WinBidPro 15.7 Update

2018-10-11

Today we are releasing another major update with exciting new features. The most notable features are:

In addition to these improvements, we also fixed several bugs and made some performance improvements. See below for more details.

Caulk Joints

Adding caulk joints and showing the Rough Opening have been a top request for some time. Now, you can open the framing system screen and add a caulk joint to your elevations for more accurate cut lists and more detailed drawings of the whole opening.

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The caulk joints can be added from the layout tab of the editor window…

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and from the elevation’s framing system screen.

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Dimension Labels

Most dimensions on the drawing now have labels that clearly state what components of the drawing they belong to. These will visually aide fabricators and installers and reduce mistakes.

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More Dimension Options

From the drawing settings, you can now toggle more dimensions on and off which can aide in adding or taking away details for the appropriate parties (eg. fabricators vs clients).

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More Layer Options

From the drawing settings, you can now toggle the “Caulk Joint”, “Frame”, and “Doors” layers on and off.

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Printable Layer Options

Turning layers on and off now has a more direct impact on your drawings when printing. Before this update, some layers were always shown for printing. Now, most layers may be toggled off from the drawing settings and those settings will be respected in your Shop Drawings/Print Preview screen. This enables you to do things like just printing glass.

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WinBidPro 15.6 Available

2018-7-31

Today we released a major update to WinBidPro with new features and bug fixes. The most notable feature improvement is a completely new shop drawings screen but this update contains much more. Watch the video using the link below to see an quick overview of the new features, and continue reading below to get a more thorough look at all the features and bug fixes. Version 15.6 may be downloaded on our downloads page.

Video 1: A short overview video demonstrating some the latest features

Video 2: A more detailed video about the Drawing Settings and Shop Drawing changes

Video 3: A video explaining the New Shop Drawing Title Block feature

Shop Drawings

New Screen with Clearer Options and Previews

WinBidPro 15.6 makes shop drawings easier to generate and more customizable. We put a lot of work into making the options clearer and easier to modify. We also took this opportunity to add new options to further customize shop drawings to your own style.

Better Elevation Alignment

When using multiple elevations per sheet, elevations are centered and aligned using an improved algorithm that makes for a more natural look to your shop drawing sheets

Custom Title Blocks with Automatically Filled Text

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Just automatically generating sheets with elevation drawings is pretty cool, but these days it’s pretty standard for professional drawings to have a title block–that rectangular border along the edge of the sheet with descriptive information on one side. Version 15.6 brings the ability to create a completely customized border that can turn ordinary shop drawing sheets into a very professional looking set of architectural drawings.

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Your title blocks can have a company logo, custom “Attributes” that WinBidPro will automatically fill in (see the above image), and whatever else you like. Set this up once, and then let WinBidPro generate these for you in just seconds.

Read more about Title Blocks in WinBidPro here

Elevation Drawing Improvements

Show/Hide Layers

This version gives you more elevation drawing options. You have more control over the visible layers via the drawing settings menu as well as the Show dropdown button in the toolbar just below the elevation drawing.

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More Accurate Display of Glass

The glass layer may be displayed at anytime and you will notice the glass will show more accurately, overlapping with the frame members to show the add-to-daylight values.

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See the Face Cap Cuts

We added a new layer for face caps that shows the face caps on the elevation drawing. This can be helpful for verifying the cut lengths of your face caps. You may turn this layer on and off from the drawing settings screen. In the following example, horizontal face caps are shown in green.

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Show Alternate Verticals

It’s now easy to identify which verticals have been assigned alternate parts using the alternate vertical tool tab. In 15.6 we highlight alternate verticals in orange to make it obvious it is not a typical vertical. This makes it easier to review your work and know you have assigned the proper parts to your verticals.

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Performance Improvements

15.6 brings changes how we load your jobs and process your elevations. When you open a job, we will reprocess all the elevations of the job immediately. This makes switching elevations faster and somewhat improves the performance of WinBidPro for people sharing catalogs over a network. Additionally, this should reduce the rate at which catalog databases grow which will improve the program’s startup speed and performance.

Bug Fixes

    • Job Backup was not always backing up all job information.
    • Subsill on a bulkhead to the right of a door subframe started in the wrong place.
    • Alternate verticals were not overriding door jamb cuts.
    • Automatic splices for verticals next to door jambs were not always using the correct stock length.
    • Glass stops were not always cutting properly.
    • The Door Height dimension was not always showing when there was a bulkhead in the elevation.
    • Splits above a door are cut too long.
    • The joint counts for elevations using a can system were too low.
    • Face Covers were not always splicing properly sometimes causing short pieces and more cuts than necessary.
    • Parts added to an alternate vertical would not save properly if the part was not already used in a framing system within the job causing it to not be included in the cut list

A Variety of Smaller Changes

You will also notice some other changes scattered throughout the program.

  • We added a date to the text underneath the elevation drawings. This can be turned on and off in the “Drawing Settings” window along with all of the other information that appears there.
  • An “Edit Job Glass” option was added to the menu tree. This lets you edit any piece of glass in a job from one central list. This is very helpful in SSG systems that need height or width adjustments for glass touching both silicone and captured components.
  • We arranged and indented the menu tree options under Elevations a bit more logically
  • We made the Glass List in the Glass tab of the drawing window grow with the size of the program window. This will show you more columns of information than it did before.
  • You can now enter information in the “Supplier” column of a glass part and it will appear on the printed glass reports. If you want to get creative, you can add energy information to this field instead of the name of the supplier.

WinBidPro 15.5.3 Released!

2018-4-11

15.5 brought brought a much requested feature and several bug fixes. Since then we’ve released a few patches that fixed issues that have been around for a long time, and also a few issues introduced with the 15.5 release. The major issue resolved in this patch was that changing an elevation’s sort order would not resort all other elevations properly. This issue was introduced in 15.5 but is now fixed. This release also includes some minor stability improvements. Find the full list of fixes on our update archive page.


Manko Windows Catalog Updated!

2018-4-2

monkowindows-smallWe just posted an updated Manko Windows catalog with dozens of new Storefront and Curtain Wall frame configurations. All configurations include CAD detail drawings and miscellaneous hardware.

We always recommend checking any framing system you use for an estimate, but these are complete systems that will allow you to create fast and thorough bids along with full shop drawings.

Go to the Manko page on our site and download their latest catalog.


WinBidPro 15.5 Released!

2018-3-7

This update includes a few enhancements including the ability to add multiple alternate verticals with a single action. Included in this update is also a number of bug fixes reported to us over the last couple months. You can find a full list of enhancements and bug fixes on our update archive page.


Tubelite and Cardinal Catalogs Updated December 8th

2017-12-20

tubelite-logo-small New parts, prices, details, and framing systems were added.

400T Curtain Wall:   An extensive list of the 400T systems were added to the 2018 r1 Tubelite catalog.

Both Polyamide and standard pressure plate systems were configured in all profiles along with a variety of horizontal and vertical conditions.

A complete assortment of details drawings for all of these systems are included with this catalog and each new system has details assigned.

cardinal-logo The Cardinal catalog has new pricing and all existing frame systems now have detail drawings assigned. Some of the systems have been updated with new parts as well.

Remember that you can use the v15 Repair Utility to copy any systems and doors from an older catalog to this new one. With all of the details added to the 2018 r1 catalog, it would be easier to start using this one rather than updating your old Cardinal catalog.


WinBidPro 15.4.15 released

2017-12-14

Today we are releasing an update with a minor enhancement to how door frame filler parts work as well as a few more bug fixes. After getting some feedback from users, we decided to return the feature that excluded filler parts of a door jamb if there is no sidelite. We also added a checkbox to turn this off for individual door frames to make this more obvious and satisfy the needs of more of our users.

This release also includes some bug fixes to door frame stops, door frame weather stripping, and more. Find the full list of bug fixes on our update archive page.


WinBidPro 15.4.14 Released

2017-10-26

GDS Icon Orange 100Today we are announcing the release of WinBidPro 15.4.14. This update includes fixes to the printing of drawings.

In the last update, we attempted automatically center and fit drawings to the page, however in some instances the edge of the drawing was not showing. There were also some issues with the default printing preferences. We have fixed both issues and added a “fit to page” option in the Drawing Setting screen. An additional issue with the entrances has also been resolved. See the update archive for more.


WinBidPro 15.4.13 Released

2017-10-12

Today we released another update with a couple important fixes to issues we introduced in 15.4.11. Starting in 15.4.11, dimensions weren’t always showing correctly for systems with subsill. The bottom daylight dimension to the left of the elevation was starting too low, and the horizontal position dimension to the right of the elevation was starting too high. Each was getting adjusted by the profile of the subsill component (or continuous sill).

Anyone on 15.4.11 or 15.4.12 should update right away, to correct these issues and ensure you are not basing your calculations off of misleading dimensions.


WinBidPro 15.4.11 Released with Important Fixes

2017-9-26

15.4.11 includes to key bug fixes and all users are encouraged to update as soon as possible. The key fixes are:

  1. The Copy Job to Phase process would sometimes fail but attempt to continue which caused it to delete any elevations that were not selected–but in the original job.
  2. The door frame detail screen was not loading the proper data.

Both of these issues and more have been fixed. See the full list of fixes on our update archive page.