Introducing Web SMS from FAB

March 31, 2009

We are pleased to announce the release of Web SMS, a new SMS service for sending and receiving SMS text messages using your browser.

Utilising the same SMS sending account as our popular FAB SMS Addin for Microsoft Outlook you can now choose between sending SMS via your desktop and now via the Web.

 

  • Easy to use: we’ve designed our Web SMS service to be as familiar as using Web based email.
  • No specialised hardware or software to install, just use your favourite Web Browser to send and receive SMS messages.
  • Quick & reliable; messages are typically delivered within seconds using high quality routes to ensure delivery.
  • Saves time contacting multiple recipients when compared to traditional telephone contact.
  • Save money when compared to other marketing media or sending SMS to international destinations.
  • Use either or both WebSMS and the FAB SMS Addin for Microsoft Outlook to send & receive SMS from your computer

When used in conjuction with a dedicated inbound SMS number, WebSMS allows you to receive replies and/or have inbound SMS delivered straight to your personal SMS inbox. This provides a complete online SMS solution.

For more information about acquiring a dedicated inbound SMS number please visit our website at www.fabit.com , call us 0844 884 2535, email us or Text Us on 01424 400007 (which we will receive in our online inbox)

If you already have a SMS account with us you can login now and start enjoying the benefits of WebSMS. Alternatively if you would like to know more click the “tell me more” button below.


FAB SMS for Estate Agents

March 22, 2009

Property Management Software We are pleased to announce the release of our new Text Messaging System for Estate Agents & Letting Agents. You are now able to send SMS Text Messages to vendors, rental clients and prospects quickly, easily and reliably with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Our service is a collection or suite of programs designed to work together to provide a comprehensive system for sending and managing SMS communications in your Agency and effectively creating a simplified property management system. The suite of programs that make up FAB SMS for Estate Agents are:

 

  • Web SMS: a browser based application for composing your messages online
  • A dedicated inbound SMS number (local geographic) for accepting SMS and including on saleboards
  • SMS Inbox: A Hotmail/GMail style inbox for receiving and viewing your received Text Messages
  • SMS Keyword Manager: For responding to inbound SMS in different ways eg Setting Autoresponders to return particulars when a keyword is added to a saleboard, Forwarding to email, Forwarding to SMS, Capturing senders numbers and storing in specific distribution lists (for following up with either a call or more SMS particulars) or forwarding to a group of mobiles.
  • Import Contacts Wizard: A handy Wizard to ease the importing of data from your School Management System such as SIMS for example.
  • SMS Addin for MS Outlook: An addon for MS Outlook to send SMS directly from Microsoft’s premier email client. This can be used in addition to Web SMS
  • Fax to Email: Your dedicated number can accept Fax in addition to SMS and convert either into email

When used together the above applications & services combine to create a comprehensive messaging system that helps you keep in contact with vendors, home buyers, rental clients and remote staff, free up the time of admin staff, reduce costs (notably telephone costs) and capture and verify hot leads, all amounting to a convenient way for Prospects to get in touch and for you to make the most of a new marketing medium.

To find out more about FAB SMS for Estate Agents and please visit our main website. A 60 day money back guarentee is offered on this product.


Asp.Net Menu not rendering correctly in Google’s Chrome

March 21, 2009

Thought I’d make a quick blog post on this as it’s issue that took me a while to work out.

Symptoms

Basically if you use a ASP:Menu control in your Web application this might not render correctly in certain browsers, most notably Google’s Chrome. In addition to the physical appearance when clicking on a menu option the entire menu disappeared.

Cause

This is caused by .net not determining the capabilities of certain browsers and as a consequence renders the menu with just the basic of features.

Solution

To solve this you will need to tell .net the capabilities of the browser. For .net 2.0 & above  you need to create a new browers file with the capabilities and upload it to your server.

  1. In VS2008 Solution Explorer right click your application and add the “ASP.Net Folder” App_Browsers if you don’t already have it.
  2. Add a New “Browser File” item to this special folder and call it safari.browser (if fixing the problem for Chrome)
  3. Delete all the default stuff VS put in this file and replace it with the following:
    <browsers> 
      <browser refID=”safari1plus”> 
        <controlAdapters> 
          <adapter controlType=”System.Web.UI.WebControls.Menu” adapterType=”” /> 
        </controlAdapters> 
      </browser> 
    </browsers>
  4. Save your file & test locally to see if all is well.
  5. Now for the annoying bit. Upload the new app_browser folder & file to your production server, if you have used the “copy web site” menu option to upload or sharepoint or frontpage, these will create a new folder under app_browsers called vti_cnf
  6. Manually delete the vti_cnf folder under app_browser on your production server. If you don’t you’ll get “Parse error: Data at the root level is invalid. Line 1, position 1.” in your new safari.browser file.
  7. Remember to manually delete this vti_cnf folder everytime you make a change to the app_browser folder or contained files.  

So there you go, how to solve the control rendering problems with Google’s Chrome.

If you found this information useful, send me an email and let me know or even better still visit my website and buy something it would be appreciated. I’ve got loads of software to send and receive SMS . And while you’re there try out the menu structure as it’s all working now.


FAB SMS for Schools

March 8, 2009

We are pleased to announce the release of our new Text Messaging System for Schools, Colleges and other educational facilities. You are now able to send SMS Text Messages to parents, staff and pupils; quickly, easily and reliably with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Our service is a collection or suite of programs designed to work together to provide a comprehensive system for sending and managing SMS communications in your school. The suite of programs that make up FAB SMS for Schools are:

  • Web SMS: a browser based application for composing your messages online
  • A dedicated inbound SMS number for receiving replies (local geographic) 
  • SMS Inbox: A Hotmail/GMail style inbox for receiving and viewing your received Text Messages
  • SMS Keyword Manager: For responding to inbound SMS in different ways eg Setting Autoresponders, Forwarding to email, Forwarding to SMS, Capturing senders numbers and storing in specific distribution lists or forwarding to a group of mobiles.
  • Import Contacts Wizard: A handy Wizard to ease the importing of data from your School Management System such as SIMS for example.
  • SMS Addin for MS Outlook: An addon for MS Outlook to send SMS directly from Microsoft’s premier email client. This can be used in addition to Web SMS
  • Fax to Email: Your dedicated number can accept Fax in addition to SMS and convert either into email

When used together the above applications & services combine to create a comprehensive messaging system that helps you keep in contact with Parents & staff, free up the time of admin staff, reduce costs (notably telephone costs) and provides a convenient way for Parents to get in touch.

To find out more about FAB SMS for Schools and request an “Almost” free trial (you’ll need to pay for your messaging) please visit our main website.