New Year Update

2015 has flown by in so many ways! Not just for us at Jetbuilt. As we have had hundreds of conversations with so many of you, it is clear that 2015 was a fast and productive year for many.

For 2016, we wish you all fresh and interesting AV challenges and successes as you continue to bring tech to life for your clients around the world!

Here's a short video update:

our team is  growing

Many of you have been asking for certain functionality within Jetbuilt. We have been building and testing as quickly as we can, and we roll our new functionality each week. 

2016 starts with a larger development team at Jetbuilt, so you can expect refinements to come at a faster pace, and in many unexpected ways. 

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

Holiday Update

First, we want to wish you all the best during this holiday season. Those of you whom we have spoken with are running at full speed wrapping up projects right now. We trust that you can knock them out, then sit back and catch your breath before it all starts over again.

We have received a lot of great feedback on last week's rollout of the improved Product Search. Some of you (who clearly hadn't read the last newsletter) have said things such as: "Wow- did you guys do something to the searches? Nice improvements!


line item internal notes

This week we rolled out our Line Item Internal Notes. This is a new field in your Line Item Detail overlay. We had been asked for a place to hold sourcing information, unique installation notes and more. For any given line item you can write in:
•    Buy from Starin Distribution
•    We will use up all that lime green CAT5 in the warehouse on this job
•    Rotate these horns to tall dispersion - look at the drawings!!!.
These notes will then export to your CSV file that you then run your project off of. They will also show up in our forthcoming project report and more. This is an optional field, you do not need to populate it.

 

Thanks again for such a great year. This week we celebrated with our first annual Christmas Party. I am the one trying to figure out how to open up a package of chopsticks.

As always, keep your comments coming. With your help, we are building a better Jetbuilt.

Assets and Discussions

Over the last couple of weeks we have been improving and restructuring the product search functionality within Jetbuilt. Here are a few of the refinements:
•    Searches now pull from Manufacturer, Model and Description fields.
•    Searches now allow for partial words ("proj" brings back projectors)
•    Our improved indexing speeds these searches up dramatically

We have experienced a dramatic improvement with better and faster results. Remember, you will get to the product you want faster if you type in more information - such as "White Tannoy Bracket".

Assets and discussions tutorial

This week we also present to you a new tutorial on our Assets and Discussions functionalities. These have both been a part of Jetbuilt for some time, but many of you seem to be unaware of them. 

You can upload any project documents, images, PDFs, spreadsheets and more. They are then available to you and your team anywhere on any device. It is very helpful to have these at your fingertips as a resource right where you are estimating.

Discussions allow you to ask your team questions, hand off projects, and simply create a record of your project conversation.

Check out this short video for some examples...

 

Tutorials Galore

Here's what we have for you this week:

visit us at ise 2016 in february

Since launching our international version only a few months ago, nearly half of all new Jetbuilt users are outside of the United States. We really want to get to know as many of you as possible face to face. Please drop by and say hello at booth DL124. 

WE SET A LoFTY GOAL, AND THE RESULTS ARE IN

We set out to create a graceful, AV-specific estimating platform that would get you your time back. We continue to hear that we have succeeded in that goal. Here is another comment from just this morning:

"Hey guys! I just created and sent out 3 sizable proposals while in a car on my phone!!!! Fantastic!"
Vincent D. King, CTS, DMC-E
King Audio Video Integration and Consulting, Las Vegas, NV

REFINEMENTS THIS WEEK

This week we have been working on many different aspects of Jetbuilt. We have been refining our searches and it is getting very exciting. We have more speed and breadth to the searches. For example, you can now type in "White Tannoy Bracket" and get the matching results across Jetbuilt's and your company's databases. We are still testing and refining, but expect to see this roll out early next week.

We have also pushed forward about 25 small refinements. Things like better aligning of rows in certain scenarios on line item reports, graphs allowing higher quantities of systems, protecting against deleting the last remaining room or system in a project, and much more.

WOULD YOU SAY WE HAVE A PLETHORA OF TUTORIALS?

We have designed Jetbuilt to be intuitive and self-learning. At the same time there are countless options, shortcuts, and ways to do things. At 2-3 minutes each, our tutorial videos are short and often entertaining as well. 

Here is a selection of the top four most requested videos. At the end of any one of them, you will land on a page with the full list of videos. Also, if you have an idea for a new video, we are happy to spin one up just for you- so long as you don't mind us sharing it with the rest of the world :)

Quickbooks Integration

Paul left the office again for this week's update. He does have some good news for those of you waiting for Quickbooks integration- it is here!

QUICKBOOKS ONLINE INTEGRATION

Today we launch our Quickbooks integration. You can now import your clients, push new clients and push projects with all line items into Quickbooks. You can match up your Jetbuilt financial types (equipment, shipping, and labor types) into your quickbooks income accounts.

Connect with Quickbooks on your Settings/Company page.

CUSTOM PROJECT NUMBERS

We have also added the ability to custom number your projects in Jetbuilt.  In your Settings/Company page you can define what you want your next project to be numbered.

There is a Prefix field and a Number field. Use the Prefix for "PROJECT", "P-", "2015-NOV" (Any combination of letters, numbers and symbols). Then put a number in the next field "101", "1", etc. This combination will function with most of the numbering schemes that you have expressed to us.

SONY PROJECTION AND PURELINK INTEGRATED

Sony Projection and Purelink are now partnering with our Dealer Pricing Integration Program. If you are a dealer, add them to your vendor list to see your pricing within Jetbuilt.

SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY REFINEMENTS

We have been listening, and you want faster, smarter product searches. We are investing in this over the next several weeks. We will announce incremental search functionality updates as they are made. We think you will like what you see!

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, solve your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

Tax On Labour

TAX ON LABOUR

Our UK users in particular have been very patient waiting for our Taxable Labour feature. Here in the U.S., we are lucky to pay tax on labor in only rare cases. For those many countries who charge tax on most or all labor, Jetbuilt has now made it easy with these 4 options:

1 - In your COMPANY SETTINGS you can now check the box "Tax All Labor by Default". Tax on Labor will then be applied to each new line item you add to projects. 

2 - Within each project, there is now a TAXABLE LABOUR OPTIONS tool. This allows you to apply labor tax to ALL or NONE of your line Items in one click. 

3 - When you Add or Edit any line item, there is a TAX LABOUR ON THIS ITEM checkbox. This is perfect for the regions where labor is only taxed in specific cases.

4 - In areas of the world where labor is taxed at a unique rate (different from the equipment tax rate), you now have the ability to set independent tax rates. This option is now in your COMPANY SETTINGS.


"DUPLICATE AND DEACTIVATE" TUTORIAL VIDEO

We created another 3 minute tutorial video this week with some big time saving tips. This video shows you how to duplicate projects, duplicate and deactivate rooms and systems, and more.

NEW MANUFACTURERS ADDED

D.A.S. and Hidden Vision are now partners in our Dealer Pricing Integration program. If you are a dealer, feel free to add them in your manufacturers area and request your pricing. More verbal agreements were made this week and will launch in the next week or two.

QUICKBOOKS INTEGRATION NEXT WEEK

Our Quickbooks integration is in testing now. We expect to launch it next week, saving you even more time.

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

New Fonts

Jetbuilt keeps improving, week by week. Here are this weeks' updates:

NEW FONTS ADDED TO REPORTS

We have upgraded the performance and styling of our fonts. You now have 4 fonts to design with for your report pages.

These new fonts should work seamlessly with your existing report pages. If you see any formatting changes in your reports, please let us know. We will be happy to manually make any adjustments to your pages for you upon request. We think you will prefer these more graceful fonts.

DISCUSSION REPORT PAGE TURORIAL

We launched this new report page last week, and many of you have asked for a tutorial on it's use. Watch this short video below. This report page is a powerful tool when you need to present multi-page bodies of text to your clients.

NEW DISTRIBUTORS AND MANUFACTURERS

SmartAVI is now integrated into Jetbuilt with all their products and dealer pricing. We continue to work on integrating more of your favorite suppliers. We have verbal commitments from about 5 distributors now, and are navigating their legal and technical departments in order to get their data in front of you as quickly as possible. 

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

Product Images

1 - PRODUCT IMAGES IN LINE ITEM PROPOSAL

Many of you have been asking for product images to be displayed in your line item proposals. We promised you this week and we came through.

If you want to show images, simply check it in your "Edit Line Items" overlay, the same as you would to show or hide pricing columns. 

If we do not have an image for a product or you prefer your own image, you can now drop an image in right from builder.  Simply click an item in the builder, and you will see an "Edit Image" link near the photo.  Drag one from your desktop then click update. Square or nearly square images work best. Any image you drag in here will be stored in your company's database for any future use of that item.

2- NEW REPORT PAGE "DISCUSSION" LAUNCHED

This week we also launched our "Discussion" page into the available report page types. This will allow you to write a large body of text, such as a findings report, a whole-project scope, a blue skies proposal and more. Any time you would want to include a page (or multiple pages) of written text into a proposal, you will be able to do it here. 

Write the text inside any project. The Discussion page will insert that text into your proposal when you render your PDF.

3- OTHER MINOR ENHANCEMENTS

We made other refinements around the site this week. UK users now have their 20% VAT tax automatically applied to each new project, while us US users are thankful we are still usually under 9%.  

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and build a better Jetbuilt that works for you.

Improved Page Margins

Today we take a deep breath after two weeks of AV trade shows (where we met many of you face to face). Last week we were at CEDIA in Dallas, and had a terrific time showing our software, and hearing some great ideas from you about how we can speed up your work.

Here are this week's feature updates:

1 - IMPROVED page MARGINS IN PROPOSALS

Last week we updated how we handle page margins in our PDF generator. Since many of our marketing pages require zero margins to achieve the modern edge to edge look, this is in conflict to the line item pages which require solid margins. 

These margins are now handled with far greater control. Your line items should break at more natural places on a page, and not be cut of by even the most old-school paper printer :)

2- "CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL" TEXT EDITABLE

Now you can change the "Confidential Proposal" text on the top of your line item pages. This is a simple feature, but one that a few of you have requested.

3- NEW REPORT PAGE "DISCUSSION" LAUNCHES TOMORROW

Tomorrow we launch our "Discussion" page into the available report page types. This will allow you to write a large body of text, such as a findings report, a whole-project scope, a blue skies proposal and more. Any time you would want to include a page (or multiple pages) of written text into a proposal, you will be able to do it here. 

You will write the text inside each project, then the Discussion page will insert that text into your proposal when you render your PDF. We will send a tutorial video on it's simple use in the next few days.

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and build a better Jetbuilt that works for you.

Discussion Area

After months of emailing Jetbuilt updates late on Fridays, we thought that we would try Mondays for a while. We figure that you may be in more of a "work" frame of mind Monday than after work on Friday. 

Here are this week's updates:

1 - DISCUSSION AREA CREATES A CENTRALIZED CONVERSATION

Tomorrow morning we launch our discussion area within the projects. There you can comment, ask questions, or leave notes for your team inside any project. This creates a nice thread during the course of estimating and proposing.

The "Discussion" link on the left appears in a yellow color to indicate that there is a new comment. Email notifications are sent as well. You can turn these emails off in your "Settings/Me" area.

2 - FROM HOUSTON TO DALLAS

We had a great show in Houston, TX last week at the AV Expo. Many of you were there, and thanks for stopping by to say Hi!

Later this week we will be at CEDIA in Dallas. Come by Booth 7427 and say hello during the expo. We will be demoing the latest enhancements to Jetbuilt, announcing relationships with new manufacturers, distributors and more. 

Project Assets

Jetbuilt is always improving. Here are this week's updates:

1 - DROP IMAGES AND MORE IN THE NEW PROJECT ASSETS AREA

Many of you have been looking to integrate resource docs related to a project. As you send us comments, we build. So today we are happy to launch the "Assets" section within the Projects area. 

When you return from a consultation with a batch of photos of the site, you can now drop them into your project so your team can reference them during estimating. 

You can upload drawings, spec sheets, schematics, photos, notes, and other documents then access them at any time. Your team can view them in the app and download them as needed.

2 - INTEGRATED PRICING UPDATE

We have created relationships with a number of AV Distributors over the last several weeks. We are processing data and expanding our Vendor area to include distributor pricing in addition to the manufacturer direct pricing you already see.

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, solve your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

World Version

Thank you again for using Jetbuilt for your Audio Video estimating solution.

1 - WORLD VERSION LAUNCHED

Last weekend we launched our world compatible version. Many of you Mates, Blokes, Canucks and others have been in queue for months and can finally get to work. (If I offended anyone, call me an idiot and we are even).  

We have enjoyed talking with you, helping you get going, and making any adjustments we need to help you do your work. (And yes, we are going to spell Labour correctly for you folks next week as well :)

2 - PDF CUSTOMIZATION AND FORMATING UPDATES

This week and much of next week are working on many terrific refinements to our proposal editor and the PDF output options. We will launch these and other new refinements next week:

  • Option to display product photos in your line items
  • Optimize horizontal space in your line items (item description can fill the width of the space)
  • Page break refinements
  • Text box height and width control
  • Discussion page added (perfect for entire project scope or blue skies discussion)

3 - AV DATA

As you know, the annual cost of Jetbuilt is barely more than our competitor's annual AV data package alone. We pride ourselves in the value, but also in it being the most comprehensive data you can get. Jose leads a small army to which not only parses data we receive from manufacturers, but also sorts hundreds of thousands of product images that our automated web scrapers pull in when images are missing.

4 - LAST WEEKS "HISTORY AND FUTURE" VIDEO

Last week Paul send a video update to our users. Many of you commented on this discussion about our past and our vision of the future. We thought we would attach it here once again so that this weeks batch of new users could get a glimpse.

Custom Product Enhancement

Jetbuilt is always improving. Here are this week's updates:

1 - LOWELL AND MANY MORE MANUFACTURERS ADDED TO OUR DEALER PRICING INTEGRATION

If you have not yet added your go-to manufacturers into your Vendor area, now is the time. In the last few weeks we have added dozens of new manufacturers to our Dealer Pricing Integration. Lowell Manufacturing and Pinnacle Speaker are among them.

We are getting extremely close with a couple of other giant manufacturers who would prefer not to be named until it is finalized. Jetbuilt's power to show you your updated dealer pricing is one the ways we help you estimate your projects faster.

2 - ENHANCED CUSTOM PRODUCT AREA

While we have hundreds of thousands of common AV products on tap for you at all times, it is still desirable to enter your own custom products and other hard-to-find items. This week we have enhanced some of the ways you can interact with your custom products, and streamlined a bit of the workflow there.

3 - WORLDWIDE JETBUILT VERSION LAUNCHING NEXT WEEK

Many of you trial users located around the world have only been able to demo Jetbuilt using U.S. cities. Next week we will be launching our World version which will allow you to operate in any city using all common currencies.  If you know someone abroad who has been unable to use Jetbuilt up to now, let them know the wait will soon be over.

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, solve your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

Bundles Update

Jetbuilt is always improving. Here are this week's updates:

1 - PRESENT YOUR BUNDLES OPEN OR CLOSED IN PROPOSALS

Using bundles to quickly drop an entire group of items into an estimate is a big time saver. Now you can chose to display all the items in your bundles as a single line item (the default) or opened up as individual lines in a proposal. 

You probably don't need us to tell you the advantages of both options, but we will lay out a couple scenarios just for fun:

A small bundle, like a Projector, a Lens, a Mount, and a Drop Pole could be presented in a proposal as a single line item called "Model X Projector Kit". This could be helpful in preventing your client from price comparing. We know your price if fair- there is no need for them to pick it apart.

A larger bundle such as your go-to stage microphone package (Mics, Stands and Cables) would be better broken out into line items so your client can rightly see all the quantities and models you are providing. 

This display option is found in your Line Item page editor (Reports area) where you select all your other line item options. 

2 - TIP: FREE YOURSELF FROM YOUR PRODUCTS AREA

Many of you first checking out Jetbuilt are getting bogged down in the Products area. The power of Jetbuilt is your gift to SKIP this setup area. If you have a project you need to estimate, just start estimating...

Click Add Item within your project and type in the manufacturer's name (and maybe the beginning of the model number) in the search box and you will see the list of matching items. Select it from the list, add your labor values and price, and move on. 

It is only in the cases that we don't have your product in our 400,000 item database that you would then need to add the item yourself. Even then, you do it right there in your project. Use the Add New Item link and manually add that item and it's values. This will add it to that project AND your database for next time. You can add your custom items or labor items the same way. 

There really is not a need to visit the Product area unless you want to go back and make hard changes to your items, or upload your full database of items.


3 - EXPORT YOUR CLIENT DATA

You can now export your Client data as a csv file. Use the button on top of your client list, and a file will download of all your clients with all their fields.

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, solve your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

Duplicate and Deactivate

Jetbuilt improves each week. Here are this week's updates:

1 - DUPLICATE YOUR ROOMS, SYSTEMS, PROJECTS

This week you can now duplicate all or part of your projects. 

• Duplicate Rooms and Systems - For example, configure one classroom, then duplicate it many times. You can rename the room and edit its contents after it is duplicated.

• Deactivate and Reactivate Rooms and Systems - Perfect for creating an alternate version of a room for a client. Create your "Gold" package, then export your proposal. Next, duplicate that room and edit it into your "Bronze" package. Deactivate your "Gold room", so that only the "Bronze room" is active, then export this proposal (with an alternate version number on the cover page, as editable in the project details area).

Duplicate your entire Project - If you are estimating a project that is similar to one you have already quoted, simply open the old project, and in the Project Details area click Duplicate Project. Once you open the newly duplicated project, you can now change the Client in the Project Details area to a new or existing client. 

2 - SKIP THE SEARCH - ADD YOUR NEW PRODUCT

With Jetbuilt you can add a new or custom item to your database right in your project builder. Up until now we asked you to search for the item first, in case it already exists in your database. As a time saver, we have now placed an "Add Product" link to the top of the Add Item search box at all times. If you know the item you need isn't in your database, simply click this link then add your new custom product.

One step removed and 15 additional seconds saved in your estimating process.

3 - LABOR AS A LINE ITEM - NEW VIDEO

We are often asked how you can simply add your labor as a single line item. While we very much recommend you embedding your labor values with each physical item in your project, there are many times you still need to add a line item of labor. (i.e. Consultation fee, Training fee, Travel charges and more).

Edit Images

Jetbuilt improves each week without an extra charge. Here are this week's feature updates:

1 - EDIT PRODUCT IMAGES

In your Product Area you can now edit our default item images. While we invest heavily into good product images, you may prefer an image of your own or simply an alternate angle of the product.

In the coming weeks you will also be able to optionally show these images on your proposal line items. This can be helpful in residential or smaller commercial projects.

You can also fully edit and delete your custom products in this same area.

2 - NOTATE VERSIONS ON PROPOSALS

In your Project Details menu you can now mark a project with a Version Number which will show up on your cover page of proposals. You simply type "Version 1.1", "Revision 2", or "Option 3" Allowing you to use terminology that is appropriate for your job or client type.

You will find this Version text field in the Project Details tab of your project.

3 - NEXT WEEK: DUPLICATE YOUR ROOMS, SYSTEMS, PROJECTS

We have been building this much requested functionality, and we will be rolling it out next week. You will be able to duplicate rooms and systems within a project, as well as deactivate/reactivate rooms and systems. You will be able to duplicate the entire project as well, simplifying the creation of a revised version of the project while leaving the original intact.

Once again, don't hesitate to reach out to us through email, phone or live chat within Jetbuilt. We love to hear your feedback, solve your questions, and build a Jetbuilt that works for you.

4 - BUNDLES VIDEO

Click the preview below to watch a quick tour on creating item bundles then dropping them into your next project.

Dealer Pricing Update

Jetbuilt's Dealer Pricing Integration program is saving AV Integrators hours of double entry. 

We are in talks with many manufacturers, including Extron and Harman.  If you are a dealer of either, please email us and let us know. We want to be able to relay our base of hungry dealers to show the demand. 

This worked with Crestron, and now we are the only digital source for Crestron dealer pricing. We would love to see you guys get your Extron and Harman pricing inside of Jetbuilt as well.

Bundles

When you chose Jetbuilt, you no longer have to pay for large annual software upgrades. Each week we launch new features and refinements, making the estimating experience more efficient each time you use Jetbuilt.

1 - ITEM BUNDLE FUNCTIONALITY

You can now create bundles of your favorite items for future recall. For example:
• 1 Light Fixture
• 2 Lamps (maybe you always sell a spare)
• 1 Safety Cable
• 1 Clamp
• 1 Edison Connector

Like much of Jetbuilt, you do not need to set these bundles up in the back end. Simply add the items to your project the way you normally do. Click CREATE BUNDLE, Then check off the items you want to include.

The next time you drop that light fixture into a project, you will see the bundles it resides in along with the "Use Bundle" link. You can then drop the bundle into your project with one click. 

A Bundle can contain many items, and an item can be in many Bundles. All associated labor and costs are retained and calculated for the project totals.

2 - EXPORTING YOUR LINE ITEMS

We have been asked how to export your data for the projects you sell. We have relocated the Export link to the Project's Overview page, in the Estimating Tools section. 

Click it and the CSV file will be dropped into your download folder with all pertaining fields for all line items in the project.