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Rapattoni scraps plans to migrate MLS system to Silverlight.

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Early this year I was speaking with Nick Rapattoni about what they were working on next.  He had mentioned that plans were on the table to migrate their MLS system to Microsoft’s Sliverlight platform.  Browser compatibility was one the issues he cited as a reason for looking in that direction.

Speaking with Rapattoni today they have scraped those plans and  “our goal is to develop our applications (both MLS and AMS, but it’s most relevant to the MLS) in a way that recognizes and takes advantage of different form factors (desktop, mobile, etc…), and Silverlight would back us into a corner — ”

Smart move if you ask me.

Now with one major MLS vendor getting off the Flash/Silverlight bandwagon will LPS Real Estate Group and Marketlinx follow suit? LPS Real Estate Group has already announced that Paragon 5 is cross browser compliant.  But poor Tempo MLS is still tethered by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ball and chain.

Me thinks that LPS and Marketlinx are too far down the Flash path to change direction.  Time will tell.

Meanwhile companies that don’t have to worry about such trival details as “will my MLS system work in Firefox” have their development staff working on some true innovations.  Case in point FBS.  Their new Listing Activity API is simply awesome.  It will be interesting to see how companies will implement their new API.  Nice to see some great innovation come from the MLS space.


New Version of Rapattoni MLS is Firefox® and Mac® Compatible

New Version of Rapattoni MLS is Firefox® and Mac® CompatibleSIMI VALLEY, Calif., April 29, 2010 – Rapattoni Corporation (Rapattoni) announced today that the newest version of the Rapattoni MLS is fully compatible with the Mozilla Firefox® browser, which will allow the software to operate natively on Apple® Mac® computers.

Rapattoni released the new version to its customers on April 28, giving their users the ability to access the Rapattoni MLS from the Firefox® web browser on PCs and Macs®. Rapattoni’s initiative to become cross-browser and cross-platform compatible began in 2009 and will continue throughout 2010, as additional browsers are added.

Nick Rapattoni, president of Rapattoni, said, “Over the past two years, the popularity of the Mac® has increased significantly among real estate professionals. As the numbers increased, Rapattoni recognized the importance of cross-platform compatibility and invested in making its robust Rapattoni MLS software work natively on both PCs and Apple® computers. Our new version provides our customers with a faster end product capable of running on Internet Explorer® and Firefox®.”

About Rapattoni MLS
Rapattoni MLS is setting the standard with advanced features such as integrated GIS parcel mapping, an integrated member management and billing system, the most advanced RETS data exchange system, integrated aerial photography, a robust statistics and trends analysis package, language translation, the Rapattoni Secure Logon system featuring Adaptive Authentication technology, and the ability to operate a convenient Single Sign-On (SSO) identity portal. The Rapattoni MLS is compatible with the Internet Explorer® and Firefox® web browsers and can be operated natively on PCs and Mac® computers.

About Rapattoni
Rapattoni Corporation has been serving the real estate industry under the same name and management for 40 years. The company provides an array of integrated products and services for real estate associations and MLS organizations, including an internet-based MLS, association management software, and key-less Rapattoni Secure Logon with SSO identity portals for online security and convenience. Rapattoni’s MLS products are serving approximately 300,000 users nationally and its association management customers represent more than 85% of the nation’s REALTORS®. Rapattoni’s headquarters are in Simi Valley, California.

For more information, contact Rapattoni’s Public Relations department at (800) 722-7338 or visit the Rapattoni website at http://www.rapattoni.com/.

  1. Rob Overman (VP New Technologies, LPSREG)

    Paragon 5 is not using Flash or any other proprietary technology to be cross-browser compliant. Straight HTML. We are using Flash for one UI option for the reInsight product. reInsight is a n-tier platform so we are building the interfaces that best meet user needs using technologies that make sense, be they Flash, HTML5 or even proprietary for a specific device.

    Every user needs something a little bit different and no one can afford to pigeon-hole that user into one browser or operating system. We all need to keep pushing for more open systems.

  2. @Rob
    I think P5 is great. The question is what is stopping P5 from being your solution going forward? Why do you need a Flash based product like REInsight?

  3. Rob Overman (VP New Technologies, LPSREG)

    @Greg, reInsight is designed to fit a niche for which Paragon may not be suited. Paragon’s going to be around for a long time and I’m glad it will be. However, trying to make it do things it was never designed for doesn’t seem prudent. Changing MLS business models and technology needs mean we need to break old molds, not shoe-horn a customer into a system that works great for their neighbor, but not for them.

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  5. If I understand correctly …. Android and the iPhone OS accesses more internet content than the other mobile OSs. If this is the case, then any resistance to Firefox and open browsers is futile. Youtube’s departure from Flash and move to H.264 encoding is more evidence that those that wish to ride Titanic or I mean Flash are in for a cold swim.

    The toothpaste is out of the tube – time to move on.

    Oh yeah, BTW Tempo is the worst system I am forced to use. Once our CARETS conversion is complete June 30th I will be free from that prehistoric system.

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