Toolbox 2.1 Walkthrough
The following steps will walk through the steps to complete a sample take off using Toolbox 2.1.
Creating a Project
When you first start Toolbox 2.1 you will be presented with three options like the image below. Select Create New Project to open a blank project file.
If you already have Toolbox 2.1 open you can create a new blank project file by going to File > New Project or by using the keyboard shortcut <Ctrl+N>.
Click on New Project and the following box displays:
Click Yes if you've done a takeoff on another project and want to save the changes you've just made. If you do not want to save the changes, click No. This will bring up a blank white page and allow you to import plans from a new project
Adding Plans From Your Computer
(Note: iSqFt Toolbox 2.1 is compatible with
200, 300, and 400 dpi files in tiff and cpc format.)
Ensure the Project Explorer is displayed. If it is not displayed you can open it by going to Options > Show Explorer (Hotkey: <Ctrl+E>)
Under the Project Explorer go to the
Setting the Scale
To set the scale for a plan, zoom in on the plan until you can locate the scale. Then, at the bottom of your screen, click on No Scale or by using the toolbar shortcut.
This will display the Properties
You can then enter your scale on the line marked Horizontal. This will also add it to the line marked Vertical. Then, click OK at the bottom. You should now notice that it reads X: Y: with your scale next to those letters.
If you want to set the scale in metric, you can check the Use Metric Scale box.
The values tab will always be consistent with the scale that is displayed at the bottom.
This walkthrough will assume that you have already created the assemblies you plan on using for your takeoff. To learn more about creating and editing assemblies, refer to the iSqFt Toolbox 2.1 Help file by selecting Help > Contents (Keyboard shortcut <F1>) from inside the Toolbox 2.1 program.
Ensure the Project Explorer is displayed. If it is not displayed you can open it by going to Options > Show Explorer (Hotkey: <Ctrl+E>).
Click on the Drawing icon below Project Explorer and be sure the Assemblies tab is selected.
Click the Assemblies folder to display its contents. Navigate to the Assembly you would like to use to measure with and either Double-Click, or Left-Click to select and Right-Click on the Assembly and choose "Activate" from the list.
There are advanced features for editing your area by right-clicking it and selecting "Figure Properties".
From figure properties you can set a pitch for a roof, set a depth for a volume, enable or disable dimensions or subtract the current figure from the values.
Single Plan Values
Click on the Values tab below the Project Explorer.
The value of your takeoff now appears. In this example, an area assembly was used to get the square foot of a parking lot. Also, notice that by using an area assembly, the linear foot value is calculated.
You can also display the linear foot values directly on the plan. (Note: It is not possible to display area values on the plan.) After you draw your takeoff, click on Mode at the top of iSqFt Toolbox 2.1.
Then, click on Edit Mode.
Click on the takeoff you just drew on the plan. White squares should appear around the corners.
Next, click on the Dimension button on the toolbar at the top (or use the keyboard shortcut <Ctrl+D>). The linear foot values will appear on the takeoff.
Values of All Plans
On the drop down box, select All Plans. The cumulative values for all the plans you have done takeoffs on will now appear. In this example, the combined values for plans A1 and A2 are now shown.
You can always go back to display the values of a single plan by clicking on the All Plans button and selecting the plan you wish to see.
In this example, the values for plan A1 are now shown.
And then the value for plan A2 can also be displayed.
Transferring Values to Excel
Once you have the values of your takeoff, you can transfer these values into an Excel spreadsheet. To do this, click the Excel button under Project Explorer.
A new Excel document will appear. You will still have your Project Explorer to the left with your Assemblies and Values.
Next, highlight the cell you wish to put the value in, and then double click on the value under the Values tab.
The value will then be inserted into the highlighted cell.