Quickstart Tutorial - Bradford Technologies

Quickstart Tutorial - Bradford Technologies
Quickstart Tutorial
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are subject to change without notice.
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ClickFORMS™ is a Trademark of Bradford Technologies
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Tutorial Lesson Plan
Getting Started with ClickFORMS
Step 1: Introduction
Recommended documentation, displays, and startup options
Step 2: Adding Forms
Using the Forms Library, adding, deleting and organizing forms
Step 3: Screen Navigation
Navigating reports and utilizing collapsible pages
Step 4: Setting Preferences
Customizing your display, application, document, tools and cell preferences
Step 5: Cell Information
Tips for identifying, editing, and formatting cell text
Step 6: Shortcuts
Using Auto Adjustments, Standard Responses and Standard Comments
Step 7: Images and WinSketch
Utilizing PhotoSheet, WinSketch, maps, and inserted images
Step 8: Digital Signatures
Creating, converting and signing your reports
Step 9: Saving and Converting
Saving the report as a ClickFORMS file, template or PDF
Step 10: Printing
Printer setup and printing
Step 11: Emailing Reports
Sending reports or PDFs in email and requesting support
Step 12: Help Menu
Accessing documentation in the ClickFORMS User Guide and Tell Me How
How To Contact Bradford Technologies
Office hours, telephone numbers, email, web site, mailing addresses and keyboard shortcuts
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Getting Started
We know you don’t have a lot of time, so we have written this booklet to help you understand
the highlights of the ClickFORMS software as quickly as possible. Follow this outline and you will
be using ClickForms for processing appraisals in a twenty minutes or less.
First, install the software.
The first thing you want to do is gain an overview of what the program can do for you. Install the
software and browse the User Guide and Tell Me How section. You can launch them from the
Help Menu after the software is installed and open.
Second, go through the tutorial. (Approximately 20 minutes)
The tutorial will take you through the highlights of the program from “Starting a New Report” to
“Getting Help”. After reading this Tutorial, you will know how to produce a complete appraisal
report.
Third, familiarize yourself with your Operating System.
ClickFORMS is designed for Windows XP. Although the software will function on all Microsoft
Windows operating systems going back to Windows ‘95, all of the screenshots in this
documentation were captured under an XP environment. The following is the minimum system
requirements for running the ClickFORMS software:
• Platform: Windows 95
• CPU: 200 MHz Pentium® or faster
• RAM: 64MB RAM
• Media: 2x CD-ROM drive or faster
• Video: 800 x 600 display, High Color 16-Bit
• Hard Drive: 100MB of free hard disk space
• Other: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 5.0 or higher
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate ClickFORMS software.
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STEP 1: Starting a New Report
1
Start the Application
2
Select the User License
3
Initial View
Start the application by clicking on the
ClickFORMS program shortcut icon located
on your desktop.
If you already have a user license, select your
license file. Otherwise, choose New. A screen
will come up asking you to type in your name,
address, and company name. After entering
your name the way you wish to sign your
reports, click OK. The Evaluation Welcome
screen will be displayed.
• A sample form opens in the Workspace:
By default, this will be the sample URAR
report template file which is included with
your software.
• The Forms Manager is Visible:
The Forms Manager is on the left-hand side
of your Workspace. It contains the name of all
forms in the active report.
• The Forms Library is Displayed:
The Forms Library is the window on the righthand side of the desktop. This contains all the
forms that you will need to complete any type
of report.
4
Change Your Startup Options
Click on the Edit Menu > Preferences >
Application
Select a preferred option from the Startup tab
page
Startup Options
• Do Nothing (i.e., do not open any container
windows
• Create a New Empty Container window
• Display the Select Template dialog
• Open the Most Recently Used file
• Open this file: C:\ ... Sample URAR.clk
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STEP 2: Adding Forms
The Forms Library
The Forms Library is defined as such: A Library of
approximately 250 reusable forms that are compliant with
national Appraisal Industry standards.
Click the plus sign beside a Category Folder to view the
forms inside. Click on the minus sign to close it.
The Forms Library can be hidden or displayed instantly by
clicking on the Forms Library Button in the Toolbar. Press
the [Ctrl+L] keys to show it, or to hide it. Click on the Forms
Menu > View/Hide Forms Library. Drag the Forms Library
to move it anywhere on your desktop, or click and drag the
handle in the lower right corner to resize it.
Adding Forms
Method A:
• Open a new report by choosing New, Empty
Container from the File Menu.
• Click on and hold the desired form from the Forms
Library. Try the URAR
• Drag the icon over to your container and release it.
• Repeat as needed, until all of the required forms
have been added to the container.
Method B: Double-Click on a Form to add it.
The Forms Manager
The Forms Library can be quickly and easily hidden
or displayed using the Forms Library [Ctrl+L] button.
Select a form in your report, and click the up arrow
button to move it to the front of the report.
Select a form in your report, and click the Down
Arrow button to move it to the back of the report.
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STEP 3: Screen Navigation
Below is a picture of the ClickFORMS screen. There are many ways to navigate within a report. On
this page we’ve documented both what you’ll see, and a few of the ways to move around easily.
Page Title Bars
Click on the arrows in the Page
Title Bars to collapse or expand
individual pages or collapse all
from the View Menu selection.
Forms Manager
Click on any page in the
Forms Manager to display
that page in your Workspace.
GoTo menu
Click on the GoTo menu to
browse to the previous or next
page, or jump to any bookmark
that you’ve set.
Move Up and Down
Press the Up and Down
Arrow keys on your
keyboard.
Move Field to Field
Press the Tab or Enter key to
move to the next field. Press
[Shift+Tab] to return to the
previous field.
Scrollbars
Use the scrollbars
to scroll areas of
your report quickly
into view.
Scrollbar Arrows
Use scrollbar arrows to scroll slowly
through the report.
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Collapsible Pages
• Page Title Bars are displayed at the top of each
page in your report.
• To expand any page in your report, click on the
blue arrow. When the arrow is pointing down,
the page is expanded
• Click on the arrow a second time to collapse
the page. When the arrow is pointing towards
the right, the page is collapsed. To Collapse
all pages, choose View, Collapse All Pages, or
[Shift+F3]
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STEP 4: Setting Preferences
ClickFORMS is the first appraisal software that can be totally configured to meet your needs. This
chapter will explore customizing your preferences to meet and enhance your needs.
Set Display Preferences
1
Once the report is open, go to the View
menu and select Zoom. You can easily set
the display scale with the slider. Using the
View menu, you can also change your screen
display mode from Full Screen to Normal
with a single click.
Application Preferences
2
You’ve already seen how to set up Startup
Options from the Application Preferences
dialog. You can also set Directories, AutoSave and PDF options.
Document Preferences
3
You’ve already seen how to set up Startup
Options from the Application Preferences
dialog. You can also set Directories, AutoSave and PDF options.
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Tools Preferences
4
There are three types of tools that can be
configured from this dialog. There are BuiltIn Tools, such as PhotoSheet and WinSketch,
Plug-In Tools, such as Geolocator and Street
Atlas, and User Specified Tools, such as Excel
and Calculator.
Cell Preferences: The Cell Preferences dialog can
be accessed from the Cells menu. Preferences can
be set for:
• General Preferences: This is where you can change
calculation, display and transfer settings for each
cell.
• Numbers: You can round off any number
automatically, set decimals or commas and display
zeros, if necessary.
• Dates: Display your dates in any format.
• Graphics: Control the way your graphics are
displayed, framed and fit to the cell.
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STEP 5: Data Entry
Cell Types
When entering data, there will be several different type of cells:
• General Cells: This type of data only needs to be
entered once. If you type in an address, for example,
the same address will be duplicated in every form in
your report where the same data is required.
• Check Boxes: One of the easiest ways to make a
selection is to click on a check box to select it.
• Number Cells: Measurements and dollar value
amounts are contained within these cells.
• Comment Cells: The majority of appraisal typing
time is spent within these detailed comments.
ClickFORMS can keep an unlimited numbers of
these comments, to save time and minimize your
work.
• Response Cells: These cells hold short canned
responses such as “one”, “two” or “three”.
Formatting Text Characteristics
You can set the particular display, behavior or
formatting of individual data fields.
Style, Justification and Font Size
Use the commands in the center of the Cell menu to
set any cell’s style, justification and font size.
Shortcut: You can click on the corresponding
Toolbar icons to set the active cell’s style, font size
and justification.
Editing Cell Text
First select the text you’d like to edit by highlighting
it, and then you can choose copy from the Edit
Menu.
Shortcut: To eliminate one mouse-click just use the
copy button from the Toolbar Edit Console.
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STEP 6: Shortcuts
ClickFORMS has many time saving features that allows you to create shortcuts with your data
entry.
1
Auto Adjustments
To display this dialog, go to the Cells Menu,
and choose Auto Adjustments.
One Time Adjustment
Complete the Automatic Adjustment
Settings dialog and click on the OK button.
Permanent Adjustment
Complete the Automatic Adjustment
Settings dialog, check “Use these
adjustment values in new reports”, and click
on “Save List As”, then type a name in the
box. To finish, click on the OK button.
2
Standard Responses
Drop down menus enable you to select
canned responses.
Automatically Display Responses
Enabling the Auto Display Responses will
provide a preset list of responses that
appear as you tab through fields.
Save Text as a Standard Response
Press [Shift+F2] or select Add Response from
the Cells menu. To display your responses,
choose F2.
Editing Standard Responses
Select Edit Responses from the Cells menu
or simply press the [Ctrl+E] keys.
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Standard Comments
Select appropriate comments to fill
comment cells and complete any addendum
instantly.
Enter and Edit Your Comments
Type your comments into a comment field
and press [Shift+F2] key to save them. Press
the [Ctrl+E] to edit them or add more.
Adjust The Text Size
After selecting the standard comment, click
on Decrease/Increase Font Size icons to
shrink or grown text to fit the cell.
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STEP 7: Images and WinSketch
Adding photos, sketches, maps and scanned documents is now faster and easier to perform.
1
2
Photos
Add any number of photos of any size to
your Photo Addendum using the PhotoSheet
tool.
Sketches
ClickFORMS has a customized version of
WinSketch built-in to the software.
Drag and drop a photo directly into the
report.
Sketch any structure and insert it.
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Maps
Comparables Maps can be generated
automatically in seconds with Geolocator®
or Online Maps.
Design and scale your comparable maps.
Scanned Documents
Scan a letter, legal or state seal and copy it
right into your report.
Insert and format any scan.
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STEP 8: Digital Signatures
ClickFORMS enables you to digitally sign any appraisal report, quickly and easily.
Creating a Digital Signature
Before you can sign the report, you need an image
of your signature. Bradford Technologies provides a
signature scanning service, or you may create your
own signature image file if you have a scanner. If
you want a color signature, scan it in color mode. It
will print out in the same color scanned. When you
create the file, crop the area around the signature
to insure there is a minimal amount of white space
around it. Then save the signature as a picture file in
My Pictures folder.
The recommended formats are:
.jpg .tif .gif .bmp
Signature Conversion
Users of our 16-bit software can easily convert their
16-bit license and signature files to ClickFORMS
32-bit format with our free converter tool. If your
ToolBox Signature was stored in the C:\CFORMS\
Signatur folder when you run the Converter it will
automatically convert a copy of your license and
your signature. The option to convert, followed
by the 16-bit converter dialog box with options
for converting will appear the first time you install
ClickFORMS.
Setup a Digtal Signature
To digitally sign the report, click on Tools, and
choose Signature. You will need to setup your
signature before you can sign the report. To setup
your signature select Setup, and then choose
Load. Browse to the location where you saved your
signature and select your file. Click Open. On the
left is a small arrow pointer. The arrow (Zoomer) will
allow you to resize your signature correctly. Place
your Signature on the signature line and click OK.
Finally, choose Affix. Your digital signature will be
instantly affixed to the appraisal report file.
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STEP 9: Saving and Converting
After creating or editing a report, you can save it to any media, network server or hard disk drive.
To Save a Report, choose one of the following save options from the ClickFORMS File menu:
Save
Save As
If you have an existing report file and wish to save
changes to it, select the Save function or press the
[Ctrl+S] keys. If you do not have an existing file, you
will first be asked to create and name the file.
This is a really convenient command that empowers
the appraiser to back up multiple copies of the same
report. This report can be saved to various locations
on your network, including digital archives, file
servers or colleagues’ machines. You can use Save
As to transfer the file to any laptop, external harddrive or portable storage device.
Save As PDF
ClickFORMS now provides a built-in PDF Driver that
allows for Advanced Options such as additional
security settings and password protection. To
create a PDF, simply go to File, Create PDF, and
the ClickFORMS PDF driver will convert your report
quickly and easily. These files are great for EDI and
can be viewed and printed by the Adobe Acrobat
reader.
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Save As Template
Save As Template is a great way for creating starter
reports in areas you appraise. This function is similar
to Save As, except that the file created cannot
be accidentally overwritten. First create a custom
template, with pages and data you wish to have in
your reports. Then choose Save As Template, and
type in the template name. If you are updating the
template name, choose Save as Template, and then
click on the template name and click Save. Choose
“yes” to overwrite.
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STEP 10: Printing
ClickFORMS software supports dual printers for printing color and black/white forms
simultaneously.
You have complete control over which pages to print and the number of copies to print of each
page.
To Print
Click on the File menu and select Print. The Print
dialog shown below is displayed. The pages will
display in the order your report appeared from the
ClickFORMS report. Click Print.
• Setup Printer: Ensure the correct printer and
printer properties are set. To change the printer,
or check the properties, click on setup. A second
window will come up with a drop down listing
of printers to select, and a Properties button.
Here you can change settings such as paper size,
graphics, and printers. After making changes, click
OK to return to the Print box.
• Set Pages to Print: Under the Print column select
the pages you want printed by inserting a check
mark in their respective boxes.
• Set Number of Copies to Print: Under the
Copies column, type in the number of copies
you would like to print of each page. You can use
[Shift+Ctrl] and click on a page with the mouse to
unselect all.
• Set Printer to Use: Click on the drop-down arrow
next to the printer name to choose the printer for
an individual page. To change printer for more than
one page at a time, hold down the Shift key and
click on the printer name with the mouse.
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STEP 11: Emailing Reports
ClickFORMS has the built-in ability to email reports directly as a PDF or as the attached report.
This will eliminate the need to search for attachments on your computer, and enhance your productivity.
Send To Mail Recipient from the File Menu
• To email directly from ClickFORMS, go to File
and choose Send To > Mail Recipient.
• To email PDF attachments directly, choose Send
To > Mail Recipient (as PDF Attachment). Your
report will convert to PDF automatically.
• Choosing Send To > Mail Recipient (as ‘.clk’
Attachment). This will bring up a blank email with
the original report already attached. This handy
feature is especially useful when working with other
colleagues in ClickForms.
Send Email From The Help Menu
Now you can send our Software Programmers
your comments and ideas for features and
improvements in an instant. Just click on the Help
Menu and choose Send Suggestion. You can also
contact Technical Support by taking advantage
of this easy-to-use email feature. Choose Request
Assistance and fill out the information provided in
order to get the fastest reply.
Built-in Email
If you have an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
account and an email program such as Microsoft
Outlook, Outlook Express or Eudora, you can send
an email directly from ClickFORMS to our Technical
Support Team in seconds.
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STEP 12: Help Menu
Documentation
Every ClickFORMS installation downloaded with help files includes two comprehensive suites of
technical documentation readily available whenever you use the software. You can access these
resources easily from the Help Menu.
• User Guide: The ClickFORMS User Guide is a
multimedia eBook organized into topics that are
arranged identically to the items in your Menu bar.
A wealth of reference information is contained in
this eBook.
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Send To Mail Recipient from the File Menu
• Tell Me How: The ClickFORMS Tell Me How
Tutorial Suite provides answers to all your technical
questions.
• Online Help: Online Help is available on the
Bradford Technologies web site.
• Register Your Software: Register your software
by clicking on the Registration item in the Help
Menu.
You can also call Customer Support @ (408) 3608520 Ext. 232 to register.
List of Keyboard Shortcuts
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How To Contact Bradford Technologies
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
Customer Service:
(408) 360-8520
Sales Information: (800) 622-8727
Electronic FAX: (408) 360-8529
E-Mail:
sales@bradfordsoftware.com
support@bradfordsoftware.com
suggestions@bradfordsoftware.com
comments@bradfordsoftware.com
forms@bradfordsoftware.com
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302 Piercy Road,
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http://www.bradfordsoftware.com
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