Basic Dimensions

Use Basic Dimensions for project measurements that you'll type into each Estimate.

HINT-- Project Dimensions speed up the estimating process when using the Goldenseal estimating software. They are especially useful for construction projects, and for other very complex estimating.

       When to Use | Entering Dimensions | Data Fields
       Using Lists | Using Calculated Dimensions | Using Calculated Locations

       Estimating Software | Construction Estimating Software | Construction Bidding Software

       Calculations | Calculated Dimensions | Calculated Locations | Location Dimensions | Estimates

When to use Dimensions

Use Dimensions for quantities or measurements that you type into an Estimate, to make it easier to calculate project quantities.

Entering Dimensions

To enter a Dimension, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Calculations from the Options menu, then choose Basic Dimensions from the submenu.
  2. Click the New button, or click on an existing item and click the Edit button.

Data Fields

Enter the following information for each Basic Dimension:

Name-- Type in a brief name for the dimension. This is the text that will appear in clairvoyant fields.
Description-- Type in any comments you'd like to make about this item.
Dimension Type-- Choose the type of measurement this is.
Suggested Quantity-- Enter the quantity to enter in new estimates. If there is no reason to enter some other value, use a zero.
Unit Size-- Enter the Unit Size to use for this item.
List Items-- This field applies only to dimensions that use a Popup List.
Allow Negative Values-- Turn on the checkbox to allow negative numbers for this dimension.
Layout Tag-- Goldenseal shows you the letter-and-number ID tag that marks this item in dimension layouts.

Dimension Types

A Basic Dimension can be any of the following types:

Integer-- A whole number that you type in.
Number-- A decimal number that you type in.
Money-- A money amount that you type in.
Percent-- A percentage that you type in.
Checkbox-- A checkbox with an on or off value.
Popup List-- A popup menu that shows up to six items.

Checkbox Dimensions

A checkbox dimension will appear in the layout as a checkbox.  You can turn it on or off, to give a "true" or "false" value to the dimension.

To use a checkbox, create a Calculated Dimension that starts with the checkbox value.  It can choose different numbers, depending on the value of the checkbox in each estimate.

Popup Lists

A popup list dimension will appear in the layout as a popup menu.  It can have up to six choices, which you type into the List Items field.

To use a popup list, create a Calculated Dimension that starts with the list dimension value.  It can choose different numbers, depending on the value of the popup list in each estimate.

Using Basic Dimensions

After you create a Basic Dimension, follow these steps to use it:

  1. Choose Custom Layouts from the Options menu, and choose Estimate Dimensions from the submenu.
  2. Switch to the dimensions layout where you'd like to use the dimension.
  3. Click on the Calculator Tool-- the calculator icon in the palette on the left side of the window.
  4. Click on the report and drag the mouse through the area where you'd like the calculation to appear.
  5. You'll see a list of calculations.  Enter Dimensions into the popup menu at the top, and choose the new dimension from the list.
  6. Click OK.