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Old 10-04-2011, 09:36 PM   #21
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if you have a chance - can you try this one - you will need to uninstall the first version first - Its a long shot, I compiled it for all platforms this time instead of x86.

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Again its a long shot, but figure at least a try. If it does not work, I will fix it when I get a x64 machine.

Appreciate it

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I didn't reboot after I uninstalled, but the new install did the same thing. I will try it again tomorrow to rule out the reboot.
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I didn't reboot after I uninstalled, but the new install did the same thing. I will try it again tomorrow to rule out the reboot.

Ok appreciate it - rebooting won't be necessary.

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Pat, I just downloaded it off the second link you gave onto a windows 7 32 bit. When I tried to add a record, this is the error screen i got. I like what I see so far though, a nice, clean and simple interface. Nothing overly complex or too many menus and layers.
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Pat, I just downloaded it off the second link you gave onto a windows 7 32 bit. When I tried to add a record, this is the error screen i got. I like what I see so far though, a nice, clean and simple interface. Nothing overly complex or too many menus and layers.
Try the first link Dean - I fixed the file permissions - yesterday I installed a copy of windows x64 on a hardrive I found under my bed - lol and I had no issues - also tested this on win 7 x32

You will need to uninstall the first version first - this is important.

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That worked. Looks good so far, one lead entered, many more to go. I hope you do not have some kind of time delay and the program stops working... I could see myself using this for a while. I have toyed around with getting something like ACT or Goldmine, etc by that is over kill for me from what I can tell.
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That worked. Looks good so far, one lead entered, many more to go. I hope you do not have some kind of time delay and the program stops working... I could see myself using this for a while. I have toyed around with getting something like ACT or Goldmine, etc by that is over kill for me from what I can tell.
Sweet. There is no expiration date on this. I came up with creating this a few weeks ago, when I kept looking for pieces of paper, torn off cardboard with calls I received. plus every now and then a phone number that comes up looks familiar. I wanted something that has a search feature, some kind of monthly stats and a few other things.

As of now I only keep track of estimates I have performed. Also I think will be cool is the status of these leads. If after 6 months I have 30 freaking leads that I could not do because they wanted the job done asap it will tell me I need to fix some things.

The google part is pretty cool too. I don't think its necessary at all or even needed but it could make it easy to do some follow up calls when I'm at the job. It was more of a challenge to work with Googles API stuff.

Anyway - going to add this to my main program "The Paint Estimator" which is close to being finished.

I will be updating this program in the next few days - I really need to create a backup for this. Would suck if you have a years worth a data and then the leads.xml gets fooked up. This update will not effect any of your data you already have.

Again appreciate the feedback - good or bad

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After a quick try, I could not get it to integrate with my google calendar, but I am not sure what website to enter to use that feature. NOT a deal breaker by any means, since entering directly into a calendar is a piece of cake. I am sure it is an error on my part, because, despite posting on here posting I am trying to move my office from my home to my shop. Makes for a confusing mess of papers and not being able to find ANYTHING.

I am looking forward to your estimating program should be good. I do everything in QB and am a fan of having everything in one place, but could see using a program outside of QB if it is the right fit and transferring stuff over for the official estimate. My take off notes now are in a program on my ipad.

Windows 8, if it runs on an ipad like device and can run QB, could just be a exactly what I want for my business. But, Vista and 7 has almost driven me to Apple. Step up to the plate Windows, finally deliver something that is better than anything else, stable, etc.
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Pat sounds like your estimator suite is shaping up to be pretty robust. Hope it beats my excel ones I use.
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Yea it's coming out pretty cool.

Here is where Im at with the estimating program.

Company info area:

Employees area:
  • You can create individual reports on these guys
  • You can add comments for each employee and keep track of all their fook ups or good deeds. Say for example you show up to the job and one of guys is in the back yard laying down a fresh steamer. Maybe your company does not like that kind of behavior. So you could add these comments to his file. These comments are Time Stamped
  • Keep track of the raises they have received Time stamped
  • Basically it keeps a log of all changes you make
  • Print a report showing wages earned, workers comp and overhead

Overhead and expenses area:

  • You can enter how many paid sick days and holiday you will allow per year. And it will calculate how much this employee will have to work to earn these days and will add it to your overall overhead.
  • Enter in all your advertising costs, marketing, and any other overhead you have that pertains to your business and it will calculate a rate you will add to each employee and yourself if you work on the job. This is based off of 2000 hours. You can change this to whatever though.
  • Print an overhead and employee report for specific time periods
  • A place to enter youre company profit you would like to earn on each job

Creating Estimates:

  • 3 different methods of coming up with your price By the Item, by the day and Time and Materials. You can do both Item and the day method in the same estimate to see the comparisons.
  • Time and materials method the company profit for the job will be split up and added to each employee. So when you give your bill your profit will be already there.
  • Price locking when you give a price to the customer then essentially your price is locked. Many times you will do an estimate lets say in June and you wind up doing the job in October. Things can change during this time frame from your overhead going up, different employees. So you open up the estimate with the old information, switch stuff to reflect your current situation and it will tell you the differences and you can decide to proceed or not. Most of the time this will not be an issue.
  • Change orders you can alter a price with the change order form in case the customer wants to add or remove areas.
  • You can exclude items very easily incase the customer wants to know if they removed an Item. How much will the new price be.
  • When figuring out the estimate you will have an option to pick from a materials list or just enter your number for materials. Currently the Materials list is just for Benjamin Moore products and prep stuff. You can edit this list and add your own if you want too.
  • You can create job notes. Input colors used, how weird the customer was and things like these. In case the customer calls you up in a few years, these notes will remind you of things that happened.

Once a Job has started:

  • A weekly time sheet type of deal where you will enter the hours for yourself and your employees
  • Same things with materials purchased
  • As of now you can be on the same job for up to one Year.
  • Print time sheets for the entre job or just the current week
  • Will display actual costs for labor, overhead, workers comp and materials to where you are at in the particular stage of the job.
  • Print a semi detailed job report that shows where you are at.

Progress Section:
  • Here you will have the ability to see where you stand vs. your original budget will let you know if you are behind or not. Basically its your original costs vs. current costs. This section will tell you how many days you have left to complete on budget. Will give you your current hourly wage, your expected wage.
  • The way this works is you will enter a percentage of work completed for each item. For example you have 4 stucco walls, you have painted 2 of them, you would enter %50 in the completed column.
  • For small jobs this is really no big deal, but for the 3-4 weeks jobs it could provide some good info you might need to crack the whip on your guys.

Customer Database Area:


  • Here you will see a list of all your estimates, customer names, phone numbers, costs, estimated profits , actual profits, whether you closed the job or not and other information.
  • You can do a quick view on a job here to see the details without having to open the file. Print address labels for all your customers or just certain ones
  • Bar chart to display for each month your gross income, net income, labor and materials
  • Will give you your numbers for the current year or all years. These numbers include your net income, labor, overhead, workers comp, closing rate, how much each employee has earned your average hourly rate.
  • Will show you where all your jobs came from and will be able to print out a list of which customer referred you the most and the gross income from this.
  • Print P&L statements, email lists, customer address and phone number lists, workers comp and overhead details.

Proposals and Invoices:

  • You can create nice looking proposals and invoices. As of now there is only one template. Recommendation you will need a version of word and excel. You can still print a proposal without any of these but not formatting can be done.
  • Built in spell checker for goons like myself who cant spell worth a chit.
  • Few other things like you can create pre items so you dont have to type the same thing over and over again when creating a proposal.

Job Scheduler:

  • A simple calendar that you can type a job name, and click on each day you want to assign this job to.
  • Each job can be different colors.
Outside Materials Section:
This is used for all items you purchase that you really cant write off on one job, things such as major tools, drops, your payments to insurances, basically all items that you pay for that are not job specific and pertain to your business.

Pretty much all this is done except for some reports and I still need to link things together.

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Dean - if you want to get the google thing going just holler, sounds like it's no big deal but don't hesitate if you do.

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Here is where Im at with the estimating program.
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