Originally Posted By: bchester
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Thought I would throw in my two cents worth.
I have completed around 200 reports with my Axim and Palm Tech and found it to be a very usable system once I got used to the screen size and flow of the program. I started out printing report summaries on site but now use it mainly for data collection. I found people really did not want my printed summary if my full report would be out the next day.
I too was a little frustrated with the limit of comments until I actually reviewed a couple of hundred reports and found most categories had less than twelve comments that repeated. I also learned to write the comment so that I recognized it by the first three words. Scrolling eats up time on PDA’s.
Knowing I would have problems transitioning from hand written to computerized, I made it a point to write down my issues and talk to Jim (Palm Tech) frequently. I spent at least two hundred hours of spare time reviewing every reporting software I could find before I settled on Palm Tech. Of course, none of their reports were the way I was used to writing them. The one that was closest did not have a PDA version. (In a previous life, I had lead a plant startup on SAP. I knew I had to work myself through this change, like I had done with others)
I now do all reports in the “By System” template and call out the location of conditions. I have also changed the template over time by asking Palm Tech to make changes, one or two at a time, and send me my new template. I have not had to buy the “change” portion of the software and my new templates are usually in my inbox the next day, no charge!
I inspect in Georgia and sometimes wonder if many standard industry notes apply. Most of my homes are less than fifteen years old, we do not have earthquake or hurricane codes and I never saw an oil fired furnace until I went to inspector school (and have not seen one since). I did learn a lot about other opinions of necessary disclaimers and the variety of notes available when I reviewed reporting software. I built my system around the best of what I saw when I started it up.