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TurboBid Software Version History

TurboBid 5.2.1.0

Revised the Item and Assembly folder tree

    Managing TurboBid's database is now easier than ever.

    Due to the complexity of the old folder tree, we have made a major revision so that there is only one type of folder. Now, all the folders are yellow, have no rules as to where they can be located, or what items/assemblies they can contain. The result is that it is now much easier to edit the database trees, and the speed of running a TurboCloud refresh/sync is ridiculously fast.





TurboBid 5.1.8.0

New Employee Icon and List

  • The old "Labor and Burden" icon has been replaced with a new "Employee" icon.
  • The new "Employee" icon opens a new multi tab screen that displays your Employees, Burden Groups, and burdens.
  • The new employee list is highly detailed. It makes it simple to view everything about your employees, including all of their burdens.
  • It is linked to and interacts with the new Employee Wizard
  • It is linked to and interacts with the new Burden Wizard
  • https://www.turbobid.net/EmployeeList.html

New Employee Wizard

  • The old "Manpower Classification" screen has been replaced with a new "Employee Wizard".
  • The new Employee Wizard is used to create new employees as well as maintain existing employees
  • The Employee Wizard is very detailed and is in a simple to use step by step wizard format. It makes creating new employees really simple
  • Employees can assigned to use a specific Burden Group that was created and maintained in the new Burden Group Wizard.
  • If an employee is assigned to use a specific Burden Group, the Hourly Burden cost will automatically be calculated and assigned to the employee.
  • https://www.turbobid.net/EmployeeWizard.html

New Burden Group Wizard

  • The old "Burden Calculator" screen has been replaced with a new "Burden Group Wizard".
  • The new Burden Group Wizard is used to create new Burden Groups as well as maintain existing Burden Groups.
  • The Burden Group Wizard is very detailed and is in a simple to use step by step wizard format. While the old calculator could be a little confusing. this new wizard guides you through the process step by step.
  • https://www.turbobid.net/BurdenWizard.html

Misc.

  • Revised the report that displays the items in an estimate that have a zero price.
  • Resolved an issue with renaming the take-off tabs.


TurboBid 5.1.7.3

New Database Maintenance Tools

  • Added an Advanced Group Renaming tool that allows you to edit the description of items/assemblies, and the quantity take-off description and/or formal proposal text of assemblies for a selected folder. This includes all of the items/assemblies in all of the child folders of the selected parent folder. Rather than editing one at a time, this will give you the power to edit thousands of items/assemblies at a time if needed.
  • https://www.turbobid.net/RenameTool.html
  • Added a Group Assembly Item Manipulation tool that allows you to edit the items within all of the assemblies for a selected folder. This includes all of the assemblies in all of the child folders of the selected parent folder. You can replace items, add new items, and/or delete existing items. Rather than editing one assembly at a time, you will be able to edit thousands of assemblies at a time if needed.
  • https://www.turbobid.net/AssemblyItemManipulationTool.html

Misc.

  • Revised the Project List to display the project value of Original status projects.


  • TurboBid 5.1.6.0

    Set-Up Wizard

    • Added a setup wizard that is designed to walk you through the process of entering your default company information, overhead, profit, sales tax, and field employee information. A setup wizard icon was added to the top toolbar.
    • https://www.turbobid.net/SetupWizard.html

    Manpower Classifications

    • Revised the manpower classification list to allow the deletion of existing manpower classifications.

    Bid Package Documents

    • Added company footer info to the footer of all bid package documents.
    • Added Cell Phone and Email fields to the footer.
    • Added an "Insert Company Name" feature that will insert a company name placeholder to the format proposal opening paragraph, inclusions and qualifications, and 2nd paragraph that will cause the default company name to automatically be inserted in the documents.
    • If the Estimate Info tab is missing the blueprint date, latest revision date, or architect name, the formal proposal will automatically keep the appropriate reference out of the formal proposal.
    • When selecting to generate the formal proposal, an optional prompt is displayed asking if you want to open the Format Formal Proposal screen.
    • When selecting to generate the bid price by phase report, an optional prompt is displayed asking if you want to open the Format Bid Price screen.
    • Revised the Flat Rate Price Book report to wrap the category heading lines if needed.
    • Revised the Flat Rate Price Book report to remove the Regular Labor and Ceiling Labor text from the category headings.


    TurboBid 5.1.3.0

    Trial Mode

    • Any available updates are automatically installed.

    Log-In Screen

    • A "Log me in automatically" checkbox has been added. This eliminates the need to log in every time you open TurboBid.
    • A "Switch User" icon has been added to the toolbar. The icon opens the log in screen.

    Project List

    • In order to display a minimum screen size, the size of the screen is based on the contents.
    • Alternate line shading has been added for better readability.
    • The "Select a Status" dropdown selection automatically displays projects based on the dropdown selection.

    Training Mode

    • Includes more instructional messages where needed.

    Video Player

    • An auto play on/off button has been added.
    • An "Exit Training Mode" button has been added.

    Take-Off Tab

    • Rows that do not represent an item or assembly cannot be selected.
    • When a cell is clicked, the row's description and the column's heading is highlighted for easier cell identification.
    • When you move your curser over a cell, the row description and column heading are highlighted. This allows quick identification of the cell without having to select a cell.

    Assembly Maintenance Screen

    • The item tree section is expanded to its maximum width based on the contents of the assembly.
    • Alternate line shading has been added for better readability.
    • Right clicking on an item selects the item and opens the right click menu.


    TurboBid 5.1.1.1

    Fixed Issues

    • Long vendor names were not being displayed in the item maintenance screen.
    • Fixed an issue with the Project Detail Report in networked databases.
    • Certain items were not being displayed in certain reports.
    • Allowed networked databases to use a custom address for Auto Back-Up.
    • When deleting a folder of items in TurboCloud, certain items in the folder could not be deleted.
    • The Take-Off tabs' templates have been revised to use the material Master ID number. Local ID numbers can change and make the original templates obsolete. Master ID numbers never change.
    • Click here to download the revised assembly templates.

    Modifications

    • After adding new items to the Assembly Maintenance screen, the quantity cell is active so you can enter a quantity without selecting the item.
    • Modified the Assembly Maintenance screen to allow 0.xx to be entered as a quantity.
    • The report selection screen displays the first estimate and first take-off as default selections.
    • The "Material" link in the "Direct Cost Detail" tab opens the material report for the selected take-off tab.
    • The Take-Off tab's sort order now displays all of the material beneath each red category in alphabetical order.


    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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