All TakeOff Methods
The enhancements/modifications included in this section affect the On-Screen View, Graphical View, and Audit Trail View TakeOff methods.
The 2013 v1 release of the AutoBid SheetMetal software allows you to convert specific duct to a different shape.
- Oval to round
- Round to oval
- Round to rectangular
- Rectangular to oval
- Oval to rectangular
Note – This is an advanced feature in the AutoBid SheetMetal software. Please refer to the online help system for detailed information before using this functionality.
Adhesive & Sealer Library Items
The Adhesives & Sealers category is now available when taking off from the Library Items tree.
On-Screen View TakeOff
Multiple Selection "Box-in" and "Copy/Move"
Release 2013 v1 allows multiple selection sets while using the box-in selection set options (Box in with options and Copy/Move).
- The multiple selections can be anywhere within the drawing.
- The number of box-in selections is not limited within the drawing.
When you execute the Box in with options or Copy/Move commands, hold the keyboard [Ctrl] key down while selecting areas. Release the [Ctrl] key to cancel the multiple selection process. Click anywhere in the drawing or click the toolbar button again. The box-in selection window opens. You can then complete the intended procedure.
Copy Selection to Clipboard
The AutoBid SheetMetal software now allows you to copy a portion of your drawing to the clipboard, making it available for copying to another drawing within the same project.
When the selection is copied to the clipboard, you can then go to another drawing and use the shortcut [Ctrl]+[I] to paste the selection in the desired location. You can also go to the OSV Tools menu and click Insert/Paste from OSV Clipboard.
Note – Copying to the clipboard is also available when using the multiple selection procedure.
Drag Line Length Display
You can now choose to display the length of the drag line in On-Screen View TakeOff. This allows you to see the length of a duct in the status bar when placing duct between points.
The setting for displaying the drag line length is under OSV Tools / On-Screen View Customizations / General tab.
Not to Scale Drawings
From time-to-time, you may need to take off a not to scale drawing (typically Isometric drawings). This release of the AutoBid SheetMetal software allows you to "turn-off" automatic calculation of lengths. This allows you to define the length manually.
When you clear the Auto calc lengths checkbox on the On-Screen View TakeOff toolbar, and then take off a run of duct, you can enter the length in the Enter Length dialog box.
The status bar in the On-Screen View TakeOff window now displays the current TouchMenu or Smart Menu in use. This allows you to quickly view menu assignment while in TakeOff.
Font Size Controls
The AutoBid SheetMetal 2013 v1 software update includes options to control the font size for assemblies and symbols in On-Screen View TakeOff. These settings are available under OSV Tools / On-Screen View Customizations / Settings tab.
New Keyboard Shortcuts
- "Box in" with Options - You can now activate the "Box in" with Options command by pressing [Shitt]+[F5] on your keyboard. This command can also be added to your Smart menu™ by GTCO. The toolbar command remains available.
- Resize to Fit - When using the Zoom to Rectangle option, you can now use the shortcut [Ctrl]+[Shift]+Left Mouse Click to resize a drawing to fit the screen. The toolbar command continues to be available.
- Pan Mode - To activate the pan a drawing feature, you can now press [F4] on your keyboard. The displays on screen, allowing you to pan your drawing. The toolbar command continues to be available.
Audit Trail Columns
When you change the size of columns in the On-Screen View TakeOff Audit Trail grid, your column settings are now retained until you change them. You can reset back to the AutoBid SheetMetal default by right-clicking within the Audit Trail and then clicking Reset Audit Trail columns from the pop-up menu.
Variable Dimension Types
You can now define a Variable Dimension type when creating or modifying assemblies. The types include:
- Feet / Meters
- Inches / Millimeters
Note – The Legacy type processes the assemblies as in previous releases.
When you select a Variable Dimension type, the assembly is processed based on the specific selection. During calculations, if the dimension type does not match the takeoff, it will be converted and processed according to your project setup.
The Scope name field now allows you to enter up to 32 characters. Note – The alternate field allows 27 characters due to column width limitations in Microsoft® Excel®.
Global Data Administrator
Round/Oval Duct Pricing
Material / Adjust by Percentage - A new command is available that allows you to adjust prices by a percentage for a specific material. For example, you can adjust Galvanized prices by selecting Edit / Material Price Adjustment. You can enter an increase or decrease in price.
Note – When you adjust material prices by a percentage, it affects ONLY the selected material. All pricing for items within that material category will be increased/decreased accordingly.
Purchased Duct - By Weight/Length - You now have the ability to define if pricing for specific duct is applied by weight or length.
Note – This setting does not change the values entered. It affects only how the items are listed in reports.
The Duct and Fitting Definitions module (under Ductwork) now includes the ability to define user defaults for standard and non-standard fittings. Additional options are available in the left pane of the Ductwork - Duct and Fitting Definitions window.
This feature also allows you to create "named sets" for your customized fittings. You can create a named set, select that set, and then make modifications to the fitting. Your modifications are assigned to the named set selected.
The appropriate Duct and Fitting Definition set is selected as your default when a new project is created. All modifications created in that named set are applied to the new project.
Note – Any changes you make to the defaults will not affect items in existing takeoffs; however, keep in mind that if you rerun calculations, results may be affected.
Export File Extensions
This release of the AutoBid SheetMetal software allows you to define the extension for the resulting file when creating exports from your database (projects backup exports and performing an export for import into another application). Changing the default file extension (qpa) to one of your choice may eliminate conflicts with other software applications that use the same three letter extension.
Note – Trimble recommends that whenever possible, you should use the default extension. This does not affect system backups (which continue to use the default qpb extension).
The file extension setting is defined in the Company Setting window.