If you're going to be a good eFramer, you're going to need Power Tools.
If you think about it, there is probably an opportunity to use copy and paste in just about every layout you do. From the obvious multi-family job where Building A which is a combination of Units A, B and C, to the production builder’s base plan with umpteen options. Even portions of a custom home can be copied from one area of the building to another. Mastering the copy and paste function in eFrame is easy. Select one or more items then pick Copy from the right menu. Select a point to use as a reference and paste the object either on the same level, a different level or even a different job! Once you place the copied objects, you can easily rotate, mirror and move them with a couple of mouse clicks. This feature alone is reason to upgrade.
How often do you need to line up roofs and floors? With eFrame, both floors and roofs can be in the same job which helps to ensure that they are working as a system. This also provides for easy modifications as well, as truss spans will automatically adjust with walls move.
Many times the lower roof needs to plane out with the upper roof, and the correct heel height is the difference between success and failure for the whole job. With eFrame, creating multiple levels is a snap. Since each level can be related to the level below, it is a piece of cake to change something fundamental like a floor depth or a wall height, and the entire building will adjust to new dimensions. This saves time and ensures accuracy at the same time. Another benefit of multiple levels is the ability to turn on/off visibility at any time, so you can work on exactly what you need to without crowding your workspace with un-needed information.
When you’re working on a commercial project or a production builder’s plans, often times it’s critical to match or to simply verify dimensions. With eFrame Desktop, you can have as many jobs open as you want. Each job can be displayed as a tab at the bottom of the drawing screen which allows you to switch back and forth at any time. This is also a great feature when you want to copy and paste objects from one project to another.
Many of your customers have special requirements for their jobs. They may prefer 2x6 top chords, or have a preferred hip set. Regardless, how do you manage these requirements today? Do you keep lots of notes, or do you depend on each designer to manage customer requirements? With eFrame, each default page can be saved multiple times, and can then be brought together to form “Solution Sets”. A Solution set is simply a group of defaults that can be saved with your customers in mind. This way, your design group only has to remember which Solution to use for each customer, and eFrame will juggle all the details. This is a big step towards increased efficiency while minimizing problems.
The user Interface of the eFrame Desktop takes full advantage of context sensitive menus, dockable toolbars and user defined accelerators. While this may seem like nerdspeak to you, it simply means, when in doubt “Right Click”. Each object in eFrame, floor, wall, truss, selection switches, etc. has a right click menu that displays only the available functions for that object. This makes it easy to learn and use compared to menus and buttons. The eFrame Desktop also takes advantage of the newest user interface tools available, like User Defined toolbars. This allows you to remove the icons that you rarely use and put the ones you use most right where you want them. Finally, the most productive eFramer’s learn quickly that keyboard shortcuts are where the action is! With eFrame Desktop, keyboard accelerators are available everywhere! Learning these shortcuts will give you the tools to fly through the software. If you don’t like the keyboard shortcuts that are currently assigned, no problem, change them to what you want.
When your projects contain floors, walls and roof trusses, the drawing screen will get crowded and filled with information that you may not want all the time. With the User Defined Plan Types feature, you pre-determine the view switches for as many modes as you choose, so when you are working on floors, you hide roof trusses and wall information, and when you are working on roof trusses, you can hide floor and wall information.
The eFrame Desktop provides instant answers to tough questions, Is the floor depth adequate? Can the duct chase be that close to the bearing? What is the minimum top chord size for the job? How many plies is this girder? Now the answers to these questions, and more, are just a click away!
A powerful trace feature, that allows you to switch between trace and directional/distance input on the fly! improved DXF import feature. Importing DXF files into your projects have never been faster. Plus you can hover of the DXF template and see the layer names, and re-import at any time if you want to fine-tune your template. Expanded wall input tools, like Extend to the nearest wall and Two Point input. Powerful move tools, like rotate, mirror, move by clicking two points, and more. Multiple levels of Undo because we all make mistakes! Network Savvy defaults. You may want all your wall types to be shared by all, but color preferences are your business. No problem.    

 This page last modified on 7/9/2009