TIPS AND TRICKS
The inRoads Subject Radius Covers Up Water Features
The subject radius is a circle projecting from the subject property out to the furthest comparable property from the subject. The subject radius can be turned on and off as needed through the options menu or permanently in the inRoads setup. The subject radius has eight different fill styles, solid being the default. The solid fill style is the most defining fill style but does not have the ability to let all water features show through the solid fill.
Converting HighPerFORM reports in Appraisal Studio
When you open or clone a HighPerFORM report in Appraisal Studio, the report is automatically converted into the Appraisal Studio format. Keep in mind that even though HighPerFORM reports can be opened in Appraisal Studio, once the report has been converted into Appraisal Studio format, it can no longer be opened or used in HighPerFORM. When a report is converted from HighPerFORM to Appraisal Studio, you’ll find that most of the time the data on the report will look the same, however, it is a good idea to review a converted report for any minor changes that may have taken place. These changes are due to field length changes, added or removed fields, rearranged fields, etc. These changes are the result of the many enhancements made to Appraisal Studio. The invoice is a good example of a form that has had several changes made to it. You may find some fields outlined in red throughout a report. It’s a good idea to review the “Calc” values for those fields by resting your mouse on top of the field and waiting for the tool tip to popup. If you would like the “Calc” value to replace the existing value just press the F7 key. Additional comparable pages were enhanced to automatically figure out the comparable numbers in the column heading instead of having them hard coded on the form image. These fields may initially show up as blank fields outlined in red. These fields didn’t exist in HighPerFORM so they couldn’t be converted. Simply highlight those fields, wait for the tool tip, and then press the F7 key. If you have skeleton reports, you should review them and make any corrections needed to them, as you will be using them over and over again. In some cases you might find it easier to recreate your skeleton files.
The Report Screen “Date Created” Column Says “undetermined”
Appraisal Studio added several new columns to the main report screen. These columns can be rearranged in different order by clicking and dragging any column header to a new position. You can also sort any column in ascending or descending order by clicking on the column headers. One of the new columns is the “Date Created” column. This column contains the date the report was created and all your reports (even old HighPerFORM reports) have the date created stored within them. If you see the term “undetermined” in the “Date Created” column, it simply means that the created date hasn’t been extracted from older reports and placed in the database. To update the database you’ll need to resynchronize the database. To do this you’ll need to login as the administrator and from the main report screen menu choose “View” then “Options”. Next select the “Administration” tab then click the “Administration Tools” button. Now click the plus sign next to “Database Utilities” then click on “Synchronize Database and Document Files” and click the “Perform Selected Task” button. When the resynchronization is complete, return back to the main report screen and the “Date Created” column should now be properly filled in.
Why Does My WinSketch Sketch Page Have Two Headers?
WinSketch offers a header on the sketch page for users that need one. Our sketch page already has a header built into it, so you won't need WinSketch's header. You can turn the header on and off in WinSketch by checking the "Show Header" option under the view menu. To make the setting permanent, make sure you have the "Save settings on exit" option checked under the view menu.
Click Column Headers To Sort Listings
Try clicking on column headers when you want to sort different listings throughout Appraisal Studio. The first time you click a column heading it will sort it in ascending order click the same heading a second time to sort in descending order. Appraisal Studio's main report screen automatically remembers the last column you sorted on and the last sort order for that column. Now your reports are always sorted the way you like every time.
Use The ESC Key To Quickly Return To Normal Editing Mode
When you're editing a report you may find yourself in and out of the various report modes. You might be adding or removing forms, adding photos, rearranging your comps or editing your addendum. When you are in one of these modes and you want to quickly return back to the normal editing mode, just press the ESC key.
Enlarging Photo Thumbnails
Photo thumbnails can be found throughout Appraisal Studio. If you double-click on any photo thumbnail to popup the enlarged photograph view.
Stickpin Button On The Quick Entry List
The stickpin button on the "Quick Entry List" dialog is used to hold the dialog's position on the screen when the stickpin is pushed in. If the stickpin is not pushed in the dialog moves in relation to the currently selected field. If you manually grab the dialog's title bar and move the dialog to a new position on the screen, the stickpin will automatically be pushed in thus holding that new position. If you want to return back to the dialog moving in relation to the fields, just click on the stickpin button to release the stickpin.
Use "Jump To Form" Mode To Quickly Jump To Any Spot On Any Page
When editing a report you can access the "Jump" mode by clicking on the "Jump" mode button on the toolbar, using the [Ctrl]+[F] key combination, or selecting "Jump to Form" under the "Edit" menu. Once in "Jump" mode, you'll notice that all the pages in your report are displayed using our best-fit thumbnail logic. This gives you an overall view of your report. To quickly jump to any page in your report, simply double-click on top of the desired page and the next thing you know you'll be back editing your report on the selected page. What's even better, the specific location on the page where you double-clicked is exactly where you'll end up back in the report. This can save a lot of time needlessly scrolling around to get to where you want to go. In addition if you rest your mouse on top of any page a tool tip will appear containing the report page title. This is handy for distinguishing between similar forms when you are first filling out a report.
Use The "@" Key For Automatic Comparable Adjustments
The @ character (found on top of the number 2 key) is used in the market grid to perform automatic comparable adjustments for site, age, GLA, basement and finished rooms below grade. To use it, place your cursor in one of the comparable adjustment fields mentioned above and press the @ key and up pops the Automatic Comparable Adjustment dialog. Now simply enter your adjustment criteria then press OK and the adjustment will be calculated and made across all your comparables. Best of all the criteria for that particular type of adjustment is remembered within that specific report and any changes made to the adjustment items automatically triggers a recalculation of the adjustment fields. If you can't remember what the adjustment criteria was for a particular adjustment type, just use the @ key to pop up the adjustment dialog where you can make changes or cancel the automatic adjustment.
Use the "%" Key to Automatically Calculate Comparable Percentage Adjustments
To use it, place your cursor in one of the comparable adjustment fields and type 10% for example, Appraisal Studio automatically calculates 10% of the sales price/list price for that comparable and puts the results in that adjustment field.
Use The "=" Key To Quickly Copy Market Grid Items
In the market grid, it is often helpful to copy information quickly between the subject column and one or more comparable property columns or to copy information from one comparable property to another. Appraisal Studio uses the = Key to quickly accomplish these tasks. To use it, place your cursor in a comparable field where you would like to copy the subject or other comparable item from into your selected field, then press the = Key. This pops up a reference dialog listing your choices. Simply press the key describing the subject or comparable you want and the item is automatically copied. You can use the == combination to copy the subject item to all the comparables not just the field with the cursor. The = key only copies single items except when you use the = key in the top field in the comparable columns (usually the street address field). In this case the reference dialog will indicate that it will copy all items from the subject or selected comparable.
Mouse Pointer "Hand" Indicates Form Panning
Appraisal Studio now offers form panning similar to Adobe Acrobat. When the mouse pointer is a hand, simply click and drag the form. This is often much easier to do than scrolling the form using the standard scroll bars.
Vertical Or Horizontal Form Scrolling
Appraisal Studio now offers the ability to change the form layout from horizontal to vertical scrolling pages. The "Vertical Layout" or "Horizontal Layout" option can be found under the "View" menu.
Use “N/A” or “None” To Avoid Red User-Overridden Fields
Some appraisers don’t like to leave blank fields in their reports. Yet some fields don’t require a response based on the type of field it is, or based on the answer to a question, etc. If you want to avoid a red user-overridden field, yet don’t want to leave blank a typically not required field, then use the term “N/A” or “None” as the response. The terms are not case sensitive.