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Sketch Software for A la Mode

Discussion in 'a la mode (TOTAL)' started by Brooke Carr, Jan 16, 2007.

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  1. Brooke Carr

    Brooke Carr New Member

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    I'm looking into sketching software today. Areasketch. Rapidsketch. Apex Medina. WinSketch. Too many choices.

    They all seem to range around $200. All seem like decent sketching programs. I don't need any bells & whistles; just need to draw exterior & additions, lines for interior walls, and text for labeling rooms. I do like adding in little graphics when it's slow (stairways, doors, etc) but it's not a nessessity.

    Thoughts on sketch software? Ones to avoid? Ones which stand out? Do any cost signifigantly higher / lower than $200. Do some have an annual fee versus a one time cost?
     
  2. Michael Chu

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    None of the above, unless your current form software came with it.
    I'd hold off your purchase until something gives.
     
  3. incognito

    incognito Senior Member

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    I think what Michael is saying is that you should wait, because it seems as if some very popular sketching software may or may not integrate well any more with some very popular appraisal software. I think his advice is good, wait a while. :new_all_coholic:
     
  4. Randall Garrett

    Randall Garrett Senior Member

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    Brooke:

    Good advice from Michael and Bill, IMHO. I will stay away from recommendations, though, since I am biased, LOL. I can say, however, that our pricing is way below the $200 mark. Outside of any promotional offerings, it is running $199 for two users, so (say) under $100 per user, and less per user for a larger site. We went with a "1-2" user license since so many people asked us for a second or "laptop" license.

    I advise prospective users to compare sketch programs just as they should for "forms" stuff. Find and use what works for YOU. Consider reliability, support and other factors. Find out what your peers are using so that you may call upon them for tips and peer-to-peer support here and on other forums. Most of the programs mentioned have evaluation periods where you can try the software to see how well it works for you. Finally, remember that most also have "money back guarantees" so if you purchase one and then find that another simply works better for you, you have the option of returning it and switching to another one. Let me know if you would like for us to set you up with an evaluation of Apex, a walk-thru and even a seat in our next webinar.

    Hope this helps!
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  5. Bill_FL

    Bill_FL Senior Member

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    I have used Apex since graduating from an Etch-a-sketch many, many years ago. (Still like some ofthe stuff the dos version had). I have used it successfully with ACI, Appraise It, Apraiser's Tool Box and Alamode. I did try one that a company gave me. I think it was called win sketch. I did not care for it. At the time it could not even draw interior walls on an angle. ONly vertical or horizontal. I am sure they have got that figured out. Apex, I believe is the industry standard and worth every penny.
     
  6. Randall Garrett

    Randall Garrett Senior Member

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    Bill:

    Thanks for the kind words! I noted your comment about some features in the old DOS program, and I read that to mean that you are not seeing them available in more recent versions (?) That may be true, as some items in older programs simple didn't "make the cut" in later versions, but it may also be true that they (or similar) are still there, just not readily apparent (?) Let me know what you really miss and I'll let you know if it is still there but under a different name of icon, or if it has reappeared in the latest version, or is on a list to be re-introduced. Overall, I'd like to hear what items you miss, and how we can make the product better for you. As I have said before, constructive criticism is most welcome, so please share your thoughts (and from everyone else, too!) I just want to make Apex what YOU folks want it to be.
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  7. Alan Gertner

    Alan Gertner Member

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    http://appraisersforum.com/technical-hardware-software/83711-excel-2d-sketch-package.html

    i've already documented several challenging sketch issues which i was able to simplify and solve using some of the obscure functionality in the excel draw package (see other threads). seems like every time i encounter a challenging sketch issue, if i investigate a little i can find a simple solution. i'm still scratching the surface, there are many "way cool" things waiting to be used.

    i'm a happy camper.

    buenos noches.

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  8. Dona Roberts

    Dona Roberts Sophomore Member

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    Apex/Ala Mode integration

    Hi Brooke,
    I have recent posts on another thread. I really like Apex and used it when it integrated with WinTotal. New licenses of WinTotal do not integrate and I am not happy with the process to put my Apex sketches into my reports.

    To their credit, Apex has tried to assist me, but the fact remains that it is not integrated which means extra steps and more importantly manually entering your calculations into your report and risk mistyping numbers.
    If you have an opportunity, I would evaluate the programs that do integrate. You may like them, but I didn't want to face the learning curve. And I'll say it again, Apex is a great program.
    Good Luck
     
  9. Michael Chu

    Michael Chu Member

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  10. incognito

    incognito Senior Member

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    Micheal Chu states:
    He and I think alike. APEX IS that good. I have used it since its inception (I recently found out that my customer ID with APEX is "#8" !).
    However, the integration issue with Medina is bothersome. It doesn't appear to be the fault of APEX, but I prefer the integration abilities of the older APEX versions, over the bells and whistles of the newer Medina version. I sure hope the issues are resolved!
     
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