Check, Check, 1, 2 … Is This Thing Even On?

By: Patrick Alexander

Added to the program in version 20, the Data Checker is located off the Tools menu at the top of CAMAvision. The Data Checker is the source to use when wondering about upcoming changes for a new release and/or if they will affect your values. It is also a great resource for ensuring continual data integrity and correctness.

Data CheckerIt is divided into two parts: available checks (on the left) and the selected check results (on the right). The available checks are divided into main and sub-groups. Once executed, each check will have an icon next to it, giving a visual indication of it any results were found (the check mark means no results, while a warning sign indicates at least one record was returned).

The selected check results contain any records matching the criteria being evaluated, the number of records found, the name of the check, and a description of what it is searching for and why. Checks may be executed one at a time by clicking on them or in batch by checking a group or sub-group and selecting the Run or Export command (the Export command can be found by clicking on he down arrow next to the Run button).

Results may be exported out to Excel (by using the Export command) or saved into a favorites list (by right-clicking on the results grid and selecting Save to Favorites List). This favorites list can then be selected under the Find button within the Parcel Maintenance search screen, thus allowing you to load the result set from the Data Checker into the Parcel Maintenance search screen.

Finally, the Data Checker tool has the ability to update itself on demand through the Updates command. Clicking on the command will cause the tool to check our website to see if any new or updated scripts are present. If they are, you will be prompted to download and apply them. This way the current version of the application can check and report on the impact of applying the next version.

Putting A little Fun in Your Office

By: Nick Klein

In recent versions of Microsoft® Office products, you may notice the appearance of personalization features. Whether it’s a person’s name and picture appearing in the title bar or choosing a theme pattern and color, it gives the user a chance to tailor the program and make it their own. This is simply an extension of people personalizing the background image on their computer’s desktop or adding photographs and plants to an office cubicle.

CAMAvision® has had similar features for many years – think the colored headings for reports. To this day, I can still recall when I first saw that Greene County, Iowa was cleverly using green for some of their over-the-counter reports.

The program itself allows a jurisdiction to select a database color theme (defaults: blue = Working, red = Certified, etc.), and it shows client contact information with a photo on the main screen. Not only do these settings personalize CAMAvision for a jurisdiction, but they serve a functional purpose too. The colors and images provide visual ques so a user “knows” to which dataset they’re connecting: Working, Certified, or even Remote.

Putting A little Fun in Your Office

When Vanguard initially sets up a client, we lean toward the functional aspect of the personalization. The Working database has an image of the client’s courthouse/administrative building and the Certified database has the default Vanguard logo. In past releases it’s required a call to the tech support line to make a change.

With CAMAvision v21, we opened up access to the client information (address, phone, and email), making it easier for an admin to update this information. Along with this is the ability to update the jurisdiction photo.

Putting A little Fun in Your Office

The initial image can be JPEG (JPG), Bitmap (BMP) or PNG. Internally the program makes it as small as reasonably possible. The image is stored as JPEG and resized to no more than 256 x256 pixels. A personalized image is cool but not at the expense of loading something big across a network!

I have found one user taking advantage of this feature in an unexpected way. In this jurisdiction, the CAMAvision administrator regularly swaps in new photos for the benefit of the entire staff. The images cycle between seasonal updates of the courthouse building, holiday themes, and even images with fun sayings or “memes.” What a fun way to inject some levity into the office!

Putting A little Fun in Your Office

Did You Know?

Illinois only two buildings survived the great Chicago fire, the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station.

Iowa is the only U.S. state name that begins with two vowels.

Missouri is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

Minnesota’s Mall of America in Bloomington if you were to visit the mall and spend 10 minutes inside every store, it would take you 86 hours to complete your journey.

Nebraska has more triplets born than any other state.

North Dakotas’ city of Rugby is the exact geographic center of North America.

South Dakota is where Tom Brokaw of NBC graduated from Yankton High School and the University of South Dakota.

Setting the City/Twp/ID Field En Masse

By: Sherry Surrett

In the version 21 update, many of you may have noticed a new field on the General Tab within the parcel ~ City/Twp/ID as highlighted below.

Parcel City/Twp/ID Tab

Parcel Cities TableThis field on the general tab ties back to the Cities table, located under Tables | General | Cities. In the version 21 update, this Cities table was programmatically populated for many jurisdictions (namely IA or ND). If your table did not get pre-populated, you may simply go to the test Cities table and populate your cities and townships, then copy test to main under table utilities for just the Cities table. (this should not require a revaluation).

Now that the Cities table is populated, the question becomes how to set the City/Township on each parcel without touching each parcel individually.

We have a simple solution to this. The Move feature under Parcel Maintenance has been enhanced to include the City/Township field in its destination selection.

  1. Open Move under Parcel Maintenance.
  2. Select the parcels you want to move to a designated City/Township. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as by PDF, by Map Area, by Taxing District, or a combination of all three. You can also select them by Parcel Range, or if you are a Proversion client, you could do a Query Wizard selection.
    Move Parcel Wizard
  3. Once satisfied with the parcel selection, Press Next
  4. On the destination location, press the City/Twp button and select the City or Township to which you would like the selected parcels set.
    Move Parcel Wizard - Parcels Set
  5. Press Next.
  6. Review the Move Criteria, and if it is correct, press the move parcel button.
    Move Parcel Wizard - Review Move Criteria
  7. A confirmation message will appear, Process Move.
    Confirm parcel Move
  8. After the Move is complete, the Move Parcel Log will appear. You may print or save the reports if you would like.
  9. Press the << Beginning Button to jump back to the first screen and start the process over for the next City or Township.
  10. Repeat steps 2 – 9 until all the parcels have their City/Township field set.
  11. Review a few parcels.
    Review Parcels

Showing Windows Shortcuts and Control Focus

By: Nick Klein

Fondation Control having focusLike most programs, CAMAvision® provides many shortcuts to the commands and menus for the keyboard-centric user. Starting with Windows® Vista, a new “clean” styling methodology started to take shape where shortcut menu keys were being hidden by default. I get that visually, this provides a “cleaner” styling for buttons and menus, but for those of us used to keyboard shortcuts, it can be confusing at first. Each release of Windows refines this clean lines look to the point where in Windows 10, it’s sometimes difficult to tell whether a control even has focus.

In the above screenshot, can you tell if the Foundation control has focus? Believe it or not, it is focused. I used the key to navigate through the data entry fields on this screen and stopped at the Foundation combo box list. Sure, there are some tricks to get keyboard shortcut underlines to appear. One is pressing the key. The trouble with this method is it only lasts so long – closing an application tends to reset the behavior. Another problem is this method may not work on a combo box control like Foundation.

Fondation Control having focusAnother option is to turn on this feature for all applications, all the time. The setting for this is buried within Window’s “Ease of Access Center.”

It just so happens that this feature also influences the focus lines around combo box controls, as in my Foundation example. Once enabled for all applications, focus lines will appear when <Enter> is used to navigate between controls. This makes seeing which control your cursor is located a whole lot easier!

To make this system-wide change, open the Windows Control Panel, and then locate and open the Ease of Access Menu to. Within the Ease of Access menu, you should see a “Change how your keyboard works” menu link. If you do not see this link, open the Ease of Access Center, and find the “Make the keyboard easier to use” menu.

Fondation Control having focusOnce you’re in the keyboard menu, scroll until you find the “Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts” section. It contains one checkbox. Check the “Underline keyboard shortcuts…” setting, and press the Apply button. Now, close out of the Control Panel.

Fondation Control having focus

It may take a few seconds as Windows cycles through all open applications and applies this change. Once complete, you should notice a difference right away. Enjoy!