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Item Creator

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Open the "Item Creator" dialog by pressing the "Item Creator" icon from the main toolbar. You can also open it with the number "4" shortcut key.

If this is the first time you have done this on this sheet, the "Measure Scale" dialog will open first so you can set the scale. At the end of the set scale process, the "Item Creator" dialog will open.

The Item Creator dialog is the hub of the measuring process where you build and manage the measurements which hold all the data for the estimate.

The "Measurement Group" is the central grouping feature of QuickEye. To quickly grasp the power of QuickEye, a good understanding of this is needed.

Here are the key points to understand:

Pressing the New button near the bottom right, will create a new, empty "Measurement Group" so you are ready to start measuring. After you draw measurements into it, you will create one or more items and then press the "New" button again to start your next group of measurements.

You start drawing measurements by pressing the "Measure" button on the top left. This will open the "Measure Tool" dialog to start the process.

The box in the bottom right corner of the "Item Creator" dialog displays and lets you navigate the Measurement Groups on the current drawing sheet. They are numbered for reference and navigation. You may press the "Prior" and "Next" buttons to set the currently viewed and edited measurement group.

Also, on the "Item Summary" dialog, all the Measurement Groups are represented on the list (with or without Quantity Items) by alternating gray bands in the background color of the list.

The summed results, of the drawn measurements in this group, appear up on the left side under "Raw Quantities".

So the idea of when to create a new Measurement Group is fairly simple: whenever you are about to draw a measurement which should not be summed with the last ones you just drew, create a new Measurement Group.

Any of these "Raw Quantities" may be copied to the clipboard (shared paste buffer), so they can be pasted into another program. Just press the copy directly to the left of the needed quantity.

Usually a "Raw Quantity" is used to create a specified "Quantity Item" (the list on the right). This is done by pressing the "Create Item" button which is directly to the right of each Raw Quantity. This will open the "Create Item" dialog to walk you through the process.

Each Measurement Group may have one or more Quantity Items created from the Raw Quantities. This is free-form. You may even use the same Raw Quantity twice to represent different items.

Many trades have only one Item per Measurement Group but it's common to draw area measurements with the primary item based on the total Area but also to have a secondary item derived from the perimeter (in summed Length, Raw Quantity).

The "Edit Item" button returns you to the "Create Item" dialog as an edit dialog, where you may change any settings or delete the item. A double-click on the item will also open it for edit.

The color attribute applies to all the drawn measurements in the Current Measurement.

To change the color, press the button and select it. Note color selection is not limited to the sample set displayed. The color selector dialog allows you to specify any shade. In order to keep your companies color standard consistant, you usually only pick the color once and then save it to the Quick-Library along with the items, where it will be automatically applied (eliminating variations in hand selecting).

Two other attributes which may be set for a Measurement Group are Location and "Length Width". Location is an optional description to tag the measurement's whereabouts or any other info. The pulldown button to the right will contain a list of the text contained in other measurements in the same volume so you do not need to re-type them.

The "Length Width" field is a special feature which allows you to use the length measure tool to get a length measurement and, if a non-zero "Length Width" is set, you will also get an Area quantity produced by simply multiplying the length by the "Length Width". An example of use is to trace down the center of a 3 foot wide sidewalk and with the "Length Width" set to 3 feet, the Raw Quantities will reflect the length and area of the sidewalk.

When "Length Width" is used, the displayed mark-up on the drawing will show the original line with shading out both sides. Unlike the line thickness of the line drawing tool, the "Length Width" is displayed with an accurate scaled size (assuming that the drawing scale is accurately set).

The "Delete Measurement" button will delete all the drawn measurements in the current Measurement Group as well as the set color and any items (after a confirmation). This will affect the current Measurement Group and the rest will remain.

Overview of Process:

We have just covered the mechanics of the "Item Creator" dialog and if you haven't read it yet, this is a great time to read QuickEye Measuring and Estimating Overview.

It covers how "Item Creator" functions, as the hub of the take-off process and describes the flexibility of the system and it's accelerators, as well as how they work together.