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Dale J. Brassfield (Dalejbrass)
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2000 - 11:27 am:   

Gale, I understand. Believe me! 5-6 short years ago most of us were still hand writing estimates. Sometimes I sit back and think about all the claims that I wrote out by hand, wondering how it would have been if I would have had software. Of course, then, the client didn't demand as much as they do today. Unfortunetly, those days are over.

My first digital camera was a Kodak DC50. It took wonderful pictures and it made me very good money. I just really like the floppy disk in place of memory cards. Escpecially, on the larger losses that may not be written for a few days.

I wish other companies would utilize the floppy disk. I've heard that sony has the patent on the floppy, therefore, controlling the development.

I purchased my FD81 approx. 7 months ago and there are already 3-4 newer models out. Oh well!

I know that when you are using Sony Mavicas with DDs, it is very important to have a setting of at least 24 bit color. Something to do with the download process. I tried it and my pictures improved greatly.
Gale Hawkins (Gale)
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2000 - 1:35 am:   

Dale even after rereading your first post I still did not see anything about you promoting Pacesetter Tech Training Center in any shape, form or fashion. Don’t be concerned about the ones that may feel that way. It was in fact I that was promoting Pacesetter Tech Training Center and from what I have heard it is top notch in its field.

My original question was only would you be as excited about DDS if your company call Pacesetter Tech Training Center did not benefit from DDS being a less than user friendly property adjusting package that permits you to hold three day training classes for a fee?

If I understand correctly recently a Pacesetter Claims Service was formed as well. Perhaps your CFO or some one else that is good with numbers and you being good at adjusting and using adjusting software would like to look at another adjusting software package that could add to your companies bottom lines more than DDS does. Adjusting firms and carriers can find that moving to a more easy-to-use package that is also 60% less expensive than DDS is the smart way to go to be perceived as being on top of things in service and profits. Of course you could continue to provide DDS training as long as a good number of companies are still using that product. Just a though if you think it would help your company continued to be viewed as being in the forefront of your industry long term.

Please use CADO’s ‘Keyword Search’ over on the left site of your screen under the heading, “Forum Search” to help you find more helpful hints on using the Sony Mavicas by just searching on “Sony”. Here is one example posted by a DAVE a few months ago. Hope it helps you get better pictures.

The camera should be checked for proper aperture setting if you are over exposing.

Sometimes it is better to under expose and then brighten the photo, or do the reverse, shoot the way you are and darken the picture with software, like Adobe. Try not using the flash on the interior and see what happens.

Another way to resolve the problem , if you are using a SONY Mavica, is to place a piece of black electrical tape across the center of the flash, eliminating about 1/2 of the area.

Also , if this happens all the time, shoot one and then check it, if you can, easy with SONY.
Tom Toll (Tom)
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2000 - 12:59 am:   

I don't feel the CADO pages are out there for people or companies to push, push,push, their product. I personally do not like hard sells. My wife and I have been using DDS for years and will continue to do so. They do not push their product, just make it available to those who are wise enough to make their own decision. I have never had a crash due to their program and have always received answers from them if I called to ask how to use certain parts of the program. Those are the things I personally look for in a product. I don't like pushy salesmen, only those who are available for help after the sale and with sincerity.

We use the Sony Mavica 83 camera and do not have a problem with overflash on an interior shot. I turn the flash off and try to get natural light in. If that is not possible, I turn the flash to low and back off and zoom in on the area of concern. We use glossy paper when we print on our HP printers, which makes the photos we run through MS Publisher look like 35mm photos. We have had compliments from the companies, not criticism, on the quality. Paper is important. Use high quality paper so the paper does not absorb the ink.
Dale J. Brassfield (Dalejbrass)
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2000 - 11:08 pm:   

Gale, I am sorry that you felt as if I were promoting my company. That was not my intention. But now that you mention it, Pacesetter Tech Training Center does offer a DDS training class. I would urge anyone who does not feel comfortable using DDS, to attend one of our training classes. Everyone that has attended, has nothing but good things to say about it and how much they have learned.

To answer your question; Yes, I would be as excited if my company was not offering a DDS class. I am an adjuster, always have been and always will be. I was personally using DDS long before Pacesetter Tech came along.

Once again, I am very interested in hearing from anyone with a helpful hints on using Sony Mavicas or can recommend other digital cameras.
Gale Hawkins (Gale)
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2000 - 9:02 pm:   

Dale one question came to my mind as I was reading your post, would you be as excited about DDS if your company call Pacesetter Tech Training Center did not benefit from DDS being a less than user friendly property adjusting package that permits you to hold three day training classes for a fee?
Tom Joyce (Tomj)
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2000 - 12:49 pm:   

My wife is provided a Kodak and uses DDS. The quality of the photos printed with an HP895 is amazing. About every photo I have seen put through that system is equal to a 35mm. Have also run some photos through a Xerox DocuPrint8 which is a laser printer. Although in greyscale, it produced some interesting contrasts.
As far as using a camera with a memory card or smart media, pick up a flashpath and you can download the photos from your floppy drive, or use one of the new card readers.
Dale J. Brassfield (Dalejbrass)
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2000 - 10:14 am:   

I have been profiting from digital camera use for the last 4 years. Now it seems every adjuster I know has one. Although, most clients are now becoming more and more irritated with the quality of interior photos. I am trying to research cameras, camera settings, printers, computers and of course software. I currently and will always use DDS. (It is the greatest!) I am also faithful to the good ole Sony Mavica. Only because of it's ease of use.

What settings how you found to be the most effective? for interior photos.

Have you defused the flash?

Hint; punch a hole in a label. Stick the label over your flash bulb, off centering the hole slightly. It seems to help defuse the flash. Also, back up to the opposite wall, zoom in on your water stain and photo. I have heard that if you turn off the light, shine a flashlight on the stain and take the photo, it will turn out clear as day. Who knows?

Please share any idea's

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