August 2012 Newsletter

We hope you all had a great summer. Read on for information about the AgWare Annual Meeting and information on a new ClickFORMS release.
AgWare Annual User Meeting Date Set

Date: Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Location: Westin Indianapolis

The AgWare User Meeting will be held in conjunction with the ASFMRA 83rd Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The meeting will be from 11:30am – 4:00pm on October 30th, 2012. AgWare will provide lunch for all attendees. The meeting is free of charge for all AgWare users and held in order to gather feedback on changes you would like to see in our software. To register for the meeting please e-mail comments@uaar.net by October 15th.

For more information on the ASFMRA Annual Convention please see their website:
http://www.agro-nomics.org/

*You do not need to attend the ASFMRA convention in order to attend the AgWare meeting.

Whether you can attend the meeting or not, please send us your suggestions for what you would like to see changed in the software: comments@uaar.net
AgWare to Offer Drop-in Session at ASFMRA Meeting

AgWare has traditionally offered a training course during the ASFMRA Annual Convention. This year we are trying something different. Instead of a regular training we are holding our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 30th. Then on the next day, Wednesday October 31st, we are having a Drop-in Support Session.

If you have specific questions or just want a refresher on recent changes to the software you can stop by our room to get personalized answers. You can send us questions ahead of time or just drop in. The Rapid Fire Appraisal session is being held at this same time. Stop in to see us between sessions during the day.

New ClickFORMS Version 7.2.6

A new version of ClickFORMS is ready for you to download and install. This version includes the following changes:

  • Updated FEMA form
  • Adjustments no longer cleared when same sale is re-imported
  • Show page numbers in print dialog
  • Remove signatures when a report is cloned
  • Provide a method to see the image scale directly
  • Provide an option to change default image optimization level

A complete list of changes between all versions can be found on our website.
Snagit Tip

AgWare provides Tech Smith’s Snagit product to all our users. If you don’t already have your copy please contact AgWare for your unlocking key and download information.

The Snagit Version 11 introduced a new setting that is helpful to AgWare users. In ClickFORMS users can right click on an image to get an “Edit in Snagit” menu option. This is useful for adding annotations or cropping an image. However, when working with full page exhibits the image appears too large in the previous version of Snagit,and the zoom level must be changed every time an image is opened.

To solve this problem, in the new version of Snagit click on the “View” tab and then check the option named “Shrink to fit”. Every time a new image is opened, if it is larger than the screen size, the zoom will automatically be adjusted to fit the entire image.

ClickForms 7.2.6

Version: AgWare ClickForms 7.2.6 – Release Notes
Release Date: August 10, 2012

Fixes/Corrections
  • Updated FEMA form
  • Adjustments no longer cleared when same sale is re-imported
  • Show page numbers in print dialog
  • Remove signatures when a report is cloned
  • Provide a method to see the image scale directly
  • Provide an option to change default image optimization level

DataLog 2.4.3

Version: AgWare DataLog 2.4.3 – Release Notes
Release Date: May 07, 2012

New/Updated
  • Add Setup Tables for Range of Value Entry
Fixes/Corrections
  • Keep Database Ids consistent when renaming a folder.
  • Remove SQL Server Native Client from the Install.
  • Replace Shell Controls
  • Add Setup Tables for Range of Value Entry.
  • Saving a Land List Errors if a non-numeric Ratio is entered.
  • Errors from audiodev.dll when displaying file open dialog boxes.
  • Ensure the Load Errors sale viewer button is visible if there are cache database errors.

ClickForms 7.1

Version: AgWare ClickForms 7.1  – Release Notes
Release Date: February 28, 2012

New/Updated
  • Add New Certification Forms
    • USPAP now requires a statement regarding prior services on the certification page. Our certification pages have been updated to reflect the new wording. There are four certification pages you can choose from. Each of the options is available in both a single and dual signature version.
      • USPAP Standard 2 – Appraisal Report
        UAAR Forms LibraryCertificationsAppraiser Certification
      • USPAP Standard 5 – Consulting Report
        UAAR Forms LibraryCertificationsConsultant Certification
      • Blank Certification – Useful if you don’t like checkboxes
        UAAR Forms LibraryCertificationsBlank Certification
      • FCS Certification – Adds specific items required by FCA regulations
        Additional RequirementsFCSFCS Certification
  • Multi-Select Function Works for All Cell Options
    • You can now use multi-select to change font size, style, rounding and other cell options. To select multiple cells click on the first cell you want to change. Then hold down the shift key and click on the last cell you want to change. All of the cells in between the first and last cell will be selected and will have a yellow background color. Now simply change the font size or other cell options and see all of the cells change at once.
  • Update Farmer Mac Forms and Templates
    • The new Farmer Mac forms have been added and the templates, including the guide notes, have been updated.
  • Added Chattel Forms
    • A new set of forms for Chattel appraisals has been added to the ClickFORMS Forms Library. These forms were developed together with one of our Farm Credit customers. A generic set of forms is included for everyone’s use. In addition, other pages designed specifically for Crop, Livestock, Feed Yards, Machinery, etc. are available for purchase. If you would like more information or a demo of those forms please contact us.
Fixes/Corrections
  • UAD file conversion was broken in version 7.0. This has been fixed.
  • The $/Deeded Acre was not formatted on all of the Sale Forms. This has been fixed.
  • Images pasted from Microsoft Streets and Trips will now display correctly.
  • Fixed Printer Collation issue on Windows 7.
  • Fixed loss of formatting when merging reports or dragging forms between reports.
  • Improved performance when saving to a network drive on Windows 7.
  • Files are now locked to prevent errors when saving.

DataLog 2.3

Version: AgWare DataLog 2.3  – Release Notes
Release Date: February 28, 2012

New/Updated
  • Trend Reports
    • The Land and Improvement Reports have been enhanced with a new Trend tab. These reports will let you look for and graph trends in your sales data. The report is similar to the pivot tables in your spreadsheet software. Data points and axis fields can be selected to create your own custom report. That report can then be saved and applied to a new search with just a few clicks. Some built-in reports are installed to help get you started. AgWare is working on creating more complete documentation for using this new report. If you are ready to jump in now and have questions just give us a call and we can walk you through the basics.
  • New Sharing Options
    • A common question we hear is “How do I keep files updated on two computers?” or “How do I share sales with another appraiser?” AgWare has offered an online database option for several years but it never really solved the problem. It turns out that lots of people without their own servers have this problem. A number of companies have started offering very low cost or even free file synchronization services. Using these services with the DataLog has always worked, but it was difficult to configure everything correctly. With this release of the DataLog we now support Folder Links. This makes the setup very easy. In just a few minutes you can be sharing sales between your computers – even if you don’t own a server.
  • File Synchronization
    • Why we love Dropbox
      • There are plenty of companies that offer file synchronization. These include Windows Live Mesh, SugarSync, box, Synplicity, SpiderOak, and others. We have found that Dropbox is the simplest to setup and use. If you have more complicated sharing needs you may want to compare other services to Dropbox. They will all work to share AgWare files across computers. However our documentation will provide the specific steps to help setup Dropbox. If you have questions about using a different service please call or e-mail us.
    • Three Birds – One Stone
      • One nice benefit with a service like Dropbox is solving three problems at the same time. It can be used to synchronize DataLog Sales as well as ClickFORMS reports across multiple computers. In fact it can be used with any file you need to share. Microsoft Word and Excel documents, PDF files and images will all sync the same way. The third benefit is e-mailing links for large files. If you have ever tried to e-mail someone a large file, you know how difficult that can be. With Dropbox, simply save your file in the Public folder on your computer and e-mail the link. The other person does not need to be a Dropbox user to download your file.
    • Make Sure you Understand the Policies
      • We think these services are great. But you need to understand that you are trusting another company with some of your data. In order to move files between your computers, their software and servers will be reading and storing your data. Any synchronization service will publish information on their security and privacy measures. Here is the page for Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/security). It is about as interesting as reading USPAP, but we do recommend that you take the time look at it.

 

Fixes/Corrections
  • Searching by Attributes now brings back Approved Values only. This makes the attribute search much easier to use.
  • New Cache: Although not something that you can see directly we upgraded some of the internal parts of the Datalog. This upgrade will increase the speed and stability of the program. It will especially benefit users who have their My Sales folder located on a network drive.
  • Using grid filters are now case insensitive for enterprise search results.
  • File Modify Date and File Name were added to the Sales Grid. This can be helpful when using Dropbox, but are also useful for all users. Sorting by File Modify Date can help you quickly find the sale you just changed.
  • The process for moving your My Sales folder has been adjusted to avoid errors during the move.