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LinkLine: Spring 2007

Product Q&A

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Q. Is there a way I can get the software to work on more than one computer?
A. If you currently have a standalone installation, call Technical Support at 1-800-266-7732 to unpermit your current installation. Once the key has been unpermitted, you can perform a network installation and will be able to install the client on multiple computers so that anyone can access the program. The number of concurrent users is determined by the licenses purchased.

Q. Where can I find the user’s manual?
A. The user’s manual is on the quarterly CD. It can also be found on our website at www.bsdsoftlink.com. Select the product at the top of the screen and then select the User Resources tab. A hyperlink for the user manual will be on the right-hand portion of the screen.

Q. I lost or cannot find my CD. How can I install (or re-install) my product?
A. Check with the point of contact in your company to see if they received the CD directly. If not, you may be on the Download only list and the CD was not shipped to you. In that case, go to our website at www.bsdsoftlink.com/downloadcenter/userspage.htm. Download the file to your local drive and then double click on the file to start the installation. If you are a SpecLink subscriber, you will need a serial number to complete the installation. That number is slp4457117. You should also download the Release Notes for your application because they include information you will probably need, and they change every quarter.

BSD SpecLink & PerSpective

Q. I have a section that looks like a subsection. How did that happen and how do I fix it?
A. When copying an existing section or creating a new section, you need to be careful about which folder is highlighted in the Project Tree. If you have highlighted a section in the Tree, and you paste or create a section, the new section will be a level below the existing section. If you need to move the section, right click on the name of the section in the Tree panel. Choose Cut Section. The Cut Section for Pasting dialog box opens asking for confirmation that the correct section has been selected to cut. Verify that it is and click OK. Right click on the folder in the tree where the section belongs and select Paste Section Into. The Paste dialog box opens giving you the opportunity to change the number, acronym or name of the document. Verify the information as correct and click OK. The section is moved to the proper location. You can also use this process to renumber a section.

Q. I have some sections in Word format that I am trying to add to my project. What is the most efficient way to do that?
A. Add New Section from RTF File allows you to create a new section by importing an RTF file, without first creating the section in SpecLink+. (RTF stands for Rich Text Format, which is readable by multiple applications. To make an RTF file, open the Word document and in Word choose Save As. Change the Save As Type dropdown to Rich Text Format (RTF).) There are two settings on the Tools menu that need to be set before you use Add New Section from RTF. If you have Auto-Select New Paragraphs turned on, then all paragraphs imported during the Add New Section from RTF will be selected with a checkmark. There is a menu selection called Look for Choice Fields in Import. If this is turned on (reflected by a checkmark in the menu) the import will create choices within the section based on coding used in the rtf file. Look in SpecLink Help under Preparation of RTF file for Add New Section from RTF File and Importing Choices for more information. If the Look for Choice Fields in Import is not turned on, the software will not create choices and brackets will import as brackets, for example.

Q. How do I create links between paragraphs?
A. To make a link from one paragraph to another in the same section:

  • 1. In the Document Panel, position the cursor on the paragraph that is to be the link source. Open the Links Window by clicking on the Links icon on the Toolbar, or choose View > Links.
  • 2. Click on the Target Links tab.
  • 3. Scroll the Document panel to show the paragraph that is to be the link target. NOTE: Do NOT move the cursor off the link source. Use the scroll bar and don’t click in any other text cell. The target can be anywhere in the project, including a different section.
  • 4. When the target paragraph is visible, using the mouse, position the cursor over the status columns to the left of the text, hold down the right mouse button, and start to drag with the mouse. The cursor arrow changes to a circle and bar symbol. Continuing to hold the right mouse button down, drag the cursor to any position within the upper window in the Target Links tab of the Links Window, and release the mouse button. (Note: If you are not able to create a link, be sure that you are dropping it into the Target Links tab. You may also need to drag more slowly when dragging the link.)
  • 5. To change the type of link, double-click on the green arrow under the Influence column. It toggles to red. Another double-click toggles it to yellow. The link is built automatically and appears in the Target Links listing. NOTE: User-added links appear with underlining, to differentiate them from master links. If the parent of the target paragraph is active, the new link will be activated immediately and will appear in bold font in the Links Window.

BSD Costlink/AE

Q. When I try to open an older CostLink/AE project I get an error that says "Unable to locate the reference database C:\CostLink AE\System\2004 Means AE Assemblies.MAS. The RS Means Database will not be available." How can I resolve this error?
A. You have probably installed CostLink/AE on a new computer and no longer have the older RS Means databases on your hard drive. They are available in zipped form on the quarterly CD. To open a project that was created with an older RS Means database, extract the database from the CD to your C:\CostLink AE\System folder, using WinZip. The databases are in a folder on the CD called Misc. If you do not have the CD available, email us via clicking here and we will email it to you.

BSD CostLink/CM

Q. Is it possible to print out just the titles for my estimates with no costs?
A. We have a report that displays all folders in any given hierarchy, regardless of whether they contain cost items and without displaying any existing cost items. To print it, open your project, click on the File menu and choose Reports Setup. In the top left part of the Select Reports tab, select the Report Hierarchy that you want to print. Click on the Preferences tab and then click on the box on the bottom right that says Print Project Hierarchy Structure Only. Your report will be printed to the screen. To print it to the printer, click on the printer icon on the top left corner of the report print preview window. To email the report, click on the envelope icon on the top left of the report window, choose the Acrobat Format and click OK. Click OK for the Page Range and then navigate to the appropriate folder for the exported file. Name the file and then click on Save. The PDF file will be in the selected folder and may be used as an email attachment.

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