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Product Q & A

SpecLink-E

Q. In the new version of SpecLink-E, how do I save a choice field after I have created it? The Save button on the Choices fly-out panel is inactive.

A. When you create a choice field and want to insert it into a paragraph in the document window, you simply click and hold the Drag button in the Choices fly-out panel, drag to the location to place the choice, and release the mouse. This way, you can drag the choice to multiple locations without having to create it every time. So, why is there a Save button on the Choices fly-out panel? If you need to make a change to the structure of a choice, you click on the choice, change the Choice Options, then click Save.

Q. I need to delete a choice, but I don’t see a Delete option in the Choices fly-out panel. How do I delete a choice?

A. To delete a choice, you need to be in a user-edited paragraph or a user paragraph. Click on the choice, and then press the delete key on your keyboard. You will get a confirmation to remove the choice.

Q. When you open a project, what is the difference between the messages “Open for Editing” and “Apply Updates”?

A. Open for Editing is when the project gets “marked” with the new data. “Apply Updates” is when you choose to accept the updates to the data for the project.  You need to consider how close a project is to being done before accepting updates, as this may change modifications made to the project.

Q. How do I remove the “Fly-out” menus from my screen?

A. In the View tab you can choose to not display the Choices, Project Notes, and Reference Standards fly-outs by clicking on the View tab and clicking the button in the Panels group. This will toggle the panels off. Click them again to toggle them back on. You can also click the push-pin in the upper-right corner of each panel to toggle the auto-hide feature.

LinkMan-E

Q. I have elements in Revit from manufacturers. I see that LinkMan-E supports out-of-the-box Revit elements, as well as elements produced by BSD. Are elements from other companies supported?

A. Any element that is in Revit, no matter who created it, as long as it follows the Category-Family-Type structure, will be recognized by LinkMan-E. Keep in mind that any elements not pre-linked to LinkMan-E data will need to be linked by you.

Q. When using LinkMan-E, do I need to link my Revit elements to Assemblies, or is there another way to link my Revit data to LinkMan-E data?

A. There are three ways to link Revit data to LinkMan-E data: You can link a Revit element to a LinkMan-E Assembly; you can link a Revit element to a LinkMan-E Product; or you can link a Revit material to a LinkMan-E Product. If you choose to link a material to a product, and the material is placed on a Revit element in Revit, this element in effect becomes linked in LinkMan-E also, via the material to product link.

CostLink/AE

Q. I have some questions on the costs in the estimate and the assemblies in the models. Whom should I contact?

A. Your subscription to BSD CostLink/AE includes the current R.S. Means cost data in the AE Assemblies database and the Building Construction Cost Data database. R.S. Means stands behind its publications. If you have any questions about your estimate, about the costs you’ve used from their data, or even about the technical aspects of the job that may affect your estimate, feel free to call the R.S. Means editors at 1-800-334-3509.

Software Support

Q. Is there a quick start guide that I can use to get up and running using SpecLink-E?

A. We have a 1-hour live webinar that we give twice a week. We also have a 40 minute self-paced video that you can view at any time. The video, and the links to sign up for a live webinar, can be found on our website at http://www.bsdsoftlink.com/main.bsdsoftlink.com/index.php/for-customers/for-new-users/116-new-user-webinars-weekly. Keep in mind the video and the live webinars present the same content.