File Management Tools

Posted by henrythe5th on September 17, 2018

People who work in the design and construction industries (along with others like research, law and political commentary) often have to manage a big file sets, especially files related to clients and/or projects. Unfortunately, the file manager supplied with Windows is woefully inadequate for this task. If you are a person who has to keep up with a large number of files, we recommend looking into a tool like the one described here.

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FF&EZ's Date Field Shortcuts

Posted by henrythe5th on March 10, 2018

Entering dates into a form can interrupt the flow of your data entry, especially if you want to enter something as simple as today's date or the beginning or end of a month. FF&EZ's date fields include a number of useful shortcuts that can speed up the entry of dates.

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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 henrythe5th 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.