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Manual
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 Estimate Menu
 Values Menu
 Notes Menu
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SpecWriter Program Features

This is a summary of some of the major features incorporated into SpecWriter.


Fast Specification
Writing
SpecWriter is unquestionably the fastest way to write fully customized construction specifications.  Selecting pre-written specifications from the comprehensive Checklist, with all the selection tools and visual aids we've included, is simply the most efficient method of conquering this vital task.

Completely
Customizable
SpecWriter allows you to edit our existing specifications, or add your own unique specifications, including adding entire new categories of specifications as easily as typing them in or using your mouse.

Fully Automated SpecWriter is completely menu controlled, with all the commands you need to perform every task like Insert New Specification, Add Allowance Section, and Save to Hard Disc.

Comprehensive
Checklist
A Comprehensive Checklist that reduces accidental omissions by making sure you remember everything.  One pass through the Checklist writes the Specifications, the Estimate, and the Schedule of Values.  Some estimating programs brag that they don't have a checklist, but their "random hit" strategy is sure to lead to mistakes.

4,000 Specifications SpecWriter includes over 4,000 specifications that are already written for you, ready for you to select for inclusion in your project's specifications and the estimate.

Intelligent Estimating An Intelligent Estimating strategy where your project's Specifications also become the Estimate Worksheet.  If it's not in the estimate, it's also not in the specifications.

Lookup & GoTo A GoTo feature that allows you to move instantly to any section of the Checklist by selecting it from a pull-down window.  Great for editing!

Set Customer Type The Customer Type feature allows you to change the reference to your customer throughout the entire specifications.  Your choices are Owner, Buyer, Customer, Lease Holder, Property Manager or Client.  This allows you to better tailor your specifications to suit the nature of your relationship with the customer.

Memorized Templates A Templates feature allows you to name and save a checklist configuration for instant recall.  This allows you to specify a standard model or project, save it and then recall it at any time.  This is a great time saver when specifying the same or similar projects.

Red Lettering The Red Letter feature on the Checklist allows you to color-code your most-used specifications for speeder recognition when selecting specifications.

Text Highlite The Highlite feature allows you to highlite in yellow any line of any of the documents.  This can be helpful, for example, when reviewing the specifications with your customer.

Takeoff The Takeoff feature provides a separate worksheet that automatically calculates a number of linear and square footages as you enter the basic building dimensions.

Lookup Quantities A Lookup feature that allows you to find measurements on the Takeoff sheet from the Estimate and copy them into your estimate.

Cost Carryover If you should want to maintain your own unit cost prices in the Checklist, SpecWriter will copy them into the Estimate whenever that specification is selected.  Of course, you can override the cost at any time.

Two Estimating
Strategies
The Estimate Worksheet allows you to calculate the project's price both vertically (total the costs and add markups) and horizontally (mark up each line item, then add together).  In fact, you can see the raw numbers done both ways and pick the one you like.

Presentation Options The Presentation Options allows you to hide all the estimate columns and display or print only the totals in each category, thus keeping the unit costs and markup hidden.


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