Release notes - January 2023

Chris Horroll
Chris Horroll
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Our product development team is constantly innovating, to build a better Alto software experience.

Every time we've added a new feature, we've notified all our users within Alto itself utilising in product messaging. 

However, for a full list of the changes on a monthly basis such as new features, any improvements or product fixes to our software, please see the relevant articles in our 2023 Release Notes section of the Help Centre.

This article includes:

New features

Viewing the latest new features within Alto

To view a log of the latest new features within Alto:

  1. Sign in to Alto
  2. Click the ? icon in the bottom right corner of the screen
  3. Click Product updates
  4. A summary list of our Product updates display. Some new feature updates will include links that take you to the relevant page within Alto. Popup messaging and/or guides may then launch to provide you with more information on what's new


Listing Review page - validation

This new feature went live on 30th January.

We’ve introduced a new feature, Listings Validation, into the first iteration of our new Listing Review page. This validates if any required fields are missing or if the field value is too long, linking you back to the listing (on the correct tab) so that you can correct the error.
For more information on Uploading a property to the internet, click here


FocalAgent & PropertyBox integration

This new feature went live on 17th January.

We’re partnering with FocalAgent & PropertyBox to help you put together high quality listings by gaining access to professional photography, floorplans and image enhancement.
For more information on Producing winning visual content with FocalAgent, click here


Brief Your Market marketing consent

This improvement went live on 27th January.

The logic for sharing contact details with Brief Your Market (BYM) has been updated. This means, we’ll start sharing updated contacts whose General Marketing consent status is unknown. Previously we only shared when consent was granted.
For more information on Brief Your Market, click here

Import periodic tenancies without dates

This improvement went live on 17th January.

Periodic tenancies didn't have the below fields populated when imported, and our import validation required these dates to be populated for a tenancy to import successfully.

  • Renewal Date
  • Notice Date (NTQ Date)
  • End Date
  • Term

We've now removed the need to populate these fields for periodic tenancies upon import.

Works order imports

This improvement went live on 17th January.

During the onboarding to Alto, we've now increased the scope of data that can be imported.

Lettings agents will now have the potential to import their Works orders (maintenance jobs).

Until now, the only way Works orders could be imported into Alto was as 'notes' but you would need to manually enter any active Works orders so you could continue to manage your properties.

The ability to now import Works orders will save hours of data entry post migration.

Bank Reconciliation - auto reconcile transactions

This improvement went live on 10th January.

Previously, if a bank reconciliation hadn't been completed regularly, the count of unreconciled transactions could build to the point where the screen wouldn't open. 

We've improved this now so that if there are more than 2000 unreconciled items, when the Bank Reconciliation screen is opened, a message will appear asking if you would like to auto reconcile transactions up to a certain date. This will give you the option to auto reconcile all transactions up to and including the date selected, bringing the unreconciled transactions back to a manageable number.
For more information on Bank Reconciliation, click here

Additional portal upload status information

This improvement went live on 4th January.

Additional status information has been added to the property Overview page so that at a glance you can see if the property has been sent to portals when in a publishable status.


Amendments to default security roles

This improvement went live on 4th January.

Amendments to default security roles have been made for when a new Alto group is created.

Read only DocumentTemplate access is given to the following roles:

  • (Sales) Negotiator
  • Sales & Lettings Negotiator
  • Property Manager Standard
  • Property Manager with Accounts

Full access for LandlordSupplier - Landlord Supplier Maintenance, and, Read only LandlordStatement - Landlord Statements access is given to the following role:

  • Sales & Lettings Negotiator

For more information on Roles, Reports, Permissions & Access, click here

Added Danske AutoBanking format

This improvement went live on 4th January.

A new AutoBanking format has been added to Alto, allowing you to use the Danske bank faster payments format.

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