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Last Post 09/27/2012 8:10 PM by  ChuckDeaton
Saving sketch to pdf?
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heythisisaj
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09/20/2012 6:12 PM

    Hey ya'll, I'm a newbie to this website, but not a newbie to Xactimate.  However, I am trying to increase efficiency with the reports I do on a day to day basis, and I've never figured out how to get a document of just my sketch, with all of the measurements showing (sometimes, if its over 20-25 squares, the measurements get lost) and the 3-d images showing?  Is there an easy way to do this?  Currently, I just use snagit and snag every aspect of the sketch that I need and throw it into an excel sheet to save to a PDF later. 

    Thanks in advance for any advice you have.

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    okclarryd
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    09/21/2012 9:48 AM
    You can print just Sketch in the print function. Only choose Sketch and print with pdfPro or whatever pdf printer you have.
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    Tim_Johnson
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    09/23/2012 6:50 PM
    Or just check the sketch in the print function and export the file, it will export the sketch in a pdf format
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    claims_ray
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    09/24/2012 4:51 PM
    I think that his major problem is with the measurements showing up and showing up ledgible and not in the actual printing to pdf. Is what you are offering him the solution to the small size that the measurements appear?
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    Tim_Johnson
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    09/24/2012 6:39 PM
    He would need to change his font size in the sketch preferences
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    Leland
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    09/26/2012 5:51 PM
    I have a 5 story building I am doing an estimate on and the receptionist's counter on the top floor is about 5 meters long and made of Corian, with lots of detail including built in lighting etc. So I sketched it separate from the actual room and made it into a "room" all by itself. I know, maybe I could have done reference blocks etc, but I am self taught so I do what I am comfortable with.

    After I made all kinds of little text notes and arrows regarding the stainless steel toe kick, custom package delivery shelf etc, I realized I couldn't easily copy the room to put it on a separate XM8 level (page) because the notes don't copy automatically when you copy and paste a room. I should have put it on a separate level to begin with, but I am learning as I go.

    I needed to get a sub bid because it is such a custom item so when the carpenter asked me for more details I just enlarged that area on my computer screen and photographed it, and then emailed the photo. The carpenter gets a full 8x10 image with all the detail so it worked very well.

    I actually do that a lot, take photographs of my computer screen and email it.

    When I worked Hurricane Ike the carrier actually instructed us to take photos of the insured's computer screen, if neccesary, to document BI losses.

    I also take photos of the insured's photos and sometimes the photo images displayed on the insured's smart phone. Obviously I could wait to get the promised emails but sometimes they never come and sometimes there is only one chance to get the documentation.

    Now with a smart phone an adjuster could take a photo of a specialty item and email that photo to a subcontractor for price opinion while the adjuster is still at the loss site. And the adjuster could even look up subs on the smart phone. So for example if there is some damaged stained glass in a town you've never been in before, you could look up 2 or 3 stained glass shops while standing at the loss and shoot them an message right there in real time.

    I really like my old camera but I am finding my smart phone often takes better pictures even with its tiny lens.
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    ChuckDeaton
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    09/27/2012 8:10 PM
    Leland, with an android smart phone, a Yellow Pages app is available. Also, with a Gmail account a large number of contacts can be stored, along with information, as an example one of my contacts is a metal building contractor, I message him images and dimensions and he provides questions and advice and sometimes submits a bid. My smart phone is also used to write first reports and set reserves. And, get this, Samsung is coming out with a new Galaxy in March, only 700USD.
    "Prattling on and on about being an ass with experience doesn't make someone experienced. It just makes you an ass." Rod Buvens, Pilot grunt
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