Dallas, Texas - Vertigraph, Inc., a leading developer of takeoff and estimating software for the construction industry, is pleased to announce the release of its new and enhanced BidScreen XL Version 9 software today. The BidScreen XL software is perfect for quantity surveyors and estimating professionals seeking to takeoff construction quantities directly in a Microsoft Excel workbook from vector and raster drawings.
Some of the enhancements in this new release is the improved speed when working with vector type drawings. With AutoCAD drawings, users can now freeze layers for substantially improved performance. Furthermore, takeoff objects can now be moved, rotated, copied and edited with the latest version.
Kim Border General Manager of Vertigraph states “We are seeing more and more vector type PDF and CAD drawings being distributed to contractors. We expect that the distribution of vector drawings to increase substantially in the years ahead and to become the industry standard. With BidScreen XL you’ll quickly appreciate the many advantages of working with vector drawings. You’re able to isolate design layers, freeze AutoCAD layers and snap to the object (i.e. entity) to obtain the exact measurement every time. Most digital takeoff programs on the market today only work with raster images and do not read the more advanced vector drawings. The BidScreen XL Version 9 enhancements provide our customers with the full capability of taking advantage of both vector and raster files."
BidScreen XL is the best product in the industry for digital takeoff because it works directly in Excel states Erich Schoenkopf, Vertigraph’s founder. With BidScreen XL, the entire takeoff process is automated through Excel. The measurement value and color-coded takeoff are automatically stored in the Excel cell which provides a clear, concise audit trail. Recording the takeoff in Excel for most trades is the best and most cost-effective way to document the takeoff. Takeoff is easy with BidScreen XL. BidScreen XL measures; Excel then calculates to arrive at the quantity takeoff. Other applications provide you with an itemized listing of measurements that may be transferred to Excel. But applying Excel formulas and organizing these measurements logically is time consuming, cumbersome and difficult with these other programs. As a takeoff professional, you need more than a list of measurements. With BidScreen XL the takeoff starts and stops in Excel. Once you start working with an Excel template to automate the takeoff process, you’ll quickly see what you’ve been missing when working with these other, much more limiting, applications.
"We thank all of our stakeholders that contributed to the release of this BidScreen XL Version 9 software. With the latest release, Vertigraph continues to lead the industry in providing easy, affordable, powerful quantity takeoff software that is built with craftsmanship.” states Mr. Schoenkopf.