TOTAL for Mobile: September update

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In the latest TOTAL for Mobile update, you’ll be able to assign new sketch labels to a room type, indicate when a photo has been taken for a room, and even back up your labels to the cloud in case you ever upgrade your phone or tablet and need to reinstall the app.

We’ve also added the GP 2-4 form to incorporate more non-lender options and fixed a few things to increase stability. 

5 questions for Product Management:  What makes TOTAL for Mobile better than the others?

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Tracy Boehrer started his second tour with a la mode over six years ago to work on our mobile products. He was an early employee of a la mode back in the 90s. Between tours, he's filled both senior development and management roles. Since 2013 he’s been the Product Manager over TOTAL for Mobile.

We interviewed Tracy recently to get his thoughts on the different techniques for mobile appraising, and where TOTAL for Mobile is headed.  

1. A competitor just offers a single generic inspection form because they say it's simple and the data flows into any form.  Instead, you've added over 30 forms to your app.  Why?

TOTAL Store spotlight: Appraiser Genie — Increase your report productivity by 50% with accurate and consistent data.

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Guest post from Andy Arledge, creator of the Appraiser Genie. Andy has over 30 years of experience in real estate, working as a salesman, a real estate broker, and an appraiser.  In the late ’80s and early ’90s, he owned and developed custom software for the largest property management company in West Texas.  He’s a former member of the board of directors for the Association of Texas Appraisers, holds the ATA-R designation, and maintains an active Texas Certified Residential license. You can find Appraiser Genie in the TOTAL Store.

Is the iPad Pro right for you? Our mobile expert weighs in.

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When the iPad Pro was first announced back in September of 2015, I laughed at the idea of an iPad with a near 13” screen, while at the same time simultaneously thinking that I might really like it.  I’ve been using an iPad Air since they were first introduced, having moved up from an iPad mini before that.  What I had discovered was that, for me, weight was more important than screen size.  So when the iPad mini was first introduced and was nearly an entire pound less than the full-sized iPad of the time, I immediately switched to the smaller device.  But when the iPad Air was introduced, weighing only slightly more than the iPad mini of the time, I found that I preferred the larger screen.

I give you this background to set up my thoughts on the iPad Pro below.  What I hoped to discover was that Apple had found a way to make a device that was the perfect combination of both weight and screen size.  Something I could use for everything from in-the-field data gathering to lounging on the couch surfing Facebook and playing games.

The case for going big

The idea of the iPad Pro is, of course, everything you love about the iPad but on an enormous scale.  And it is enormous.  Items on screen are larger and easier to tap.  Text is easier to read.  And with the larger screen, you could use the multi-tasking capabilities of the device to work with two applications on-screen at the same time.

For appraisers, field sketching in a program such as TOTAL for Mobile in particular could really benefit from the larger screen real estate, letting you see more of your drawing without having to scale out so far that everything is too small on screen to view.

Appraiser Tech Tip: How do I use an iPad in the field if I don't have a Mac?

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We often get the question from appraisers: "How can I use an iPad in field, if I don't have a Mac, but use a PC instead?"

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