Some Updates

TripAdvisor Rentals Integration is Almost Complete!

Within the next several days we will begin live testing our updated integration to TripAdvisor Rentals. While we’ve been integrated to TripAdvisor for many years,  TA has recently overhauled their connectivity options to provide more flexibility,  real time availability updating (no more ical!) and reservation syncing.  They have also added some wonderful people to their support team, which has made working with TripAdvisor easy and much more enjoyable then we ever thought possible.

Expected general availability is in the first week of March 2019.

Infrastructure Updates

A large portion of our development efforts the past several months have been focused on keeping our frameworks updated.  These updates to both Django and Python require a great deal of research, preparation, manual coding and lots of testing.   This is important.  Many applications fail to account for the time and cost of keeping systems up to date.  Over time the damage becomes irreversible.    Lodgix is constantly investing in the future and working hard to assure that the platform is kept up to date and secure.   While these update processes take time and detract a bit from the coding of more whiz bang features, they keep Lodgix stable and assure that our foundation is solid and ready for additional long term growth.

Once complete, our staff will be well prepped to begin working on many new enhancements to the application.   Thanks for your patience during this period!

By |2019-02-20T10:38:42+00:00February 20th, 2019|News|0 Comments

1099 reporting and TripAdvisor integration update

It’s been awhile since my last post, sorry about that. We haven’t gotten nearly as much accomplished as I’d hoped recently. We’ve been getting eaten up by the channels. Airbnb has been a particular thorn in our side. That has taken lots of bandwidth, however it appears some progress is being made and things have settled down a little this week, which gave us time to squeak in a small time saver for our property management clients.

1099 report

There is a new option within the Owner Statement report that will allow a summary 1099 report to be generated.

  1. Choose the period.
  2. Select all owners (individual owners aren’t eligible as this is a summary report).
  3. Choose PDf or excel.
  4. Landscape or Portrait mode (landscape is best).
  5. Select IRS 1099
  6. Download

Depending on the number of properties and reservations, the report generation might take a few minutes.

In the future, we will probably try to connect this to some service that will both pay owners and generate and file a 1099 for each owner.   Wouldn’t that be nice!

TripAdvisor Integration Update

We did switch over to the new rates and availability api from TripAdvisor last week.   There were a few hiccups but they have since been resolved. We are now actively coding to their updated content and reservation APIs. Once complete the TripAdvisor integration should be very similar to our other integrations and allow reservations made on TripAdvisor to be pushed into Lodgix. iCal will no longer have to be used for calendar updating with TripAdvisor – hooray!

Hoping to have that complete in the next 10 days or so.

By |2019-01-30T14:47:07+00:00January 30th, 2019|New Features|0 Comments

New Property Setup Interfaces Launching October 8th

Our property setup interfaces were the oldest remaining interfaces on the application, dating all the way back to our launch in 2018.   Presenting old interfaces to new trial subscribers is not generally considered a good thing, so for the past 12 months we’ve been slowly rearchitecting how properties are setup.   Originally each property was setup individually.  This worked fine for small companies, but for larger companies (or any firm with 5 or more properties),  it just makes sense to be able to setup certain items once and then have those items optionally flow to other properties.

Additionally, we are constantly strivign to make all of our interfaces mobile friendly, and the property setup interfaces accomplish that nicely!

One of most notable improvements is the user interface for uploading images.  It is now super streamlined and provides feedback on the image size and alerts the property manager if an image really should be uploaded at a higher resolution.   We also offer the ability to download the original image, which can be nice if the original image is lost.  The uploader now also feature status indicators and reduces a few steps to make bulk uploading of images super easy.

 

Several fields have also been combined to make the setup process seem less daunting.  Overall the property setup experience is much improved and should encourage new and existing users alike to dig further into the application!

By |2018-09-26T15:36:25+00:00September 26th, 2018|New Features|0 Comments

Single Property Calendar Design Update

Progress has been a bit slow, as we decided to recode the calendar completely, rather than modifying our existing code.

To refresh your memory, our existing single property calendar looks and functions like this:

Our new sine property calendar, which is still under development, currently looks and functions like this:

The advantages are many:

  1. Optimized and coded to work very well on mobile devices.
  2. Quoting will be displayed within the calendar, eliminating the popup window and tooltips.
  3. Additional rules like arrival and departure day rules are displayed and enforced within the calendar.
  4. Extensive flexibility to match color scheme to your website.
  5. Will incorporate ability to display last minute and length of stay discounts within the interface.

Overall, it should be a real nice improvement and function much better across all browsers and platforms than our current calendar.

Once the single property calendar is complete and launched, we will move on to the multi property calendar, which is also in dire need of some great design improvements!

By |2017-11-30T18:14:57+00:00November 7th, 2017|New Features|0 Comments

Lodgix Airbnb Integration Has Launched

READ THE DOCUMENTATION!!!

Our integration to Airbnb has launched.  It may still require a bit of tweaking in the next couple of weeks (July 2017), but we felt it was close enough to warrant it going live.

Airbnb REQUIRES that a new Airbnb account be established for the integration.   Lodgix will then populate your new Airbnb account with the property data on Lodgix.   THERE IS NO WAY TO USE YOUR EXISTING AIRBNB ACCOUNT.  Once the new account is populated, your Airbnb account manager will migrate your reviews to your new account.

Initially Lodgix will be charging an additional 1% on every booking originating from Airbnb once integrated.   This fee may be reduced, capped or eliminated in the future.  However right now we really have no idea as to the support costs that will be required to maintain this channel.

The integration setup and settings page can be found at:
Settings > Channel Management > Integrations > Airbnb tab

 

 

 

By |2017-07-27T13:03:30+00:00July 19th, 2017|New Features|0 Comments

Custom Invoice Variables Have Launched

Custom property variables have been a part of Lodgix for a long time.  Custom property variables allow for custom fields like for example, wi fi codes, gate codes, directions to property, pool instructions, special notes, etc..  These fields can then be referenced using merge tags in guest communications, rental agreements, etc.  Super convenient and flexible.

Over the years many have requested the additional flexibility to allow for invoice variables.   Invoice variables might encompass fields like “airline”, “flight #”, “pickup instructions”, “auto license #”, “identification number”, etc..  That sort of information is specific not to a property, but to a specific guest and invoice.  Custom invoice variables are now live on Lodgix!

Once the invoice variable has been created, it will appear in a new “Custom” tab with the guest control panel.

The contents of the new field(s) can be accessed by using merge tags to place the content within any dynamic document or email.

 

There will be additional options in the coming weeks to allow these fields to be displayed during the online booking process.  Currently they are available to the property manager for manual input only.

By |2017-06-06T20:29:53+00:00June 6th, 2017|New Features|0 Comments

Arrival Report Changes

The arrival report has been cleaned up and enhanced a bit.  Previously there were separate columns for invoice notes, services and housekeeping notes.  We’ve combined all into one column with an identifier showing what sort of notation is being displayed:

When an invoice has both arriving housekeeping notes, invoice notes / block reasons, and a service, all of those items will be itemized and noted for easy reading:

There are filer options within the arrival report to display (on / off) the arrival notes as some accounts may not wish to display invoices notes on the arrival report.

By |2017-05-30T14:10:06+00:00May 30th, 2017|New Features|0 Comments
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