BuildIT Software Update - version 4.9 update (April 2010)

Construction Scheduling Just Got Easier!

This release is all about better scheduling: giving you better visibility into your projects.

Most folks come to BuildIT looking for a scheduling solution and we strive to deliver powerful (yet easy) tools for managing your projects. A good old fashioned calendar is still a common, understandable tool for seeing what happens when, and how tasks relate to each other - and now you can work with your schedule in a calendar view!

Here's how to view your schedule in a calendar format:

1. Click the "schedule" tab.
2. On the left menu, choose between "calendar:start date" or "calendar:due date" of "calendar:all dates".
3. Presto: you have all the controls you had with the Gantt and List views, but in a familiar Calendar format.

:: You can go to a specific month or go ahead or back in 1 or 4 week jumps.
:: You can set the default to the number of weeks you would like to see at a time in the task preferences.
:: Create a task for a specific date by click on the respective "new" button.

See your tasks in a familiar calendar view, along with the status of each task indicated by the appropriate color. This color status is now a new option in the "list" and "list and details" view of your tasks (you'll need to go to your task preferences to turn it on).

You can still view your tasks by clicking the "calendar" tab, and see how your tasks relate to your calendar appointments. More options. More power. Better visibility. All translates to better scheduling.

Since our last user update, here are some highlights of what we've added:

:: Favorites/Shortcuts: on the Files tab, you can create favorites that can appear as job files, task files, send as "sharing links", and more. Want your installer to see video on how to do the job "right"? - just add the favorite as a task file!

:: PDF letterhead, automatically generated from your company information in SETUP - to view, click the "docs" tab, then click "letterhead settings" in the lower left - then click the buttons to the right of "view generated letterhead". If you want a more customized letterhead, let us know.

:: On the Job List you now have the option to default your job list to Current And Future jobs - no point in seeing all your PAST and LOST jobs all the time - just display what's hot.

:: Easily send email to one contact who may have 2 or more email addresses - just edit their contact info and add additional email addresses separated by a semi-colon ";" This same method can be used to create "group contacts", allowing you to send one email to many, just by clicking one contact.

:: Recurring appointments: simply create a calendar appointment, and then click the appropriate "SAVE AND CLONE" button as many times as you need duplicate appointments.

A huge range of professional PDF documents are coming up: The existing text-based BuildIT document generator has served many of our customers well over the years, generating nearly 100,000 documents to date! These new "super docs" will merge contact, user and project information to customized PDF documents, along with your letterhead and logo, giving you a huge step-up in presentation.

We'll be releasing a host of standard PDF construction docs (change orders, contracts, invoices and far more). Plus, as a BuildIT customer, you can have your own construction documents converted over to "super doc" format. Save time, be more consistent and professional.

Need a schedule in PDF format? More and more first time BuildIT users are asking for PDF schedules - for their clients, design professionals, bankers, and so on. Just a reminder, BuildIT is here to help with this, and we can quickly convert your schedule in BuildIT to a PDF, in the smallest size paper that will suit that particular schedule. And, if need be, we can "tile" the schedule, and have it print to a number of standard sized sheets, that you can piece together like a puzzle.

Check it out a small sample PDF schedule at this link:

 Scott Hutchinson
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

BuildIT vs FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

So you want to share some job files?

And you've found out, perhaps the hard way, that emailing attachments (especially large ones) is not the way to go.

You could subscribe to an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) service.

But here's the scoop:

FTP typically requires an FTP 'client' — meaning yet another program.  These are generally not simple to configure.  Uploading a file would be limited to those with the program and skills. So now you have to outfit all your key players (some of whom may not be high up the technology curve) with the FTP program.  Along with the client, you'll need a service (website or server) to host the files — more stuff to configure.

Downloading files would either require an FTP client again, or be handled through a web page with a simple file listing. You may have to pay someone to create this web page on your corporate website, if you have one. Now we're talking time, some technical know-how, and $$.

Now for the BuildIT advantages:

  1. Easy drag and drop file uploading through Internet Explorer.
  2. Our maximum file size is, well, big enough that it likely won't be a problem 99% of the time, but with some sweet talking, we can increase this if required.
  3. Our display is visually appealing: thumbnails, file info. And, it's easy to understand.
  4. Easy management: remove/disable files easily, see all access attempts, etc.
  5. Downloading is resumable (i.e. if the file download stops for some reason, it resumes where it left off).  Many other file download services don't support this.
  6. Files in BuildIT are presented logically within a task or a sharing link... in other words, there are associations with files that will make it easier for you to manage them.
  7. BuildIT manages the server: so no headaches about configuration, no tech support nightmares, etc.

So, launch your free test drive, click the "files" tab, and start sharing. It's one of the many advantages you'll appreciate.

 Scott Hutchinson
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1