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Robert Driscoll

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In an effort to handle the flow of work in my single man appraisal office, I've gone to digital cameras, EDI and still find I spend too much time in front of the computer. What about Pocket Total. Has anyone had experience with this system. I am also seeing a need for comps outside our MLS system. I heard about a system called Win2Data. What's your opinion on this and would you recommend any other similar system.
 

John Wilson

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Originally posted by Robert Driscoll@Jun 26 2003, 02:44 PM
In an effort to handle the flow of work in my single man appraisal office, I've gone to digital cameras, EDI and still find I spend too much time in front of the computer.
That's exactly were I have seen every Pocket total unit. I know at least 6 appraiseres that bought it, used it once, and put it back in it's cradle, right in front of the PC. There it sits.

Save your money.
 

Ron in AR

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Arkansas
Guess I'm the odd man out here.

I use Pocket Total for my URAR reports only. I've not been able to get the field pad to work nor is the sketching program useful but I do like to use it for my 1004's. Also, the voice pad is a great feature. I can record my own notes on the neighborhood and any other items I don't want to take the time to write down.

And as far as the URAR goes, I only fill out the data from the site down on the first page. Everything else I can do in the office.

I am a one man shop. Pocket Total isn't the answer if you're looking for something that will make a huge difference in time but as part of a completely digital office, it does save time for me.

Ron
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Colorado
Thank God...thought I was the only non-geek. My Jornada pocket PC is staring at me right now. It has Pocket Total on it and is all sync'd up with Athena (they hold hands well). I haven't a clue how to use it. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I really need a seminar or video to learn it. No doubt it would work well and I would look "Joe Camel Kewl" showing up with my little pocket PC. Have a feeling it would be better for an office with an office assistant who starts the file on Athena and then downloads to pc for the appraiser.

As a side bar....I also bought XMaps and haven't learned how to use those on the PC either. Waaaaaaaaa!!!!
 

Damon Young

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Mike,

We are trying some field testing of Pt right now. One thing that really helps is to get Talmon's abreviated URAR files off the Yahoo WT Group File directory. These only have the fields you actually want to collect when doing the inspection, rather than having to navigate thru the entire form on that tiny screen.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Total2000Use...ersGroup/files/

If/when we get it figured out, I will be happpy to walk you thru it.

Damon
 

Liz South

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Jan 15, 2002
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Licensed Appraiser
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Virginia
It took me a while to get started using it, but now with a secretary pretying the reports I am using it more and more. It takes a little getting used to. It also has the fear of "what happens if it doesn't sync up?" I've been battling all of those fears, but finding that it is really starting to save lots of time on URAR reports. I don't use it for 2055's since it only allows filling in the 2055 data. I still inspect the property as if it were a 1004 so I want the additional data fields. Plus the fact that I've had numerous times where I have originally been assigned a 2055 and then it gets upgraded to a 1004 and then they pay for a re-inspection, but I already have the data in house so it saves a slew of time.

I have spoken to Alamode about trying to set it up to suit me, but don't seem to get alot of positive response. Anyway, just like using digital photos, mapping etc, it takes time to get comfy with. The more fields that you have data in your quick lists, the faster it is in the field.

Try it, you just might like it, but use it numerous times before you let it become a desk ornament. It does save time.

Liz S.

Enjoying the east coast weather now.

:yellowblack:
 

Leon Stewart

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Originally posted by Mike Garrett, RAA@Jun 27 2003, 12:39 PM
Thank God...thought I was the only non-geek. My Jornada pocket PC is staring at me right now. It has Pocket Total on it and is all sync'd up with Athena (they hold hands well). I haven't a clue how to use it. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I really need a seminar or video to learn it. No doubt it would work well and I would look "Joe Camel Kewl" showing up with my little pocket PC. Have a feeling it would be better for an office with an office assistant who starts the file on Athena and then downloads to pc for the appraiser.

As a side bar....I also bought XMaps and haven't learned how to use those on the PC either. Waaaaaaaaa!!!!
Mike:

I've had a different problem. I purchased a PDA, did all of my orientation, downloaded the most recent PDA Software updates, Sync it with the Computer and tried to Sync it with Pocket total, but I got messages indicating that my 10 Report Demo Period had expired even though I hadn't even used it. Tech support at alamode hasn't called me back on this problem yet, and the Sales department indicated that they don't know how that could have happened, and they don't think there is any way to reset the program.

What I'm looking for now is another Pocket Appraisal Software that would work with any Appraisal Software. Does anyone know of any?
 

Dale Smalley

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Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Florida
The Rand Mc nally street atlas for the palm is worthless. I gave up even trying to use this thing for anything other than monopoly. Nothing is faster than a pen and paper.
 
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