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Auto Retrieval Wizard


The first time you run the Auto-Retrieval Wizard, you need to set the options you’d like it to use each time it is run. Once you’ve configured WinTOTAL to import photos from your digital camera or card reader, you can forego the setup and skip straight to importing the photos.


First Time Setup

  1. Connect your camera to your system, or insert your storage device into a card reader.
  2. In the Images PowerView, click Get Photos in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  3. If asked to use previous settings, click No to set up the import process. Once you’ve configured it, you can click Yes to automatically perform the import in the future.
  4. The Auto-Retrieval Wizard appears to walk you through the configuration process. Click Next to begin.
  5. The first step is to configure your camera.
    • Select the Photo Source from the drop-down menu if you use an older camera.  Otherwise choose Disk/Directory/PC Card.
    • Mark the Retain image quality option if you prefer to have your photos imported without any additional compression.
    • In the Path to Photos field, type the directory name where your photos are stored. If you’re using a storage device like a Compact Flash or SD card reader, just enter the drive letter Windows has assigned to that device. If necessary, click Browse to find your directory.
    • The final option forces WinTOTAL to prompt you about deleting the images from the directory or storage device after they are imported. This is useful if you wish to keep your memory card clean for your next batch of photos.
  6. Click Next to continue.

  7. This step allows you to designate the information you want to place in the Notes field for each image after it is imported. This can be very useful in finding images using the image database’s search features. Options are:
    • The Notes field allows you to enter any other data that is not likely to change each time you import images. For example, you might wish to include your initials or office ID.
    • The Append dates to Notes option puts the date that the images were imported into the database in the notes field.
    • The Append photo number to Notes adds a sequential number to each image and adds that to the notes field.
  8. Click Next to continue.
  9. Automatic filenames are generated for each image as it’s imported. These can replace the often cryptic file names that most cameras apply to photos. The name is made up of any of these optional items:
    • Any text filename prefix you’d like to assign. Once again, this might be the appraiser’s initials or some other individual designator.
    • A two-digit Year, a numeric or text Month, and the Day. These items are taken from the date that the images are imported.
    • As you make your selections, note the Sample Filename at the bottom of the screen.

  10. Click Finished when you’re done.
  11. You’re prompted to enter a name for a new album containing these photos. The default album name is set to the current date, and a “Set” number. Edit this album name and choose OK. Or, choose Skip if you do not wish to use albums. If you prefer not to ever use albums, check the I do not wish to use Albums box as well.
      Note:  See the My Albums section of this user guide to learn more about albums.  
  12. If you marked the option about deleting the original files, answer Yes or No in the screen that appears to indicate your choice and complete the import process.

Once you’ve imported your photos and they appear in your Images Database, you can simply place them in your report as usual and WinTOTAL automatically assigns the property information to your photo for you.  If you have photos remaining that do not apply your current appraisal and you need to assign property information to them, type it directly into the available fields in the database.


Future Photo Imports

  1. In the Images PowerView, click Get Photos in the toolbar at the top of the Images PowerView.
  2. Click Yes to reuse your previous settings and begin the import immediately. Or, click No to change your import options.