February-March 2016

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In This Newsletter


DHI conNextions coming to Orlando in May

Anemostat 2016 Available for Download

Baron and Fleming 2016 Price Books Released

AVAproject Tip: The Frame Wizard



February-March 2016


 U.S. Price Books:

  • Adams Rite
  • Assa
  • Bradley
  • Dorma D.C.
  • Dorma E.D.
  • Dorma Glass
  • Dorma L.K.
  • Falcon
  • Folger Adam
  • Glynn-Johnson
  • Ives
  • LCN
  • Rixson
  • Sargent
  • Schlage
  • Schlage E.S.
  • Securitron
  • Von Duprin
  • Yale
  • Zero



 Canadian Price Books:

  • Bradley
  • Canaropa
  • Dorma D.C.
  • Falcon
  • Glynn-Johnson
  • Ives
  • LCN
  • Schlage
  • Schlage E.S.
  • Unique Architectural
  • Von Duprin
  • Zero



DHI conNextions coming to Orlando in May


Mark the dates on your calendars! The architectural openings industry's preeminent annual event - DHI's conNextions is coming to Orlando, Florida on May 4-6, 2016.


Once each year, everyone who is everyone in the architectural openings industry from coast to coast and even around the world converge in a single U.S. city for the industry's preeminent event. The Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) proudly host its annual trade event, recently branded conNextions.

This year, the event will be held at the Orlando World Center Mariott in Orlando, Florida from May 4 through 6. As usual, the show features a number of seminars, education sessions and a show floor consisting of dozens of industry vendors and service providers.



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Anemostat 2016 Available for Download


The newest addition to the AVAware division-8 hardware catalog library is online and available for subscriber downloads.


Readers of the AVAwire newsletter may recall an article in the December 2015 edition in which AVAware proudly announced a new partnership with Anemostat Products of Carson, California. Anemostats products are amongst the most popular throughout the architectural openings industry, recognized world-wide for their innovative and often unique offerings.

AVAwares catalog development team has created an electronic version of the newly released 2016 Anemostat catalog for use with AVAproject. The new price book comes into effect on March 1st and is accompanied by a complete library of high-quality, vector-based catalog cuts that have been conveniently linked to the products themselves.

This is Only the Beginning...

The AVAproject-compatible price book is only the first release planned for this year built upon the Anemostat catalog. AVAwares developers have designed several powerful new features, centered around the Anemostat product line, that will revolutionize the way lite kits and louvers are handled throughout the estimating, detailing and ordering processes.

New features will be introduced in upcoming releases of AVAproject... and of course theyll also be announced in upcoming editions of the AVAwire newsletter!

AVAproject users that are interested in obtaining the Anemostat price book, or requiring additional information should contact AVAwares Customer Support team.



Baron and Fleming 2016 Price Books Released


AVAproject users subscribing to the Baron and/or Fleming price books may now download the brand new 2016 editions.


The brand new 2016 Baron and Fleming price books have been released, and are available for download by AVAproject users. As previously announced in the January 2016 edition of AVAwire, the books were originally scheduled to come into effect on March 1st. As a result of several unexpected changes and corrections, that release date has now been pushed back to March 14th.

Following their acquisition by Assa Abloy (Fleming in 2001 and Baron in 2006), the two brands were brought together into a single facility; specifically, the former Baron-only location in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. Even the price books reflect the practical consolidation of these brands, as both were based on the format of the previous Fleming edition. The books are virtually identical in structure and share a common nomenclature, with products from the two brands are differentiated by a single leading F or B at the beginning of their respective product codes. Although similar in many respects, there are still several product series being offered by one brand and not the other.


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AVAproject Tip: The Frame Wizard

In the early days of AVAproject, the software was sold separately from the AVAcad. As such, many AVAproject users (usually estimators or spec. writers) didnt have a copy of or access to AVAcad. In order to allow them to estimate sidelite frames AVAproject, like today, shipped with a library of standard elevations and the Frame Wizard. In addition, many early users still had elevations in their libraries that were created with the older AVAcad /DF for DOS. Although those files could be imported into AVAproject, AVAcads new Windows-based counterpart does not support them but the Frame Wizard does.

This powerful, yet often-ignored tool allows non-CAD users to import and quickly modify the dimensions of a standard frame elevation. Even though AVAcad is now bundled with every copy of AVAproject installed, the Frame Wizard still provides a simple alternative for quick, minor changes. Once an elevation has been imported into the Openings Schedule, simply click on the Frame Wizard icon ( Frame Wizard Icon ) (instead of AVAcad). Upon doing so, a screen similar to the following will be displayed. All dimensions are assigned a letter and listed to the right of the elevation. To change a dimension, simply change the number in the box next to the corresponding letter. The frame will be resized and redrawn immediately.


The Frame Wizard dialog, with a preview of the elevation on the left and variables assigned to each dimension on the right



Note: Dimensional values can be entered in any recognized format, imperial or metric, regardless of the current operating mode. (i.e. 36, 3, 914mm will all return the same result, displayed in the currently selected measurement system and format.)

 

Bonus Tip: Creating Elevation Libraries

Elevation libraries are an effective way to speed up the estimating process. A small collection of common frame shapes can easily be modified to form the overwhelming majority of all the frames an estimator will ever need. When an elevation is brought into AVAproject, all the parameters beyond its basic shape are dictated by the selection in the Openings Schedule. As such, a single elevation can be used in conjunction with an unlimited combination of manufacturers, profiles and materials.

Once youve created an elevation in AVAcad (stand-alone or within AVAproject) the Save () button on the AVAcad editor screen allows the individual elevation to be based as a stand-alone AVAcad (.acd) file. This type of file can then be imported directly into the Elevation column of an AVAproject Openings Schedule.


The AVAcad "Save" button




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