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PICTURES IN ALA MODE??

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George W Dodd

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Ok, I am in the process of converting to wintotal from dayone. So far a lot of positives.

BUT: how do you view the comp photos while you are working in the sales analysis grid?? (at the same time)

I've been using a seperate photo viewer to work through the first couple of reports but there has got to be a better way!

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Larry Lyke

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George --

Assuming that you actually plan to use this photo in your appraisal:

1) In the grid type your comp addresses:

2) Go to Photos

3) Select the correct photo page

4) Load the Browse with the right photos series

5) Select and drag the particular photo to the page with the correct address (That way the photo will stay with the right address)

6) If you decide not to use a particular comp, it and its photos will go to the waste basket together.
 

slacker

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Just like Larry wrote.

When you are anywhere in the report you can click the "Photo" powerview, browse to your file, and drag / drop your pictures. You can also go staight to the camera if you have the right one.
 

Larry Lyke

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And when I'm in a hurry, which is very often, I just drop all the photos presently in the camera into the computer. Several times in one day. I also use the camera delete feature which wipes the camera clean for its next use. I also use a dock: Life doesn't get much better than this. Camera is always empty and raring to go and fully charged.

I date all my photos, which is the first step in finding a possible "lost" photos. If you can't figure out what day you may have taken the photo, you too are lost, perhaps forever.

Or you can also go to your desktop and double click on Kodak Pictures (in my case) and open the whole days photos regardless of how many times you downloaded into that actual day's folder. They are all there for that day.
 

Judy Whitehead (Florida)

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I always download my camera immediately upon return to the office, since I want to be sure and remember what is what - even though I take notes in the field. At the same time, I always put in the addresses.

However, the photo program in AlaMode/WinTotal is one of the things I like least about the program. It has "corrupted" my pages - makes the sketch page think it is a photo page, makes the photo page think it is a map page, etc. Wait until that happens to you! Sooner or later it will. Also, if you type in the absolute correct address...i.e. 123 Main Street, it gives you every address with and including 123 - not just the one you want. I drove 1 1/2 hours when I first got the program thinking I lost photos, only to find they were at the bottom of a long string of photos with the same numbers.

Oh - if the pages get corrupt - call tech support ASAP. You may can save the report and they DO know what you will be talking about, even though no tech person has ever bothered to at least say, Oh boy, I hate it when that happens!
 

Larry Lyke

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Judy --

I know where you're at with all those Sketch pages that think they are photo pages, etc., but aren't. It was so hard to get used to.

But unlike you, I guess, I go to the day's photo folder and copy their photo number onto the material I used in the field. Becaue the photo number will never change and it's easy to pick them off because they are in the order of my trip around town.

Exactly, I plunk the camera down into its dock-bed and push the download button on the dock at the second motion. Next time I touch the camera or its dock is when I'm picking it up to go somewhere. No worries about do the right thing.

I do one thing different than you, I never give the photo an address per se. I use the photo numbers to select it out of Browse and drag it to its picture address location. That way, the property address "attached" to the picture is only the one captured from the grid. So, also, I've not tried to place the photos anywhere until the photo page is setup from the info captured from the grid. If I want to look at the comp before it gets put into the appraisal grid capture or during report prep process, I pop down at the bottom of the screen to the Kodak (in my case) editor, which I usually leave open once it's been used the first time.

I called a la mode several times, but couldn't get my mind around whatever they were talking about. They knew what I was talking about, but I couldn't understand what they were talking about.

Also, I'm on my second new camera since March '02. Now I'm using a DX3600. Little better pixel, but not that much different than the DX3215.
 
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Bemis Pownall

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Judy

Ive encountered the sketch thinking its a photo and the map tkinking its a picture page and the title page thinking its a photo paje.

I dont like this but it solves my problem with it.

Keep the map and sketch at the end of the list of contents. Ever since I started doing this it works. well most of th etime.

good luck
 
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