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TurboBid Software Version History

TurboBid 5.1.0.5

Add Items to TurboBid's Take-Off Tab

  • Items can now be added to the take-off spreadsheet.
  • Items in the take-off spreadsheet are highlighted in a light blue color for easy differentiation from assemblies. (Figure 1)
  • Double clicking an item in the spreadsheet will open the Item's Preview screen.
  • Pressing the Ctrl key and double clicking an item in the spreadsheet will open the Item's Maintenance screen.
  • Renamed the Take-Off tab's Select Assemblies button to Select Material.
  • The Select Material screen now includes one tab for adding Items and one tab for adding Assemblies. (Figure 2)

Add Items and Assemblies to the Take-Off Tab's spreadsheet directly from TurboCloud

  • Users can select a single Item, or multiple Items via Ctrl / Click, and select Add to Estimate from the right click menu. (Figure 3)
  • The Items in the Image Grid View include a new Add to Estimate button. (Figure 4)
  • Users can select a single Assembly, or multiple Assemblies via Ctrl / Click, and select Add to Estimate from the right click menu. (Figure 5)
  • Users can right click on an item or assembly in the take-off spreadsheet and select Locate in Tree from the right click menu. (Figure 6)

Add Items and Assemblies to the Take-Off Tab's spreadsheet from "Load Template"

  • The Load Template feature in the Select Material screen has been revised to include Items and Assemblies in the same template.

Revised the Take-Off Tab's Sort Order Procedure

(Figure 7)
  • Renamed the Take-Off tab's Take-Off Sort Order button to Material Order.
  • The Material Order screen now allow users to easily drag/drop folders into the order they want them to appear in the take-off spreadsheet.
  • Item folders are highlighted in a light blue color for easy differentiation from assembly folders.
  • Each folder's Parent folder name is also displayed so that you can easily see the difference between Flat Rate Assemblies, Standard Assemblies, etc.
  • Includes a Reset button that resets the folders back to an alphabetical sort order.

The Assembly Preview screen now displays an image of every item in the assembly.

(Figure 8)

Misc.

  • Added the word Assembly to the end of every assembly's Quantity Take-Off Description so that the various reports clearly differentiate between Items and Assemblies. TurboCloud's Refresh and Update local Assemblies process will revise these assemblies in your local. (Figure 9)
  • Added a new Exclude from Quantity Take-Off Reports checkbox to the bottom of the Item Maintenance screen. (Figure 10)
  • All of the Material folders were removed from TurboCloud's Master Assembly Database. TurboCloud's Refresh and Synchronize local Assembly folders process will move these folders to a new Under Admin Review folder in your local. You can delete all of these from your local as long as they have not been added to an estimate.
  • Prior to running an update, as a safeguard, a backup copy of your database is automatically created. (Figure 11)
  • The Item Maintenance screen has been slightly revised so that the entire screen is visible in smaller computer monitors.

Images

Figure 1: Items in the take-off spreadsheet are highlighted in a light blue color for easy differentiation from assemblies.


Figure 2: The Select Material screen now includes one tab for adding Items and one tab for adding Assemblies
Select Material

Figure 3: Users can select a single Item, or multiple Items via Ctrl / Click, and select Add to Estimate from the right click menu
Select_Item_Tree

Figure 4: The Items in the Image Grid View include a new Add to Estimate button
Add to Estimate Grid

Figure 5: Select a single Assembly, or multiple Assemblies via Ctrl / Click, and select Add to Estimate from the right click menu
Select Assembly Tree

Figure 6: Right click on an item or assembly in the take-off spreadsheet and select Locate in Tree from the right click menu
Locate in Tree

Figure 7: Revised the Take-Off Tab's Sort Order Procedure
Sort

Figure 8: The Assembly Preview screen has been revised
Preview

Figure 9: Added the word Assembly to the end of every assembly's Quantity Take-Off Description
QTO Description

Figure 10: Added a new Exclude from Quantity Take-Off Reports checkbox to the bottom of the Item Maintenance screen
Exclude

Figure 11: Prior to running an update, as a safeguard, a backup copy of your database is automatically created
Database


TurboBid 5.0.9.2

TurboBid:

  • Fixed a license verification issue when using a tethered internet connection.
  • Item and assembly preview screens now open faster.

TurboCloud:

  • Removed virtual custom folders from the cloud master. These folders were intended to hold virtual copies linking to existing items and assemblies.

Misc:

  • Fixed a couple of minor bugs that we found when doing random sequences in the folder tree that nobody would ever do. For example: Opening an assembly maintenance screen, making an edit, closing the maintenance screen and then double clicking on the assembly would generate an error message.


TurboBid 5.0.9.0

TurboCloud:

  • Fixed an issue when renaming new folders. Previously, multiple folder names could remain highlighted.

TurboCloud Refresh:

  • If the "Display new items and assemblies after cloud synchronization completed" checkbox is checked, after the refresh, the cloud master tree will be expanded so that you can quickly view the new items and assemblies. If nothing new was added, the newest items/assemblies that were added during the previous refresh will be displayed.

TurboBid:

  • Fixed an issue for computers with low memory. Previously, if a computer's memory was too low, if you updated an item's price, assemblies and estimates might not update correctly. This issue has been resolved.
  • Improved the process of updating prices for assemblies and estimates. It is now 99% faster.

Price Update from File:

  • Added "Trade/Target" to the "Update price from file" selection. This allows both to be updated at the same time.
  • Added a prompt "Do you want to update the "xxxx" vendor pricing?" This will ensure that you have not accidentally selected the wrong vendor to update.
  • When running a price update, a pre-check is performed to ensure that the price file includes the required data. If there is an issue, you will receive a notification of what needs to be corrected.
  • After running a price update, the default exception report only displays items that were not updated in your active projects. After you close the report, a prompt will ask if you want to view all of the items in your database that were not updated.


TurboBid 5.0.8.0

Global Labor Unit Adjustment:

  • The time to process global labor unit adjustments has been substantially improved. The process now takes about one second.
  • Added an icon to the top ribbon to open the global item labor unit adjustment screen. This adjustment allows you to fine tune TurboBids original labor unit to better reflect your company.
Global Labor Unit Adjustment

Items:

  • When revising an item's price and/or labor unit, the time to update all associated assemblies has also been substantially improved upon.
  • When adding new items from the cloud to the local database, the items will automatically reflect any default global labor unit adjustment you have selected.
  • When creating new items, the items will automatically reflect any default global labor unit adjustment.

Videos:

  • Fixed an issue with the video icon not opening the video player.

TurboCloud Grid View:

  • Revised the item grid view container to only display the bottom tool bar when the curser is over it. It used to always be visible on the selected item and would hide the labor unit.

Take-Off Tab:

  • Improved the performance when opening the take-off tab. Previously, the amount of time it took to open was greatly affected by the number of projects and estimates in the database, as well as how many assemblies were in the take-off. The take-off tab now opens within seconds regardless of these factors.

Bid Price Tab:

  • Improved the performance when opening the bid price tab. The tab now opens within seconds.

Misc:

  • Fixed an issue with creating new users in project security.
  • Fixed an issue when clicking the Material link in the bid price tab.

Reports:

  • Revised the report that displays the items in a project that are missing material pricing and/or labor units. Previously, the report displayed the same item multiple times if it was used in multiple assemblies. Now each item is only displayed once.


TurboBid 5.0.7.0

TurboCloud: (View Video)

  • Added a new "Local Grid View" that displays images to make it extremely easy to find exactly what you're looking for. The left side of the screen displays the local item tree and the right side of the screen displays images of the items within the selected tree folder. Each image container includes a picture along with complete data for the item.
  • Items can easily be added to an open assembly maintenance screen by clicking an icon on the grid view image.
  • Added a new "Master Grid View" to make it extremely easy to find exactly what you're looking for in the master database. The right side of the screen displays the master item tree and the left side of the screen displays images of the items within the selected tree folder. Each image includes a picture and complete data for the item.
  • The grid view displays the selected folders with images on the top of the screen and the items within the folders on the bottom of the screen.
  • An active TurboCloud Subscription and TurboBid Maintenance Plan is required for all the images to be displayed in the grid view. This is due to the cost of our cloud-based server as well as the cost that we incur to transmit the image data from our server to your computer.
  • The traditional Local/Master view is still available and has not changed.
  • Double clicking on the vertical bar that separates the tree view from the grid view will cause the bar to move to the end of the tree view's longest description. This makes it easy to quickly adjust the tree side so that you can read the full descriptions.
  • The item preview screens have been revised to display the same size image for all items. In the past, the image size varied from item to item.
  • When adding an item to an assembly maintenance screen, the added item is highlighted in the assembly. This provides a quick visual verification as to which new items have been added to the assembly.
  • When a new folder has been added to the tree view, the folder name is highlighted and in edit mode. This allows to start typing the new folder name right away.
  • When an assembly maintenance screen is opened, no cell is active. This will prevent data from accidentally being entered.
  • After dragging and dropping a folder, a confirmation prompt will appear. This will prevent folders from being moved by accident.

Customer Info Tab:

  • If you edit a customer's information and the customer is used in other projects, you will receive a prompt notifying you that the changes you are making will be applied to the additional projects.
  • A "New Customer" button has been added to the customer info tab. When clicked, it will delete all existing data, including the Customer #. This will prevent accidentally changing an existing customer's data.

Reports:

  • Reports can now stay open while you continue to work in TurboBid.
  • The font in the Formal Proposal has been changed back to Times New Roman. This is a better look for the proposal. The other reports still use Arial, which is a better-looking font for those type of reports.
  • The Flat Rate reports have been revised for the tab #2 selection. If the labor hours for the assemblies in take-off tab #2 will cause the job to be extended for additional days, the appropriate additional labor costs will be displayed in the tab #2 selection of the flat rate reports. The total bid price values in the reports will now match the bid price values displayed in the bid price tab.

Bid Price Tab:

  • Additional labor hours will now be displayed in the Bid Price Tab's > Take-Off Tab #2 section. If the labor hours for the assemblies in take-off tab #2 will cause the job to be extended for additional days, the appropriate additional labor hours and labor cost will be displayed in the tab #2 section of the bid price tab.

Price Update from file:

  • An issue when exporting the trade and target price files has been fixed.

Manpower Burden Calculator:

  • The wage base for calculation has been revised to include any paid time off.
  • The calculator now includes a summary of the annual hours the employee will be available to work on the jobsite, as well as the annual hours the employee will be paid for.


TurboBid 5.0.5.0

TurboCloud:

  • TurboCloud has been revised to be an amazing one-click database maintenance powerhouse!
  • The processing speeds have been substantially improved upon.
  • Receive a notification whenever new items and/or assemblies are available.
  • Receive notification whenever items and/or assemblies have been revised.
  • Receive notification whenever material prices have been revised.
  • Click the "Refresh Now button" on the notification screen to run a one-click procedure.
  • The one-click process will update your folder tree, item data revisions, assembly revisions, price updates, and it will even automatically add the new items and assemblies to your local database.

 Receive a notification whenever new items and/or assemblies are available

 
 One-click is all it takes to maintain your local database with TurboBid's cloud based master database

Take-Off Tab:

  • The main assembly category is displayed once in black and each subcategory is displayed beneath it in red.
  • Double clicking on an assembly opens the assembly preview screen.
  • Assembly descriptions have been revised. They now begin with the main description, followed by the details.
  • The sort order of the assemblies within a category have been revised so that they are in the same order as they appear in the database tree.
 
 The main assembly category is displayed once in black and each subcategory is displayed  beneath it in red
Take-Off Assemblies

Select Assemblies:

  • A right click option has been added to locate the assembly in the database tree. This will help to quickly locate assemblies in the tree if you need to add similar assemblies.
  • Entire folders of assemblies can now be added to the take-off.
  • You can now add new assemblies to folders in this view via a new right click option.
  • The search feature has been improved to employ smart search capabilities.
 
 Entire folders of assemblies can now be added to the take-off
 


 Select Assemblies Screen - Locate Assemblies and Create New Assemblies

Assembly Maintenance Screen:

  • Double clicking on items opens the items' preview screen. This really helpful to quickly look at the pictures of the items that are included in the assembly.
  • A right click option has been added to locate an  item in the database tree. This will help to quickly locate an item for a mass substitution.
  • You can now add new items to folders in this view via a new right click option.
  • The search feature has been improved to employ smart search capabilities.
 
 Double click on items to open the items' preview screen and quickly locate items in the tree
Assembly Maintenance
 
 
 Add items from within the assembly maintenance screen and quickly locate items in the tree
 
 

Reports:

  • The font type used in the reports has been changed from Times New Roman to Arial. Arial offers better readability.
  • The Quantity Take-Off by Category has been revised to only display the main category headings. The subcategory headings have been removed because they made the report look too busy.
 Report font revised and Qty Take-Off reports only display main categories


Misc:

  • In the item tree, the manufacturer and catalog number displayed at the end of the description has been revised. It is now in blue text and is italicized for clearer separation.
  • A new TurboBid owners community forum has been added.
  • The Search feature has been revised to include Smart Search. It is more forgiving in regards to exact spelling, spaces, and symbols.




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