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Sketching Programs

Discussion in 'NCV Software' started by Terrel L. Shields, Aug 31, 2011.

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  1. Terrel L. Shields

    Terrel L. Shields Elite Member
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    May 2, 2002
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    There appears to be a sketcher in NCV - I haven't tried it as I have a stand alone Winsketch which NCV supports. But any quick tutorials? I popped in FD Sketcher but haven't got a clue how to start. The Help was not helpful at all because it gives you directions on how to move a line but I didn't figure out how to actually define and start a building area..
     
  2. jdbiggers

    jdbiggers Senior Member

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    Jan 25, 2002
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    In the FDSketcher program, there is a pretty good Help system. It even goes through doing a complete sketch.

    FDSketcher was designed to be a companion sketcher for FieldData! Pro PDA sketcher,so you can cleanup the sketches done in the field on the PDA.

    Here are some videos of FieldData! Pro, FDSketcher, and other things. The basic concepts fo sketching on the desktop with FDSketcher are the same as they are for the FieldData! Pro PDA sketcher, even though the interfaces are different.

    The hardest part of using FDSketcher is UNLEARNING all the bad habits "appraiser" sketch programs taught people. You have to think like pen and paper and how you would draw for real.

    Videos:


    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\FDPro_1.htm
    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\FDPro_2.htm
    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\FDPro_3.htm
    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\FDSketcher.htm
    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\FDSketcher2.htm
    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\Filling1.htm
    http:\\www.ncvsoftware.com\QuickSketch.htm


    Some of these videos are ancient (some 9 years old!...which is why I hate the comparison to Bradford's ClickForms since I had my interface out FIRST). Overall, though, the concepts are the same. I am working on new help systems and videos.

    John-David Biggers
    NCVSoftware
     
  3. Angela Habercorn

    Angela Habercorn Sophomore Member

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    I can't seem to get your video links to work, JD. And I really would appreciate their help with your sketch program. I'm still all thumbs with it...

    Also, when I go to the video help on your webpage, all the links for sketching seem to bring up the formfilling video.

    Thanks!
     
  4. jdbiggers

    jdbiggers Senior Member

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    The video links on the web page do not work right now.

    However, if the video links posted above do not help, they wouldn't work in the web site, either.

    Could it be that you don't have Adobe Flash installed?

    JD
    NCVSoftware
     
  5. Angela Habercorn

    Angela Habercorn Sophomore Member

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    I am sure I have Adobe Flash. The message I'm getting is "Page not Found!

    You will be redirected back to AppraisersForum.com in 5 seconds, or click here to go there now. "
     
  6. stangtime

    stangtime Senior Member

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    The videos worked fine for me when I just checked.

    Dan
     
  7. Angela Habercorn

    Angela Habercorn Sophomore Member

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    They work in IE. For some reason they won't open in Firefox on my computers.

    I'm off to watch videos...

    Thank you!
     
  8. Baron Von Squidlo

    Baron Von Squidlo Member

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    Mar 5, 2002
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    I'm having the worst time with the sketch. Very frustruting! How do you create and "area." It seems to be grayed out and you cant click on it. Is this feature disabled in the trial version?
     
  9. jdbiggers

    jdbiggers Senior Member

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    Jan 25, 2002
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    Hello.

    After you draw your areas, you select the PERIMETER walls that make up your area. When you have walls selected, the "Add Area" button will be enabled. Click this, choose your area, and it will be added to the list. You can click on the area in the list and preview it below.

    While you can select other types of items (text, pictures, etc.), when you are defining areas, the only PERIMETER WALLS you want to select are the ones that make up your area.

    In the "Off-Line" help, there is a topic on this called "Defining Areas" that illustrates all of this.

    Remember, the difference between an interior wall or a line and a Perimeter wall is that the Perimeter Wall has a dimension attached to it.

    To change modes between interior and exterior walls, toggle the "Add Dimensions" button toward the bottom of the screen (all buttons will tell you what they are if you hover your mouse over them).

    The Off-Line Help has a lot of info, including telling you what the buttons do and keyboard shortcuts.

    JD
    NCVSoftware
     
  10. JTip

    JTip Senior Member

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    Oct 12, 2004
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    Just copy the link location, do not let the forum direct you there and it will work fine on Firefox (just tried one).
     
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