Release History

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Display of Elevation Walls
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1) Fixed a display error of the elevation walls in the 3D view.
2) In the diagram, when viewing walls, the walls of elevation are expanded "up" to the top. (The walls of the room are expanded "down" to the floor.)

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Bug Fixings
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Fixed product add-on creating and deleting bugs.
Display of tile replacement was not correct in some cases.
Display of elevations with arc walls was not correct in the 3D view.

Changes in system settings:

1. "Print Original Image" under "Drawing Style" defaults to "off ".
- Previously, it is defaulted to "On" which caused long processing time when printing to a physical printer.
2. For tiles whose calc method is "Cut & Fit", the "Tile Waste Share" option defaults to "by room" and the "Waste Share Radius" value defaults to "60 feet".
- Previously, the default Tile Waste Share Option was "by tab"; the Waste Share Radius was "unlimited". In extreme cases, such settings would slow down the program estimation due to intensive computing.

Bug fixes:

1. After importing some PDFs to the Takeoff tab, the images were blurry.
2. Two memory leaking issues.
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Plan Import
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1. (Commercial Edition Only) Import CAD files and selectively toggle on/off layers to achieve desired results.

To toggle on/off layers:

(1) Method one: In the “Image Preview” window->select “Layers” icon on the top left corner;

(2) Method two: After importing a plan to the drawing area, you can right-click the image and select “Layers.”

(Note: Check "Save CAD file with the project" at the "Image Preview" window )

2. (Commercial Edition Only) Changed default PDF-to-Image Converter

(1) Default to PDF-to-PNG converter when importing PDFs.
(2) If you want to convert PDF to Tiff file format, select “Tiff” from the pull-down list at “Select Images to Import” window.
(3) Improve the speed when loading PDFs to the "Select Images to Import" window.

*** Tips for losing details after plans are imported ***

To minimize the project file size, it defaults the image color format to monochrome (black & white). However, if you lose some details after converting images, such as textures of product or furniture, you can change the color format to grayscale to preserve the details.

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Enhanced 3D view
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3. 3D walkthrough method one: create a route and visualize it in 3D mode.

(1) On Takeoff Tab, click the “black triangle” icon next to the “3D View” icon, draw a desired walkthrough route in the 2D diagram.

(2) Double click on the route to open Property View panel where you can adjust walkthrough settings, such as speed, angle, altitude, whether or not to loop, etc.
(3) Click the 3D View icon again, under 3D View, click the “black triangle” under “Reset View”->select “Walkthrough Rout”->Play.

4. 3D walkthrough method two: interactive walkthrough

(1) Under 3D View, Click “View Position” button, drop the blue man to the desired position in a room.

(2) Use arrow keys and the mouse to move it around. Refer to the tooltip of “View Position” for more information.

5. Allow for assigning products when reviewing a floor plan in the 3D mode.

(1) Click to select an area ( a wall or a floor)

(2) Left-click the top right “triangle brackets” icon to expand the “Property View” panel where you can assign a product to the selected region.

6. Export 3D floor plan to a .3ds file (Autodesk 3DS Max file format) which can be imported to some interior design software.

(1) Click the "3D View" icon to review the floor plan in the 3D mode.

(2) Click "Export 3DS" icon to current 3D floor plan to .3DS file.

7. Review the staircase installation style in a 3D model.

(1) Select and apply a carpet install method to a staircase ( such as full warp, waterfall, etc.)

(2) Click the “3D View” icon; you can review the installation style in 3D.

8. If a room is flash coved, the extension of the flooring material will appear on walls in 3D views.

9. Create a sunken area on the floor using Elevation.

(1) Draw the sunken area on the floor using the Elevation tool.

(2) Double-click on it to pop the Property View panel.

(3) Enter the height of elevation and check “Is Recess” box.

(4) Review the floor plan with a sunken area in 3D view.

** Tips: create a recessed area on another elevation**

You can also create a recessed area on top of another elevation object to create objects such as sinks or tubs.

10. Provide a list of standard 3D views, such as Front, Back, Top, etc..

(1) In the 3D mode, click the “black triangle” icon under “Reset View.”

11. Improved the speed when displaying randomized tile pattern with tile texture image in both 2D and 3D models.

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Printing
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12.Improved image clarity when printing to PDFs or through a physical printer.

(1) By default, it automatically fits the original image to the selected paper size.

**Tips for long processing time**

It may take a few minutes to render a large image when printing to a physical printer.

13. To print compressed image to a physical printer to reduce the processing time, go to File Menu->System Settings-> Drawing Style->deselect “Print Original Image.”

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Product conflict checker
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14. If it detects product conflicts, the yellow “exclamation” icon will light up on the top right of the project item list panel. Click on it to review the conflicting products.

15. Click on the black triangle icon next to the exclamation icon, and you can decide which types of conflicts you want to pay attention to and ignore others.

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Compatibilities
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16. In the next release, it will use .NET framework 4.6.2 which does not support Window Vista OS.

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Bug Fixes
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1. If a count Item was associated with a roll product, and if the roll product was applied to a self coved room, the count item was not calculated correctly.

3. If a tile had been manually cut using the “Saw” tool in tile pattern designer, the tile estimation was incorrect.

4. When splitting rooms by dividers, sometimes it created triangular rooms.

5. Failed to assign grout product when applying pre-defined tile patterns to rooms.

6. Fixed some memory leaking.
1) Bugfix: if the tile calc method is set to "Waste Add-on", when replacing base tiles with another tile along the edges of a floor, it mis-calculates the usages of both the base tile and replacing tile.

2) Added "Tile Position Dimension" under View Option menu, which is off by default.
Tile Estimation Enhancements:

1. "Additional Waste" and "Minimum Waste" Properties.

-These are enabled when creating a tile in the product database (Hover your mouse over the property name to see the details).
(1)Provide more ways to adjust tile waste
(2)Add additional waste to allow for additional stock
(3)Add minimum waste to ensure safe and sound quantity
(4)Adjust the tiny pieces size for tiles to be ignored
(5)Allow tile rotation based on best fit
(6)Adjust max cut times for each tile
(7)Add cut margin around a tile
(8)Adjust tile waste sharing scope

**Note: You will see those two fields only if you select the "Cut and Fit" or "Half Reuse" or "No Reuse" calculation method.

2. Project-Level Tile Estimation Settings Panel.

- Select a room with tiles in the diagram, click on the estimation setting icon ( the wheel icon) and then select the “Cut and Fit” calculation method. Then tile calculation settings will then appear. Hover your mouse over the parameters to see detailed explanations.

3. System-Level Tile Calculation Settings.

- When you create a new project, the program will use the default tile estimation settings.

Tile Pattern Enhancements:

4. We added popular luxury carpet tile patterns and wood-look patterns to the tile pattern library, such as scale, wave, chevron.

5. You can change tile sizes on the fly when applying the pre-defined tile pattern.

**Note: When assigning a pre-defined tile pattern to the diagram, click the “Resize” button and enter the tile size. The program will automatically resize the rest of the tiles formed with the tile pattern.


6. We included shortcuts to speed up pattern creations in the tile pattern designer tool. To use this feature, press the R key to rotate a tile and then hold down the Ctrl key to flood-replace the tiles.

7. In the tile designer tool, you can now select a tile offset from the pull-down list (such as ½). It snaps to the selected offset when you move one tile along the edge of another.

8. We added a tile corner cutter (the saw icon) to allow for creating chevron-shaped tiles in the tile designer tool.

9. The software now has a “Divide by tile replacement” function to provide an alternative way of dividing a room into two areas with different tile products.

- Apply tile A in the diagram by right clicking on tile B and then select “Replace tile in the diagram.” After this, you will select the tiles to be replaced by tile B to the Divider function on the ribbon by selecting “Divide by tile replacement”

10. Show reference distance when selecting pattern position starting point.
-When selecting tile pattern position, it displays the dimensions from the nearest walls. (View Option->Pattern Position).

UI and Display Enhancements:

11. You can adjust the icon size of patterns/product to show more or fewer icons in the product database, project item list or pattern library.

12. You can represent a product using hatch texture in the product database, in the diagram, and in product legend.

(1) Select a hatch texture to represent a product in the product database.

(2)In the view option, select Product Hatch to show a tile pattern in Hatch texture in the drawing and the product legend.

(3)Optionally, you can combine “Product Hatch” with “Tile piece hatch” and/or “Hatch as black” to achieve the desired results.

13. You can now display a tile texture image in the legend (View option->Tile texture).

14. The software can now adjust the linear product style from dashed line to solid color line ( System Settings->Drawing Style tab->Linear Style.)

15. You can annotate layers with takeoffs.

-Click the blank triangle next to the green plus sign in the lower left of the drawing canvas. If the floor has been taken off, you will see a blue icon in front of the layer name.

Takeoff Enhancements:

16. We have added a shortcut to create stage & auditorium design using Elevations.
-Takeoff tab->Draw an elevation->Left-click on it->select Room Edit function on the ribbon->select “Create Stage”. You can create an arena stage or church stage in seconds.

17. We also have an advanced legend and notes features. You can enable to show the tile texture in a legend, provide individual legends for rooms and walls, and add legends and notes to walls.

18. We have shortcuts to create circular holes/elevations (press the R key once and use Rectangular Room or Elevation or Hole to create a circular shape).

19. You can now snap to quarter or half circle when dragging an edge.

- When dragging an edge to create a curve using the “Arc” function, it highlights the curvature when it can form a perfect quarter or half circle.
Fixed a bug in drawing wall.
Accumulated improvements and bug fixes.
Accumulated improvements and bug fixes.
1. When using a command ( e.g. freedraw), hotkeys related to it would flash in the status bar. Double click the highlighted words to turn off the flash.

2. Bug fixes.
1. Display margin type (both, length only, width only or none) next to cut margin in cut sheet.

2. Allow matching hardwood pattern at the doorway (Press CTRL key and left click to multi-select rooms, right click ->Layout & Seam->Set Pattern Position)

3. Improved performance of floor divider.
Note: it is highly recommended to use "Split Room By Region" under "RmEdit" to takeoff complicate floor plans to achieve stable results. Split rooms have less interference with each other compared with divided floor regions.

4. Allow creating a floor divider from a wall to a hole in the same floor.

5. Improve the display of dimension by adding extra space between text and line.

6. Updated privacy policy in the license agreement.

7. Bug fixes.
Bugfix: could not right click on a door and delete it.
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Drawing
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1. Allow multi-selection in same room (Hold Ctrl key + left click).
2. Add shortcuts to scroll drawings:
- Ctrl + scroll mouse wheel to scroll drawings vertically;
- Shift + scroll mouse wheel to scroll drawings horizontally;
3. Allow draw floor dividers cross existing dividers.
4. Right click on a room with floor dividers -> select “Select Same Product Dividers” to highlight divided regions in a single room with the same flooring materials so that user can change layout direction for the product in multiple divided regions in one shot.

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Product
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5. “Estimating Length” when create roll goods to allow user to accommodate uneven cuts at end of each roll.
6. Option to apply linear product to grout joints of a tile pattern and calculate its usage. (An efficient way to calculate heat welding usage for vinyl patterns. Accessible if right-click on a tile pattern in the project item list -> Grout Product pull-down list -> Select linear product as grout)
7. "Tile Shape in Legend" option in the sub-menu of Legends to allow toggling on/off tile shape in product legends.
8. "Quick Tile"
- When drag a tile pattern to a room, find "Quick Assign" button at bottom of the Assign Tile Pattern window. You can assign patterns to the room without selecting tiles from pull-down list.

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Estimating
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9. Change layout directions for rooms in one-shot, including both roll goods & hard surfaces. (Room Edit->Layout & stem->Apply layout/seam to…)
10. Rotate cut on cut sheet by 180 degree. (Right-click on a cut to see this option)

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Worksheet
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11. Worksheet->Reload section->Merge->Merge/Un-merge add-ons with primary flooring materials in one single line item on the worksheet and proposal.
12. Lock items in worksheet to prevent them from being removed when reloading from estimation data.
13. When loading the estimation data to worksheet, keep ordering of products the same as in the project item list.
14. Drag & drop items in worksheet to reorder them.

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Printing
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15. Display floor/room duplication in both worksheet and in the proposal.
16. Support multi-languages in print template.
17. Option to display product legend with wall view when printing ( Print->Room Detail->Room Detail Walls & Settings->Wall Detail Legend)

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System
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18. Add "Min Pattern Drawing" under System Setting -> Drawing Style, to avoid drawing tile/pattern grids that are smaller than the set value.
19. File back up and Project save reminder
- File -> Backup Projects tab -> find previously saved backup files.
- File -> Backup Projects tab -> click the Wheel Icon (Setting) -> prompt saving every x minutes)
20. One click to import existing Measure Square 2015 project files to M2 Cloud.
- File -> Cloud Projects tab -> click the black triangle icon -> select Import. (Press Ctrl/Shift key to select multiple files in open file dialog.)
- Plan import
1. Preview thumbnails of blueprints when importing multiple pages.
2. Import blueprints with customized resolution.
3. Set up scale using two points while previewing images;apply scale captured by two points to multiple pages.
4. Verify scale using ruler command while preview images.

-Product Schedule
5. Add shortcuts to facilitate product schedules.
6. Right click on Project Items or Product/Services folder -> find shortcuts on top right, such as add, delete, duplicate, etc.)
7. Import product templates created in M2 2015 version to the project item list.
- Right click on Project Items->Import/Export->Import Measure Square 2015 product template.

- Takeoff
8. Organize rooms by installation phases.
- From room RmEdit->Phase->create phases->tag selected rooms to phases
9. Create rooms with default product
- Draw a room with a product->select the product from Estimate pull-down list->continue room creating.)
10. Allow creating floor divider from middle of the room
11. Create product legend with/without product usage and display legend; manually place product legend on the diagram
12. Delete multiple layers in one shot (right click on a tab ->Select tabs to delete)

- Product assignment
13. Allow creating randomized tile pattern with multiple tiles specified percentages.
- Create several tiles with the same dimensions.
- Apply one tile to a room->right click on the Tiling from project item list->view modify->click Edit to set random tiles
- Click Add to add tiles to the list->select tiles from pull-down list and specify percentage->OK.
14. Align tiles continuously on walls
- Draw a room->View Wall->apply a tile on wall->right click on the wall->select Wall tile continuous to right/left.
15. Set self-cove multiple room by one-shot (right click on a product under Project Items ->Set self-cove).
16. Set self-cove for all walls or selected walls of rooms
- Right click on a room->Rm Edit->Set self-cove.
- Turn on View Wall->hold down Ctrl key and left click to highlight several walls.
- Right click on one of selected walls-> Self cove selected walls.

- Estimation
17. Support estimating by installation phases.
18. Grout coverage chart
- Create a product from project item list-> select grout as product type
- Look at product details->find Grout Coverage Chart->specify the grout width and coverage chart provided by manufacturer.
- After apply tile to a room->right click on tiling->view modify->specify grout product and grout width. The program will automatically compute it by bag or by weight.
19. Calculate tiles in three methods ( waste ratio, cut & fit, and reuse 50%)
20. Support roll allocation
21. Round up roll cuts to nearest 3", 6", 1'
22. Stagger cuts for large open area such as basketball court

- Worksheet
23. Ability to group items on worksheet
- Right click on the title of the table->select Group.

- Bidding package
24. User can export data to a pre-programmed excel bidding package ( by request)

- Print
25. Users can change View Options and Print Options while previewing the printout

- Enhanced 3D display
26. From View 3D->Options->toggle on/off different options to adjust the 3D display)
- Added Transparent Wall to allow view product assignment clearly (When it is on, the materials on the wall will be seen through )
- Options to display room dimensions, wall stack height, tile texture, tile pattern positions in 3D view

- General Settings
27. Export select taps as a project/import selected tabs into current project
28. Allow open 2nd sessions to open two projects at the same time.

- Collaborations with your team
29. Open projects created on iPad or Android phone on PC
30. Sync settings & product database with your co-worker
31. Admin can protect database & settings by marking them as "read-only" for team members
Hot Fixes:

1. Improved stability with large project drawings
2. Fixed count add-on item estimating issue at room duplication
3. Minor bugs fixes
Major changes:
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Product database:
1. associate EA item as base product add-on
2. add additional waste % for tile product
3. add Estimating width for roll goods (so it can be set less than regular width)

Product Assignment:
1. linear item will set wall base width when assigned
2. calculate base perimeter addon when floor is self coved

Estimating:
1. show progress bar for larger project estimating (when in auto estimating mode) so use can cancel it if needed

Worksheet:
1. provided worksheet summary export option, project file name is included in the exported file
2. save worksheet column settings for all worksheet types (right click on worksheet column -> select columns -> check "Save for future...")

System Setting:
1. auto project check and fix feature at project open (can be turned off at System Setting under Advanced tab)

Printing:
1. toggle on/off usage in estimating summary report
2. print diagram in center rather than on top, if "Merge Pages if possible" is not selected.

General and GUI:
1. run second instance of MeasureSquare on the same PC (from File Menu), can copy/paste across two projects
2. Press F1 for help on ribbon tooltip
3. future update download and install will be more smoothly

Bugs fixed:
1. add-on product gets duplicated after modification on parent product.
2. duplicated project products crash product legend drawing.
3. a few others
Database:
1. User can customize product type. (Click “+” icon to add new product, and then the wheel icon)
2. User can set up markup/profile margin by folder in product collection window (access it from the little black triangle on toolbar)
3. User can setup markup/profit margin at product level
4. Added “estimating width” for roll goods
5. Added “ No reuse” Calc Method
6. Auto-calculate boxed sales/cost price in product window (Click “sell by” and then click pull-down list for box sales/cost pricing)
7. Allow associate Count item with primary flooring material. i.e. associate corner guard with tiling
8. Added “Check all” and “ Uncheck all” options in right-click context menu for “Taxable” and “By Box” column in product list view in product collection window
9. User can sort product list alphabetically in product collection window

Drawing:
10. Added "Auto-scroll" in freedraw mode ( click Alignment tab to turn it on/off)
11. Added "Image IntelliSense" option in freedraw mode, which will automatically detect corners and lines on blueprint ( click Alignment tab to turn it on/off)
12. From right-click context menu, use can paste objects mirrored by x axis or y axis
13. Right click on a wall->to delete wall
14. Add product legend with/without quantities on the diagram (access it from Note ->submenu)
15. Draw room with default product ( select a product from the estimation pull-down list and then draw rooms)

Estimation
16. Select self-coving for multiple rooms by right-click on a roll good under project item list->set self-coving
17. Added “Roll cut by room” when estimating roll good
18. Added “Re-layout” command on ribbon and cut view context menu to reset cuts on the cut sheet
19. Added “Move roll cut to the front/end” options ( from right-click context menu on cut sheet)
20. Added “Consolidate waste” option ( from right-click context menu on cut sheet)

Display

21. Show distance from current location to walls while adding T seam
22. Option to show/hide self-coving in the diagram
23. Hide product in other layers if estimate by layer is selected. (right click on project product when estimate by layer)

Printing:
24. Added “Print current view” option
25. Added “View option” to the menu bar. User can toggle on/off view options while previewing the report
26. Added options to show/hide “ Linear length”, “ Base perimeter”, ”Seam length” or “ Waste” column in the estimation summary page.

Worksheet:
27. Added “ Markup” command on the ribbon
28. Added base perimeter column

System
29. Right-click on an command to add it to the quick access tool bar
Feature

1. To display product assignment under each room label (Takeoff tab->options->check on “Product list under label”

2.To Replace an existing product with another, right-click on a product under “Project List”-> replace and select another flooring material

3.Self-cove roll goods for selected rooms in one shot
- Left click on a roll good under project item->select room applied
- Takeoff tab->Room Edit->Self-cove->enter desired self-coving size.

4. Estimate direction control
- Takeoff tab->left click a room with roll goods->click the black triangle next to estimation settings->Estimate Direction Control-> select “ Keep neither locked seam nor layout direction”
-The program will allow users to use the “horizontal estimate” & “ Vertical estimate” commands for all rooms, after users manually move the seams of each individual room

Bug:

1. Incorrect quantities of LF products associated with primary flooring mateiral
- File menu->System Setting->Advanced-> Check “ Examine after open”
-Whenever M2 detects an old project, it will screen to find incompatibility issues.

2. Other minor bugs
1. Freedraw enhancements: 45/90 degree log, snapping to existing corners & walls

2. Added right-click menu shortcuts for room/wall/door editing.

3. Support linear product association with primary flooring material.

4. Cutting algorithm improvements

5. bugfixes