July 11, 2013 Update

This document details the complete list of updates and changes made to TOTAL released with the July 11, 2013 update.

Document 6310  |  Last updated:  07/15/2013 MJY

As with the last few releases, this makes TOTAL even more stable, faster, and more predictable. In addition, we're slowly but surely slipping in the comprehensive features which made WinTOTAL Aurora the most popular system in the industry. And even as we add more of the classic Aurora functionality to TOTAL, we're going to enhance it, taking features further than Aurora is capable of going. Again, the long term goal of TOTAL is to be far, far more advanced than Aurora ever could be.

Beyond that, we're working on completely new features too which never existed in Aurora — groundbreaking tools, many of which you've never seen or imagined before — and will start rolling those out to the public soon. TOTAL has a lot in store for the industry.

For now, here are the most noticeable improvements in this update (See the full release notes below):

  • You'll be able to merge reports directly from your attached Aurora folder without moving the file beforehand.
  • The automatic calculation for Year Built will use the effective date of the appraisal if available before falling back to the current year.
  • We corrected an issue that caused the Basement Finish % field to be lost in reports that were started in Aurora or TOTAL for Mobile.
  • You could use =L to copy listings, =R to copy rentals and =C to copy comparables into any comparison grid.
  • SmartAdjust will calculate Site field adjustments accurately in cases where subject data is listed as acres, but comps are listed as square feet.
  • We fixed a problem that occasionally caused an error when printing to PDF.

Thanks again for giving us your thoughts via the Feedback feature inside TOTAL. Several of these changes came directly from the Feedback option, which obviously is the whole point. We read them every day and we can track them much better than standard e‑mails. Please keep them coming and we'll keep making TOTAL better.

That's all for now, but expect another update very soon.

The TOTAL Product Team
www.alamode.com/TOTAL

P.S. In case you missed our previous update messages, click here for the release note archive.


TOTAL July 11th, 2013 update

Addenda PowerView

  • The paragraph option will be available via the right‑click menu.

Appraiser Desktop

  • External hard drives will not show up unless you attach them to the Appraisal Desktop.

Assignment PowerView

  • Pressing Escape in the Client Information pop-up will close the window and take you to the next field.
  • The Send Invoice option will transfer the client's email address into the outgoing mail message.
  • Using the Same As drop‑down after you have manually typed a contact will now work correctly.
  • When using the Same As drop‑down in the Owner or Occupant fields, all information will now transfer correctly.

Aurora Transition Assistant

  • The Aurora Transition Assistant will transfer photo quality settings from Aurora to TOTAL.

Comps Database

  • When searching or filtering in the Comps Database, focus from your selected comp won't change unexpectedly.

Forms Engine

  • Changing a field's format to Numbers Only won't delete pre-existing text from the field.
  • Scrolling will not slow down after adding a QuickNote to a report.
  • The form will regain focus after closing a QuickNote.
  • TOTAL will now scroll at the same rate as Aurora.
  • The visibility of the cursor has been improved to make it easier to see when navigating fields using the CTRL+Left Arrow and CTRL+Right Arrow functions.
  • The Rearrange Properties feature will no longer display incorrect address information.
  • The toolbar icons for bold, italic, and underline will toggle off and on when using the keyboard shortcuts to perform the same functions.
  • The automatic calculation for Year Built will use the effective date of the appraisal if available before falling back to the current year.

General

  • We corrected an issue that caused the Basement Finish % field to be lost in reports that were started in Aurora or TOTAL for Mobile.
  • TOTAL will no longer perform sluggishly or display errors when you don't have an Internet connection.
  • When starting a new report and going directly to the Forms PowerView, you'll be able to start typing immediately without any mouse clicks.
  • We've added logging whenever the program closes unexpectedly that will help track down what may have caused the problem, allowing us to resolve your issue quicker.
  • Extra spaces at the beginning of the City field in the New Report screen will no longer transfer to the report.
  • We've resolved a rare case where you wouldn't be able to close a report immediately after having opened it.

Mapping Wizard

  • Editing a map originally created in Aurora will no longer display white label text.

MLS Text File Importer

  • Comparables from an MLS text file won't be imported into a signed report.
  • You'll be able to match a source field from your MLS to the Last Price Revision Date listing field in TOTAL.

Notes PowerView

  • You'll be able to add notes into My Notes within the Notes PowerView.

Printing/Delivery

  • We fixed a problem that occasionally caused an error when printing to PDF.
  • When printing a photo, the printer you select will become the new default for future photos printed.
  • Choosing to a deliver only an invoice to PDF will no longer attach two copies of the PDF.
  • Your photo printer settings will now be remembered from one report to the next.
  • When delivering a PDF via e‑mail, the e‑mail address will be automatically filled in based on contact information from your report.

QuickPix Database/Photos PowerView

  • Clicking Clear Search and then scrolling immediately after importing photos will no longer prevent photos from being added to the database.
  • The Description list for photos will now be consistent throughout the Photos PowerView and the QuickPix importer.
  • Subject photos added to an interior photo page will now be added to the QuickPix Database.

Side‑by‑Side PowerView

  • You'll be able to use =L to copy listings, =R to copy rentals and =C to copy comparables into any comparison grid.
  • We've resolved a rare case where F2 and the = function would not work for specific fields.
  • You can now access all properties when scrolling with the mouse wheel.
  • An E&O error will no longer be incorrectly displayed when an adjustment is made into a child field within the Detailed View.
  • The == function will clear a zero value dollar adjustment if the zero is a result of off-setting field adjustments.
  • Using CTRL+ K in a parent adjustment field that contains a zero from the sum of off‑setting child field adjustments will clear the respective child fields.
  • The thumbnail photo in the Subject column will display when switching between Detailed View and Standard View.
  • Enabling the Detailed View will no longer bring back deleted comp data.

Sketch PowerView

  • TOTAL Sketch will still launch when there isn't an Internet connection.
  • You'll be able to edit an Apex 2 sketch from an older merged report in TOTAL Sketch.

SmartAdjust

  • SmartAdjust will calculate Site field adjustments accurately in cases where subject data is listed as acres, but comps are listed as square feet.
  • SmartAdjust adjustments will be calculated immediately when you add a comp from your database.
  • Clicking the Adj. Value or Threshold labels will no longer open a web page.
  • Marking the Shared checkbox for an adjustment set will no longer cause the adjustment set to be cleared.
  • The SmartAdjust help video will no longer display JavaScript messages.

SmartMerge

  • Merging from a report with contacts will merge the contact details for those contacts.
  • Merging a newly created report containing only a major form with an existing report will no longer cause the major form to be pushed to the top of the report order.
  • You'll be able to merge reports directly from your attached Aurora folder without moving the file beforehand.
  • Choosing to merge from the SmartStart screen will merge the address information for the source report.
  • The "Convert address to USPS standard" option will now work for reports created via SmartMerge.

SmartRecover

  • TOTAL will not close unexpectedly when closing a report with the SmartRecover screen still open.
  • If a report was not closed properly, you'll now have an opportunity to recover it when the program restarts.

Spell Check

  • We added a new option under Tools->Spell Check that allows you to edit the Spell Check dictionary.

Tech Support Assistant

  • In addition to clearing TOTAL's temporary files, the Clear temp files utility will clear the Windows and Internet Explorer temporary files as well.
  • The new Set ZAP file association utility will configure Windows to open .ZAP files with a la mode's products.
  • The Common Paths utility will list the common logs folder.
  • The Advanced Recover Utility will fully recover reports to the Recovered Reports folder in TOTAL.

TOTAL Store

  • We fixed a rare problem that prevented data from importing from TOTAL Store products.

Updated forms

  • Keyboard navigation has been corrected on the Worldwide ERC Summary Appraisal Report and Condo [UAD Version 9/2001] forms.
  • You'll be able to set default field formatting for the Worldwide ERC Summary Appraisal Report form.
  • Entering a year built into the Year Built field on the Residential Valuation Services (RVS) — Desktop Appraisal form will no longer convert the year to an age.
Workfile PowerView
  • FieldPad notes from TOTAL for Tablet PC will be displayed in the Workfile.
  • Adding an item to the Workfile that has the same file name as a previously added item will now prompt you to overwrite the previous item.

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