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helpful hints and any news that affects its users.
include the subgroup. If you drop it into the sketch, it will include the subgroup. This is only on the SKT macros as I have seen it happen in the electrical and hvac SKT macros.
room is selected including the subgroups (closet & stairs), it only puts the carpet on the landing on the first attempt. On the second attempt, it arbitrarily put it only on the upper stairs only. When the stairs are removed and the closet is left as a subgroup, it places it correctly, so the issue is with the stairs. This issue has been forwarded to Xactware but until it is corrected, be careful. Just goes to show, you should always check your work.
In case you haven’t noticed, if you try to arch a wall in Xactimate mobile, you will get a ghost circle over the drawing instead of the arched wall. The smaller you make the arch the larger the circle. Xactware was unaware, but not anymore. They are “looking into it”. On the sketch to the right (click on sketch to enlarge), the left wall of the 2 left rooms are arched.
Some new things appeared after the latest update. Here are some of the answers to the questions you are asking.
Question: What is the Skybox option in sketch under View?
Answer: This is part of Photorealism. You won’t see much in regards to Photorealism in this release as the assets are not available yet. The Xactimate Team is looking at having assets ready to release in the Dec. update. This will basically give you the ability in 3D view to view the rooms with textures etc. on in the rooms.
Question: What is the Split Screens in Sketch:
Answer: Split screen Horizontally and Split Screen Vertically are options that show up under View in Sketch when you have more than one Sketch Tab. This allows you to split your screen either horizontally or vertically to view both sketch tabs.
Question: What are the Wireframe Roof options that show up under the Roofing Tool in Sketch?
Answer: These options have shown up from the last couple of updates. They can be utilized when an Exterior Level is created. They can provide a certain advantage over the traditional Sketch or Block Roofs. Imported property packages - including from third party providers - will import as wireframe roofs. Wireframe roofs will also be required for a new tool that will be released first part of next year. The Sketch team will be giving Shane Howarth and myself some in-depth training by the end of the year on this. We will make sure to include training on wireframe roofs in an upcoming XCT Quarterly Training.
This is a reminder that on July 31, 2021, support for all Xactimate 28 installations will no longer be available. In addition, end of life for Xactimate 28 will occur on December 1, 2021. On this date, the legacy comm servers that Xactimate 28 uses to communicate with XactAnalysis will be shut down, and Xactimate 28 will no longer function.
We encourage all users to upgrade to Xactimate X1 before support ends next July, even though Xactimate 28 will continue to work through November 2021.
Below is an update in Xactimate X1 on Decks that may be helpful for all.
Deck Framing in 3D View in X1 has been moved. This was done to boost the performance of Sketch. Showing that construction on the decks is one of the most costly features of Sketch in terms of raw performance.
In order to enable Deck Construction view, simply:
In my last class, I had a student that watched all my preclass videos and did very well in class because he had already started putting in the work from those videos. He had almost no experience with sketch but worked it like it was important because he knew the importance of it. He did the homework, studied what he learned in class and took the certification exam shortly thereafter. He completed the 3 hour exam in Crest record 35 minutes and posted is his result (click on the image to enlarge). Not everyone will have these results because everyone learns at a different rate, but if you put in the required work and practice, the results will be there.
I work in every class to study my students and also work to adjust my teaching methods for those students. I offer preclass videos because I know that instruction alone will not make you proficient, but practice of that instruction will. This allows students to practice some basic sketch techniques so they will do better in class and retain more of the instruction. I would put my teaching method against anyone teaching Xactimate because that is where my focus is and not on getting through the day and moving on. I have had so many people who have taken other classes that thanked me for getting through to them when they describe their previous class as I just did. Just because you know Xactimate doesn’t mean you can teach it. That was my experience with my first 2 classes when I was trying to learn Xactimate. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you won’t be disappointed by my class. Check out my testimonial page and see if you see a consistent theme there https://www.crestllc.com/xactimate-testimonials.html
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I remember when I worked for a carrier having to log out of Xactcontents because if you closed out (x’d out) without logging out, you could not log back in until the system logged you out (could be up to 20 minutes), so I got in the habit of logging out when I was done. With X28 desktop, you did not have to worry about logging in or out, you just have to be connected to the internet when you use Xactanalysis.
With X1 desktop, you do not have to be connected to the internet to work on it, but you do have to be connected to the internet to log in. That means if you download a price list for an catastrophic area that does not have internet and log out before you get there, you will not be able to log back in until you get an internet connection.
So the way around that is to never log out, just close the window (x). Originally I had heard that it would not log you out for 30 days, now I hear indefinitely, but I have not tested it. I’ll let you know in 30 days.
If you want to look into taking classes from Crest LLC, go to our home page .I am also on facebook https://www.facebook.com/crestllc/ and advertise on CADO http://catadjuster.net/ which is a great site for adjusters. I go to great lengths to make sure all my students get a good understanding of this program. You can see what some of my former students are saying on my testimonial page https://www.crestllc.com/xactimate-testimonials.html
Three month ago I wanted to go back to teaching X28 because I thought X1 was absolutely miserable. With the last 2 updates, X1 has come such a long way that I am enjoying teaching it. And the best part is that students are showing up to class prepared because the X1 download works so much better than the X28 download; no SQL or any other issues. About the only thing they haven’t repaired yet is that you still have to click on the sketch pad before the full screen shortcut (Shift-Enter) will work.
One thing that is not working great yet (which has nothing to do with the version) is the new image to scope that was released a few months ago. For those of you not familiar, when you order a Geomni roof or property package, there is a Geomni tab where you can pick and choose your scope with a series of drop down menus. This is great for new adjusters who are unfamiliar with putting together a scope.
A few things you have to beware of:
If you want to look into taking classes from Crest LLC, go to our main page www.crestllc.com .I am also on facebook https://www.facebook.com/crestllc/ and advertise on CADO http://catadjuster.net/ which is a great site for adjusters. I go to great lengths to make sure all my students get a good understanding of this program. You can see what some of my former students are saying on my testimonial page https://www.crestllc.com/xactimate-testimonials.html
Highlight Video - How to sketch a roof that is a dutch hip in front and a regular hip in the back
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