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21  Web Site Design & SEO / Website Design Questions / Link Catagories on: January 21, 2014, 12:24:16 PM
Is it possible to add a particular link category to the Navigation menu? I mean instead of the generic "Links" menu item? If so, how so?
22  Home Inspector Pro Software / Beta Testers & New Feature Discussion / Re: Office Reports ? on: January 09, 2014, 04:13:15 PM
I'm sure ISN does save time and money for some folks, but I'm a pretty simple operation. I like to talk to folks on the phone, take their information and do the inspection.  I will only do about 250 inspections a year,  I tend to inspect larger homes with higher fees so I do fewer homes than many inspectors..  It's not just about saving $4 per inspection, it's about convenience, simplicity and more of the personal touch over having clients log all of their information into a website.  I don't need maps, I use a GPS which also tracks my mileage and downloads to an Excel file...  I don't solicit agents so I don't need to track them... I don't have multiple inspectors so I don't need to see others schedules.... ? But since I have an open mind Smiley,  I'll let you show me at IW next week... ? Smiley

For QuickBooks exporting I would think that you would need the dollar amount for the inspection, method of payment, clients name, date of inspection and address of inspection.  This would allow QuickBooks to log it as a sale.

Why not create a client log similar to the real estate agent log? ? Name, contact information, address of inspection, date of inspection, price, agent, etc... Seems like this would be fairly easy....




Scott, it is the VERY RARE occasion that a client goes to the ISN and orders an inspection. I have had the ISN for four years and maybe 8-10 people have done an automated order. I am always stuck with the data entry. The ISN does produce some great reports though, along with the confirmations and reminders.

I am now looking into this http://www.supersaas.com/ as a scheduler which will export reports also.
23  Home Inspector Pro Software / Template Design & Sample Inspection Reports / Re: Template Duplication Wanted on: January 02, 2014, 08:56:56 AM
Decided to go with homegauge as it seems easier to edit!
Really? I owned HG and beg to differ.
24  Home Inspector Pro Software / Template Design & Sample Inspection Reports / Re: Single Family template on: January 02, 2014, 08:54:14 AM
Hey Garett,

I got as far as the heating system and the Recirc. pump. You called it satisfactory, or "serviceable" and then threw a big limitation right after it. That's a pretty big reporting error. Either you can verify it works, or you can't. If there are any limitations at all, you cannot give a satisfactory rating.

Just constructive criticism on your report writing...take it for what it's worth.
25  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 29, 2013, 09:34:02 AM
Still lost. Drew, I can't make HIP read minds. If you have one comment and 10 pics in a section, HIP will never be able to tell which of the 10 pics you want it in! Maybe I'm still missing something.
I'm out....carry on.
26  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 28, 2013, 02:32:37 PM
I tried a report once where I used the narrative for the caption also. I guess it was the redundancy that made the report look bad, but it wasn't good. I see that what you are talking about is a bit different than that, Bob.

I see HIP 4.0 with a new photo caption feature in the future!  Grin
27  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 28, 2013, 02:03:31 PM
I like pics Smiley How would that work if you had 10 pictures slotted for Exterior Cladding though. How would your comment know what pic to put the caption on?
I would rely on your knowledge and expertise to make it happen. I just bring you the million $$$ ideas on a silver platter. Cool

My wife is always telling me that she presents me with the concept of what she wants done and I am the implementer.
28  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 27, 2013, 06:23:08 AM
I rest my case. Grin
29  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 27, 2013, 06:22:01 AM
By creating a Photo Caption List that looks like this.
30  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 27, 2013, 06:20:32 AM
Which will result in this
31  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 27, 2013, 06:19:33 AM
I propose to be able to do this.
32  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 27, 2013, 06:18:14 AM
Which will result in this.
33  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 27, 2013, 06:17:06 AM
I am going to try this with pictures. Bob is now seeing what I am saying! Wink

This is what we have to do now. Sorry, I didn't think my mouse was hovering. there are three photo captions added here.
34  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 26, 2013, 11:02:02 PM
These are variables, or replacement values if you will.
35  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 26, 2013, 10:51:01 PM
No, obviously you know how to create a list with a narrative the variable looks like this <<narrative variable>>.

What I am looking for is to create a second list at the end of a narrative, attached to each narrative for a relevant photo caption list.
let's say it looks like this %%photo caption variable%%. It would create the same type of drop down as a narrative adder would, but would populate in the photo caption area does, very similar to the word "Cover Photo" does in the mobile version. It would be PART of the narrative done while collecting data.

I just cannot understand why that wouldn't be better?
36  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 26, 2013, 10:36:28 PM
I think the thing that is frustrating to hear is that no one's comments are even relevant to what I'm talking about.

I'm not looking to create any kind of master list for captions. I don't have a master list for all of the additions I use with narratives. I probably have about 30 different lists that I use in my inspection narratives showing locations, names of things, rooms they belong in, etc.

I just don't understand why a list can be set up, or several lists that populate underneath the caption portion of a photo. When you take a photograph with the mobile app, you're already slotting the photograph so that's done. Then, if you had a list just like the list that you used completed narrative that would populate in the photo caption section, how can that be a bad thing?

I get the fact that it will take a major shift in the masses to get anyone to even consider doing this. That's fine. But the thing that no one can seem to answer including Dominic, is that if the system works for a narrative, why won't work for a photo caption?

That's the part that just doesn't make sense to me. I spend him but load of time typing out captions. The current system to me is just like adding another narrative, it's just another line that you have to sift through. Putting all of your popular captions into an organized section like a drop-down list, to mean makes complete sense.
37  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 24, 2013, 05:31:05 AM
How about NEVER having to visit the photo editing section unless you needed to draw an arrow or circle. Now that's a time saver! Imagine the possibilities.  Cool
38  Home Inspector Pro Software / Home Inspector Pro & HIP Mobile Questions / Re: Photo Caption Library on: December 23, 2013, 10:18:43 PM
Thanks Bob, but I just can't see how this concept saves time. I think a list, controlled by one variable would be a better option. There just isn't the will to explore it. That's okay, its just the way it goes.
39  Home Inspection Questions / Electrical / Re: 20 amp receptacles in kitchen/baths? on: December 23, 2013, 09:10:26 PM
So how do we write this up? It is incorrect, right? I mean no 20A receptacles in a kitchen....
I would not write it up. You would be correct and have the power of The National Electrical Code, article 210.21 (B) 1, 2, and 3 to back it up. Just don't quote the NEC in your report.
40  Home Inspector Pro Software / Beta Testers & New Feature Discussion / Re: Office Reports ? on: December 23, 2013, 01:39:48 PM
It is called ISN or Inspection Support Network. Works really good too.
http://www.inspectionsupport.net/
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