The migration process includes moving the data, reinstallation of applications and services and setting up workstations. While the average migration can take up to four hours, it depends on many factors including network speed, number of clients, modules and scheduled tasks requiring configuration and add-on programs like ODBC drivers.
We encourage you to discuss any and all backup options with your IT representative. Make sure to have an offsite backup and find out who is responsible for restoring the data should you ever need to.
TRAINING TIME BALANCE
Vanguard charges for time during the migration process so please check your training time balance. All times can be deducted from your balance instead of getting a traditional bill. With the entire process being completed over the internet, costs will naturally be kept down to a minimum.
You can check on your training time balance through CAMAvision and clicking on the VCS Net News link. Need more time? Contact your Vanguard field representative today!
CAMAvision has the power and features to help you accomplish your job whether your jurisdiction has 500 or 500,000 parcels to manage. Yet, keeping track of all these features can be hard at times.
Below are some frequently asked questions we field the most about CAMAvision.
1. Does a “scan to” option exist allowing you to store scanned documents?
That ability already exists with the Document Management and Storage ability included with the Pro Version report writer module and available via PhotoVision.
2. The PDF screen displays in numerical order. Can I order them alphabetical?
Yes. You can set this as a USER preference OR when on the parcel search screen, select PDF and then click on the PDF Name header and they will sort alphabetically.
3. What is the “count” field for on the building extra screen?
Enter the # of items identical to the extra entered.
4. When I run a query, I want the school/tax district name to display and not the code.
Add the Pricing Tax_District0 Table. Link the Tax District_code 0 in the General Table to the Tax District0Code field in the Pricing Tax_District0 Table. Drop down the Tax0Description field into the query grid.
5. When doing a query on yard items, why is there no lookup of type?
Yard extras do not have occupancy and pricing codes like Res/Com/Ag buildings. A lookup can be used on the Description field from the Yard Extra table, however some yard types use hand-entered descriptions, which could have many different descriptions to choose from. If looking for specific yard items, the Table Name (e.g. “YSHED”) is often the best way to view everything priced as that type.
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.
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.