November, 2018

New Features, Enhancements, and Modifications

General Feature Enhancements and Fixes

We appreciate client feedback and are continuously improving and evolving the product to better meet the needs of our clients. The LiveCount team has been working hard to bring you improved functionality and workflows. Here are some of the great changes in LiveCount.

 

Line and Freehand Highlighter

  • Value to the client: The new Line Highlighter adds the ability to highlight in straight lines for lines of text, lines, and elements in one-line and riser diagrams.

    • Link to video: https://youtu.be/ZFULBzJE124

    • Line Highlighter is the default

    • The freehand highlighter is available by hovering on the highlighter icon and selecting Freehand from the flyout menu.

  • The last choice of Line or Freehand highlighter persists for the current LiveCount session until changed.

  • Style definitions now include highlighter width and color. You can draw your count and length annotations in one color and without changing your style, highlight in another.

 

Additions to Style Definitions to support Highlighter

  • Value to the client: Style definitions now include highlighter width and color. You can draw your count and length annotations in one color and without changing your style, highlight in another.

    • New elements for Highlighter width (1-50 range) and Highlighter color

    • The highlighter will default to the solid line style regardless if your line has a different line style defined.

 

 

Improvements to Elevation

  • Value to the client: Elevation for the mechanical industry now supports showing the start elevation of the run as well as up and down elevation changes.

    • Link to video: https://youtu.be/Qm5S__NChAA

    • On the Setting Page in the General section, pick Mechanical to use elevation and Electrical to use Adders.

    • Accubid Enterprise Estimating will set the industry automatically. If you are using ContractMaster or Accubid Classic Estimating you will need to set it manually.

    • Electrical Industry, Adders only account for a generic vertical addition to the run without incrementing your count.

    • As an elevation change requires a change in direction, your count will be incremented by one to account for the extra elbow.

  • Stating elevation may be set prior to drawing the first point by starting the line annotation command, right click and define your starting elevation.

  • Use a “-” before your number for negative elevations (i.e. “-4” is negative 4 feet or meters, depending on your units)

  • Positive elevation changes are shown with a solid “X” on the point and negative elevation changes are shown with a dashed “X” on the point.

 

Fixes of note

  • When a workspace is locked the 4-way move arrow changes to a normal pointer to reflect the locked/unlocked status of the workspace.

  • Many more!
     

Known issues with LiveCount

  • Jobs started in Accubid Classic 13.3 that utilize LiveCount need to be finished in Classic 13.3 and cannot be upgraded to Classic 14.0 (or higher).

    • Finish older jobs in Classic 13.3

    • Start new jobs in Classic 14.1 (14.1.2 is recommended)

  • It is recommended to avoid canceling a take-off when using Accubid Classic or Enterprise in combination with LiveCount in the following scenarios:

    • In Classic when doing a new take-off which is linked to LiveCount it is not recommended to cancel out of a take-off (from LiveCount) before hitting end run and before creating the line item in the Audit trail because this results in an annotation in LiveCount that appears to be linked to a takeoff in Classic that doesn’t exist.

      • Cancel from Accubid instead of from LiveCount

    • In Enterprise when modifying a take-off in the edit take-off dialog it is recommended to avoid canceling out of the edit after changing the measurement in LiveCount because this will result in the measurements between LiveCount and Enterprise now being different and inconsistent.

    • In Enterprise when creating a new takeoff and then unlinking the measurement in LiveCount avoid canceling out of the take-off screen in Enterprise because it will delete the unlinked takeoff as well.