HomeGauge 5 Update and Release Notes

HomeGauge Software 5.3

HomeGauge Software 5.3 Initial Release Notes

5.3.3.0

  • New Feature: 360 degree images. Provide clients a 360 view inside of the home using one photo, providing speed and efficiency in delivering detailed information needed to complete the home buying process. Read more about 360 Images in the 360 Image Frequently Asked Questions.
  • New Feature: Zoom Overlay. Reduce the number of pictures you take by using one picture for the perspective shot and the close-up. Here is a link to a sample report with a Zoom Overlay photo. Check out the first image in the Exterior section.
  • Improvement: HG 5.3 uses your default browser. If you have a preferred browser such as Chrome or Firefox, HomeGauge 5.3 will use it automatically.
  • Improvement: Added an option under HG Services to View Online Appointments. This takes you directly to your appointment list rather than your My Reports list.
  • Improvement: Edit your comment from within the photo editor. This is especially helpful when using Edit All Photos as you no longer have to exit the photo to edit your comment. Important note: This works with comments that do not have attached files or images and are not set to automatically go to the summary. If you need to add a comment that meets either of those criteria you will need to add the comment the original way from the comment box rather than from within the picture tool.
  • Improvement: Warning when deleting a comment. When using the eraser tool to clear a comment, you will now be asked to confirm that you want to erase the current comment to prevent accidental deletion.
  • Improvement: Selection of a row selects the report for download in several menus. For example: In the Download Cloud Reports menu, you no longer need to click the empty box under the Select column to choose a report for download, you can click anywhere on that row.
  • Improvement: Clarification for several prompts. For example: After a report is uploaded, you will now be prompted to view your Dashboard rather than Send Notifications. The action hasn't changed, but the instruction is more specific and accurate.
  • Bug Fix: Videos over 6 minutes long would show the incorrect time.
  • Bug Fix: Double clicking a photo that was already used would not add it. You can now double click used photos to re-use them.
  • Bug Fix: When copying a report, photo locker photos were not copied.
  • Bug Fix: When merging two reports, photo locker photos from one report could overwrite the photos from the other report. This was an uncommon bug caused by identically named photos in both photolockers.
  • Bug Fix: International or invalid characters in attachment filenames that caused upload to fail.

HomeGauge Software 5.2

5.2.13 Update

  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • New "Unlink Appointment ID" button. Removes the appointment ID from the file - use cautiously.
  • Improvements
    • Rename Report Fill menu for clarity.
    • New print document settings and cover pages.
    • Updated template categories and template names for clarity.
  • Fixes
    • Minor bug fixes.

5.2.12 Update

  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • Added option to pick different default image sizes for cover, overviews, and inspection items.
    • Added "exclude" button to include/exclude all sections inside of a section container.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed backpage error when creating new print document settings.
    • Fixed various template issues.

5.2.7 Update

  • Improvements
    • Minor print format enhancements
    • Use of video JS to play videos

5.2.6 Update

  • Improvements
    • FLIR images without IR data will open in normal HG photo editor.
    • Default browser video player is used in HTML videos instead of Adobe Flash.
    • Video thumbnails in print and PDF are displayed much better.
    • Increase icon size in print preview of PDF viewer.
  • Fixes
    • Fix for "Copy customer" does not copy the address info.
    • Fix for photos that are displayed in filmstrip from wrong folder because of being cached
    • Copy and paste bugs for Style and Materials.

5.2.5 Update

  • Improvements
    • Use flir editor option is remembered across runs
    • FLIR editor measurement units settings is now remembered across runs
  • Fixes
    • Fix for multiple photo selection / double click issues
    • Fix for situation where wrong video thumbnail preview is used

5.2.4 Update

  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • Added ability to disable FLIR editor under Options > General Options.
  • Improvements
    • FLIR editor will save Celsius or Fahrenheit.
    • Added a note that Agreements under attachments is the old way of using agreements. Using the HG services way is much better.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed Inspection items & Styles and Materials does not display the flag/status for 150% high DPI screens.
    • Edit photo dialog at 150% high dpi displays toolbar strangely.
    • Office > Edit report docs editor is missing the header size control.
    • FLIR non infrared images give strange error.
    • Unflagging a Style and Material does not cause the status column to re-evaluate.
    • Film strip Images do not get grayed out.
    • ReportInfo > County disappears.
    • Printing a "Summary only" document will not display the images when uploaded.
    • Pictures are very small in the PDF when using PDF forms on high dpi screens.
    • Loading the same dialog like "select comment" on different DPI screens would create mis-sized dialogs for dialogs that remembered the previous position/size.
    • Invoice page displays the tax the same as the total amount.
    • Colors not displaying the summary.

HomeGauge Software 5.2 Initial Release Notes

  • HomeGauge 5.2 no longer support Windows XP, Vista, or Windows PocketPC.
  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • Direct editing support for infrared FLIR jpg images.
    • Support for high DPI screens like MS Surface and Yoga.
    • New Fast templates.
    • New Narrative-focused print formats.
    • Ability to add/remove Section Containers, i.e. Interior, Roofing, etc.
    • Ability to reorder PDF form tabs.
    • New button for "Edit all pics" that allows you to remove the picture from report but leave in PhotoLocker.
    • Ability to monitor photo folder for new photos added. Handy for computers with "camera roll" folders or wi-fi enabled SD cards.
    • Video preview thumbnails displayed in the software and printed report.
  • Improvements
    • Video Editing Support no longer requires QuickTime.
    • Comments with auto attached photos are now labeled with the description.
    • Photo dialog - Save position of edit photo window.
    • Include appointment number in Download Appointments dialog.
    • In "All Comments" include in the "Comment Usage" the comments used in Style and Material Options.
    • Improvements in the formatting of the summary especially estimates and consolidated
  • Fixes
    • Report Merge Fixes:
      • Now also includes the photo locker.
      • Does not merge inspector info into main report.
    • Fixed: Deleting a comment in the middle or bottom of the list will return user to top of the list.
    • Fix: Select the "Add customer" button will not pre-select the "Customer" instead of "Agent"
    • Removing the temporary logo removes it permanently.
    • Fix for workscope crashes.
    • Eliminated fields 2 and 3 for emails from customer page.
    • Fix for period in report id causing cloud errors.
    • iPhone photos are automatically rotated to correct orientation.
    • Using two cameras with the same file names now works
    • Auto check subscription renewal and move date to current date.
    • Removed the print "Preview Pages" button.

HomeGauge Software 5.1

5.1.23 Update

  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • Support for Texas TREC 7-4.
    • Ability to Append PDF forms to other PDF forms - great for "Picture Page(s)" at the end of a form.
    • Option to turn off the Photo Locker off: Menu Options > General Options.
    • Option to not include the Photo Locker in "Send Report To Cloud": Menu Options > General Options.
  • Improvements
    • Improved support for High DPI screens such as the Lenovo Yoga and Microsoft Surface.
    • Double clicking on Style and Materials exclude column header will include/exclude them all.
    • Added a new column in the comment local list to show which comments will be included at report start.
    • When adding a new auto comment the Select Comment category window is now resizable.
  • Fixes
    • Fix HTML reports uploaded for report delivery will include headers/footers in web site created PDF.
    • Fix Crash when adding a photo in the Summary Review.

5.1.7 Update

  • Fixes
    • Removing templates would not go to recycle bin correctly and not be removed.
    • Button to insert Photo/Video into comment incorrectly determined the type of photo or video.
    • Photo labels in the summary would display *num* instead of the actual photo/video number.
    • Fix for Crash if the photo browse option is changed while the photos are loading.

5.1.8 Update

  • Fixes
    • Fix for "revert to photo locker" crashing if tool was selected before the ok button was clicked.
    • Fix for in some situations where arrows and other objects moved when saving photo.
    • Fix for crash while trying to convert audio every time even if the audio file is not there.
    • Fix with updated FL Citizens form and Roof form.
    • Fix for Pocket HG to latest version.

5.1.20 Update

  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • Support for Texas TREC 7-3.
  • Improvements
    • Improved support for FL forms using templates.

HomeGauge Software 5.1 Initial Release Notes

  • New Features, Options, Etc.
    • New option to upload voice recordings for backup.
    • Template > All Attachments to view all file attachments in current template.
    • Option to use default browser instead of IE.
    • New print replacement for invoice sub total.
    • New Office -> Business Report that creates a CSV file for office use.
    • New Ability to export Report Stats as a CSV file.
  • Improvements
    • Photo Locker - any picture can be now be stored in a Photo Locker in the report for future reference.
    • Photo Locker can be optionally uploaded with the report for backup.
    • All Photos now saved as higher quality images for better online zoom.
    • Faster photo loading - Photo and video thumbnails now load in the background.
    • Photos and video thumbnails now have mouse-over info tooltip popups for file information.
    • Right-click menu added to photo thumbnail view for common actions.
    • Faster photo organizing with the ability to move pictures to the front or end of the stack.
    • Selected objects (arrows, etc.) in photo editor can now be "nudged" with arrow keys.
    • Selected objects (arrows, etc.) in photo editor can now be deleted with DELETE key.
    • Added support for having an alternative edit tool like circle or line to be the default for photo editing.
    • Added support for Shift-clicking in sidebar photo viewer to select multiple photos.
    • Voice recording not listened to are now included in the Find Unanswered.
    • Ability to mark voice recordings as done.
    • Added print setting for custom image or photo.
    • Report > Display Report Data Sizes now displays more info.
    • Can now use GIF and PNG images in PDF forms. (Added warning when invalid image type selected as PDF image.)
    • Larger window for adding duplicate sections.
    • Setting a customer from the Contact List to be a customer in the report now replaces current customer info if empty.
    • Spreadsheets tab now shows if spreadsheets are present when opening a report.
    • Deleting a template now moves it to the Recycle Bin rather than permanently deleting it.
    • Added warning if no Print Documents selected when printing/uploading.
    • Added warning if network error potentially caused by wrong PC time/date.
  • Fixes
    • Sections excluded by default no longer warn about excluded content.
    • Fixed bug where video size was sometimes incorrect in Display Report Data Sizes.
    • Fix for some videos being set as having no audio when they do.
    • Fixed bug with merge where blank HG Companion device IDs could be written to list.
    • Fix for Contact List not being refreshed after downloading PC settings from cloud.
    • Fix for Section names including a single quote or apostrophe causing print problems.
    • Fix for auto-downloaded installer sometimes failing to run with certain UAC settings.
    • Fix for some header or footer changes not setting report as modified.
    • Fix for bug where inspection item status icon was not always updated.
    • Fix for incorrect progress bar functionality during some online operations.
    • Fix for main user interface being active during backup - potential crash bug.
    • Fixed bug where photos used in PDF forms were not marked as used in photo viewer.
    • Fixed bug where comments added for photos in PDF forms were not saved correctly.
    • Fix for tickboxes in Tickbox 1 print format in PDFs.
    • Fix for spaces in custom print string labels ("Comments", "Items", etc.) being stripped.
    • Fix for summary photos being included in all uploads.
    • Fix for Work Scope only uploads including extraneous photos and videos.
    • Fix for video wont drag/drop from explorer to cover page.
    • Fix for page numbers of 0 in the TOC for PDFs created after uploaded.

HomeGauge Software 5.0

5.0.2.0 Update

  • Fixes
    • Fix for license issue when merging reports edited with HG Companion
    • Fix for PDF forms pic text comments not being saved

5.0.1.8 Update

  • Improvements
    • Changes to UI layout for higher-dpi screens.
    • Added mobile phone field to Customer screen.
    • Now checking backup size limit before cloud backup is attempted.
    • Video editor now checks for audio stream not present.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed error message when no logo set for PDF form signature.
    • Fix: Paths without drive letter no longer accepted as data folder path.
    • Fix for sorted comments list edits.
    • Fix for some paths ("\\server\folder\file") not working correctly for attachments, etc.

5.0.1.4 Update

  • Improvements
    • Photo caption fields in General and Section Overview pages now have spell-check.
    • Can now use arrow buttons to manage itemized item tabs if they cannot fit in a row.
    • Reports edited with HG Companion now unlocked permanently with license or valid trial.
    • Report fills now included in backups.
    • REPs list now sorts in other columns in case of duplicates in current column.
    • Voice recordings now converted to audio-only WMA files.
    • Current report now saved before cloud upload(s).
    • Print options window now vertically smaller for small monitors.
    • Cloud upload temp files now removed.
    • Current report now saved before transferring a report to cloud.
    • Added link for purchasing kits to Radon screen.
    • Spreadsheet tab now always visible if spreadsheets are present in report.
  • Fixes
    • Fix for print preview window initially appearing blank.
    • Fix for potential crash bug in Summary Review screen.
    • Fix for videos not showing as unused if removed from report.
    • Fix for template name if loaded from HT4 file and saved.
    • Fix for current print format not being initially visible on Print Format tab.
    • Fix for international time format bug when transferring template to HG Companion.
    • Fix for resetting HG trial period.
    • Fix for incorrect filenames when merging report that has voice recordings.
    • Fix for video filenames in merged reports.
    • Fix for duplicate client info not being removed in report merge.
    • Fix for some Report Stats not displaying correctly.

5.0.0.29 Update

  • Improvements
    • Restored photo crop functionality to the way it was in HomeGauge 4.
    • Backup reminders can now be disabled.
    • Can now use cloud to fetch template/settings to another PC.
    • MPG and MPEG videos can now be imported.
  • Fixes
    • Fix for photos not being deselected after insertion.
    • Fix for photo multi-insert of photos sometimes crashing.
    • Fix for merging reports edited with HG Companion.
    • Fix for unpacking restore archive dialog staying on screen when archive doesn't unzip correctly.
    • Fix for text replacement not working when inserting *Smart Text* while editing a comment.
    • Fix for inserting photos in PDF forms.
    • Fix for inspector contact info linefeeds.
    • Fix: HomeGauge now searches Attachments and References folder for missing attachments.
    • Fix: Added error code to photo save error message.

5.0.0.28 Update

  • Improvements
    • Added ability to remove HG Companion license key to activate another device
    • Print format tweaks
  • Fixes
    • Fixes to photo caption field
    • Fix for photo caption button changing font size
    • Fixes to photo insertion updating
    • Fix: Merge file process can now open HR5 files.

5.0.0.27 Update

  • Improvements
    • Made print style dialog shorter.
    • Backup prompt now resets for two weeks after "yes" or "no".
  • Fixes
    • Fix for issue with overview photos being named "coverXX.jpg".
    • Fixed bug where PDF forms were not merged a final time before printing report.
    • Fix for video functionality on some PCs (not a crash fix).
    • Fix for header/footer comment IDs being wrong in expanded editor.
    • Fix for HTML in photo captions.
    • Thumb control (thumbnail viewer) now defaults to show all.

HomeGauge Software 5.0 Initial Release Notes

  • New
    • HomeGauge Cloud: transfer reports between PCs and Companion devices.
    • Settings backup to HomeGauge Cloud: store your templates, logos, software settings, etc. to the HomeGauge Cloud.
    • Videos: include video clips in your uploaded reports.
    • New photo insertion functionality: insert multiple photos at once, with or without editing.
    • Find First/Next Photo feature: view or edit all report photos rapidly.
    • New print formats: HTML5 print formats with scaling fit-to-width for photos; other HTML5/CSS3 features.
    • Editor and SM listbox text sizes settings: set text sizes for editor windows and item lists - great for tablet users.
    • Expanded editor: expand editor to floating window for editing long comments - also great for tablet users.
    • Auto-comment list sorting: auto-comments can now be sorted to help with comment selection.
  • Improvements
    • Can now use PNG image format.
    • Option for how to insert auto-comments when double-clicking.
    • Smart-text replacement checks now look at photo captions.
    • Auto-included photos can use attachment description for photo caption.
    • SM exclude checkbox removed to avoid accidental clicks.
    • Auto-comment list - can turn off word wrap to show more comments.
    • Ability to open a backup if a report won't open (on Open Report dialog).
    • New Back/Next code including flag under Navigation Options to hide Spreadsheet tab.
    • Contact List no longer sorted case-sensitive.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed bug where adding a new SM option saves any comments added
    • Fixed bug where buttons below photo field ("(Picture 1)" and caption insert) would drop trailing character
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