Xactimate Lowdown is a blog about Xactimate news, classes,
helpful hints and any news that affects its users.
helpful hints and any news that affects its users.
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
System Requirements for X1 were released. Click on the image to enlarge and see the new requirements as compared to the old. With every update it seems to get better. With the current update, you no longer have to rotate stairs. Whatever wall you get near , it rotates it for you. It's pretty cool. The next post will have the new features and fixes from the May 2nd update.
The reason for the creation of this blog was to have an outlet to pass on information regarding Xactimate whether it be news about Xactimate, changes to the software, information regarding my classes, the occasional helpful tips and anything else I could think of. It is a place where people can go to see what is happening within that world. As a Certified Trainer, Xactimate is a large part of my world and takes up a large percentage of my thoughts. I spend a lot of time thinking about how students of Xactimate can increase their retention of the program, especially in the beginning when it is all so new. Everyone learns at a different rate. When you are in a class, the person on either side of you will be retaining more or less than you. It is just the way it is. Young kids make everyone look bad because they were born with a computer in their baby hands. I constantly look for ways and teaching methods to try to bring everyone’s retention to a higher level. I have seen way too many teachers with massive egos going all the way back to college days that concentrate on how great they think they are; always looking inward. My belief is you have to look outward to what the students need to get more out of the material to be a good teacher. That is my constant goal.
The great news is that Xactimate doesn’t require a certain level of intelligence or God given talent. The worst person in Xactimate can be just as good as the best person, they just need more practice. There is no need to ever get discouraged in Xactimate, because any deficiency can be overcome with knowledge of the program & practice.
Someone once gave me a very long technical explanation on a subject and ended the explanation by saying “You didn’t get a thing I said did you?”. I asked “how did you know?” He said “I could tell by that glazed over look on your face.” I explained that I was sorry and that I learn things by doing them and then they stick. That is Xactimate in a nut shell. You learn & get better by doing and the more you do, the better and faster you get.
Remember the goal is not to get an introduction or dip your toe in the water. Nor is it to just get your certification. The certification may get you the job, but being good and fast is directly proportional to how much money you can make. That is the goal!
I truly hope this blog helps you in your Xactimate experience.
I find myself beginning this blog showing the natural beauty of Utah, where Xactware & Verisk reside. This photo and the one above was taken in Moab, where there are 2 national parks and 1 state park within a few miles of each other. Surprisingly the views are very different from one park to another, but not surprising is that they are all very beautiful. It is hard to take a bad picture. I go to the Xactware conference in Salt Lake City every year and have found myself staying before or after the conference to make a vacation out of it and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding areas.
Highlight Video - How to sketch a knee wall corner w/o a corner post
I became a Certified Trainer because it was the part of industry I loved the most. I've come to really love it because of the distance a new student goes in those 3 days.