Your remodeling clients may end up with the best-looking homes on the block, but are you helping them — and your company —consistently come in on time and on budget? As the remodeling industry and its customers become increasingly tech-savvy, make sure your company is taking advantage of the latest software solutions. Highly integrated business management programs can help you keep up with everything from job costing to managing subcontractors, and the latest design programs feature libraries of new drafting tools and better rendering applications. Take the time to upgrade now to get a digital edge on your competition this year.
Nemetschek North America. Notable enhancements for VectorWorks 12.5 are its compatibility with the Apple Macintosh OS X operating system, Adobe PDF import and export support, and overall speed and performance improvements. Users can open and save files up to 30 times faster than with previous versions, and RenderWorks rendering tools work up to 40 times faster. 888.646.4223. www.nemetschek.com.
BuilderMT. Through a new Web-based service called Trade Portal, trades and subs can share access to visible schedules, work orders, purchase orders, and payment status tracking provided by the Workflow Management Suite. The Trade Portal tool auto-updates from data generated by normal business processes managed by BuilderMT. 888.757.1991. www.buildermt.com.
AEC Software. The FastTrack Schedule 9.1 project management software integrates with Mindjet's MindManager productivity application. Launch FastTrack Schedule with one click, and create a schedule to guide your team from idea generation through resource planning, management, and project fulfillment. 800.450.1985. www.fasttrackschedule.com.
Intuit. Easy Estimate, the latest QuickBooks product for contractors, simplifies the construction estimating process. Stay organized and create professional estimates to impress prospective customers by storing customer contact information, jobsite notes, itemized estimates, and more, with a single program. 800.604.5966. www.quickbooksdirect.com/easyestimate.
Cadsoft Corp. Envisioneer 4.0 offers an advanced drafting toolset for fast drawing and detailing, a new drawing worksheet module with scaled page layout views, and parametric model details to automate time-consuming tasks such as the application corner trim. The software also offers enhanced framing features, advanced precision insertion of walls and openings to increase drawing speed, and importing of the Google SketchUp SKP file format. 519.836.3990. www.cadsoft.com.
Sage Software. Sage Master Builder links key areas of a construction business, including estimating, production and project management, accounting, analysis, and reporting, into one integrated process. The new version lets business owners quickly check the overall health of their company at a glance, with instant access to information such as cash balance, job status, and change orders. 866.308.2378. www.sagesoftware.com.
Chief Architect. A new add-on module to the Chief Architect design software family, the CAD Designer's Toolkit offers several tools to help designers save time. A collection of more than 340 CAD Details can be used as construction documents, and a CAD Detail Template file features components that can be arranged to create custom details. New wall layer definitions include ICF and SIP styles, and a new AIA layer set for use within the program is also included. 800.482.4433. www.chiefarchitect.com.
SoftPlan Systems. The maker's Architectural Design Software has a new Remodeler Configuration intended to specifically meet the needs of remodeling designs. On plans created by the software, users can represent new, existing, and demolition items to allow for an efficient design process and accurate materials list. Generate floor plans, elevations, and renderings with increased design speed. 800.248.0164. www.softplan.com.
Quest Solutions. One of the biggest upgrades to the maker's flagship estimating software is one of the easiest to overlook. Estimator 7.0 now uses a Standard Query Language (SQL) database to replace the engine used in earlier versions. The SQL platform can better handle large volumes of data, makes compatibility with accounting systems and other programs easier, and keeps all client records in one place for better organization and management. 800.452.2342. www.questsolutions.com.
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