Boutique Hotel Runs Itself with Applications Developed in Real Studio

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Ecuadorian hotel gets an extreme tech makeover with apps streamlining everything from reservation management to microbrew sales.

Real Studio’s consistency and reliability have made developing applications for our business a seamless experience.

Real Software, creator of cross-platform software development tools, today announced that the owner of La Posada del Arte, an art hostel in Ecuador, has streamlined the hotel’s business practices by developing a suite of applications in Real Studio. The new apps have made everything from reservation tracking to billing to restaurant management efficient, automated processes.

It all started when a couple from Chicago, Jim Redd and his wife Marshia Jackson, were on their third trip to Banos, Ecuador, a town known for its quaint village and natural hot springs. They stayed at La Posada del Arte, an art hostel showcasing works from 50 Ecuadorian painters, and loved not only its ambiance, but the beauty and adventure surrounding them. Jim and Marshia had always considered moving to Ecuador and after finding the hotel was for sale, they made an offer. A few months later they completed the purchase and left Chicago, where they had lived for 30 years.

One of the biggest hurdles to purchasing the hotel was identifying its financial value. The previous owners had no computer and tracked everything manually so it took months to determine its income and expenses. After taking over the business, Jim, a retired computer programmer, decided he needed to automate the business. He had worked with Visual Basic in the past, but wanted an easy-to-use development tool that could work on the couples’ Macs.

Jim searched the marketplace and determined that Real Software’s development tool – Real Studio – had all the features he was looking for. Using Real Studio, Jim developed a suite of applications that helped with reservation management, guest meal tracking, hotel and restaurant billing, client tour agency management, room occupancy analysis, plate sales analysis, employee salaries and benefits, expense and income tracking, wine list maintenance and printing.

Jim commented, “Real Studio is a solid development tool that is both intuitive and extremely reliable. Once I got started with the basic accounting procedures, I discovered it was so much fun that I couldn't stop, and extended it to everything.” He added, “Real Studio’s consistency and reliability have made developing applications for our business a seamless experience. We plan to keep extending applications throughout the hotel whenever we think of a new way to use it.”

Jim recently added a microbrew pub at the hotel that uniquely uses water from the natural hot springs. He developed a bar/table ordering and billing system for expense and income accounting, as well as a new micro-brew batch tracking system used by the brew master. The application tracks detailed information about each batch, such as barley type and weight, hops, yeast, temperatures and specific gravity, and allows the bartender to print out the current beer list and prices for guests each day. “Having the micro-brew batch tracking system keeps us organized at the bar and behind the scenes. I can even monitor real-time bar sales from the hotel across town!”

Real Studio Features

  •     Rapid Application Development: Real Studio is a rapid application development environment that gives programmers the power to write, test and ship software four times faster than C++ or Java. Real Studio abstracts the developer from many of the time consuming tasks inherent with compiling for multiple languages.
  •     Interface Toolset: Real Studio allows for implementation of dynamic, on-the-fly menus and interface elements, which can change based on database queries, image formats, and conditional checks. Jim found the organization of the interface very intuitive and the ease of double-clicking on a control and getting the associated code invaluable.
  •     Code Editor: The Real Studio code editor includes an auto-complete feature that helps you write code faster with fewer errors by offering suggestions on valid syntax. Also included are code assistants – a contextual menu of syntax options that help you code faster and with fewer errors.
  •     Design: Produces native desktop applications with an elegant look-and-feel.

About La Posada del Arte
Hostal La Posada del Arte offers accommodations and dining services to travelers in the town of Baños, in the Sierra region of Ecuador. La Posada del Arte has established an international reputation for quality of service, cuisine, and ambiance.

About Real Studio
Real Studio is a full-featured cross-platform software development tool suited to creating a wide range of applications, from utilities to enterprise-class applications. Real Studio Personal Edition for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X is priced at $99 and is geared for hobbyists and students. Real Studio Professional Edition, required for cross-platform (Mac OS X, Windows and Linux) compilation, is $299. Real Studio Enterprise Edition, made for full-time developers, is priced at $995, and the ability to develop and deploy on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and the web. Real Studio Web Edition is now available and priced at $599. For more information or to download Real Studio today, visit Real Software at

About Real Software
Real Software provides Real Studio, a cross-platform desktop, console and web development tool. Real Software was founded in 1996 and is based in Austin, Texas. For more information visit or call 866.825.2114.

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