What’s New

Version 5.0j (Newest Version)

Help About

The About On Screen 3D Estimator screen has been replaced with the Help About screen that has 3 tabs.  The Contact Support tab has all the information about Tradesmen’s as well the version the version change  The Command Line button and Notices buttons are located there. The new Help About Check out License and Offline License tabs reflect the new online License System that is replacing  the previously used hardware USB key.

Make sure to read through License System page for a step by step explanation of the new system.

New License System screens in order of the process to obtain a license.

Enter Company Code, Screen [ECC Tab 1]

The first time you open version 5.0j the this screen will appear.  Tradesmen’s Software will be emailing your company code to you.  Make sure that you have internet access and USB plugged into your computer.  Enter the code in the Company Code entry area and click on OK.

Enter Company Code,Contact Screen [ECC Tab 2]

If you do not have a company code, the Contact tab will provide the information you need to obtain one.

Help About, Check out License tab, Screen [HA Tab 2]

After you have entered the Company Code,this screen opens so that you can check out a license. If this is the first time you are selecting a license then choose the license that matches the modules you have on the USB key. To obtain an Online License, click on the license and then the Check out License button.

If you want select a different license, select another license and then click on the Check Out License button.

Help About Check out, Screen [HAC]

This screen appears after you click on the Check out License button so that you can enter a Nickname for the license.  Examples might be Estimaor 1, Project Manager, TSI Viewer or Bob, Jeff, Steve’s. It will appear on the Help About Check out License tab screen under a License Nickname and then click on the Check Out License button.

Help About Offline License, Screen [HA Tab 3]

This screen allows you to convert the license you have checked out so that it’s yours even without access to the internet.  You can have it checked out from 1 to 28 days. The downside to this is there will be no way to use this license with a different computer or user before those days have passed.  There are the following entry areas: 1)  Convert license to be offline for # days.  Use the up or down arrows to set how many days.  2) The converted license will expire on shows the expiration date based on the number of days. When you are finished click on the Convert to Office License button.

Help About Success

You will next see the Help About Success that says “You have check out license (#) which has (modules).”  For example, You have check out icense (860) which has Viewer..

Now that you are in the program, you will see on the right side of the Tool Bar a green box that shows information about the license such as if it Online or Offline, the ID, and the Nickname.  If you hover the box, tip help will show the license modules and nickname. If you click on the box it will open Help About Check out License, Screen [HAP Tab 2]. Once the program is open, you can always go back to Help About Check out License, Screen [HAP Tab 2] by clicking on Help on the menu screen, and selecting About On Screen 3D Estimator. The license you are using will indicate My Online in the Available column.

Once you have completed the selection process for a license the next time you open the program you will be at Walls, Screen [C]. The box on the right of the tool bar will show license information.

Request Offline License

So what happens when you don’t have internet access and you want to OPEN the program and it needs a license?

In this case, you will see a message screen. with three buttons: Try Again, Request Offline License, Close Estimator.  If you’re able to resolve your internet problem, click on the Try Again button.  The program will go through it’s normal start up process.  If you can’t resolve the internet problem, click on the Request Offline License button.

You will see the Request Offline License screen.  The top part of the screen contains all the information that Tradesmen’s Software needs to have to issue you license.  At the bottom of the screen are two tabs.

The Email Tradesmen’s tab has a button S end Email that when clicked a screen opens that presents two email programs; Gmail or Outlook.  Select one and it will open the email program with the email ready to go to Tradesmen’s.    Emailing the information is by far the easy way to accomplish this task.

The second tabs displays the contact information to Call Tradesmen’s.  Once you have received the Registration Key enter it into the entry area and click on the Register button.

Place Walls, Screen [PW]

On the Place Walls tab, under Placement Type, Radius In and Redius Out have been removed from the drop-down list box.

Version 5.0i

Graphic Options, Screen [GO] and Graphic Options-Place Wall, Screen [GOPW]

The screen has a new look and additional controls over what is displayed.

Grout now has additional controls to show in openings, panel, and pilaster and pilaster jams, odd courses and vertical schedules.

Place Walls, Screen [PW]

All the functionality of Walls, Screen [C] is now on the new Walls tab allowing you to do everything you would do on C without having to leave the Place Wall screen.  The ability to Copy, Insert, Change, Delete, run Reports, open project Schedule Placements, Generate Wallcards, and select another wall to make it the current wall using the Make Current button, all can be done on this tab.  Additionally you can drag and drop from Assemblies. The Walls tab tagging system replaces the previous Show Walls system.

By having the Walls tab functionality you have more flexibility and saves you a lot of time.  There is no need to throw away the rendered walls by closing the Place Wall screen, render the current wall on [D], close D, open [PW] again, and wait for [PW] to render the desired walls.  You JUST select the new current wall, deal with any errors or warnings for the old current wall, the new current wall is automatically tagged for you so you can start placing new walls, or edit existing wall placements.

Above the wall list box, there is a row of buttons: Tagging, Gen Pending, Sort By, Copy, Insert, Change, Delete, Reports, SP Schedules, Gen Wall Cards and Make Current.

When you click on the Tagging button a menu appears that allows you to control tagging: Untag All, Tag All, Flip Tag, Wall Area, Flip Dynamic.  There is also an Icon legend to use as a reference for the tag check boxes

Not Showing is an unchecked box and will not show in reports. A red empty check box Was Showing-can show immediately will also not show in reports. Essentially the wall has been generated but it is not showing and will not be included in reports.  It can be hidden until you want to see it without needing to regenerate. A checked box is Showing in Graphic and will show in reports. The red checked box has Nothing to Show (there are no wall placements) but is tagged for Reports. The solid black check box is Pending to show in Graphic and will be tagged for reports.

The tagging system gives you the ability to show or hide rendered walls immediately with out needing to take the time to regenerate.   Tagged walls are used in Reports and Scheduled Placements buttons.  Reports give you the ability to SEE which walls will be included in the report which is important if you are showing alternatives.

Each project will automatically save/restore the list of tagged walls as you leave or return to the Place Wall screen. On the Current Wall tab there is a new Wall button that, when selected, goes to the Update Wall, Screen [D] for the current wall. Next to that button displays an icon for the wall shape, the area, and the description of the current wall.

On the Place Walls tab there is a new Current Wall button that, when selected, goes to the Update Wall, Screen [D] for the current wall. Next to that button displays an icon for the wall shape, the area, and the description of the current wall.

Gen Pending button will generate just the pending walls.

Sort By drop-down list box has the same functionality as the tabs in Walls, Screen [C] to sort by Area, Description, Take Off Order, Last Touched, Dynamic, and Elevation.

Make Current allows you to change the Current Wall by selecting a different wall and clicking on the button.

On the Place Walls tab, there is now a Current Wall button. The current wall description is displayed next to the button.

When you click on the button, it will open Update Wall, Screen [D] for that wall.

On the What is it? tab, there is now a Current Wall button. In the graphic, click on a wall and then click on the Current Wall button to make that wall the current wall.

Standard Opening Schedules, Screen [SOS] and Project Opening Schedules, Screen [OS]

You can click and drag a schedule from the Standard Opening Schedules screen to the Project Opening Schedules screen as well as click and drag a schedule from the Project Opening Schedules screen to the Standard Opening Schedules screen.

Standard Rebar Schedules, Screen [SRS] and Project Rebar Schedules, Screen [RS]

You can click and drag a schedule from the Standard Rebar Schedules screen to the Project Rebar Schedules screen as well as click and drag a schedule from the Project Rebar Schedules screen to the Standard Rebar Schedules screen.

Standard Vertical Schedules, Screen [SVS] and Project Vertical Schedules, Screen [VS]

You can click and drag a schedule from the Standard Vertical Schedules screen to the Project Verticle Schedules screen as well as click and drag a schedule from the Project Vertical Schedules screen to the Standard Vertical Schedules screen.

Update Opening Schedule, Sills and Caulking, [Screen OSC Tab:2]

The ability to add Inside and Outside Sill Height as been added

 

Version 5.0h 

NEW!  Rebar Clashes detected and deleted!

At the bottom left of the screen, In both the left and right tab areas there are tabs for Rebar Clashes showing rebar placement clashes.  Just because a clash exists does NOT mean it need be removed.

On the left, the tab shows a list of rebar placement clashes detected after generation of the graphic. The clashes listed are limited by what is currently visible on the graphic image.  Therefore, make sure to make the appropriate selection(s) under Show Walls and on the Graphic Options-Place Wall screen. For example, If you don’t have Rebar checked no clashes will be detected. The column(s) display information about the clashes: Apart (distance between Clash A and Clash B), Clash A, Clash B, Seg, Wythe, and Wall (description).  To view that information in detail, select a row on the Rebar Clashes tab on the right, click on Rebar Clashes tab on the right.  Under the Show Info tab more information is displayed about the clash as well as a Quick Delete button.

On the Clash A and Clash B tab, clashes can be shown by clicking on View in the Graphic and Show Pointers so that decisions can be made about what to delete,

Warning:  Once deletions are made click on the Place Wall OK button to save those changes. If in the event there is a mistake, click on the Place Wall Cancel button to delete the changes and then go back to deal with the clashes.

For the new Origin feature to work, make sure to select on the Intelliplace tab, the check box Snap to Origin Grid when starting a segment. That HAS to be checked for the Origin feature to work.

On the Graphic Options tab in the right tab area there is a Show Grid Origin check box to display the grid origin that has been set in On Screen 2D Plans, Screen [OSP]. To see the origin place a first point of a segment on a 2D Plan.  Also an Origin Indicator Size clicking on up and down arrows increase or decrease the size of origin indicator.

Tab Changes to right and left tab areas

Repeats tab and Opening Elevations tab functions have been combined in a new Schedules tab in the left tab area.

Update Wall-Cavity, Scxreen [D-5]

Deduct Flashing for cells that have rebar is a new checkbox to use if there is no need for flashing in cells that have rebar.

On Screen 2D Plans, Screen [OSP]

NEW!  Set an Origin for more accurate take-offs

There is now the ability to set an Origin point for each sheet so that wall placements is more exact.  First set the project scale.  Select a sheet, click on the Menu button, select Origin Set, zoom in on the exact point for the Origin and click.  Take the time to be as accurate as possible with selecting the Origin.  Blue and red arrows appear  and a Message Box will open to Save, Try Again or Cancel.  If the placement is not accurate enough choose Try Again and go through the process again.  Other sheets can inherit a previously set Origin by selecting Origin Inherit from the Menu.

On the Place Wall screen, on the Intelliplace tab, there is a check box Snap to Origin Grid when starting a segment that HAS to be checked for the Origin feature to work.  Also, On the Place Wall screen, Graphic Options tab in the right tab are there is a Show Grid Origin check box to display the grid origin that has been set in On Screen 2D Plans, Screen [OSP].  To see the origin place a first point of a segment on a 2D Plan.  Also an Origin Indicator Size clicking on up and down arrows increase or decrease the size of origin indicator

 

Most Prominent Changes for v5.0g

Added Additional Grout Height for Openings

Added Delete picks for Rebar and Verticals from Delete Menu on the Place Wall screen

Changes for v5.0f

Enhanced Details in the IFC Conversion Module. The IFC file can now contain the same details shown in the OS3DE Place Wall Screen, selected from Graphic Options. LOD 350

Opening Sills can now have Grout and Rebar

New Internal Rules to help prevent bad Rebar Schedule data with regards to Lifts and Lap

Reduce Rebar Height and Max Rebar Height added to Rebar Schedule

Resizable window for Select 2D Plans to Show

Autosize Splitter for [OSP]

Refined calculations

After update is installed, click on the word ‘Help’ then ‘What’s New’ for more details on new features.

New for 2017, 5.0E – Wall Cards.  These cards are intended to help you take the information from the take off and use that information in the field.  Generate a Wall Card and break down reports for any given wall, from Segments, Sections, Corners, Control Joints, Jambs or specific lengths.  What do you need ready for today…. stock for tomorrow… and have on order for next week?

The Wall Card Feature is an add on module intended for Project Management with further development to come.  Stick with us, this is good stuff.

Enhanced performance for graphic generation with rebar and grout.

Graphic Options added Rebar Cuts, before cuts were always shown. This change allows the user to render a basic Rebar Placement and/or the details of the Rebar Placement with Lap.

New Rebar Schedule feature. Insert different lifts, laps and even different Rebar within in a given Rebar Schedule. This will provide a better, more detailed report for Rebar Cuts.

What is it? [tab] When this tab is selected and you click on an area of the graphic, you will see information for the Material, Mortar, Crew, Wall, Odd Course or Opening Schedule and Opening Placement, Segment/Section/Length and Project.  When you double-click on one of these rows, the update screen opens so that you can edit or look at the detail of the area you selected in the graphic.  For example, if you double-click on the Material row, the Update Project Material screen opens.  Make your change(s), OK and Refresh the graphic.

-New Wire Screen- Entry areas have been added for below the wall: Foundation WireSpacing and Height (alters Flashing Elev).

-Coping Screen and Top of Wall Screen Combined.  Primary material will render at the top of the wall.

New Cavity Screen replaces the Cavity, Insulation, Parging. and Mortar Net now rendering at wall base and above openings

-Select 2D Plans to Show window now has camera viewpoint icons above the list of 2D Plans so that you can change the viewpoint to OutsideInside,PerspectivePlan or Cross Section without having to click on the Camera button to open Graphic Options

 

 Please click on www.tradesmens.com/sample/demo-video to see the biggest changes in Version 5 compared to Version 4