What’s New

Version 5.0k (Newest Version)

The Help About, Contact Support, Screen [HA Tab1] shows information regarding the newest installed version of Tradesmen’s On Screen 3D Estimator: the technical support and sales phones numbers, email and website information as well as three buttons.

Copy Wall, Screen [CW]

On the Rebar drop-down list, if you only want to copy the AutoBar settings, select AutoBar Settings Only.

Graphic Options-Place Wall, Screen [GOPW

There is now a Menu button which lists the Save Graphic and Create IFC features that previously were buttons.

New on the Menu button is Report Using Options:  Select the options for wall that you want to show up in the report and then choose Report using Options to open the Project Reports and Messages, Screen [PRM].

The Menu button also has Quick Check/Uncheck that when selected has options to check or un-check all the current wall wythes or all the rest or all the other wall wythes and the rest on the list.

Main Screen

On the Tool Bar, next to the Information button, there is a button that displays online license information.  If you hover over that button, you will see the License ID, it’s Nickname, the Modules purchased, the Data Path, the installed Program Version and the Program Date.  When selected, it opens Help About, Check out License, Screen [HA, Tab 2].

Place Walls, Screen [PW]

The Graphic Options tab now has a Reports button. The button, when selected, displays a Message screen that asks “Should reports use the same graphic options that you’re using for the 3D graphic and also use the same Hide Everything Above & Below settings or Should reports include everything?  NOTE: Both choices will include ALL VISIBLE and PENDING walls in the reports.”  Select from the buttons Everything. Use Graphic Options or Cancel. Due to Hide Everything above/below some walls may give warnings that the entire wall is being skipped, or that the wall is only partially included.

On the Walls tab, within the list of walls, there is color coding: red for current wall and blue for selected wall.  When you click on a wall within the graphic, that wall is selected and shows in the list highlighted in blue.  When on the selected wall, use the space bar to hide and un-hide that wall.

When the Walls tab is selected the Report button has been moved to the end of the buttons next to Schedules.

The Tagging button is now labeled Show Walls and tag all is Show All, Hide All replaced Untag all, and Flip All has been replaced by Switch Current.

There is a new Click through Openings checkbox on the Place Walls, Place Schedules, Cross Section and What is it? tabs. On the Graphic Options tab you can set the transparency of the Click through openings “glass” transparency.  When it unchecked openings (not panels) will be filled in by “glass” so that you can select them to see their information on the What is it? tab.

What is it? tab has a checkbox for Click through Openings and buttons for Make current wall (the selected Wall), and Place Schedule (if schedule is selected).

Place Walls tab when the Placement Type is Copy Segment, the wall/segment you picked to copy is now displays. The wall/segment to copy is now cleared when you change placement type or select a new current wall.

Project Reports and Message, Screen [PRM]

When running a report the title of the report will say Using Options if it’s coming from a screen like the Graphic Options Place Wall, screen [GOPWl] when you have used Report using options feature from the menu.

Under the Selected Report section of the screen, if Ignore Rebar Clashes is selected then the report will not show the clashes.

On the Show what’s included page the Auto selection now not only means if there is one or more untagged walls then the walls included page will appear as the first page of the report but also looks at what’s selected on Graphic Options screen.

There’s a new Excel Template called Excel of OS3DE 50K.xml which has been updated on the What’s included tab of the spreadsheet.

Due to Hide Everything above/below some walls you may see warnings that the entire wall is being skipped, or that the wall is only partially included.

Update Wall-Vertical Rebar/Void Fill Detail, Screen [D-13]

We added the AutoBar feature because too many users were hitting problems with placed schedules (openings, verticals and rebar) that we on segment / sections that did not exist.  This was happening when walls were copied without the wall placement and with the schedule placements.  In a previous version we changed the copy wall behavior to remove the orphaned schedule placements.  Which solved the problem; however, it created a new one.  The copied walls lost the typical rebar, making work to add it back.

Calculated and Rendered Rebar are still handled entirely via schedule placements

How AutoBar works.

There are now entry areas for AutoBar Rebar Schedule and Spacing for you to select a rebar schedule and to set the spacing. Set typical rebar for a wall, so that a rebar placement is added when the wall is placed.

After those have been entered, when you make the first wall placement, then a rebar placement is automatically generated.  It’s always:
on the Inside Wythe,
in the middle of the first cell
Seg=1, Section=1, Left Offset =(typically 4″)
Repeat until end of wall

When click on OK a Message screen appears saying AutoBar rebar placement is normally placed when you first place the wall.  However, if the wall already has wall placements.  You then click on either button Place AutoBar or Just save settings.

That’s the core of it, but there are nuances.

AutoBar is only placed when you have a regular inside material and it’s not 100% solid

On Copy wall, screen [CW] under Rebar there’s a new option “AutoBar Settings Only.”  Also the “Nothing” entry will clear the AutoBar schedule and spacing attributes.

When you change the AutoBar schedule or spacing AND there are already wall placements then various message windows will appear offering to create or update the AutoBar rebar placement. For example, if you change the Spacing amount, then a Message appears saying “You changed the AutoBar Spacing? Do you want to change the existing AutoBar Rebar Placement too?” with buttons for Change Spacing or Leave as Is.

AutoBar Rebar Schedule and Autobar Spacing have been added. When click on OK a Message screen appears saying AutoBar rebar placement is normally placed when you first place the wall.  However this wall already has wall placements.  You then click on either button Place AutoBar or Just save settings.

Schedule Placements button has been removed.

Version 5.0j2 

There have been various enhancements made to speed up screen refreshment.

The Help About, Contact Support, Screen [HA Tab1] shows the newest version information regarding the name of the installed version of Tradesmen’s On Screen 3D Estimator, the technical support and sales phones numbers, email and website information as well as three buttons.

Export Project, Screen [EP]

The Leave Out OnScreen 2D Plans check box has changed to Shrink exported project by excluding embedded plan images, while still including scale and plan entries. Uncheck the box if you want to include the 2D Plans. Just realize that the generated file can be quite large.  By checking this box the exported file will include scale and other information, but will not include the 2D Plans listed on OnScreen 2D Plans, Screen [OSPB].  Excluding the 2D Plans reduces the project’s file size but includes the scale and plan entries so that you can import it and work with the project.

Place Walls, Screen [PW]

On the Place Walls tab, under Round off Angle/degrees, the Ignore when Radius check box has been removed. This is taken care automatically.

Send file to Tradesmens, Screen [SF]

New to the features in the Export Project screen, once you click on the Start -Export button and the program has created the file, a Message window opens with a button to Send to Tradesmen’s.  When you click on that button, the Send File to Tradesmen’s screen opens.  Fill in a Description of why you are sending the file.  The directory and file name is displayed.  Click on the Send button to complete the process.

If you opened this screen by selecting File from the Main Menu then enter a description of why you’re sending the file, click on the browse button on the far right of the File to send entry area.    That will open Explorer so that you can click on the file you want to send.

Version 5.0j 

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