Tech Tip Special Edition: Note taking made easy

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You're in the field and you notice some water damage to the interior wall of the bathroom.  The homeowner is standing inches away watching your every move.  You normally voice-record your notes for the sake of time, but with the zealous — maybe even overbearing — client nearby, that may be a little too risky.

Don't worry, we've got you covered.  TOTAL for Mobile offers several avenues for note-taking.  If voice recording isn't a viable option, try typing your notes real quick. Or, if typing on your mobile device slows you down too much, simply hit the notes tab and select the "draw" button.  It's quick, easy, and a life saver for moments like the all-too-relatable scenario above. 

TOTAL for Mobile gives you the freedom and peace of mind to adjust your workflow on the fly.  Watch this video below to see how.

New forms in TOTAL for Mobile, faster geocoding, Google Maps, and more

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TOTAL for Mobile is designed to save you time in the field.  Your feedback allows us to add new features and improve the ones you love.  You asked for better geocoding and access to more forms  — and TOTAL for Mobile delivered.

Geocode properties instantly 

Geocoding a property is a popular feature because it accurately places your subject on the map by getting the longitude and latitude.  This release speeds the process by automatically geocoding all properties in your report. While you can still manually geocode a property — for example when you're appraising new construction — it's no longer required that you geocode each property one at a time.  In fact, as you enter the address for a property it's automatically geocoded with as little as the street address and zip code. Click here to view more information on geocoding. 


Four steps to painlessly move reports and preferences to your new PC

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Have you ever spent hours (or even days) getting all of your appraisal files and settings back into place?  All because of a hard drive crash or a switch to a new computer.  It’s always better to play it safe with your appraisal data and be well prepared for these situations. 

No matter if you just got a new computer or planning to get one soon, these steps can help you get back on your feet in no time.  (You might want to keep them in your emergency to-do list too.)  They will save you from an unexpected computer crash someday.

Like multi-monitor setups?  We've got you covered.

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In 2013, one of our goals was to release a new version of TOTAL that was built for  multi-monitors and modern hardware.  At the time, this was one of the most important things an appraiser could do to boost productivity.  Today, there's a lot of talk on social networks about appraisers' having workstations with a lot of monitors. 

Tech Tip Special Edition: Things you didn't know about TOTAL for Mobile - Rooms

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When you're gathering data at a property, you're probably used to jotting down details as you go from room to room to type up in your report later.  TOTAL for Mobile's Rooms feature makes it easy to not only enter these room-by-room details, but also eliminates the need to retype your notes when you get back to the office.  While completing your sketch, just label the room and double tap the label to access the Rooms feature.  From there, you can add notes, details, even photos as you go.  See how it works in the video below:

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