Lesson 2

Getting Started with HomeGauge Desktop Software

8 minutes

Now it’s time to start exploring the HomeGauge Desktop Software. I’ll start with logging in properly and finding your license and subscription information, explaining important settings and checking for updates to ensure you’re always using the most current version.

We dive into file exploration which shows where HomeGauge files actually live on your computer. 

I point out that having a file sharing program (like Microsoft OneDrive) causes huge issues with HomeGauge Desktop Software on your PC or laptop. And I touch on the Companion app and Apple/iOs platforms as well.

HomeGauge Navigation and Creating a New Template

11 minutes

Continuing in the Desktop Software, I point out the status area for a better understanding of the difference between making report changes and template modifications. This is one of the harder concepts to grasp for new users and more experienced inspectors alike.

I walk you through creating a brand new template so you can modify it to better fit your workflow while keeping the original given to us in class.

I’ll show you how to create a new section header so you can create a “Combined” template that has both motorhome and towable inspection items. In my opinion, this is much better than having, maintaining and updating two different templates. 

I’ll explain the Template Toolbar to elaborate on the differences between report editing and template changes.

Getting more in depth with template changes, I’ll show you how to have two “sessions” of HomeGauge open at the same time so you can easily cut, copy and paste when appropriate. Sometimes cut/copy/paste does NOT work and I’ll point that out as well.

We can add new components – like Hot Skin – and edit existing components easily when we know where and how to save them and that’s how I wrap up the next video.

Video 3 - 5 minutes

In this video, I start by explaining the three tabs included with each component: inspection item, styles & materials and overview statements. Each tab is edited differently but simply when it’s pointed out.

Additionally each of those three tabs must communicate properly so HomeGauge doesn’t crash and so the print formatting knows where to put them in the finished report.

The templates we received in class have BROKEN LINKS which need addressed!! 

I also edit styles & materials and answer questions about changing the template once you’ve started a report.

Video 4 - 10 minutes

Another hard to grasp concept is Global Lists and Local Lists and the way they talk to each other. It’s tricky!

I continue explaining the three tabs in each component and navigate to the the Global List by clicking Template > All Comments.

The Global List popup has different sections and its own bugs which cause KNOWN ISSUES. This one’s important – don’t use the cut/copy/paste button in the Global list popup!! 

I point out how there’s NOT a lot of comments (but rather the “start” of comments) and show you how to organize all that built in DIS-organization!

Next we discuss how to associate all those “unused” comments with Local Lists so we can get faster when we’re inspecting as well as when we’re editing.

 

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