New features in CAMAvision: blurring parts of an image

With increasing concern about privacy in the last few years, making a habit of reviewing new photos used in CAMAvision before adding them into the system is a good practice. Photos appear in reports, can get uploaded to a website or can be seen by anyone requesting a copy of the data.

With images serving a valuable purpose for appraising property, taking steps to protect sensitive information is a must in 2015.

A new feature introduced in CAMAvision 18 within the effects screen of PhotoVision™ now gives the user the ability to blur out specific sections of an image.

For this example, a photo of a garage is used with a car in front displaying a license plate. The goal here is to obscure the license plate. By loading an image into PhotoVision and clicking on the effects button, the user is given the option to select a portion of the image to edit.

Blurring images in CAMAvision

Once the area is selected, a menu can be produced by right clicking and selecting Blur Section. Once executed, the area selected will be transformed and will now feature a blurred effect. An added zoom in the example shows what the finalized image looks like.

The Blur Section is not the only feature available in the effects area of PhotoVision. Other features like sharpness, contrast and brightness can also enhance the presentation of a photo.

With any kind of image editing, you run the risk of crossing the line into doctoring a photo. A balance between what should be edited and what should be left alone should be under consideration at all times. Establishing rules about how much an image can be edited is another good practice.

What you had to say about User Group Meetings in 2014

Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. presented another set of six successful user group meetings in 2014 with stops in Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

We asked for your feedback and this is what you had to say!

“Information was very useful.”

“Very good, learned useful information.”

“Good variety of topics.”

“Informative – all the speakers knew their area and explained it so it was easy to follow.”


Over 40 attendees in Illinois from 11 different jurisdictions.

68 attendees from 14 jurisdictions in South Dakota.

Over 200 attendees representing 41 jurisdictions and one State Tax Commission in Missouri.

41 different jurisdictions attended in North Dakota with over 183 attendees.

Over 120 attendees from 21 jurisdictions in Minnesota.

94 different jurisdictions were represented in Iowa with over 380 attendees including attendees from the Department of Revenue.

Nick Klein (Computer Department Manager) talks about the upgrades coming to CAMAvision
Nick Klein (Computer Department Manager) talks about upgrades coming to CAMAvision


Stay tuned for registration information for our next set of user group meetings this year!