FF&EZ Adds Support for Multiple Currencies

Posted by henrythe5th on March 1, 2016

As of version 3.2.126, FF&EZ supports the selection of an alternate currency for each project.


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Using FF&EZ's Pricing Tool

Posted by jimcarls on January 2, 2014

As of version 3.2.85, FF&EZ includes a Pricing Tool that can be used to mark up, adjust and protect the sell prices of groups of specifications in a project. When pricing FF&E for sales, some designers or salespersons may set prices using a specific markup for certain types of products. Other people may simply set prices automatically with a project-wide markup (also entered on the project screen) while others may only set prices manually for each specification, adjusting them for psychological "attractiveness." No matter what approach you use, you will find that the pricing tool can make the task of managing prices much easier, including setting "psychological pricing."

This post describes how this new utility is used and some of the things that you can accomplish with it.

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Building FF&E Specification Projects with Templates

Posted by jimcarls on June 29, 2013

FF&EZ’s Import and Clone commands can let you create an extraordinarily powerful, multi-level system of templates for use in your projects—even projects that are highly creative and unique designs. By making it easy to start interior design projects using your pre-built components—from mere "skeleton" specs to fully populated rooms and project sections—the software can save an enormous amount of time while ensuring that your project includes all needed design components. Here we will take a look at how those functions can do this.

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Using FF&EZ for Retail, Restaurant Planning

Posted by jimcarls on June 2, 2013

FF&EZ's long pedigree in the hospitality industry has naturally led to it having a feature set that supports building types in which some or all parts are repetitive. This is a short overview of how the management staff at a restaurant or retail company might use FF&EZ-Design or FF&EZ-Design/Purchasing for such things as documenting their existing facility as part of expansion plans.  If you are part of an ownership or management firm, there are a number of ways that FF&EZ can help both your planning and your operations. Although the software is normally used by people involved in interior design, anyone with an accounting background will quickly see the advantages it offers for organizing and documenting the things on which money was (or will be) spent—and then leveraging that information in very practical ways.

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For someone delivering and supporting software, it is always a pleasure to answer the question "Can I do that?" with "Yes!" However, two FF&EZ commands, Clone and Import, are particularly fun to talk about because they often yield the most excited reactions from FF&EZ users. After all, imagine being able to piece together an entire design project's specifications in a few minutes using fully populated templates for specifications, objects (assemblies), entire rooms or even entire projects. This post discusses the two commands that allow you to do this with both repetitive and highly original building designs. (Revised 6/29/13 to add discussion of the Template command.)

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Using FF&EZ's Specification Status Features

Posted by jimcarls on August 22, 2012

FF&EZ includes a number of features that allow a designer to manage the process of verifying and approving specification information, as well as issuing revisions of specs. This entry discusses how they are used during the life of a project.

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New Features in FF&EZ

Posted by jimcarls on February 27, 2012

FF&EZ is continually being improved based on feedback from users (and potential ones).  Below is a quick overview of some of the most useful recent additions to its capabilities. [Updated 3/28/12: Company logo added to reports.]

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Technology Outlook: Partly "Cloudy"

Posted by henrythe5th on January 8, 2012

We all hear the buzz about the move from traditional "local" applications software (in which you install and maintain software on PCs located physically in your office) vs. "cloud-based" applications that use standard web browsers to access the software and data that is stored on servers located elsewhere.  The success of this approach depends on the nature of the work you are trying to do; we discuss this in more detail to help you understand the issues.

Creating Preliminary Budget Models with FF&EZ

Posted by jimcarls on October 24, 2011

A common approach to preliminary budgeting uses a spreadsheet grid of FF&E items, room types and budgets to create a "ballpark" FF&E budget for a proposed building.  This post discusses how you can accomplish the same objective with FF&EZ but with a live link to the underlying data, so that the same budget tool automatically responds to changes in item budgets and can then be compared to vendor prices as actual product selection takes place.

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Previously, we've shown that an "all-in-one" spreadsheet approach to documenting FF&E specifications is cumbersome and hard to keep updated, In the second segment of this series, we looked at how designers naturally turned to a more "data-oriented" two-part approach that was also a step towards a more efficient way to organize data.  That method, called "normalization" by your local Nick Burns types, is fairly strict deconstruction of data into "tables" similar to filing cabinets, each holding either a specific type of unique data (like "rooms" or "vendors") or a type of relationship (like "objects in rooms"). Below, we will finish the deconstruction process and then put it back together, but this time, without having to repeat data.

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