Top Producer 8i - What's different from Top Producer 7i?

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Education & Training with RE-ACT, LLC

Following is a list of the core differences, as communicated to me by Top Producer. If you have any questions about other things it may or may not do, feel free to e-mail me about them.

Technology:

Top Producer 7i is based on Microsoft Java technology which does not come installed on new computers. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the only web browser supported, leaving users of Firefox, Safari, and other web browsers with no way to use the program.

Top Producer 8i is based on ASP.net and Ajax. It is compatible with a wider range of web browsers. Top Producer 8i also places a lighter demand on resources and responds faster.

Web Browser:

Top Producer 7i's interface disabled most web browser functions that normally appear across the top of the browser window. This included functions like the address bar, Back and Forward buttons, the Refresh button, multiple windows, tabs, and so on.

Top Producer 8i runs in a normal browser window with all of these features are available. The Top Producer 8i user will also be able to use the browser's print screen functionality to print off whatever anything in browser window. Users can now display any information they want, sort it how they like, and print it off.

Landing Pages:

A completely new feature to Top Producer 8i that allows users to go a landing page that provides a brief summary of stats for items like contacts, leads, referrals.

The Ne UI:

Top Producer 8i's main navigation is a departure from Top Producer 7i. The main features have been given their own buttons. When clicked, rather than simply displaying a list of possible functions, they will take the user to a landing page for that feature. These landing pages are a brand new function in Top Producer 8i, and make all of the commonly used functions available right away.

Screen Forms:

Top Producer 7i used multi-step wizard based interfaces for many of its workflows. In Top Producer 8i, these wizard based interfaces have been replaced with single-screen forms with necessary fields for activities such as contact entry or creation of listings or closings in a single window

Contact Look-Up:

 The Contact Look-Up interface appears on the right side in every workflow that could require a contact record. The 8i user can drag and drop a contact's name into the appropriate spot on a form rather than typing out their name or performing a search as was required in Top Producer 7i.

Load Indicators:

Unlike Top Producer 7i, When Top Producer 8i is retrieving information from the server, it will display an indicator which will inform the user that the operation is still ongoing. This indicator will, in most cases, appear in the lower right hand corner of the browser window

 

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Brian Schulman
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Gary, this is the best description of the differences in 8i that I've seen.  I'm going to a TP training class in April & hope to be brought up to speed.  Since I never really learned 7i thoroughly in the first place, I don't think I will have too many old habits to break.
Mar 24, 2008 05:59 PM #1
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Gary Woltal
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Gary, thanks for your more detailed review of 8i. From what I saw of it (briefly) and wrote a post on it, it looked pretty good. I think too many Realtors don't use it regularly and then expect it to do something.
Mar 25, 2008 09:30 PM #2
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Roland Woodworth
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I see they made the 8i e-mai screen larger !  Great move... Only wish it was able to open to full page like in 7i.   Your thoughts ?
Mar 31, 2008 10:38 PM #3
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Gary David Hall
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I don't know what you mean. it does open to a full page. Or do you mean that there are separate data displays on the left and right, so the center is not a full page.
Apr 01, 2008 10:03 AM #4
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Gary David Hall
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  Roland - a true "Full Screen" option will be available soon.

May 22, 2008 01:58 PM #6
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Julie Beall
Irongate Realtors - Springboro, OH
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I am still waiting to be upgraded. Tp promised months ago I would be on the prioirity list. Do you know anything?

May 28, 2008 12:06 AM #7
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Thanks for the explanation of the differences....just now switching over and after starting with TP over 15 years ago I've been doing a little hyperventilating but you just helped me get over my whining.

Have a good week.

Sep 01, 2008 07:45 PM #8
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Gary David Hall
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LOL - My pleasure!

Sep 02, 2008 08:29 AM #9
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Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
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Why can't they just modify the 7i and intergrate 8i funtions.. I'm hating the 8i program more and more each day

Oct 11, 2008 11:49 PM #10
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Sharon Alters
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Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.

Well since we never had 7i it's a nonissue for us except that it sounds like they have done some things to make TP more user friendly. I would hated disabling the browser window and also not landing on the page I wanted but having to click on something else to get there and you have named a couple of other things that make sense to me.

Roland, do you just not like change or are there things in 7i that are missing in 8i?

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