Our most significant update to TOTAL Sketch

August 21, 2014  |  Ellana Walker

We have a very important new TOTAL Sketch update is ready for you.  It's safe to say that it's the most significant update to Sketch since we introduced it nearly a decade ago.

There are two main reasons it matters:

  • First, it introduces a plethora of new icons, menus, keyboard shortcuts, and stability improvements to the free TOTAL Sketch you've been using all along.  The improved free TOTAL Sketch is now called TOTAL Sketch "Standard", and will continue to be completely free to anyone who wants superb sketching.
  • Second, and most importantly, it introduces an all-new "Pro" level of Sketch, designed for power users who currently use other sketchers.  It's loaded with desktop and mobile features making it as powerful as any sketcher on the market, while simultaneously eliminating the need to pay extra for an integration license to use those other sketchers.  So if you use Sketch Pro, you pay nothing extra to also use your installed copy of Apex or RapidSketch.  (We think you'll probably stick with Sketch Pro exclusively, but it's nice to know you can use the others if you prefer them.)

Roadshow CE credit update

August 20, 2014  |  Joel Baker

The list of states that have approved Continuing Education credit for the Modern Appraiser Roadshow has doubled since our last CE hour update.


Thanks for a successful AI Connect!

August 12, 2014  |  Amber Hanneken

Last week we had the pleasure of being in Austin, Texas for AI Connect.  If you were there, you couldn’t miss our booths as you walked into the Exhibit Hall.  If you weren’t there, take a look for yourself:


The Association of Texas Appraisers Annual Meeting

August 08, 2014  |  Matthew Biggers

We recently wrapped up an excellent week on the road.  A good part of that trip was to sponsor and exhibit at one of our Community Partner’s events – the Association of Texas Appraisers Annual Meeting in Austin.  And, wow – what an event it was!  We take all events very seriously, whether it’s state or national.  Software vendors that only attend the big national events suffer from a huge disconnect with appraisers (internally and externally) that causes their products and service to suffer too.

The ATA show began like many other appraiser events – really, really early in the morning.  At least for us it did.  We’re not just the early bird that gets the worm, we’re the early bird that works hard for the worm, whether we’re developing innovative products, on the phones for support, or planning our next appraiser advocacy programs.  You’ll find no sense of entitlement that we deserve to have the majority of appraisers use our software – we work extremely hard for that distinction.


Reinvent your business by going mobile

August 06, 2014  |  Ellana Walker

Matt Alford recently sent us a note about what he's been doing to go mobile since he attended our Mobile Workshop last month:

"I recently completed the one-day class "Mobile Appraisal Workflow" when it was offered in Jackson, MS and wanted to provide a bit of feedback.  First of all, I didn't own an iPad prior to taking the class.  I've been an appraiser in rural, central Mississippi for 15 years .

Just to cut to the chase, the TOTAL for Mobile app and the use of my new iPad in the field has effectively reinvented my appraisal business.  I'm not ready to say just how much time I'm saving per report from the old "pen and ink" way of doing things because I'm still not 100% up to speed with the TOTAL app and my iPad, but the transition has been amazing and I'm finding that the quality of my work is improved. 

Basically, I just wanted to say thanks for the outstanding field training and the user friendly software that takes an often complicated process and makes it so much easier to do.  Also, feel free to return to the Hospitality State any time you guys feel like providing regional training.  I'm a believer and I'll be there!" — Matt Alford, Alford Realty


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