Menu System

Click a menu item for specific help on that item:

This deletes the wing selected.

This brings up the Dimension Tuner window:

This brings up the Roofline Shape window:

This brings up the Wing Attributes Menu window:

This brings up the elevation window. Elevation is for the wing in which you invoked the menu via right-click. Elevation of any subsequent wing cannot exceed the primary wing elevation.

What that means is that you must select the highest elevation for wing 1 and elevations on attached wings can change from 7' to Wing 1 Elevation.

Site Grade is a correction system for post hole depths (and post lengths.) Essentially the idea is that the "site" is said to be ths smallest rectangle that can surround your building, regardless of wing count. The dropdowns will indicate the level of lift or depth at each corner of the site rectangle.

Note that this doesn't affect slabs; it's assumed that for uneven ground the standard practice is backfill/compaction and the slab is an even depth in the interior. Site Grade only affects post lengths; you are trying to modify lengths such that elevation and hole depth is maintained even if the site is uneven.

This brings up the Color Selection window.

There are 3 concepts here that intertwine. Each can be stored as a named entity to make future group selection simpler.

Trim Package -- What material gets applied, and where.

Application Scheme -- What trim options are applied/unapplied (On/Off) and then colorized.

Color Scheme -- Colors applied to different groupings, such as roof trim, siding trim. Do opening trims get the same coloring as, e.g., wainscoting? Fascia? Here's more on how Coloring works.

This is the virtually constructed 3D Rendered building.

For projects you know you're going to quote, use the project control applet to enter customer info.

You can also add special fees as needed for the customer's locale, etc.

And at any time you can get a quick snapshot of the cost picture. Do you need to bring the markup down any to compete? This gives you the big picture quickly --

In the event you need to add specialty items to the quote that aren't somehow calculated automatically, this freeform window lets you access inventory items as needed from any data group (lumber, roofing, misc, etc.), or even add them to your data.

This software system lets you create groups of parts that are common to your line of business and save these groupings as "Assemblies." At any time in the process, you can add new assemblies to your quote.

For example, if you build a lot of equestrian barns, you might create an assembly for a horse stall. As you create the building to the customer's spec, you can easily add say 10 stall assemblies. This mechanism also makes for easier quoting; you can quote variants of 10 or 20 or N stalls as per customer expansion plans, etc.

Drawings are shown and discussed Here.

Freight is calculated in one of two ways; most use the system shown here. Now, it's possible to calculate freight and loads by assigning the # of pounds an object weighs and then let ths system figure this for you. This is the manual system shown here --

And you can see the result of the pricing in the main screen display --

Clicking this option brings up the reporting software, which can be operated in SALES or POST SALE mode. In SALES mode, your salesperson sees the following screen, which is what is needed to be able to print a quote and provide a predetermined basic set of drawings (e.g. elevations and post/column layout only) --

In POST SALE mode the system automatically generates ALL drawings, assuming that the sale has been made and you are getting drawings stamped for construction start. You also have analytical tools at your fingertips, which allow you to more easily determine where the costs actually are. This is better than guessing. Here is more info regarding the Report software.

System Overview
Evaluating PostFrame Manager
Inside PostFrame Manager
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Running 3D

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