What's in the New Version 15.4.9 (updated 4-14-17)
15.4.9 contains the another round of bug fixes.
Bug fix: Cut labors costs were sometimes too high. The cuts count used in labor calculations was multiplied twice causing an elevation with a quantity greater than 1 to have an exponential increase in cut labor costs.
Bug fix: CRL quotes didn't save properly. The final parts screen for CRL catalogs had an error while closing. Due to this error, if the job was quoted, the quoted information was not saved properly in WinBidPro. Note: CRL would still have the quote information.
Bug fix: Splits in a panel with a raked top were incorrectly cut. Note: an issue still exists with splits in a window that meets a raked top.
Bug fix: Miscellaneous parts for the Horizontal 2 were missing. Miscellaneous/hardware parts entered into the Horizontal 2 component were not included in the final list of parts for any elevation.
Bug fix: Error while loading final parts Under some rare conditions, a necessary field in the Final Parts list was missing data which caused an error while loading the final parts screen.
Bug fix: Issue with the grid filter in optimizer cuts grid. If the filter entered for the elevation field in the cuts list did not match any elevations, an error was thrown.
What's in the New Version 15.4.8 (updated 3-9-17)
15.4.8 contains the another round of bug fixes.
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.
Bug fix: Reports were missing time and date. The time and date were missing from the Metal Cut Listing and Glass Listing reports.
Bug fix: Job name was not updating on cover page.
The job name on the border page was not updating when the job name was changed.
Bug fix: A door jamb was sometimes missing. The left door jamb was sometimes missing depending on a few specific combinations of options in the door frame and general framing system.
Bug fix: Hardware parts did not always show the correct supplier. Parts in the hardware list didn't always display the correct supplier.
What's in the New Version 15.4.7 (updated 2-21-17)
15.4.7 contains the another round of bug fixes.
Bug fix: Various report issues. Various reports had errors on some machines, but not others. We've improved the reliability of our reports and increased the speed at which they are generated.
Bug fix: The labor estimate for cuts was sometimes incorrect. The number of cuts were not refreshed when processing labor which caused labor estimates to sometimes be incorrect.
Bug fix: Cover page text was not positioned or wrapping properly. Text on the cover page was not positioned or wrapping properly.
Bug fix: Copy Frame to All Elevations utility didn't work. The utility would error and sometime leave the elevations in an odd state.
Bug fix: Panel heads sometimes overlapped door headers. A recent bug--when a head to the right of the door was the same height as the door header, it extended across the door panel.
Bug fix: Splice counts were sometimes random and wrong. When splice parts were defined on the frame, a seemingly random number of splices were included in the final parts.
Bug fix: Sometimes too many splits were included in an elevation. Split quantities were multiplying by the number of splits in the elevation.
Bug fix: Sill was not split when a split vertical intersects it. If a split was added at the sill of a simple panel daylight opening, it would not split the sill.
Bug fix: Backup and Restore routines were not always working. Various fixes were made to make backup and restore more reliable.
Improvement: Markup report changes. Special characters are now allowed in the notes and a subtotal before the tax was added to one of the markup report formats.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.6
15.4.6 contains the another round of bug fixes.
Bug fix: The framing system head parts were included for a door header. In most cases, the head parts configured for the framing system was included with any door header, even if the door frame was not a H-type frame.
Bug fix: Couldn't cancel out of changing all elevations' frames. When a user clicked the button to change all elevations to a particular frame and then tried to cancel, it would still change them all.
Bug fix: Adding a centerline sometimes shortened the elevation. If there were fixed panels before any centerline, the elevation width would get shorter.
Bug fix: The Job Backup was not working. The job backup file was not getting updated properly with some recent database changes which caused it to error. This has been fixed.
Bug fix: Split sills wouldn't always cut correctly. When there was a window with splits at the sill, the sills were cut as if the window only stretched across the first panel of the window.
Bug fix: The dimensions of a split window were incorrect. The dimensions of the openings in window that had splits were always starting from the left side of the window causing them to be too long and overlapping each other.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.5
15.4.5 contains just a few fixes to address some bugs.
Bug fix: Glass area in the final and summary reports was sometimes incorrect. The glass area calculation was not taking into account the minimum glass area of a lite.
Bug fix: Master.mdb errors could be confusing and repetitive. Various improvments were made to make Master.mdb problems clearer.
Bug fix: An wide alternate vertical in the right jamb changed the width of the elevation. If the right jamb had a different profile from standard verticals in the framing system, it expanded the elevation's width beyond the opening.
Bug fix: Transom window spanning multiple panels sometimes caused an error. Only effected some elevations with multiple windows and including a transom spanning more than one panel. The wrong window was sometimes used when calculating aspects of the transom.
Bug fix: In some cases, reports would throw errors and not generate. If WinBidPro was installed into a path with spaces, the program for generating reports would not run properly.
Bug fix: Arch glass type label was not showing when it was first assigned. After assigning glass to an arch, the label would be positioned too high and it was not clear the glass had been assigned until a redraw occurred.
Minor Feature: The prices in the final parts screen are now editable We enabled the ability to change the prices in the final parts grid to easily override prices as needed.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.4
This update contains just a few fixes to finish of a major round fixing user-reported bugs for 15.4.
Bug fix: Elevation would not load giving a NULL error. In rare cases, a door frame had some invalid data causing the elevation to not load properly.
Bug fix: Wrong elevation displays when there is an error. The last-viewed drawing was being displayed when the current elevation errored. The drawing will now clear and be blank.
Bug fix: Adding an alternate vertical sometimes didn't work. There was a bug causing the second-to-last vertical to error when assigned an alternate vertical.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.3
This update contains several fixes to previous 15.4 versions. If you have 15.4.2 or below of the 15.4 series of updates, please update to 15.4.3.
Jan 13, 2017
Bug fix: "Lite at Sill" was applying to all lites. Parts under the "Lite at Sill" component of the framing system were applying to all lites instead of just the lites at the sill.
Bug fix: Viewing/editing details and cover pages were not working. When clicking to view or edit various cad files from within the program, an error would be displayed and stop the operation.
Bug fix: Final Glass report was grouping different types of glass. The glass report should have shown different glass labels and types separately, but was merging them together.
Bug fix: Alternate verticals could not replace either Wall Jamb.
Bug fix: Metal Cut Count was wrong. The metal cuts were not being counted and instead adding just 1 for each elevation.
Bug fix: Error displays when closing the optimizer. This only affected some jobs in CRL vendor files.
Bug fix: Split opening dimensions in wrong position. The dimensions for split panel openings were drawing to the left of where they should start instead of to the right.
Bug fix: An occasional missing key error displays when redawing. Some elevations have some invalid data that was causing an error that should have been ignored but instead was displaying an error message.
Bug fix: Threshold and Door Stop at Head parts were usually way too short. The Threshold and and Door Stop at Head components were being fed the panel number of the door frame instead of the width.
Bug fix: The program occasionally doesn't load a job on startup and has to be restarted. If the user enabled the "Load job on startup" option, WinBidPro would occasionally not find the last opened job and have an issue loading the drawing screen, requiring a restart of the whole application.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.2
Jan 12, 2017
This update brings some critical fixes to WinBidPro 15.4. Several bugs were reported shortly after 15.4.1 was released and are fixed in this release.
Bug fix: Glazing vinyl calculation not working. Glazing vinyl was being converted from inches to feet twice, causing calculations to be severely short.
Bug fix: Per Joints calculation not working Joints were not being calculated at the right time causing the "Per Joint" component to stop being included in the final parts list.
Bug fix: Opening the optimizer caused a file lock error. For users with a lot of jobs, opening the optimizer could cause a file lock error.
Bug fix: Issue loading an elevation A database value for transom stops was not always handled properly sometimes causing an error while loading an elevation with a door frame.
Bug fix: A split with a splice didn't cut correctly. Splits that were spliced were only showing the top most cut piece.
Bug fix: Alternate vertical was sometimes overriding other members. If adding an alternate vertical was the last change to an elevation, it would override the parts of all other stock-type components in the framing system.
Bug fix: Missing part data error message was confusing. There was an error message displaying when a part was referenced in the framing system that no longer existed. While this could be important to do in some cases to ensure framing systems are properly configured, it was creating confusion and was a more common problem than we first realized. We have removed this message for now and will add a better warning and automatic fix in the future.
Bug fix: Installer didn't always default to the C: drive. The installer was sometimes defaulting to a drive other than C: (it would go to the drive with the most space which was often a backup drive) which caused some confusion and problems running the program. The installer now defaults to the drive with Windows on it.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.1
Jan 07, 2017
This update brings 15.4 out of beta and into a stable release. It contains mostly bug fixes for issues that have been around since before the 15.4.0 beta and also has a couple minor feature enhancements:
Added "Heat Strengthened" - Heat Strengthened is now available as a glass type and will show up in glass report summaries
Bug fix: Couldn't add an arch spanning multiple panels - Adding arches spanning more than 1 panel would only span the first panel (introduced in the 15.4.0 beta).
Bug fix: Opening a new vendor didn't always load properly - When the "Open Job on Startup" option is selected and a new vendor is opened, the program would not initially load properly (introduced in the 15.4.0 beta).
Bug fix: Transom stops were sometimes misaligned - Transom stops at the top and sides were misaligned when there was a head receptor included in the elevation.
Bug fix: Transom vertical stops appeared on splits - Transom vertical stops were included on split mullions instead of just the door jambs.
Bug fix: Sometimes missing data in printed reports - Print reports occasionally missed some data (typically occurred on networked vendor files).
Bug fix: Detail bubbles exported to the wrong layer. Detail bubbles were placed in the metal layer instead of the bubbles layer of exported CAD files.
Bug fix: Parts of panel splits were not properly caculated - The widths of split panel openings were not properly rounded and balanced causing some misalignment of parts in the drawing.
Bug fix: Generating Shop Drawings slowed down or crashed WinBidPro - Clicking the "Shop Drawings" menu item multiple times could cause WinBidPro to take up enormous amounts of memory and sometimes would cause the application to crash.
Bug fix: Components with different sized stock lengths caused optimization errors - When a component had two parts that came from stock lengths of different lengths, the part with short stock lengths could cut too long and cause the optimizer to give a "Too big" error. More: Starting with 15.4.1, when a component has two parts that come from stock lengths of different sizes, the smaller stock length material is now automatically cut to a size that will work for that stock length so the optimizer can process them without any manual entry. Note that these cuts may not always be "ideal" and should be used for estimating purposes only. We will make the cuts better in a future update but we wanted to make it easier on our estimators with this quick fix for now.
What's New in WinBidPro 15.4.0 Beta
Dec 11, 2016
This was a big update that we took months to create. It offers significant performance improvements that make WinBidPro work much better in a multi- user environment. In addition, this update includes improvements to drawings, the UI of several windows, and fixes several bugs. The complete list of improvements is below:
Huge Performance Increases For Shared Catalogs - The majority of this update was about making WinBidPro fast for 2 or more users working with the same catalog database file at the same time. Users shouldn't notice much difference between a shared catalog and private catalog.
Improved Look and Resizing Of Optimizer Window - The grids of data in the optimizer window have a new look that is consistent with the rest of the program but the functionality has not changed much. The maximize buttons were moved to be more intuitive and resizing the window will now expand the grids without making all the fonts and buttons bigger.
Fixed Optimizer Window Bug - Fixed a bug in the Optimizer window that occurred when performing multiple, consecutive deletes of cut pieces. (Note: Deleting multiple parts at once was working properly.)
No Longer Need to Manually Click Redraw - A long-lived annoyance of having to "Redraw" elevations after making framing system, door, and door frame system changes has been resolved by our brilliant programmers! Now, the drawing and the parts reflect the changes right away without the need to redraw!
Better Precision in Measurements on Drawings - Drawings can now display measurements with 1/32nd precision. We also fixed a bug that would cause feet measurements to sometimes display like 3'12" -- it now displays properly as 4'.
Free CAD Program - A free CAD program included with v15 is completely new. All tools and features in the new CAD are now fully functional. The installer gives you the option to install this free program or not. If you exclusively use another CAD program, there is no need to install the free program
Private Catalog Feature Added - WinBidPro is now able to track catalogs listed in the Select Vendor window at a user level. A catalog may be listed as "Shared" (it will display in the list for all users), or "Private" (it will display only for the current user). This is most helpful when a team is sharing a Master.mdb, but each user has their own private catalog files--the list can be enormous. Note: adding a catalog as "Private" does not necessarily mean other users cannot use it. 2 or more users may add the same file as "Private" if they each have access to that file from each of their machines, effectively making it a shared file between them.
Select Vendor Window Resizing Improved - Text no longer disappears or resizes in the Vendor Catalog List window when the whole window is resized. Also the list will expand with the window to show more items rather than display in a bigger font.
Edit Vendor Location window Improved - A Browse button was added to the Select Vendors Edit window. This allows you to navigate for a vendor file instead of having to type in a location manually.
New Filtering Feature in Final Glass Report - The Final Glass report will now reflect the filtered data from the Final Glass form. For example, filtering the list to only Tempered glass will only show Tempered glass on the printed report.
Default Export Format of Reports Changed to CSV - The default export format for Final Glass, Final Parts, and Job Labor is now CSV. This format can be opened in Excel or used by most any software as an import format. A CSV folder will be created in the current vendor with the current job’s files inside when these exports are used.
New "Added Job Labor" Feature - Added feature to the “Added Job Labor” portion of labor calculations that lets you calculate added labor by either a flat price, or by the hour. The hourly rate is based on the Miscellaneous rate for the first elevation of that job. A detailed list of added labor is now included in the final labor report.
Notes Added in Framing System Parts Window - A note was added to the "Cover and Receptor" portion of the Stock Length tab in the Framing System Parts window. This note just clarifies that all parts in this section are not interrupted by vertical mullions.
Improved Final Glass Report - The total square foot value in the top right corner of the Final Glass report was updated to include the "minimum square foot" value when actual glass sizes are smaller than the set minimum.
Fixed Arch Calculations Bugs - Elevations with arched tops, both with and without head receptors are now drawn more accurately, and their cut size are correctly calculated. The "Add to arch …" value found in the System Defaults window is now accurately reflected in the cut lengths as well.
Improved Raked Top Calculations - A raked (or sloped) top now draws accurately and the cuts are more precise.
Fixed Meeting Stile Parts Bug - Fixed a bug where the Meeting Stile parts for a pair of doors were not getting calculated.
Fixed Add/Deduct Bug - Fixed a bug with the "Add/Deduct for Vertical Mullions and Jambs" feature where the check boxes to apply this to either wall jambs or verticals, or both, was were not working correctly.
Fixed Edit Frame Labor Window Bug - Fixed a bug in the Edit Frame Labor window which occurred when trying to switch to the next elevation but it was already showing the last elevation’s info.
Fixed Elevation Labor Hours and Rakes Window Bug - Fixed a bug in the Elevation Labor Hours and Rates window that was preventing you from switching from one elevation to another.
History of Additions and Fixes to Previous Version of WinBidPro v15
What's in the New Version 15.3.8 (updated 10-05-16)
We fixed a problem where the "Sawblade allowance" value in the System Defaults window was not being used in the Optimizer. A typo in the code caused a 0 value to be stored for the Optimizer instead of the correct value. Double check this setting in the System Defaults window of WinBidPro. The standard setting is .125, but make sure it is set correctly.
What's in the New Version 15.3.7 (updated 08-16-16)
A drawing print error was introduced in the first 15.3.7 release, but was fixed the same day. If you receive this print error, download the latest v15.3.7 update to take care of it.
A bug was fixed in a late v15.3.6 version which was updated on 08-15-16. The bug was with the < > feature for adding or subtracting to stock material. This was mentioned in an email that went to all v15.3 users and is included in this update.
This version has a small quirk where it will show errors if you try to close the program after opening it and not loging in with your user name and password. This problem will be fixed in the v15.3.8 update.
What's in the New Version 15.3.6 (updated 08-01-16)
An error when exiting either the license window, or the program would occur for some people who were missing a required file in the v15.3.5 update. This file is included in the .3.6 update and works correctly.
Fixed a bug in the Center Line feature of the layout tab. The positioning of mullions based on a center line dimensions were off. Now it is as you would expect, where the center of a mullion is positioned at a specified measurement relative to the far left – 0 point – of the elevation.
08-01-16: Fixed a problem in the first release of v15.3.6 where elevation printing was not working.
The Glass Perimeter measurement mentioned in the .3.5 update was inadvertently left out, and is now included in this update.
Fixed a bug with a Drawing Settings feature that dimensions horizontals from above the sill flashing. This was showing the wrong dimension for a bulkhead when the feature was selected.
Added a Job Copy Info button to frame and door selection window that appears when you copy a job from one vendor to another. This new window lists all of the frames and doors that are used by the current job, making it easier for you to select their equivalents for the vendor to which you are copying.
Fixed a bug related to continuous horizontal extrusions. Head, Sill, and Horizontal Covers, as well as Head and Sill Receptors. The certain elevation layouts would cause an overflow error based on how the program was trying to splice the material. We simplified to splice so that it falls at the stock length instead of the middle of a panel.
What's in the New Version 15.3.5 (updated 07-18-16)
Updated the licensing software to work with the web server which, undenounced to us, was updated and promptly broke our licensing software.
Fixed a bug with copying Frame Types in the Labor Defaults window. Trying to copy a new type to another type was not working with the man count settings for glass.
IMPORTANT! Added functionality for transom stops on all sides of transom glass to the door frame parts window. Stop profiles, parts, and add to daylight values were added to this window.
IMPORTANT! Added code to put any windows saved on a second monitor back to the main monitor if the second monitor has been disconnected. Previously the windows would not appear because they were trying to be shown on a non-existent monitor.
Added a Total Perimeter value for glass to the bottom of each Final Glass Report.
Changed the Door Frame transom glass setting so that it doesn’t require a profile for the horizontal and vertical stop material to adjust the transom glass sizes.
Added Support and Training links to the menu tree at the very top.
Fixed Help link on menu tree with respect to an error in Windows 8 and newer when trying to open Help.
Fixed a bug in the Optimizer when deleting cut parts more than once.
Fixed a bug when the following occurred: Dimension from sub still to horizontals was checked in Drawing Settings; A Sill Can Profile existed; The box to draw the Show Sill Can option was unchecked. The dimension including the Sill Can was still getting drawn.
Fixed a bug where Left Door Jamb material was not getting included when there were multiple doors in an elevation that were separated by side lites.
Fixed a bug when adding a door frame to a new elevation by selecting an entrance from another elevation which only had a door frame. Essentially it was looking to copy a door as well as a frame, but there was no door.
Added a message when trying to add a Window/Transom to a panel that already has one. Two Windows can’t start in the same panel.
Fixed a strange labor bug that was preventing elevation labor values from being changed. An error would occur saying “insufficient key column information”. This appears to be a Microsoft database bug that had a workaround.
Fixed a bug where 0 length cut parts will cause an error in the Optimizer. This can occur when a deduct value is given to a part that is the same length or less than the deduct value.
Fixed a bug that appeared in Windows 10 when closing the Optimizer window when no stock lengths were present. An “Invalid Procedure Call” message would pop up.
Added code to fix a bug where trying to change the Frame Type of a framing system with one that has been edited in the Labor Defaults and has a description that is longer than 30 characters would generate an error.
Fixed a problem with the Perimeter Glass calculation in the statistics window in the bottom left of the main window.
What's in the New Version 15.3.4 (updated 05-11-16)
Fixed the XLS export for the Final Labor report where the column headings were not lining up properly with the data below.
Added a note to the Transom Stop section of the Door Frame Parts window.
Fixed problems with door frames, with and without sub frames, not drawing properly with certain sub sill and head can conditions.
Added a “Change Frame for All Elevs” button to the Elevations window. This was already in the Jobs window under “Current Job Update Utilities”.
The copy feature in the Door Leafs window was not adding the words “Copy of” in front of the description of the door package that was copied.
Addressed limitation where glass labels were not printing multiple quantities for elevations that had quantities great than 1.
Added a “Piece Label” field to the largest metal cut label format. This piece label shows a code for each cut piece. The same label code is found in the top half of the optimizer window.
Added validation to prevent you from adding cut pieces that were longer than a stock length in the Optimizer.
Fixed a bug when a Split mullion is added to a Window area. The dimensions were not showing up correctly. Remember, a Split in a Window must be defined From and To the panel the Window starts in.
What's in the New Version 15.3.3 (updated 04-08-16)
IMORTANT FIX: Fixed a bug where the incorrect pricing of optimized material for a given color could occur. The program was looking in the wrong place for the finish color, and could very likely come up with the wrong price.
Fixed a bug that was causing a problem with the Optimizer not looking at the correct part for the current job. The problem could have found the same part from another job, but with different pricing and/or stock length information. This may have caused problems in the past where a Job Part was updated, but the change was not showing up in the Optimizer.
Fixed a recently introduced bug that where the left door jamb was not interrupting the sill receptor even when that setting was selected in the frame system.
Also fixed bug where door jambs were not interrupted a head can correctly when that setting was selected.
(April 8th) Fixed a recently introduced bug with the System Default information, not updating in memory after changes were made in that window. Markup and Tax values were also not stored properly in memory as decimal values, so they would show up as whole numbers in the markup report for new jobs.
What's in the New Version 15.3.2 (updated 03-07-16)
The biggest change to this version is the new licensing scheme. Formerly a code exchange based system, the new licensing scheme is cloud based and requires an Internet connection to sign in to the software. A full-time connection to the Internet is not required, but periodic connection is. For example, using v15.3 when you take your laptop out in the is not a problem. You will want to ensure that you are signed in to the license system before you disconnect your laptop from the Internet.
Fixed a bug that was preventing the edit of values in the Layout tab of the drawing window after clicking “Edit Drawing” from the Elevations list.
Changed web browser feature to open your default browser instead of the old school one we had.
Fixed a bug in both the Door Frames and Doors windows that was preventing the Sort selection from showing when trying to add an entrance to an elevation.
Added code to widen the Job Name column when the Jobs window is expanded past a certain size.
Fixed a bug when the profile of a sub frame head was different than the jambs.
A Rake top bug was fixed when wall jambs interrupt head.
Removed the “Calc Minimum if Not Met” check box from Final Glass Report. This is now automatically calculated merely by the value in the Min Area column.
Fixed a bug with the new Glass to Order report in the Final Glass form. A timing bug in MS Access was preventing the report from showing data after it was run the first time.
An option in the Installer software for the full install was not set for Win 8.1 compatibility. This prevented the install from running on certain Windows machines.
Fixed a bug introduced in the .14 update that would not Delete glass from the Glass Table.
The Job Glass Order Sheet option was added to the Print Reports window. This option is already in the Final Glass Report Utility drop down in v15.2.14.
Modified “Edit Elev Frame Sys” feature so it uses part information from the JobParts table and not the master Parts table. This prevents problems when a job is restored from a backup of a catalog that may have parts and part ID’s than the current one in use.
Fixed a bug that occurs when clicking the X to close the Door Frames window that was opened by clicking the Change/Add button in the Door Frame section of the Entrances window.
Fixed a bug in the Login – New User window that occurred after entering the user last name.
Added validation to prevent too many Equal Horizontals from being entered. Also added a note to the regular Horizontal tab. The limit is 48 rows of horizontals.
Fixed a bug where the head piece of a sub frame was not drawing correctly if the sub frame jamb profile was different than the head profile.
Fixed a bug that would occur when the job and elevation count in a particular vendor reached a very high level. The error would prevent the elevation name from being edited, and he Optimizer from optimizing.
Fixed the ability to add a colon and backslash to the Vendor path in the vendor list. Validation was preventing this.
Fixed a bug when the cursor left the last name field when editing or adding a user to the Users window.