The Wing Menu

PostFrame Manager likes to think of buildings at the level of wings. It's relatively common to construct a warehouse structure one way and attach an office wing. The parameters for construction of each may be different; e.g. it's not uncommon to see the warehouse constructed with buried columns and the attached office with columns attached to a slab. Another example might be a basic Ag building with a mono-roof shed along all or part of the main wing sidewall. By allowing you to control each wing as a separate unit, this allows you unparalleled flexibility.

The factory default wing menu will be discussed here. You get to this menu by right clicking inside a building rectangle (the wing.) Note that what we have in the factory default is to group selections according to location and function:

This is a standard windows setup; you expand/contract a group by clicking the + or - within the small rectangle next to the category:

Continuing the example... let's say you wish to use roof insulation in this wing. You would click the Use Roof Insulation category, which then expands the menu by just enough level to allow you to choose what type of insulation and specify where it's being installed (i.e. between the purlins, above the purlins for some materials, etc.)

The entire menu scheme is broken down the same way, which allows you to easily drill into specifically what you wish to change and make whatever change quickly.

Now, let's look at the categories:

All items, as they are selected, are accompanied by an illustration giving you an idea of what the selections will do:

For items that may require a bit more explanation, the Help icon will light up. Clicking this icon will replace the illustration with text discussion that will give a bit more in-depth information:

This Menu is user Programmable

If you elect to purchase this software and make it available for a sales crew, you will likely want to restrict the number of choices that are made or even rearrange this to your own preference. For example, the factory default presumes that you will want to make insulation as a category of its own accord, but let's say you don't see the need for this; you reckon you can set insulation for roof or ceiling with the Roofline/Ceilings group. No problem; you can rearrange this menu as you need.

The MENUSYS.INI file contains the menu. Comma separated columns are used to drive the menu, i.e.: menu level, left pane name, mnemonic, control word, and then associated file, ended with control position in pixels (X/Y.)

1,Roof Material,RFLX3001,CTRL,2,,,10,270
1,Choose Siding material,WALX3039,CTRL,1,,,10,270
1,Use Wainscot?,WACX0040,Apply Wainscot,,,,550,420
2,Choose Wainscot Material,WALX3042,CTRL,1,,,10,290
2,Wainscoting Height,WADX0041,Height (inches),,wnsht.cmc,,445,370

Of note is the last line in this snippet where you see "wnsht.cmc" which is the file used to show valid selection of wainscot height. The factory default (it's located in the \cmcfiles\ folder) has 24 - 48 listed inch by inch. But let's say your practice is to allow only 36, 42, or 48. No problem; locate the file and edit this with a text editor (like Notepad, which comes with Windows) to only include these values. Then, when your sales staff copy goes to use the system and install a wainscot, they will only be allowed to choose 36, 42, or 48.

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