Calendar Tape Now Includes Area and Amenity Filtering!

Hooray! It’s now easier than ever to search and find that perfect property for a guest. The calendar tape within Lodgix now includes additional filters for Areas and for Amenities.

The Areas filter won’t appear unless you’ve configured your “areas” within the Area Manager (properties > area manager).

The amenities filter is configurable. Instructions are provided in the tutorial / overview below. Every area has different hot buttons. For some being “oceanfront” is a must, for others it’s having a Jacuzzi or mountain view or both. We give you the option to both define (properties > amenity manager) and configure (calendar tape > configuration options) which options you want to use to filter matching properties with availability.

Soon we’ll extend this functionality as an option to the guest online booking calendar and then soon after that we’ll update the Search Rentals widget within the WordPress plugin to optionally include the amenity filters.

The net result is that searching for specific properties with specific amenities for both property manager and guest is becoming much easier!

Enjoy!

The calendar tape is one of the strongest features of Lodgix. It is fast, highly configurable and very interactive. The interface is easy to understand and works incredible well across all platforms and browsers. The calendar scales to the size of your screen, so if you are using a 24″ iMac the calendar tape and can displays months and months of data and hundreds of properties at-a-glance.

The Interface

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  1. Property names
  2. Dates
  3. Filters

Features

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Real-time filters

In an effort to improve the calendar tape interface for property managers with many properties, we have launched real-time filtering. As the filter criteria are selected, the properties displayed will filter to only show properties that meet the filter criteria.

The initial filters are for the arrival date, number of bedrooms and the area. For those that have properties assigned to various areas (utilizing our Area Manager), you are now able to quickly select the area and have ONLY properties displayed that are assigned to that area.

The fourth filter is optional and is a configurable filter where the Lodgix subscriber can select the amenities of their choice to act as filters. For some they may want to filter properties that are “oceanfront”, for others having a “pool” might be super important, and for others it might be showing only properties with a “king bed”, etc.. Everybody is different and to that end we will be allowing you the choice of determining which amenities are most important to you!

Color Coding

Each reservation has a color code (colors can be customized) which correlates to the invoice status of the reservation. This makes it super easy to distinguish between which guests owe money, which guest have paid and which guests have refunds owed to them.

Onmouseover Features

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Mouseover the property name to see the number of bedrooms, baths and sleeps.

More onmouseover Features

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Mouseover the guest reservation to view the dates of stay, guest name and the invoice status.

Onmouseover Display for Blocked Dates

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Onmouseover displays who created the block, the dates of the block and the reason for the block. Blocked dates are shown in black of a subscriber block and in dark blue if the owner made the block. All colors are customizable.

Touch Sensitive for Mobile Devices

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If you are using a touch enabled device, you can scroll through dates on the calendar using your finger. Likewise you can also use the arrow buttons or jump ahead to future dates using the calendar icon.

Configuration Options

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Within the Calendar Tape > Configuration Options area it is possible to set a variety of options:

Cell Width and Cell Height (set each to equal number to maintain a square). To display more properties per page, set these numbers smaller, to display less properties (but make the viewing area easier to read) set these numbers higher.
Property Name Column Width can be adjusted higher or lower depending on personal preferences and readability.
Weekend Shading. Some define a weekend as Friday / Saturday, others define a weekend as Saturday / Sunday.
Font Size. Usually configured at the same time the Cell Width and Cell Height are set.
Disable Date Tooltips. Onmouseover display for properties can be enabled / disabled.
Disable Filters. Turns the filter bar on / off.

Filter Amenities.

Select the amenities you want to use as filter criteria within the calendar tape. Either click on the (+) icon to move the amenity from the left column to the right column, or just drag and drop! Don’t forget to save your selections, then check the calendar tape!

Amenities Manager & Setup

Lodgix provides a default list of amenities that can be selected for each property. However, we recognize that many of you have amenities that are unique to your units and so once again we listened to your feedback and launched the Amenities Manager.

The Amenities Interface

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Each property has a tab for Amenities that can be found under Properties > List All Units / Rooms and then clicking on the pencil (edit) icon next to the property you wish to edit. This interface provides a list of amenities on the left. Your job is to choose which amenities apply to your property and move them to the list on the right.

You can move an amenity via drag and drop or by clicking on the "+" or "-" images next to the amenity. If you feel that the majority of amenities apply to your unit, it might be easier to "Add All
and then remove those amenities which aren’t pertinent.

Make sure to click "Save" at the bottom of the screen to save your selections.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO ADD A CUSTOM AMENITY THAT IS NOT ON YOUR LIST?

The Amenities Manager

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This interface is found under Properties > Amenities Manager.

Step #1: Click on the green "+" icon to add a new amenity
Step #2: Name your new amenity
Step #3: Save the new amenity (disk icon)
Step #4 Select the new amenity
Step #5: Add the new amenity to all properties iva POPULATE ALL PROPERTIES button or choose individual properties and click on POPULATE ONE PROPERTY button.

The newly created amenities will be added to the designated properties and you are good to go! The "population" feature is nice for property managers with many properties. Using this feature a PM can create an amenity and add it to hundreds of properties at the click of a button!

Don’t Forget the Copy Icon!!!

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Many times your properties will have common amenities. You shouldn’t have to spend countless hours selecting amenities for each unit. Once you’ve setup the amenities for a unit that you feel represents the majority of your units, then use the copy icon!

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Choose the unit you wish to copy FROM and then copy it to the new unit. Whalah! All you need to do is tweak for any amenities that need to be added or removed.