Use Layers

On a more complex project, takeoffs may be required for several different phases—one for sitework, another for electrical, another for framing, and so on. Often, these phases are all contained on the same sheet, which means that your takeoff could be virtually unreadable as it becomes covered with annotations.

Use the Layers feature to create a separate layer of annotations for each phase of a project, where the phases all use the same sheet. Each new layer is empty until you add annotations. You can create as many layers as you need for any given job. Layers are transparent, so you can view them one at a time or all at once for an overview of the job’s progress.

You can select a layer as the default layer. When you select a default layer, all annotations you make from that point on are included on that layer (as well as on any other default layers you may have already selected). You can modify which layers are set as default at any time. You can also move an existing annotation from one layer to another.

You could also create a layer for each alternate or change order, so that the associated annotations can be viewed separately from the estimate job.

You create template layers that are added to future projects. All template layers are automatically included in all new estimating jobs.

To open a job in the Manage Estimates screen, click Estimating > Estimating > Manage Estimates in the All Tasks pane. Then select the job you want to open, and click OK.