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iPad Apps for Appraisers

Discussion in 'Technical - Hardware/Software' started by jakeboeger, Apr 26, 2011.

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  1. jakeboeger

    jakeboeger Member

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    May 12, 2005
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    Lets see those iPad apps.


    Other than Davinci, here are a few apps I have found valuable:

    Sign-N-Send: Allows you to take a PDF and write/sign all over it. I used it for the first time today. Client signed the electronic engagement letter on site.

    Drop Box: File storage that is accessible from anywhere. Sign-N-Send also links to this.
     
  2. Couch Potato

    Couch Potato Elite Member

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    Mar 15, 2004
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    In addition to those you mentioned, I like using iBooks to store PDF references such as local zoning maps, USPAP, and others are in my Appraisal collection. I use the Google Voice app to call from any phone using my business number.
     
  3. Joyce Potts

    Joyce Potts Elite Member

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    Feb 6, 2005
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    Florida
    My biggest complaint about the iPad is the lack of Adobe Flash that often hangs me until I get back to the office. I have to use a remote-in program to my desk top to access my local MLS. Had I known that, I probably would have just upgraded my lap top, but I got hooked on Words with Friends and Angry Birds which turned out to be expensive games.
     
  4. Couch Potato

    Couch Potato Elite Member

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    Mar 15, 2004
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    I view that as a flaw in the MLS rather than the iPad. Many MLS systems not only require flash, but also a specific version of Internet Explorer. It's just plain ridiculous. :new_all_coholic:
     
  5. Ken Youngkrantz

    Ken Youngkrantz Junior Member

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    Dec 2, 2003
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    Joyce...got to love those Angry Birds...lol lol lol
     
  6. JohnWayne

    JohnWayne Sophomore Member

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    Apr 3, 2006
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    Arizona
    All good suggestions. Evernote is free and is similar to the DropBox. You can use both depending on what you are using them for.

    We have a paperless office and use OneNote for our workfiles. The iPad has an app called MobilNoter. It allows us to sync One Note, view and add. Perfect.

    Another app is FormConnect. This allows you to make forms. We have on for our inspections. Very cool for the walk through.

    There are several apps for drawing. Penultimate works well. You need a DAGI stylus if you plan on writing or drawing. The standard stylus is too large (makes it look like you are using a crayon).

    There are tons of apps that make it easier to work in the field and all in one place. The HP12C is an app and works awesome and only a couple of dollars vs $90 in the store. As already mentioned we have all of our pdfs (USPAP, 4150.2, Valuation, Appraisal Today, etc) in iBooks for reference.

    I used Davinci on a tablet and was impressed (like most WinTotal stuff) with the interface and features. Not so much with the functionality. Bells and whistles but no sound? As a result we switched back to ACI. I understand ACI is working on an iPad and Android app for data collection. Would be nice to have something appraiser specific.

    The fact is that we can use the iPad to view and work with our workfiles. Reference materials like the 4150.2. Use email, calendar, etc. There is a Google VM app that will play your google voicemails and let you call from it. Maintain important docs like licenses, e&O, W-9, resumes and access them to send in an email when needed. Use of LogMeIn to access our desktop, make a correction to a report and send it. Collect data. Do all the other cool things that these apps allow you to do.
     
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