WinBidPro 15.4.8 Released
WinBidPro 15.4.8 is another release focused on fixing bugs. Download it here. A few of the most important fixes are below and the full list of fixes can be found in our update archive.
- Bug fix: Sill was sometimes split in the wrong situations. When adding a vertical split to a panel, it would split the sill even if the split didn’t go all the way down to the sill.
- Bug fix: Duplicate key error. Modifications to elevations occasionally got a “duplicate key error” preventing the elevation from drawing.
- And more…
As always, your feedback is important to us! We can’t make WinBidPro without your voice. Don’t hesitate to email our support staff with issues or features you wish us to add.
WinBidPro 15.4.1 Released
If you didn’t already see it, we released 15.4.0 Beta last month with some significant performance improvements, fixes, and additions to the WinBidPro. We are now ready to take 15.4 out of beta with this latest 15.4.1 update. The beta actually ran quite well with very few new issues. This version contains fixes for a couple bugs introduced in the beta release, but also several problems that have been in WinBidPro well before the beta.
Here are some of the things we changed in 15.4.1:
- Resolved an issue with the Shop Drawings export feature that could cause the program to slow down or crash
- Fixed a problem adding arches spanning more than 1 panel (in 15.4.0 beta)
- Fixed an issue with missing data when printing reports (typically only occurred when working with slower, networked vendor files)
- Fixed the cut calculations involved with splits
- Includes a “hotfix” for an occasional problem with optimizing parts that are part of the same component but come in different stock lengths. In this version, the cuts are not ideal and should only be used for estimating. We will make a more thorough fix in an update in the future.
A more thorough list of the fixes in this version can be found on our update archive page.
Thank you to everyone who tried the Beta and let us know how it worked for you! It’s your feedback that makes WinBidPro better. We are already working hard on 15.5 with more big improvements including a way to add alternate verticals more easily to an elevation! A lot of you have asked for this and I’m happy to report it’s on its way!
WinBidPro v15.4.0 Beta Released
I’m very excited to announce this update for WinBidPro! We’ve been working on this update for 4 months! This update includes a lot of changes to the core code of WinBidPro to make it run faster and more reliably. On the outside, it still looks mostly the same. But on the inside is a new heart. So what should you expect if you try the 15.4.0 beta update?
There are far too many changes for us to list them all in this announcement, but you can find the full list of all the improvements and fixes in this update on our change-log page, but a couple key improvements are:
No slowdowns when sharing a vendor file with someone! The majority of the work the last few months went into improving performance for multiple concurrent users using the same database file. Before, users sharing vendors noticed that WinBidPro got painfully slow when 2 or more of them used the same vendor file at the same time. With this update, it should run smoothly with almost no noticeable slowdown.
General performance improvements for a single user. WinBidPro didn’t just speed up for teams. For individual users, the program runs as much as 4x faster when recalculating and drawing an elevation.
This update was about much more than performance though. This was the first of a series of major changes planned for WinBidPro that are laying the groundwork for us to add modern features such as web connectivity, modern looking UI, and better tools to make your life easier. We still have more to do, but you can look forward to an even simpler, faster, and more helpful WinBidPro as we continue making these core updates.
We thank you for your patience with this update and we hope to make more frequent updates so you don’t have to wait so long for improvements in the future. If you decide to try the beta (download here), please remember to send us some feedback, even if it’s just to say that everything is running fine.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
eShowers Software Available Through GDS!
GDS Estimating is proud to announce that we are an official Marketing Affiliate to CyberFlex Software out of Australia. We found the eShowers software to be easy to use, powerful, and extremely feature rich! We are happy to offer it here in the U.S. as a cost effective tool for creating all-glass shower quotes and drawings.
eShowers comes with four, complete, installed part catalogs and more on the way. Licensed users also have the option to add a custom catalog where your own parts can be added to the software. All catalog parts have been configured with the correct cutout details for accurate and complete glass fabrication drawings.
Go to the eShowers page on our site, get your own 30-trial, and see what eShowers can do for you!
Posted New Enviralum Industries, Inc. Catalog!
We are happy to announce the Enviralum as the newest addition to our list of GDS catalogs! Go to the Enviralum page on our site, download this new catalog, and learn more about Enviralum Industries.
Make sure your WinBidPro v15 software is up-t0-date! The latest version is v15.3.8. Go to our Downloads page if you do not see this version on your computer.
Update to v15.3.8 for Bug Fix!
We discovered a bug related to the Optimizer in WinBidPro. There is a setting in the System Defaults window for the “Sawblade allowance”.
This setting was not getting stored properly in the v15.3.7 version of WinBidPro. The v15.3.8 update will fix this problem. If you are already running v15.3, you can simply install the patch from our Downloads Page to fix this.
We also recommend that you double check the saw blade setting in your software to ensure it is correct. The default value is .125 as you see above, but you could change this depending on the blade you use.
.NET Message During Install or “90 day evaluation period has expired” Message
You might have experienced one of these messages on your Windows 10 machine. The .NET message below may occur while you are trying to install the program, and the 90-Day message may occur when trying to run the v15 program.
If you see this message when installing WinBidPro v15, you probably have a new installation of Windows 10 . Go ahead and answer NO to this prompt and the WinBidPro install will finish.
This message might be followed by more some errors, so you will have to close out of all that before following the steps below.
The solution to both of these problems is described below. The false “Expired” message is also due to a feature for .NET being turned off in your Windows OS.
In Window 10, the .NET 2-3 versions are actually a feature that can be turned on and off. Click in your search box in the bottom left corner of your screen and type “features”, then click “Turn Windows features on or off” from the search results. You should see the following window appear.
If the box next to the highlighted line on your computer does not have a black square, you will want to click in it to select it. If asked to “Download Windows Updates”, go ahead and answer Yes since the files needed for this .NET feature must be downloaded. This will turn On the .NET feature in Windows.
If you received the “90 day evaluation…” message, you are finished. If you received the .NET message, follow the steps below.
Now you will just need to run the VectorDraw Converter setup manually so that WinBidPro can created DWG files for CAD. To do this go to your Windows File Explorer and navigate to your C:\WinBidPro folder. Then open the VCAD folder. The contents should look like what you see below. (Type “file explorer” in the windows search bar to find the File Explorer)
Now double click the setup.exe file and the installation for the VectorDraw Converter will start. Click through this install and everything should be set for your v15 software.
Latest Bug Fix for v15!
We apologize for our streak of updates. We are in the process of upgrading the drawing tool and optimizing the speed of the v15 software and have tripped over our own feet in the process.
This latest v15.3.7 update includes an important fix that had to do with the < and > feature for adjusting the cut length of stock parts. The patch that originally had this fix also had a bug when printing elevation drawings. We are trying to move our development environment away from Windows XP, and are dealing with version problems until we are fully switched over.
The patch posted on 08-16-16 fixes the above problems and will now let us focus on moving to Windows 10 for development and newer tools for v15.
If you have any version of v15.3, you can install the v15.3.7 patch. If you are still running v15.2, you will need to set up your online licensing account and install the full v15.3 software. See the instructional videos and notes on the Downloads page.
WinBidPro v15.3.6 Update Now Available!
We just updated the Downloads Page with the latest v15 update. This update fixes a handful of things, which are listed at the bottom of the Downloads page.
The v15.3.6 update was posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016.
The v15.3.5 update was released in a bit of a hurry to fix a login problem that was created by one of our web service providers. In the rush to do this, a nuisance was created when exiting the program. The Exit button would have to be clicked twice to actually exit the program.
The v15.3.6 update fixes this problem, as well as the glass perimeter calculation that should have been in the v15.3.5 update. This new update includes this fix and as well as a line showing the total job’s glass perimeter measurement at the bottom of the Final Glass Report.
One last addition we made to this update is a window that shows the frames, door frames, and doors used by the selected job when copying to a different vendor. This will help in the selection of equivalent systems in the new vendor’s catalog.
Critical Update Released
We have just released an update to resolve a critical issue preventing users from logging into the WinBidPro licensing manager. You can find it here. Note that this download latest version not work for Windows XP. Continue reading to learn more.
You may have found today that you could not get into WinBidPro. If you are running a version of WinBidPro between v15.3.0 and v15.3.4, you will eventually not be able to log into the server. The error you would receive would look like the following.
Our team investigated the issue all morning and found that the company hosting our servers made some changes to their system security that made it impossible for WinBidPro to continue communicating with the server without a major update. We do hope to have these older versions functioning again sometime on the 18th, but we highly recommend updating if you can.
This update uses the latest security technology to make your communication with GDS Estimating secure against known weaknesses of earlier technologies. It also forced us to update to some newer technologies that will make new features easier to develop, and easier to test–meaning fewer bugs. We’ve actually worked toward this goal for several months now so the transition wasn’t that hard for us to make.
With this update, we had to drop support for Windows XP. We know some of our users still prefer to use XP, but unfortunately we can’t continue to keep things stable and secure while still supporting it. Currently, XP users can revert to 15.2 upon request, but this option is not going to be available much longer.
Could I be Locked Out Of WinBidPro Again?
We are working hard to ensure we don’t get any unexpected surprises like this again. We built this system to prevent everyone from being locked out if they regularly use the program (and many users were in fact able to continue using the program without interruption). Typically we don’t make major changes to our licensing system to keep it stable, so you can imagine our surprise when it went down. We’re working closely with our server hosting company to ensure we have the proper support to resolve issues like this more quickly in the future, and also to prevent unexpected and major changes to our servers without letting us know first. We apologize for the long delay today in getting a fix out.
Of course if you have any questions or concerns about this issue, please contact us.