. They have been bred for that purpose once.”

Rare and endangered species
Willem Stemerdink speaks enthusiastically about the Stabij: “This dog is getting more populair. There is an increased demand for puppies. Because the Stabij is a rare breed, the mating selection must be very precise to spread the genes.” The Wetterhoun is even more rare, it is an endangered breed. Willem: “There is a discussion about the Wetterhoun to choose for lateral crossbreeding of lookalikes. A gene population research has been started in order to crossbreed a new dog. However, it takes about 15 years before the bloodlines of this new dog will become a full Wetterhoun again. It is a hot issue right now, but introducing a new dog will be the begin of a healthier breed.”

“Members like it when a picture is included”
The use of ZooEasy Online helps the association to keep record of the health data. A fifth of all the members has their own ZooEasy Online account. Willem: “The members use ZooEasy especially to find a male dog for a new litter. What male dog looks good, how is the inbreeding? The members make their own trial breeding pair. They also like to see the show results of their own dogs. They like it when a picture is included on the dog’s data.”

Good cooperation
Willem Stemerdink is the manager for ZooEasy Online and he also registers new members in the online software. “The program is not so difficult, it just takes some time. I also answer the questions of our members, but usually they do not have questions. The program is very clear to them. If there is something I do not know, I can always ask Jan Vissinga of ZooEasy, which is always a good cooperation.” Willem knows one thing for sure: “If it is up to me and the members, we will be a customer of ZooEasy for a long time. We are satisfied. At the moment ZooEasy works on a way to make the stud request automatically, and with that feature the program will be even more complete.”

Willem Stemerdink met honden

Willem Stemerdink: “My favourite part is the character of the dogs.”

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

ZooEasy: how it started

Erik Reudink, ZooEasy

Erik Reudink, director and founder of ZooEasy

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. But how did all this start?

A bunch of flowers
Erik Reudink, director and founder of ZooEasy, looks back at a special time. “In 1993 I studied at the HTS (technical university of applied sciences). One day a friend asked me to make a pedigree for his dogs, because I have a background on information technology. I liked the idea, so I learned to program this software. I got a bunch of flowers as a thanks for my first software program ever.”

Erik wasn’t completely satisfied for his first attempt, but he got the hang of it. Then there was a second opportunity: “A friend of the badmintonclub was keeping birds and pigeons. I rewrote the first program for dogs and adjusted and renewed this for birds.” His friend was very content with this software, and suggested that Erik should sell this breeding program. After the first advertisement in a club journal of the NBvV (Dutch association for bird lovers), the rush started. “It was a big hit. In just one year time I had got 500 paying customers and the company started.”

From pastime to professional company
The hobby of information and computer technology grew into a professional company. In 2001 the name ZooEasy was born. “My nephew Karst started at the helpdesk and every now and then I was hiring programmers to improve the software. In 2005 ZooEasy grew internationally, when my other nephew Bram started out intensively on the German market.” At this moment ZooEasy works with several parttime employees. ZooEasy mainly uses Skype to keep in touch with all the contacts, such as the developmentteam in India.

Since the beginning of ZooEasy, much has changed. Erik: “The biggest difference is the professional approach we have now, in comparison with the hobby in 1999.” For instance, ZooEasy now uses more shared knowledge and there is a manned helpdesk. Furthermore, ZooEasy has bought a stand to visit more shows and events, to get in touch with more customers. Erik: “What I liked best, was to speak with customers who were happy that the ZooEasy products meets their needs.”

Aquarium
In the ten year existence of ZooEasy, much has happened. One of the funniest moments Erik experienced, was during a telephone call for the helpdesk: “I asked the customer, what’s on the screen? The customer answered: “An aquarium.” It took a while for me to realize that he didn’t refer to a screensaver, but there was an actual aquarium on his computer monitor.”

Proud
Erik: “I am proud of everything we have done so far. We will keep improving our products to provide the best service to all our customers.” ZooEasy is pleasant, friendly, but professional and grown up by good service, annual renewals and excellent product support.

You can now read the complete series about the foundation of ZooEasy:
The interview with Willem Stemerdink, the first ZooEasy Online customer.
The interview with Jacob Miedema, the very first customer.