CFS Version 20
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- Fence3d: A web based photo overlay program
- The ability to create horizontal fences in PVC Shop Drawing
- The ability to create horizontal fences in PVC Scratch Builder
- A report that shows chainlink gate components with pricing
- More areas to search in the Job Status report
- There is an optional header on the Packing List
- Updated Product Modules - We have recently updated product masters for Bufftech, Sharon Fence, Active Yards, Digger Specialties and Longevity Vinyl & Aluminum for 2020.
- Renew QwikDraw, MapDraw, Tech Support & More ...
Vinyl Horizontal Board
Now, for the first time ever, you can create horizontal picket fences in CFS. This can be done in both the PVC Shop Drawing program and in the PVC Scratch Builder. You can choose to use top and bottom rails or make the entire panel out of horizontal pickets. It is just an extra tab in both programs that is easy to use.
This style of fence is becoming more and more popular and since pictures are worth a thousand words, we wanted you to be able to speak to your customers.
"When I started out in the fence business nearly forty years ago I saw horizontal board fences as remnants from the 50's & 60's to be torn out and replaced. I never thought I'd see it, but horizontal board fences have made a major comeback in recent years, especially in vinyl. I have to admit they look pretty good." - Ray Pearson, President SDA
Horizontal Board Shopdrawings
Updated Product Modules for 2020
We have (or will have) updated product masters for Bufftech, Sharon Fence, Active Yards, Digger Specialties and Longevity Vinyl & Aluminum for 2020. We are working on others. Call us for details.
Renew Your Free Live Tech Support
Our world class live tech support includes toll free telephone support for 45 hours a week with our Montana based, knowledgeable and helpful support staff for customers on the current version of CFS.
We will continue to provide live, toll free telephone tech support, free on-line backup and remote desktop support for Computer Fencing System Version 19 customers until March 15th, 2020.
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 very popular resource alone is worth the cost of the upgrade.
Renew QwikDraw & MapDraw
QwikDraw and MapDraw are two powerful tools for estimating fences. QwikDraw can combine up to seven height styles or types of fence into a single estimate. MapDraw can call up a map or satellite view of a property and enable you to layout a fence on site -- without being there. MapDraw is also an excellent tool to connect with potential customers at home shows or, with internet access, when in their home.
Upgrading to CFS Version 20 will renew QwikDraw and MapDraw for 2020.
CFS Facebook Page
You can now follow us on Facebook
'Like' us to get notified of CFS news, messages and updates on Facebook.
AFA Northeast Trade Show
We will be exhibiting at the AFA Northeast Chapter Regional Tradeshow being held at the Mass Mutual Center / MGM Casino and Hotel, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Mass on February 7th & 8th 2020.
In addition to the tradeshow, there are valuable educational seminars and a Friday evening dinner and reception. We don't have a booth number yet but please drop by and say hello.
Software Design now has a YouTube Channel
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Fence 3D is a web based photo editing app that enables you to overlay vinyl, ornamental and wood fencing models on to a photo of the property to be fenced that is now part of CFS.
Fence 3D can be accessed from the icon on your CFS menu or directly through a web browser.
Drawing the layout with dimensions makes the fence models load with perspective so the overlayed photos look absolutely realistic. The distances of each stretch are adjusted and displayed as you move your mouse. When the distance and angle are correct just click to place it.
You can quickly change the types and styles of fence models for the owner to preview. This may be the ultimate upsell tool.
Fence 3D comes with 80 styles of vinyl fence, 40 styles of ornamental fence, and 20 styles of wood fence in its library. Fence 3D lets you rename the fence styles in your account and to deactive the styles that you do not want to offer.
You set where the fence starts on the picture by dragging a handle of the fence model and positioning it where you want. You can zoom the fence model in or out (making the fence taller or shorter) and rotate or tilt the model to fit the photograph.
You can go back into the job layout and adjust the angles and dimensions to fit the picture better by right clicking and dragging terminal posts.
You can capture the image, and edit it by erasing portions of the fence, to bring background elements to the foreground. Then download, print, email or text it, or even post these images on Facebook directly from Fence 3D. You can recall recently uploaded pictures and the images you have created to edit or delete them from your account.
The key to getting a good result with Fence 3D starts with taking a good picture. This will not always be possible but it is an incredible sales tool in the right situations.
You should begin your Fence 3D adventure with a simple single stretch job layout. You can advance to more complicated, angled multi-stretch jobs as you become more familiar with the app.
Because Fence 3D is a web app you can post a link to it on your website so that your prospective customers can use the program themselves by uploading their own photos and seeing the fences they want on their property. Fence 3D can be an awesome tool to add interest and functionality to your website and is a major value added service that CFS customers can offer.
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
FenceTech 2020 SLC
FenceTech 2020 is scheduled for March 4th - 6th, 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
Our annual CFS Workshop is scheduled on Wednesday March 4th from 9 am until 12 pm at the Salt Palace Convention Center. We will notify you of the room number via Facebook and the CFS newsfeed when it is assigned.
Bring your questions, your employees and your laptops or tablets - our CFS Tech experts will be there to answer all of your questions. You will also get to meet the very nice people you talk to on the phone.
You can also see us on the tradeshow floor in SLC. You will find us in Booth # 2190.