Friday, December 29, 2017

TFP Preview: Don't show it all on one floor plan!

Earlier this year, we released a feature where you can group the items on your floor plan.  You can put all your red wires in one group, and hide/show them as needed.  This helped alleviate a busy looking floor plan, but it still wasn't a perfect solution to the problems I saw happening.

After discussing with many of you, we came to the conclusion that one layout per floor plan wasn't enough.  You needed the ability to have a multiple layouts for the same floor plan.  Such has one floor plan showing power runs, and one floor plan showing the network runs.

Were not done with this feature yet, but we are far enough to give you a preview and get your feedback.

Friday, June 9, 2017

How Much Wire does a Job Need? Answered!

Techforce Pro has an awesome feature where you can set the scale of a floor plan and see the wire length of each wire run, even adding slack to the run to compensate for vertical runs and in-between floors.

But what about when you have to estimate how much wire the floor plan has all together, or for that matter, how much wire the customer has so you know how much to order.  Techforce Pro now helps out with this by adding up your wire runs per floor and displaying them at the customer level, and floor plan level.  Know exactly how much wire of a certain color is configured to be used for the customer when you are done creating your floor plans.

Now remember, Techforce Pro can only measure the wire run distance as the bird flies, so if you think there should be added slack to a wire length, be sure to add it.  And even with that, round up and add a bit to your order.  But this should give you a quick estimate to help out when you are ordering wire.

You will need to correlate the colors to a specific wire type, like using blue wire for CAT-5 or red for power.  Down the road we will be adding a means for setting different names to the colors to help out with this.