Using and Creating Hot Keys

I like using Hotkeys to simplify my takeoffs, but it is difficult to remember the key strokes. Is it possible to configure them to keystrokes that I am familiar with?
Yes it is! You can make use of an extensive list of Hotkeys AND assign customized keystrokes for each command.

Save time by using hotkeys

Ctrl+S To save your project any time, anywhere within the program
F6 to open…

PrebuiltML X – New Software Release 4.10.0

 
PrebuiltML X New Software Release 4.10.0:
Kits: Streamline your Estimating!

 
Existing Users: Log in to your account to get the latest verions!
New Users: Get these latest features in a Free, 14-Day, fully featured trial version!
 

 
Do you want to:
 

Specify – one product and have multiple related products populate automatically?    

Control – the items that automatically populate in your list (such as adhesive)?

Adjust – the…

PrebuiltML X – New Software Release 4.9.7

 
PrebuiltML X New Software Release 4.9.7:
Updated Version!

 
Existing Users: Log in to your account to get the latest verions!
New Users: Get these latest features in a Free, 14-Day, fully featured trial version!
 

 
Improvements
 

Quantity Indicators – You now have the means of turning on “quantity indicators” on all “group labels” The quantity indicates how many joists the group label is representing as seen…

Tip of the Week – Area Volume (AVM)

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
 
I need to estimate an area in cubic yards for a concrete slab. Is there a way to do that?

Area Volume (AVM) is used when the estimator needs to determine the cubic yards, or volume needed to cover a square footage area. An example of such use would be a garage slab. 

How…

Tip of the Week – Creating Usage Notes

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
 
Can you create a note for a specific set of products within your material list and have a reference to that note show in your report on the same line?

While performing a takeoff you notice that the structural pages call for TJI floor joists while the architectural pages call for 2×10. You…

Tip of the Week – Length Volume (LVM)

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
 
I need to estimate the cubic yards of concrete for a footing and stem wall. Is there a way to do that? 
 
The Linear Volume formula is used when the estimator needs to determine the cubic yards of material needed to cover a linear measurement. A common use for this tool would be estimating…

Time for the Sales Guy to jump into the blog, and my first post concerns…..

CUSTOMER SUPPORT!

Sales is going to discuss Customer Support. Sales and Support here at PrebuiltML get along together. There is a simple reason for this – Sales will not promise what we don’t offer and Support is outstanding in what they do. 

Customer Support is more than knowledge and ability. Customer Support is an attitude.
There must be a desire to work with…

PrebuiltML ProTrade – New Software Release 4.2.1

 
PrebuiltML ProTrade
New Software Release 4.2.1:
Estimate Volumes!

 
Existing Users: Log in to your account to get the latest verions!
New Users: Get these latest features in a Free, 14-Day, fully featured trial version!
 

 
What’s New?
Concrete, Rock and Dirt –
Find your Cubic Yards now!
 

Estimating Volume – Have you been wanting to estimate how many yards of concrete you need for your slabs? Or…

Tip of the Week – Show Scale within Pages List

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
 
After scaling your pages, have you ever wanted to show scale in the Pages List?
 
During a takeoff, many times there will be several pages scaled differently. How does the user know what the page has been scaled to? This and more information is available in the right click options that may not be…

Home Sales and Starts – Up, Down and all over the board

Since our “bubble” collapsed in 2008 the Construction market has become more volatile, especially the housing market. If we look at just 2014 so far, June housing starts dropped more than 9% from May while building permits were down 4.2%. Along comes July and housing starts shot up 22.9% with applications for building permits increasing 8.1%! August rolls in with…