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CFS Version 17

  • Advanced Labor Module - A new totally customizable way to calculate installation labor in the Scratch Builder programs. The Advanced Labor Module can be configured any way you like with autofill capabilities of job details.
  • Ornamental Shop Drawing - The new Ornamental Shop Drawing program can produce scalable vector graphic drawings of ornamental fence panels and single and double gates including arched, scalloped and estate rails.
  • New & Updated Reports - We've added a new 'Last Time Priced' report to alert you to items that haven't been updated for awhile. We have also updated a few of the Doc Forge documents.
  • New Product Masters - We have recently added Iron World and Digger Speciaties product masters that can plug directly into your CFS Version 17.
  • Renew QwikDraw, MapDraw, Tech Support & More ...

Advanced Labor

Many of you have been asking us for a more versatile labor calculation module for quite some time. Of course, it seems like every one wants something a little different. The new Advanced Labor Module is extremely customizable. It will enable you to calculate installation labor exactly the way you want to. With some simple setup it will accommodate itself to nearly every company's way of calculating labor.

The app is extremely flexible. You determine what each line item is and how it should be used. The open structure enables you to display whatever calculation you want, at any rate, in any unit, and with any description. Line items can be flexible or locked down, required on each estimate or not, and editable by the user or not.

The new Advanced Labor Module can auto fill Total Distances, number of Sections, number of Terminal, Line and Gate Posts, number of Single, Double, Rolling, Cantilever, or Internal Track Gates, a Chainlink Hookup Count, the Material Cost, the Weight, a Lump Sum Price, or you can create Custom Values such as hourly charges.

All of these items can have prices tied to them or not. These quantities can be included in the labor calculation and locked or left editable by the user. The prices can be changeable or locked. Freight can be calculated without sales tax applied.

You can create Labor Categories, displayed in the left hand column and have multiple Sub-Categories, displayed as tabs across the top of the calculation dashboard. The program will default to either Margin or Markup, whichever way you currently have CFS set up. Custom labor items can be added 'on the fly' while you are working in the program.

A Minimum Labor Charge can be setup as an always recurring amount or as a dynamic amount where values for other items selected are deducted from the minimum labor charge until the minimum labor charge is reached. The Rounding Value calculation type allows you to set the job total to round up to an even dollar amount, an even ten dollar amount, or a Grand Total Target amount of your choice when Sales Tax is not applied to Labor. You can have the labor item be automatically included in each job or manually included on a job by job basis with the Include by Default checkbox. The Advanced Labor Module will help insure that all your jobs are profitable.

New & Updated Reports

You can now print out a Packing List with a 'Last Time Priced' column to alert you to items whose price haven't been updated for awhile.

We have also updated three Doc Forge documents. There are two contracts where you can switch out the job sketch are and replace it with the image of your choice. The Doc Forge Bill of Materials now has a signature line.

Renew Tech Support

Our world class live tech support includes toll free telephone support for 45 hours each week with our Montana based, knowledgeable and friendly support staff for customers on the current version of CFS. When necessary, we can even remotely log onto your computer to address issues.

This support is backed up by over 60 video tutorials on our website at: fencesoftware.com/support/tutorials/.

We will continue to provide live, toll free telephone tech support, free on-line backup and remote desktop support for Computer Fencing System Version 16 customers until Mar. 15, 2017.

The charge for support after that date for customers not on the current version will be $3.00 per minute, with a minimum charge of $15.00 per call. Access to this resource alone is worth the cost of the upgrade.

Renew QwikDraw & MapDraw

Our first customer, Dick Dube of Aroostook Fence in Maine told us that "QwikDraw is the best thing you ever did." That's high praise from a Mainer. I wonder what Dick will have to say about MapDraw?

Upgrading to CFS Version 17 will renew QwikDraw & MapDraw for 2017.

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Ornamental Shop Drawing Program

Ornamental Shop Drawing Program

Our new generation of scalable vector graphic Ornamental Fence Shop Drawings produces high quality line drawings for ornamental steel or aluminum Panels, Single Swing Gates and Double Swing Gates in any height or width. This is the first time CFS has had the ability to draw ornamental gates.

All of the post, rail, picket, braces, and upright menus are customizable for size and terminology. You can even add items with custom dimensions on the fly. The program draws arched, scalloped, sloped and estate styles, alternate picket and puppy picket fences and gates. Pickets can insert into or attach to rails. It offers a variety of finial and post caps. You can even adjust the wave of the Bezier Curve used for estate rails. The drawings can generate as either a black and white line drawing or a full color drawing. Ornamental Shop Drawing comes with a standard palette of ten colors or you can mix any custom color you want.

Ornamental Shop Drawing offers five different hinges and seven different single and double gate latches in fine detail. There are even controls for custom positioning of gate hardware.

The Shop Drawings have the specs listed on the right side of the landscape drawing. These auto generating specs can be edited before printing. The file can be saved in SVG, PDF, PNG, JPG or BMP file format. With this capability they can be used in a variety of other programs.

Best of all, Ornamental Shop Drawing is a menu driven program that is easy to run. No drawing talent is required. The program installs with no setup required. It will run immediately. While there is no setup needed, Ornamental Shop Drawing is also readily customizable with an easy to use Settings area to change descriptions and dimensions of component parts.

Ornamental Shop Drawing Examples
  Double Gate Shop Drawing
  Line of Fence Shop Drawing


CFS Enterprise Edition

Customers have been asking us to make CFS more open and accessible and for the ability to transfer data between CFS and other programs. In response we have developed the CFS Enterprise Edition. The Enterprise Edition consists of two primary applications that import data into and out of CFS. The first, which we call InterOp, is a program to export items from the Master File into Excel or any other spreadsheet program and back into the CFS Master File. The second application, called XML Export, creates an open format XML file of Scratch Builder estimates and Cash Register invoices that contain every bit of information that CFS knows about the estimate or invoice. This data can be readily accessed by any programmer and directed to any other application. In addition to these benefits, Enterprise Edition customers also receive free upgrades to the current version of CFS. The cost is $750 per year, only $255 more than the standard upgrade. Call us for more information about the CFS Enterprise Edition.

CFS to Quickbooks Interface

Jobs created in CFS transfer directly into an estimate in QuickBooks Premier or Enterprise editions where they can be converted into a Sales Order, Purchase Order, or Invoice. Double entry is eliminated. The QB inventory database can be populated with items from CFS. Costs and Selling Prices can be synchronized between QB and CFS and inventory breakdowns from CFS can be updated in QB. This interface will help you to get the most out of each program.

A more detailed explanation of features and a video demonstration of the interface can be found on our CFS to QB webpage.

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