The latest class was taught by Mark Nicks of Kofile Technologies on April 9th, 2018. It covered version 4 of the new system.
They recommend you use Chrome as your browser.
So there is some good news and some issues they are working to improve. The ugly reign of Java is over!
One of the current issues with the website is that the 'legal description' column tends to only show the block number unless you hover over it. They promise to fix this so the lot, block and new city block fields are separated and sortable again.
If you want to search by a legal description this is the exact format I would recommend (including quotes).
"lot: 1 block: 2 ncb: 34567"
They index grantor names as 'lastname firstname' without commas.
New deeds of trust are no longer being recorded with a book/volume/page. They only have document numbers. We currently report the volume/page in the 'instrument' field in bexar county, but in time there will be a slow switch over to document numbers.
It saves your search criteria and you can go back to 'edit search criteria' which is handy. Also you can now keep multiple search tabs open, which is nice.
They are going to add marginal references to the summary list. There will be many more updates and changes to come.
I hope you find some of these searching tips helpful!
I am by no means an expert. If you learn a new technique, please share it with us in the comments. If you are still having trouble learning the new website, I would recommend visiting the Basement Computer Lab in the 'Paul Elizondo Tower' nextdoor to the Courthouse: 101 W Nueva St, San Antonio, TX 78205
written by - Rex Reporter - Allison