"What is Flexispec"
"FlexiSpec" Flexible Specification Management Architecture
FlexiSpec architecture can dramatically reduce the time required
to take off a job. And it can also reduce the number of product
designs you'll need. FlexiSpec is a system for letting you be as
"custom" as you need to be but not more. Flexispec affects materials,
colors, edging, sizes and hardware.
Here's how it works. Consider the example of product height. Using
FlexiSpec, you specify the height for each similar group. For example,
suppose you give your group BASE CABINETS a height of 30.5 inches.
You could do a takeoff without making any additional height entries
for BASE CABINETS. They'll all come out 30.5 inches high. Now suppose
the next job breaks the general rule that BASE CABINETS are all
30.5 high and needs 28.5 inches instead. You simply specify this
new default height at the job level. The default height for BASE
CABINETS remains 30.5, the job overrides it to 28.5. Simple. As
you may have guessed, the FlexiSpec architecture reaches all the
way down to the detail levels. You can override the defaults all
the way down to an individual item. So at each level you only have
to do data entry on product heights for those objects that don't
follow the default established at a higher level.
End Panel Management is a special condition of flexispec.
Each V3.0 product you create can handle all four combinations of
exposed and unexposed end panels. This feature allows you to reduce
the number of products in your database by a factor of four with
no loss of functionality. Here's how it works. You classify each
part of a product into one of five usage categories--exposed left,
unexposed left, exposed right, unexposed right, or other. Then for
each line item you select "yes" or "no" for exposed left and exposed_right
(the default is no to both). WOODWORK/2001 does the rest by automatically
dropping the parts that do no apply to the item.