CFS Version 18
- Shop Drawing Program - Vinyl and Ornamental Shop Drawings now produce cut lists of components of the drawings. Chainlink, Vinyl and Ornamental Shop Drawings can now accommodate backfill placed on top of concrete footings. The depth of backfill is user defined. We have also added a shift post option to enhance optimum use of materials.
- Scratch Builder Programs - The Scratch Builder Programs now all offer a complete bill of materials including gate components. This will be most useful in Chainlink Scratch Builder.In addition, all Scratch Builder programs can now generate Price Per Foot reports for any type of fence, with or without gates and labor. This is particularly useful when jobs must be bid with a Price Per Foot adjustment factor.This feature is also useful when setting up our popular GeoDraw Web App, which is based on price per foot calcuations.
- Parts Catalog Program - Parts Catalog now has an option to print both a price and a weight in catalog sections. The CFS Parts Catalog is now producing real time catalogs throughout all Merchants Metals locations. PDF catalogs are inexpensive to produce and easy to keep current.
- Updated Product Modules - We also have updated product masters for Bufftech, Iron World, Active Yards and Digger Specialties.
- Renew QwikDraw, MapDraw, Tech Support & More ...
Shop Drawing Program with Ability to Produce Cut Lists of Components
As you probably know our new generation of scalable vector graphic Ornamental and Vinyl Fence Shop Drawings produces high quality line drawings for vinyl and ornamental steel or aluminum Panels, Single Swing Gates and Double Swing Gates in any height or width. This year we decided to take this incredible tool a step further and make the programs prooduce an exact cut list for fabrication.
I wish I had this feature when I was running a fence company and regularly being called upon to produce unique designs. It would also have made my employees much happier and more productive.
I have been at fence companies who were trying to fabricate arched or scalloped designs by laying out pickets on a fabrication table, trying to determine the length of each picket by lining them up, essentially by trial and error. This feature solves that problem. The Shop Drawing Cut List produces a cut sheet for every post, rail and picket in a design.
The Shop Drawing Cut List calculates the length of the rail, even if it is scalloped, arched or an estate style. It will also let you make adjustments to components to adjust for inserting rails into posts or pickets into rails.
Best of all there is no setup required. Some of our customers will use this feature every day and others only occassionally. but the first time you need it you;ll be glad you have it.
The Ornamental Shop Drawing program does all of these things in addition to calculating the lengths of arched rail, scalloped rail and estate rail fences and single gates and double gates.
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 17 customers until Mar. 15, 2018.
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 18 will renew QwikDraw & MapDraw
Other Version 18 Enhancements
Scratch Builder Programs
We are constantly striving to make improvements to our program. Some of our most useful features in the past have come from customer’s suggestions. Our two new modifications to the Scratch Builder programs initiated as customer requests.
Our new Bill of Materials report offers a complete bill of materials including gate components and numbers of profiles
Our other modification was the addition of a Price Per Foot reports for any type of fence, with or without gates and labor. This is particularly useful when jobs must be bid with a Price Per Foot adjustment factor.
Shop Drawing Program
Chainlink, Vinyl and Ornamental Shop Drawings can now accommodate backfill placed on top of concrete footings. The depth of backfill is user defined and each post is handled independently. We have also added a shift post option to enhance optimum use of materials in the PVC and Ornamental Shop Drawings.
Backfill Examples in Shop Drawing
Parts Catalog Program
Parts Catalog now has an option to print both a price and a weight in catalog sections.
Parts Catalogs new printing options will accommodate both a price and a weight on the output. There is an easier menu structure to easily switch between style types as well. We also added some tools to make setup of the Catalog even easier than before.
Updated Product Modules
We are constantly making changes to manufacturer data, currently we have recent changes for Bufftech, Iron World, Active Yards and Digger Specialties. Please check with us for additional modifications.
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
AFA Northeast Chapter Regional TradeShow
We will be exhibiting at the American Fence Association 2018 Northeast Chapter Regional Tradeshow from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday January 6th, 2018 at the Mystic Marriot Hotel in Groton, Conneticut in Booth #612
Please stop in and say hello. We are looking forward to seeing all of our Northeast customers and friends.