Thursday, December 1, 2011 saves the day!

This week a long-time halFILE user learned the advantage of putting their land records on This is a single server site and, unfortunately, that single server crashed. They thought they had a backup but there was none to be found. So they completely lost their core business database, their Title Plant, data and images.

But that's where saved the day.

As our partner on, they were automatically uploading their Title Plant data and images once a week to our server. Essentially, became their backup. So today, hal Technical Support reinstalled halFILE and reloaded their data. Tonite, we are overnighting about 500,000 images to them. Once those are copied to their system, this company will be back in business.

Oh, but wait! I guess they really were ALREADY back in business since during their down time, we provided them with a user login to so they could search their Title Plant records.

Can't put your records up on You can still subscribe to the halFILE Backup Service. All the same backup features as above at a reasonable fee. Don't let your business go up in smoke! Take advantage of these great off-site backup services from hal Systems Corporation.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

HUG 2011 Rocks!

HUG 2011 in Austin is over but the spirit lives on! Thank you to all users who attended and shared their ideas. We also appreciate the vendors who helped make the event informative and helpful. We will post photos, presentations, ideas on the HUG website and on Facebook soon.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Final HUG Preparations are being made

Down here in Austin, we are making our final HUG 2011 Conference preparations. I ate at our Thursday night restaurant last week and its a very cool place. Now we are working on setting up the servers and software that we will use for our presentations. It's challenging to get it all done in time, but we want to make HUG special for you.

It's not too late to join us! Contact Karen Duncan in our Dallas office and tell her you want to come to Austin to join in the fun.

For you other Hugites - see you soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

HUG - Early Bird Registration Extended to 9/28!!

It isn’t too late to register for HUG – we are extending the HUG Early Bird Registration of $348pp one last time through September 28, which is also the room reservation deadline at the Omni Hotel at the special rate of $164/night. So get your HUG registration and hotel reservation in by 9/28 and save money!

We have a lot of interesting and informative sessions on halFILE and other topics on the HUG Agenda. There will also be a Computer Lab open on Thursday and Friday where you can get answers to your specific halFILE application questions. Along with the sessions, your registration includes the Welcome Reception Wednesday evening, continental breakfast on Thursday and Friday mornings, lunch on Thursday, and the group dinner Thursday night.

If you have registered for HUG but have not received an email or invoice confirming your registration, please contact Karen at or 214.466.6532.

We are looking forward to an exciting HUG Conference in October, so if you haven’t registered but plan to attend, please submit your registration before September 28 to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration and special Omni Hotel room rate. You can still register for HUG after 9/28, but the conference fee will be $398pp.

We hope to see in October!

Friday, August 26, 2011

HUG 2011 Agenda and more.......

We have posted a tentative Agenda for the HUG Conferece on our website, so check it out. We are working on detailed session descriptions that should be available next week. If we've missed a topic you REALLY want a session on, please let us know. We can't promise that we will turn it into a session, but we can make sure we discuss the subject during the conference.

Also, we have had a few requests for a halFILE Training Class. If you are interested in a two day training class in the Dallas office sometime after the conference and before the end of the year, let me know (

And finally, does anyone read our blogs?? If you are a reader, then let us hear from you. We appreciate your input, comments and suggestions! Look for us on Facebook, join us at LinkedIn, and follow us on twitter. We're out there, just waiting to hear from you!

We hope to see everyone in Austin at HUG 2011!

Monday, July 25, 2011

HUG Conference -- October 19-21, 2011

The economy is slowly getting better. Business is starting to pick up. Change is in the air. After a three year hiatus, it is time for a HUG – halFILE Users Group Conference. This year we are going back to our roots in Austin, Texas, and we are rolling back prices to 2004!

This years’ HUG will be held October 19-21 at the beautiful Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. We will be hosting a welcome mixer Wednesday evening at the hotel where you can reacquaint yourself with old friends from previous HUG meetings, and meet new halFILE users before the conference begins.

We will be kicking off HUG on Thursday morning with two full days of information and training on halFILE, tricks and tips on how to get the most productive use of halFILE, along with highlights and enhancements in halFILE 4.0, which is scheduled for release at the end of this year.

The HUG Conference is a great way to learn about software enhancements, compatible software modules, and to share ideas with other halFILE Users. If you are a halFILE user, this is a great time to refresh your knowledge on halFILE applications and even learn new things about halFILE. If you have new employees, it is a great way to train them on halFILE.

Austin is the Live Music Capital of the world, where day or night, weekday or weekend, you can always find live music somewhere. And live music is just the beginning. You will also find fabulous food, great shopping and fun things to do – so come to HUG and find out what really makes Austin weird in this big city college town.

The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is located in the heart of the thriving downtown business center, just steps away from the Texas State Capitol. The 6th Street Entertainment District is within walking distance from the hotel, and the Omni is only 11 miles from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

We have negotiated a very special conference room rate of $164 per night. The special rate is only available until Wednesday, September 28, although we are encouraging early reservations to ensure the special room rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI and asking for the halFILE Users Group/HUG rate. You can also make hotel reservations on our website at and clicking on the HUG icon.

The cost for this conference is $398 per person and includes the welcome mixer Wednesday evening, continental breakfast Thursday and Friday mornings, lunch on Thursday, and a group dinner Thursday evening. Conference reservations can be made on-line at by clicking on the HUG logo or by mail. If you need a registration form, please contact the Dallas office at 214.691.4700. Seating is limited, so get your reservation in early! As an incentive to increase conference attendance, we are offering a $50 Early Bird Discount to anyone who registers by August 28, reducing the cost to $348 for the full conference.

We are working on an agenda for the conference which should be ready soon. Check our web site at for updates to the conference and final agenda.

The HUG Conference is for the benefit of our halFILE Users. We want your input and need your attendance in order to make it a success. Our halFILE users’ participation and sharing ideas make the conference great!

We are looking forward to an exciting and information packed conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your halFILE Imaging Consultant, Kathy Taylor 303.791.5688 or Dave Persful 214.691.4700, or contact Karen Duncan via email at

We look forward to seeing you in Austin at HUG 2011!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 HUG - halFILE Users Group Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2011 HUG - halFILE Users Group Conference on October 19-21, 2011 in Austin, TX. The meeting will be held at the beautiful Omni Downtown Hotel. We'll have lots of halFILE information to share with our users, including details on HF 4.0, scheduled to be released after the meeting. Be the first to find out about the new features and enhancements in this new release. We will also be offering some training classes during the 2 day conference.Stay tuned to our website as we firm up the details. And as always, if there is a subject or topic you'd like to have covered during the meeting, please send your suggestions and ideas to Karen at or call 214.466.6532.

We look forward to seeing everyone in October!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HUG-halFILE Users Group Conference 2011

Are you interested in learning more about halFILE version 4.0? You can be among the first to hear about new features and see them for yourself by attending the HUG-halFILE Users Group Conference 2011. Conference planning is in the works right now. We are looking at dates in October or November in beautiful Austin, TX.

Just a few of the new halFILE 4.0 features include:
  • Search speed dramatically improved. How fast? Come to HUG to find out!
  • Large popup lists (like Subdivisions) display instantly. Come to HUG and see for yourself!
  • Swap columns in the hit list and put them in any order you wish. Check it out at HUG!
  • Enhanced associated document support. PDF's and Office documents appear in a built-in viewer. Want to see more? Come to HUG!
  • Add some color to your halFILE. How? You'll find out at HUG!
  • Sort the hit list with one click? Be the first to know at HUG!
  • halFILE 4.0 and .NET 4 managed code-what does it mean? Find out at HUG 2011!

Learn more about these new features, plus many more by attending HUG 2011! Keep checking our website for details coming soon. We hope to see you there!

Monday, February 7, 2011

HUG 2011 - Help Plan the Users Group Conference!

halFILE 4.0 is almost ready for release. In conjunction with the new release, we are planning our next HUG-halFILE Users Group Conference in Austin this fall.
Let us know your thoughts about the conference -
.what topics would you like to discuss
.are you interested in user or administrator halFILE training
.is there anything special you'd like to do as a group while we are in Austin
Be part of the conference planning. Let us know your suggestions for the conference and we'll see what we can do to make them happen!
Join our group at Users Group, or contact Karen at 214.466.6532 /
We are looking forward to an informative and fun HUG Conference!