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John A. Postava
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Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2002 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Although I don't usually "sell" on CADO, for those SIMSOL and non-SIMSOL users that hate Windows, love DOS, have not received a copy of our latest newsletter, The Turbulent Times, and can still get away with using any estimating system they want, SIMSOL is discontinuing support and sales of our DOS-based system as of 12/31/02 and we are selling it far below it's original cost. $750 for single users and $1500 for company copies - that's about 40% of what it originally sold for.

Surprising to me but we still have several hundred SIMSOL DOS enthusiasts out there. Estimates in DOS can be done faster and from the keyboard as opposed to the mouse. The system has all the standard and NFIP forms, photo sheets and diagram sheets for adjusters. The DOS based version was first release in the mid-80's and was the first system to give adjusters all the parts of the adjusting process - not just an estimator.

The DOS product was my brainschild and I did alot of flood and hurricane claims over the 10 years I used it as an adjuster. I am sorry to see it go but the times they are a changin'.

If anyone is interested in seeing a copy, there are some limitations as to the hardware it can run on so contact me directly and I can go over them with you.
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John A. Postava
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Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If any restoration contractor reading this is a current member of PTC-net and uses their proprietary estimating software, please contact my email address. I have some quesitons...thanks.
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D Wong Whey
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Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2002 - 9:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John, for those of us who can't make it to Anaheim, is it possible that you could share more information here about your SIMSOL PocketScope PDA scoping tool/software?

Sounds like you have the techological tool of the future ready for us now! Please tell us MORE!!
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John A. Postava
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Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2002 - 3:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some of the gang at SIMSOL will be appearing at the PLRB convention and trade show in Anahiem this Sunday to Thursday. The PLRB is still the best-attended property insurance meeting of the year (over 200 vendors and 2000 attendees). If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Southern California it is certainly worth the gas money and hotel bill to attend (if for no other reason to attend the trade show!).

SIMSOL will be displaying all of its products as well as previewing some new features to be released in our next update. We will have our new SIMSOL PocketScope PDA scoping tool on display as well as a real-time hook-up to our data warehousing and mining service in Orlando.

Mention you read this post and get a free SIMSOL STORM TEAM t-shirt!

See you there....
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John A. Postava
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Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 3:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Look forward to seeing all the TAIIA adjusters in Galveston this weekend. SIMSOL will be there helping to sponsor the conference as well as participate in the Golf outing (weather permitting). See you there....
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Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 - 8:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Windstorm conference Monday and Tuesday (RUSS, I WANT THOSE PICTURES OF ME AND SCOTT WEINS BACK!!!). SIMSOL's next stop will be the Texas Ind. Adj. meeting in Galveston later this month. See some more of you there...
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Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 4:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

SIMSOL will be appearing at this year's 4th Annual Wind Conference in Orlando. Please stop by our booth on Monday or Tuesday to say hi, get a free t-shirt or check out our Fujitsu Tablet or Compaq PocketPC computers (which will have SIMSOL on them). Look forward to seeing your there.
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Roy Cupps
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Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2002 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Transfered from beta forum, posted by John Postava on 1/23/02

I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by the SIMSOL hospitality suite and our booth at last week's NACA convention. Steve, Woody, Charlie and (of course) Lori all did a great job. We look forward to next year's convention in Las Vegas and we hope everyone has a GREAT YEAR so all can attend!

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For those adjusters and contractors attending this years NACA convention in Phoenix (January 16-19th), SIMSOL will have an assortment of Fujitsu tablet and hand-held devices all loaded with the latest version of SIMSOL for you to try. Those in attendence will also get a first look at our upcoming product SIMSOL CE - a scoping and estimating software specifically designed for computers using the Windows CE operating system. See you there....
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Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2002 - 8:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

SIMSOL is holding beginner and advanced user traning classes in conjunction with both the NACA convention in Phoenix and the Wind Conference in Orlando. For availability, dates and times, call Debra Florence at 800-447-4676 x325.
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John Turk

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Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2001 - 7:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chuck

I don't know anything about Xerox, but I did trip over the Epson C-80 inkjet, very very good unit, fast and cost effective, $149.00 and excellent photo quality 25 year ink etc. At this cost it is almost disposable if it breaks down.

The simsol program interfaces with Delorme, you can enter all data in Simsol, ZIP codes mandatory then select what you want to export to mapping and its done. Very good and time saver.
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Chuck Deaton

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Posted on Friday, November 02, 2001 - 9:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is there anyone with experience with Xerox solid ink printer? If so leave me a message here or send me an email.
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Chuck Deaton

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Posted on Friday, November 02, 2001 - 9:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John, in my pen tablet scenerio, I visualized using two computers. I use DeLorme and my scenerio included leaving it running in the truck on a laptop.

My prior experience was at a time when all computers were comparatively slow and laptops were actually rare and pen tablets were like hens teeth.

I wish I had time to follow you around.

Looks like I am going to make a change from M&SB and I am thinking of including Simsol and a Fujitsu in my tool box.

The disto and a loggers tape are constants.
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John Turk

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Posted on Friday, November 02, 2001 - 8:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chuck

I have found over the past several years that I have had to reinvent my thinking and approach to make the adjusting process more productive and at the sametime a better product for the customer I work for. Sometimes the changes are exceptional and then sometimes not.

At this time using the pen tablet has allowed me to have a complete estimate before leaving the loss location and an agreement with the insured. I have not printed estimates on site, I could but don't think it is useful since the vendors I work with want to send the copy from their office.

As far as working with Bubba Fujitsu it is holstered at the hip in easy reach and in a pocket or holster is Disto Baby. I usually go over the loss with the insured first and at that time take photos which allows me to converse with the insured various details. After completing the inspection I explain that I will now measure and scope the loss at which time they are free to follow me around but ususally they don't when they see what I am doing. Twice look gets skipped details.

I have the computer on, have entered room and either put Bubba Fujitsu in holster or hold it and measure with Disto Baby. Enter measurement then scope away. (DB back in place) Yes I keep a pocket tape for those odd measurements, casing, trim, glass, windows, etc. and move on.
So far this all has worked well for me and I will admit I am putting all of this to work in first big storm event in Michigan. So far ok. Actual closings at 60% all sub quote may not be avail.

I have all of my claims entered into 15" laptop, have Simsol program file drawers set up as NEW CLAIMS, then drawers for Inspection days FRI 11/2 for work of the day etc., when they are closed I put them into drawer marked CLOSED FILES. I download the night before what files are being inspected for the next day into Bubba Fujitsu. When I am through for that day the files are then downloaded back to the main computer, all of this by the way goes through CD writer, so there is always a back up copy. When the files are placed back into the DRAWER OF THE DAY I then download photos on my e drive into the simsol program. Before I download the photos I make a desk top copy folder so I have a dup of the photos. When you download the files into simsol they now come up in a THUMBNAIL view, you select what you want and can caption in one stroke and move on to the next with ease, so far beyond their old stone age ways.
I know this sounds like a lot, but once you go through the setup it is slick and quick. Claims go smoother with the insured, cost of repairs are known and agreed too and makes for a less tedious evening as far as remembering what was what.
Is it the answer for everyone, maybe. I think you would agree from all of your experience that the changes we have seen in such a short period of time makes one look twice before making these tech changes for fear of having a boat anchor in short order. Just look, now its the Pentium IV, 1.5 gig processor, who would thought?? I remember buying a 700 Pentium sometime back for big bucks and the 1.5 is half the price I paid, yuk. But it all works. Hope this helps, didn't mean to ramble on so.
More later, look forward to your continued comments.
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Chuck Deaton

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Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 8:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John,

I defer to you especially where cost is concerned. I estimated the overall cost of changing the way I work. My thoughts included the additional software I thought I would need for a machine running XP and changing from DDS/M&SB to Simsol.

What do you do with the unit while you are measuring and taking photos? How do you negate the danger of dropping or misplacing the unit? What do you use for backup? Do you print your estimates on scene? How do you discuss pricing with an insured?

As I said in my orginal post, I was able to use a pen tablet to good advantage on small losses, exterior hail and wind generally, but once I moved indoors to larger flood and fire losses its usefulness decreased.

Please keep this forum informed as to your experience with pen tablets. Actual feild experience is rare. Most of what I know about pen computing is personal experience generated with a IBM 730TE and a Ricoh running DOS and DOS Simsol.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 8:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chuck,

What else would one add to Fujitsu 600PIII, 256Ram, 15GIG Hard Drive, Docking Station, Phone modem built in, etherenet, keyboard and all for $3085, what am I missing?

DOS Simsol on Pen Tablet was a great stride but I can't imagine how you would compare it to Windows version and all of its capabilites, especially with the V2.3. So far it has been nice to come back in at the end of the day having the estimates written, pricing agreed to with most of the cases, (not all, but 80% anyhow) A report and adding digital photos is pretty smooth too making for closings not under so much pressure.

So far so good, I like it.
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Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jim Flynt

LPT600F, best of both worlds for indoor/outdoor use, could not believe the sharp performance.

Get it at Currie Peak and Frazier, talk to Beau Currie, web site CPFINC.COM, you can get their 800 number there and Beau is on extension 127. I met Beau on the phone through our late best friend "JJ" Jim Jones. He and Beau put together a pak and you can see it on site, using the 3500 unit. It is larger screen and I tested it and for me was too big. I Like the 8.25" screen. Other is 10.25"

If you get it, go with the docking station as your options dramtically increase as you can hook up full size monitior etc, remember this is a P600III, 256Ram 15Gig hard drive.

Cost for above $3100 for round number, best price I found and they have the Simsol Pak listed on their web site.

Service and nice people in the CPF organization, called their Tech dept with question and they got right on it with great attitude. Everyone there is great to deal with. They take everything but AMX, thats the only flat spot for me. AMX don't leave home without it.

E-mail me if you have further questions be glad to respond, Jatstorm@aol.com. And when you call to speak to Beau ask him how the music business is doing.

Have a great day!
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Chuck Deaton

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Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jim, Simsol running on a Fujitsu is an absolute marvel.

Experience tells me there is no significant advantage to handling claims on a pen tablet.

State Farm tried this in property (IBM)and auto (Fujitsu). Auto adjusters scoped the loss on paper then made entries on the pen tablet.

I ran DOS Simsol on an IBM pen tablet and found that I could scope small losses, but larger fire losses especially ones where I could not find a surface to deposit the pen tablet were more difficult.

By the time a Fujitsu is outfitted the way I like one the cost is in the $5,000 range.
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Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John P. Congratulations on the newest updated edition of SIMSOL. Having used your product, I find it easy to use and like you said, it seems to have that 'flow' that other programs don't.

Just out of curiousity, can you or John T. let us know what the price is for the Fujitsu LPT600F Pen Tablet which was mentioned. Does SIMSOL have any connection with Fujitsu to offer any kind of volume discounts on purchase of this tablet?

Also John P., what is your take on the Fujitsu tablet? Is it the 'next wave' in the progression of adjuster tools?

Finally, can either of you provide CADO readers with the best source for buying the Fijitsu tablet?
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Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John T:
Thanks for the good words.

Compared to the two major players in our industry's software arena (who know who they are). SIMSOL does not have hundreds of employees (only 20) but we always seem to eventually get it done (and done right!).

We don't have full time salespeople banging down the doors of insurance carriers and independents on a 30-day basis trying to sell them their wares (only myself and Gwen and Debra on the phone). But, as luck would have it, the "proof is in the pudding" and the software speaks for itself. SIMSOL continues to grow, mostly through word-of-mouth among adjusters. And you know an adjuster won't endorse any product he or she doesn't truly believe in!

When a new estimating software is released we always lose a few of our marginal users who are attracted to the "sizzle" of a particular feature which we haven't added to SIMSOL yet or becuase of a price break that seems too good to be true. But after 6 months or a couple of storms, many of our ex-patriots return to SIMSOL becuase our stuff "just works better".

Every adjuster has their favorite software and all the software vendors work hard in trying to develop software they (think) adjusters will like. Just like writing a screenplay (one of my pastimes), if you write to please an audience you are headed down a path of failure. You have to write from your heart and hope the audience agrees.

At SIMSOL we design software around what I, personally, want to see in an adjusting and estimating software. If "I" see where a particular feature will help "me" handle my losses (yes, I still adjust claims) better, faster and more professionally, then it goes into our products. That's why our software "flows" better than any other product out there. Exactly what "flow" is is hard to describe, but once you use SIMSOL for a dozen or so estimates, you start to see what we mean.

Thanks again for the kind words, I will pass them around the office.

John
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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 8:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Its out at last, V2.3 and well worth the wait I have to say. Runs faster overall, (how do you do that?) Digital photo Thumbnail with immediate access to date and caption, Print Screen Set up is absolutely user friendly and to the point. One very nice feature is the capability to create any portion of your file to "PDF" format to include as an attachment to e-mails (such as sending a Proof of Loss)this is great. Also the whole file.

The additional "new" content data base (DTI) afffords ability to isolate past prices on items for the year they were mfg and a LKQ for todays replacement cost. Quite slick and helps to control costs right in field if you have your computer with you.

Which brings up that I installed V2.3 on a new Fujitsu LPT600F Pen Tablet. Can't say enough about this tool, its like using the Disto Laser, all of these tools can and do make the job go better all around. E-mail me if you have questions on the LPT600F, JATSTORM@AOL.COM. Also have to admit the "Virtural Room" concept makes sense when using the pen tablet as it moves you from materials and scopes in a blink with the ability to access all variations of a particular line item. Way to go.

Thanks John P and the whole gang for V2.3, the support and services you provide, it just keeps getting better.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 - 8:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Its out at last, V2.3 and well worth the wait I have to say. Runs faster overall, (how do you do that?) Digital photo Thumbnail with immediate access to date and caption, Print Screen Set up is absolutely user friendly and to the point. One very nice feature is the capability to create any portion of your file to "PDF" format to include as an attachment to e-mails (such as sending a Proof of Loss)this is great. Also the whole file.

The additional "new" content data base (DTI) afffords ability to isolate past prices on items for the year they were mfg and a LKQ for todays replacement cost. Quite slick and helps to control costs right in field if you have your computer with you.

Which brings up that I installed V2.3 on a new Fujitsu LPT600F Pen Tablet. Can't say enough about this tool, its like using the Disto Laser, all of these tools can and do make the job go better all around. E-mail me if you have questions on the LPT600F, JATSTORM@AOL.COM. Also have to admit the "Virtural Room" concept makes sense when using the pen tablet as it moves you from materials and scopes in a blink with the ability to access all variations of a particular line item. Way to go.

Thanks John P and the whole gang for V2.3, the support and services you provide, it just keeps getting better.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 - 4:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you are in the Tampa area this coming weekend (Sunday 10/7 to Tuesday 10/9) please stop by the SIMSOL booth at this year's ACE Conference presented by CLAIMS magazine. It is being held at the Tampa Convention Center. You can check out all the details at their website at www.claimsmag.com for more info.

There is a technology demostration day on Sunday afternoon for those of you interested in seeing SIMSOL's newest version (2.3). Version 2.3 begins shipping out at the end of this week and contains several exciting new features (check out our website for more details on 2.3).

We will also be unveiling our new data warehousing and estimate auditing solution for insurance carriers, SIMSOL DISCOVERY. Discovery is currently being piloted by several of our clients with great success and will be available to all users by November 1st.

Hope to see some of you there....
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John I am so sorry to learn of the death of Jim. That is a great lost to the industry as well as to his young family and fellow workers. I will miss seeing Jim at the tradeshows but I know his passing will leave a big void in your and his family's life on a daily bases.
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TO All CADO SIMOSL USERS:

I am very saddened to report that Jim Jones of SIMSOL passed away very suddenly Friday morning of a massive heart attack. Jim was only 42 years old and his passing comes as a complete and utter shock to his family at home and his family at SIMSOL. Jim was one of SIMSOL's first employees and was not only very good at every facet of his job but a trusted friend and associate to me personally. He leaves behind his wife of one year, Tanya and small son, Tray.

We are all still in shock at SIMSOL and will be closing the office at 11AM on Monday 7/30 so we can attend Jim's services.

For all of you that knew Jim and want to send a card or an email, please send it to SIMSOL or myself and I will see that it is given to his wife and family.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 - 10:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John:
Good find ! Keep surfing....
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NEW ADJUSTING AND CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION WEBSITE!!!

New adjusters (or old adjusters with CRS) have a new tool for construction and adjusting information. I got a call from the gentleman who has launched this website and he has asked me what I thought of it. I surfed on it for a while and learned (or remembered) a great deal in a short time. The site is located at WWW.CLAIMSTAR.NET. I invite CADO members to check it out and place any feedback comments on this thread. I will send Mr. Keenan a message so he can read your comments. Thanks...
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Posted on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If any CADO members are attending this weeks WYO Flood conference in Minneapolis, MN, please stop by the SIMSOL Software or SIMSOL Insurance Services booths for some freebies and a chance to win 6 Months of SIMSOL FOR ADJUSTERS or SIMSOL FOR CONTRACTORS software. Also, you can leave us your information and place yourself on our storm list for SIMSOL as well as some of the other adjusting firms that use our products. Look forward to seeing some of you there.....
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Posted on Friday, March 23, 2001 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1st Annual CADO Convention Attendees:
Danny Sutliff from SIMSOL will be manning our company's booth at the convention. Danny will be happy to answer any questions you have about our software or other adjusting services. I will be there on Tuesday and Wednesday and looking forward to meeting many of you. I know many of you would rather be working than heading to a convention but let's make the best of it, learn some new things, meet each other and make CADO's first convention a success!!
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2001 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

SIMSOL Users:
We will be at this year's PLRB conference in Atlanta, GA this coming Sunday and Monday. Please stop by the booth and get a t-shirt and check out our handheld Fujitsu tablet and upcoming 2.2 system.

The new version (out this May) will feature a master print control screen, rapid digital photo entry module and a "Qwick-claim" loss set-up screen. We will have the latest version at the show (as well as at CADO in Buloxi). Please don't ask for a copy at the booth because we are still adding more upgrades to the system.

Look forward to seeing some of you there!
John
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Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2001 - 4:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

NACA Convention Attendees - Just want to thank everyone that stopped by the SIMSOL booth at NACA this year. Look forward to seeing some of you again at CADO's first event in March. For anyone wanting more info on the new Fujitsu tablet computer we unveiled at NACA, contact Danny Sutliff at SIMSOL at dannys@simsol.com.

The NACA convention had over 200 attendees and boy did the rumors fly about DDS and Beockh being bought by the same holding company that bought Marshall and Swift only a few months ago!!! Nothing is "Offical" yet but it looks like there are changes coming in the not-too-distant future in the adjusting software industry!! Stay tuned...

As for SIMSOL, we are 14 years old this year and still privately owned and going strong....
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 8:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What OS does this program use??
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 9:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Greetings from the Gang at Simsol.

We would like to announce that we will be demonstrating "SIMSOL For Adjusters" Estimating Software using the long awaited Fujitsu Color Screen Pen Tablet computer at the NACA convention. We invite all adjusters to stop by our booth and take a look at this new advanced pen tablet which can scope the loss right on site settling the claim before your eyes. Great for all types of losses including Flood, Wind and Hail.

We will see you at NACA.
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John A. Postava (Johnp)

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Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2000 - 9:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not that I am in the habit of endorsing one of my "old, but now new again" competitors, but I just got a note from one of my adjusters about a "new" estimating package now available to adjusters. What I discovered is that the software program being advertised to NACA members is actually an updated windows version of the original EZBID program - one of the first estimating packages ever written for contractors. Sid Morrison, the developer of the EZBID system is marketing the product. Sid is an old business associate of mine and we had a chance to catch up on the last 10 years or so. From what I can tell from the EZBID web address
( http://ezbidwin.tripod.com/ezbidwin2k/ ), the program is less expensive than some of the other systems on the market (including ours) and may be of interest to some CADO readers and newcomers to the business. I did not have time to download the program but some CADO readers may want to check it out while things are slow in the claims end of the business and report back your findings on the CADO site.
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Posted on Monday, October 16, 2000 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

CADO Visitors:
SIMSOL will be exhibiting next week at this year's ACE Conference (Annual Claims Expo)in Phoenix, AZ (10/26-28). The conference is sponsored by CLAIMS magazine, a leading property claims magazine.

I would personally like to invite you stop by and say hello to myself and some of the people at SIMSOL whom you may have had contact with during this past year. When you get to the SIMSOL BOOTH, mention you read this on CADO and receive a free gift. We will also have some free giveaways for you to take with you.

We know that for many of you it has been, to say the least, a tight year but if you live in the Arizona area, the ACE conference offers the opportunity to meet some company people as well as adjusting and software vendors.

Don't give up on this year. One of the biggest income producers I ever worked (when I cat adjusted full-time) was the "Halloween Storm" of 1991 (1991 was also a no significant hurricane year). The Halloween storm, for those of you that don't remember or weren't in the biz back then, came out of nowhere and slammed the coast of New York and New Jersey with 20-24 waves.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2000 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would personally like to thank all of the adjusters that stopped by the SIMSOL booth at this year's NAMIC conference at Opryland last week. Jim, Debra and Tanya said the turnout was amazing (compared to previous years) and a good time was had by all. I was out selling in the midwest and could not attend the tradeshow (sorry I missed it)but I have been told that over 1,200 insurance professionals attended as well as 600 vendors and guests (Wow!).

For those of you that are not familar with NAMIC (The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies), it is one of the oldest and most premier insurance-related groups in the U.S.. Each year they have a national meeting and for those adjusters that are smart enough to attend, they are rewarded with the opportunity to rub shoulders with claims managers, VP's and other "claims assigning" individuals that make up our industry. Not many "national" companies but alot of regional and state-wide writers that can really make a cat adjuster's year if the storms are local.

If anyone wants more info on next year's convention, contact me personally at my email address.

Thanks again for all of you that stopped by the SIMSOL booth to say "Hi!" (you know who you are).
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Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2000 - 8:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ATTENTION SIMSOL USERS - SIMSOL Software and SIMSOL Insurance Services will be setting up a storm office in the Keys after Debbie passes through. Should the storm head North or make landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast we will also be there to hold classes, monitor construction costs, handle losses and give general assistance to all our adjusters and users. Remember that your SIMSOL system has both residential and heavy commercial databases. Use the heavy commercial database for any commercial or multi-residential structures you adjust. The commercial database contains items for hospitals, medical office buildings and schools (in addition to all other types of commercial structures).
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Posted on Friday, August 11, 2000 - 4:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

FYI SIMSOL Users. If you are using the latest release of SIMSOL for Adjusters, you can demo the mobile home database. Simply contact me at 800-447-4676 x 320 and I will be happy to turn on your mobile home database for a FREE trial period.

SIMSOL's mobile home database has been available since the beginning of the year and has enjoyed great success. In addition, as a part of SIMSOLís commitment to our users (for over 13 years now) we have also added a Heavy commercial database at no additional charge.

As always should you need any assistance using the new commercial database or any other SIMSOL feature, please contact our Tech Support staff at (407) 737-7377.

Jim Jones
National Sales Rep.
SIMSOL Software, Inc.
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Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2000 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dan Sutliff and I would like to thank all of our users who stopped by the SIMSOL booth at this year's National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters conference in Denver last week. Although I was not able to attend due to schedule conflicts, Dan reported that many of you stopped by to say "Hi!" and check out our new Claims Management and Billing software product, CHAOS. CHAOS is due out later this summer and all indications it will be well accepted by the industry.

Dan gave everyone who stopped by the booth information on the CADO web site in the hope more and more adjusters will take advantage of the "virtual adjuster meeting place" Roy has created. For those new visitors, if you like what you see at this site, please become a sponsor either personally or for your company.
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Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2000 - 3:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

SIMSOL looks forward to seeing all of our users at the WYO conference in Austin, TX next week. Please stop by our booth and get some "trade show goodies" and see some of the flood loss adjusting features we've added to the SIMSOL system.
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2000 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to Chicago since I was writing estimates using your program. Does this mean that I don't get a T-shirt??

Also wanted to pass the word to you, was at Vale National taking the commercial property course and the instructor told the class that he couldn't understand why none of the software vendors had put in a commercial database. Never being one to sit quietly, I piped up and was challenged by him to write my next estimate with Simsol. He was impressed with the database, especially since my figures where within $100 on a $17k estimate.

He called Simsol for a trial version to be sent to him on the next break. In lien of payment for my advertising, could you please advise on the status of creating a scoping program for a palm pilot, (or similar PDA) that will be compatible with the main program.

Jp
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2000 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The SIMSOL gang would like to thank all of our insurance carrier and independent users that stopped by our booth in Chicago last week. Gwen and Debra had a great time handing out freebies and t-shirts to all our users. Although the show is not usually attended by cat adjusters, next year it is in Atlanta and we hope to see more CADO members in attendence there!
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Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2000 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The upcoming release of Simsol will have an expanded databases for the following: Contents, Residential/Commercial, Heavy Commercial and Mobile Home. The Heavy Commercial and Mobile Home databases are new.

I have used the program since 1991. Their Windows version is easy to use with little downtime for training. The ability to import forms from other writing programs, create forms within the Simsol Program, the development of some standard forms by Simsol as part of their forms selection (Including the Flood Forms), the ability to download digital photos direct from your camera to your claim file, an activity sheet, billing program, direct fax capability and direct e-mail capability from your file, the diagram program, the diary feature,contact log (address book) and the building valuation program for residential, commercial and farm, have made this program my choice.

As a note, I have worked for several companies which use other programs, once I have shown them the final product, using SIMSOL, I have received their approval to continue submitting my work useing the SIMSOL Program.

Their support staff is prompt, courteous and professional and will provide you with a solution or answer for your problem. They have an excellent training staff who conduct various training seminars throughout the year not to mention special training classes for companies who use their software.

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