The following article was penned on Friday by Robert Holman with the Ohio Association of Independent Land Title Agents. This marks a day in history for this blog, it is the first time another's writings are reprinted here. That being noted, as is always the case in these situations, find your most trusted source of fact-driven news and keep paying attention. This article will try to help explain what it might mean for a title professional.
The concept of the Closing Calendar or the Book has fascinated me since I was first shown a real "Book" in the early 1990's. I've created calendar tools for ProForm clients ever since. At this point, most companies have adopted some sort of electronic shared calendar, those who have experienced our fully automated solutions save money on every closing.
The ProForm Calendar Robot is an automatic tool that maintains a closing calendar by watching the ProForm database. The ProForm user does nothing other than set the Settlement Date and Time in ProForm. When the changes are saved, the Robot quickly notices and updates a shared calendar.
Lately I've been building a homemade CNC platform intending to be a light mill / router / printer / laser cutter / fill in the blank. To start its setup to be a CNC Router, which has started to make some parts for itself to increase stiffness. I've made it to the first milestone, a running machine I can control that cuts aluminum to reasonable tolerances.
I put a short video on You Tube of it doing the fun task of sketching a SoftPro Logo using a SoftPro pen.
The last 2 days have been technically a fantastic year. It started with 2 Harris Butt Sets and ended with a fixed Vizio 47" TV. I had recently failed a cap replacement on an Insteon device, so my electronics repair road was on a bad path. It felt good to relive my roots.
The TV a Vizio SV470XVT1A was an interesting one, it intermittently displayed video, the back lights always worked. Lots of documented voltages finally lead to a voltage regulator U10 on the daughter board, 0101-4072-0044 which showed a pin hanging at .4 mv when the set failed, and came up to 1.1 mv when it worked. What a deal, the daughter board is near the cheapest one in the unit. Amazon had a seller with a used one for $8.
The other day a user needed to be given a permission in SpAdmin on a Classic 15 system. It didn't go so well. The permission showed as being applied but the user was still unable to do the task. Print Checks was the permission needed rights granted.
This was a contract customer, someone who pays me just for being around, so a solution needed to be found sooner than later. A dive into the PermissionsByUser table in the SoftPro Database found the problem. The Allow flag was set to False on the UserID for Program zero. I'm guessing Program zero is ProForm, one is ProTrust, two and three exist, but I don't know enough to hazard a guess at this point. Continue reading
I've played a bit with IronPython, tonight I decided to dive in a little bit more. Previously I wrote about some tools I built to deal with a couple multiples, like Lots or ParcelID. We created a single line call that returns a properly formatted string dealing with singles or multiple entries. It is called on a line like this:
There are a number of methods to update lookup tables in SoftPro ProForm Classic 15 and 20. Using the normal ProForm interface is the most common. We can't use the asterisk (*) filtering where * is used as a match all filter since the update would put that in the Code field. There is another solution which can also be used to pull a lookup record.
When the Lookup table window displays, begin typing the Lookup Code, the list will rapidly follow along selecting rows as letters are typed. Continue reading