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Computer Fencing System - VERSION 16

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Ask anyone who uses it and they will tell you that the Computer Fencing System is the best thing that can happen to a fence company. CFS establishes a core to organize your company around. Having systems like this in place enhances the quality and the value of your business.

The Computer Fencing System helps hundreds of fence companies run their operation more smoothly and profitably every day. CFS does so many things that other software can't - from producing exact breakdowns for chainlink, ornamental, wood, vinyl and welded mesh fencing, to contracts, work orders, gate fab sheets, scalable vector graphic shop drawings, custom catalogs, point of sale, and much more. With CFS you can breakdown every part and piece of a project in minutes, at cost or sell price, calculate installation, and get breakdowns, estimates, contracts, drawings, work orders, scheduling, and invoicing. There are even tools made to handle counter sales.

CFS offers three types of job entry: QwikBid for fast phone type quotes, QwikDraw for large multistyle jobs, and our newest one, MapDraw, which displays Google Map or Satellite images and lets you layout your job on an aerial view of the site. All three modules then feed that info to the Scratch Builder estimating program of your choice. They work great for figuring alternates and upselling to higher end products.

CFS has product plug in modules available for many of the major North American manufacturers. Many of them can now provide e-pricing updates for CFS and some can even accept e-orders directly from CFS.

Why is the Computer Fencing System is used by most of the most successful fencing contractors in North America? Because it does the jobs they need doing. It eliminates mistakes and provides a clear line of communication between sales, installation and the customer. The wealth of professional reports it produces will make you look like a multi-million dollar company. The quality of your professional proposal package will set you head and shoulders above your competitors.

CFS also comes with the best tech support of any software product that I know of. We offer over sixty video tutorials on our website. Our toll free support line is open for 45 hours each week, when a real, live human being will answer the phone to assist you. CFS can also interface with QuickBooks and other Enterprise solutions.

Find more information on CFS here.

or read about our newest features here.


MapDraw is a new web based job entry app for the Computer Fencing System Version 16.0. It's the biggest thing to hit CFS since QwikDraw. It unleashes the power of Google within CFS. Joining QwikBid and QwikDraw, it completes the suite of three job entry vehicles for CFS.

MapDraw accesses Google Maps to let you visit job sites around the corner or around the world from wherever you are working. You enter the address of the job and there it is - ready to be sketched, broken down, quoted and sold. You can toggle through Google Maps, Google Satellite, and Google Street View.

You draw out a project - including single, double, rolling, cantilever or internal track gates, similar to the way QwikDraw works. All dimensions will automatically be calculated by Google and are to scale. You can override the measurements if you want to make an adjustment.

Once you have the sketch, you can send it to a chainlink, wood, vinyl, ornamental, or welded mesh Scratch Builder program for the complete fence breakdown and all of the valuable reports that these programs provide.

You can fine tune your site plan by zooming in and clicking and dragging terminal points. The dimensions will immediately recalculate and display. Gates are input the same simple way that they are in QwikDraw. You can also capture an image of the site with the job sketch overlayed on it and print it by itself or on a Contract or a Workorder in CFS.

Your customers will be impressed by the sophistication of your tools and professionalism of your proposal. MapDraw will make your business run smoother and more profitably.

MapDraw can also accept layouts created by your customers in our new GeoDraw website app.

Learn more about Version 16 HERE


GeoDraw is a lead collection and qualification tool that embeds into your fence company's website. It is designed primarily for homeowner use. GeoDraw collects the name, address, email, and phone number of the contact. This app engages the customer and gives them a feeling of investment in the project right from the start.

GeoDraw is designed to be easily used by the general public and is functional on most web accessible devices. The app will use their address to locate and display their property on a Google map. The image can be toggled between map and satellite view. The prospect draws out their fence line and adds gates. They then choose a spec and the program calculates a budget. After seeing the budgetary estimate, they can request your salesperson to contact them.

GeoDraw produces three grades of leads. Level 3 leads have seen the budgetary price, have asked to be contacted, and have provided a name, job address, email address and phone number. Level 2 leads have seen the budget price but have not asked to be contacted. Level 1 leads have departed the app before seeing a price. All three levels are people shopping for a fence with Level 3 being the most qualified lead.

The GeoDraw Dashboard will alert you to new leads and organize them by their level of importance.

GeoDraw produces an automated budgetary onsite estimate without you having to leave your office. It is costly to send salespeople out for an onsite estimate. GeoDraw can help reduce the number of Looky-Loo sales calls and enable you to focus on those prime prospects that already have a good idea of the cost of a project and want to move forward. These are the most qualified of sales leads.

Learn more about GeoDraw HERE

RealScape Photo Overlay

The RealScape Photo Overlay program enables you to overlay hundreds of vinyl, ornamental and wood fences onto digital photographs of your customers project sites.

You first select the photo you want to work with. Then, using the RealScape Siteplan, lay out the fence that you want to appear on the photo.

When the fence and the photo are Ďpinnedí, the fence image can then be adjusted on three axes; rotation around the pinned point, up or down on the vertical angle, and the distance from pin (which makes it seem closer or further away). The picture can then be saved as a JPG file and printed or emailed.

Once the first image is done you can quickly and easily change fence type, style, height or color, capturing an image of each one to be included as part of your proposal. You do not have to be an artist to use RealScape Photo Overlay.

RealScapeís cloud based architecture allows you to access the program from any compatible computer with internet access. You can use it at your office, at home, on your laptop, or on your customerís computer. RealScape requires Windows Vista or newer and is optimized with a dedicated graphics card.

RealScape Photo Overlay is available as a stand alone product. This same functionality is included as part of RealScape Professional.

Learn more about RealScape Photo HERE

CFS Enterprise Edition

In response to requests from our customer base to facilitate the exchange of information between The Computer Fencing System and their other business systems, we have developed the Enterprise Edition of CFS. The Enterprise Edition enables any programmer to access and direct CFS data to other programs.

Two of the primary applications in the Enterprise Edition are called InterOp and XML Export.

InterOp enables you to export data from the CFS Master File into a spreadsheet (CSV format) which can be used to edit the inventory data and import it back into CFS or to populate other databases (for accounting programs, web shopping systems, etc...).

XML Export produces a readily accessible (XML format) file for Scratch Builder and Cash Register output that contains every bit of information we have about that estimate or invoice. This wealth of information can be accessed by any programmer and sent directly to other programs.

Custom Applications (Apps) can be built using the data from XML Export and launched within the normal workflow of CFS. We have included several example Apps in this release.

We have also added Command Line functionality to InterOp, Update Master File and Data Miner to automatically fire up whatever functions you create.

Find more information on the Enterprise Edition here.

Using Software to Manage your Business
Industry-specific software should do those things that are unique to an industry. The fence business is diverse and varied. Single manufacturers and wholesalers often market 50,000 items or more. Dealing with this vast, sometimes interchangeable network of parts can be complicated. When dealing with such a large and assorted inventory, keeping track of exact quantities of items is essential. In the fence business this requires exact breakdowns of material and knowledge of costs and profit.   Read full article:   Using Software to Manage your Fence Company.

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Computer Fencing System (CFS) Demo

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Watch the Computer Fencing System in action! Hundreds of fence companies have saved thousands of hours of work every year with CFS. You should be one of them. Youíll be amazed at how fast, easy, and accurate estimating can be, CFS can increase your estimating productivity tenfold. Contracts, Shop Drawings, Materials Lists, Computer Generated Job Sketches and a wealth of other reports, all with your company logo, are at your fingertips. CFS will make you look like the professional company that you are. So sit back and listen as we take you on a tour of CFS.


Learning Center

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Come explore our new Multimedia Learning Center where we offer video tutorials designed to benefit both new and existing customers. The instructional text and videos will help new customers to familiarize themselves with the program quickly and seasoned customers to learn new features and techniques to maximize their productivity. The Multimedia Training Center is the latest addition to our world class technical support service and is available to you 24 hours a day seven days a week.

There comes a time when you can't work any harder... Then it's time to begin working smarter.

Increase Productivity

As a small businessman your most valuable asset is your time and the time of your employees. Computer Fencing System (CFS) will increase estimating productivity exponentially, eliminate mistakes, and produce a wide array of impressive sales aids and reports.

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More Experience - Better Technology

Software Design Associates has led the fence software industry for over 25 years. We continue to innovate. In just the past few years we have introduced the revolutionary job input module QwikDraw, mobile workstation sycronization, visual fabrication for vinyl and ornamental fence, chainlink shop drawings produced with an estimate, interfaced with CMM and SSD computerized CNC routers, added barcode capabilites, interfaced with Google Maps, released our own built in PDF writer, and have integrated with several accounting systems.
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Over 1600 fence contractors, fence manufacturers, and fence wholesalers.
Over 1600 fence software customers
throughout North America.


Software Design currently has over 1600 fence contractor customers worldwide and has direct working relationships with dozens of the leading fence manufacturers and wholesalers in the fence industry.


We are moving forward at an accelerating pace employing the latest innovative technology in fence software. We pioneered the use of handwriting recognition with our QwikDraw program for Windows XP Tablet edition, provided secure interaction between our programs and on line databases,and introduced new interfaces with Google maps, satellite photos and GPS locations. In our latest version we have added QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise Editions integrations, added bar code capabilities, developed a Synchronization Utility to Ďsyncí mobile computers returning to their home network and incorporated a PDF Writer into CFS enabling our customers to preview and produce e-mailable documents right out of CFS without having to purchase any other program. We are committed to moving forward and bringing the fence industry the best that technology has to offer. We take pride in providing the best fence software on the market.

Unique Fence Tools

CFS will increase your estimating productivity ten fold, eliminate mistakes and produce an impressive proposal package including Contracts, Spec Sheets and Shop Drawings. It will free up your time and that of your key employees for more profitable pursuits. You will get a firm handle on your costs, margins, and inventory. CFS will produce sharp, clear, professional reports for both your customers and employees and help to sell at higher margins. In addition to exact estimates in seconds, you will get your own color Parts Catalog, Price Lists, Invoicing, Inventory Control, and computer generated Specification Sheets, Shop Drawings, and Job Sketches. Using CFS is so simple to use youíll learn to estimate in minutes and save hours of work every week. All you need to know is how to measure a fenceline. If you need help we provide live, toll free telephone technical support that is available 45 hours each week.

Business Management

There is no better, faster, more versatile, more comprehensive, or more accurate way to manage a fence company and organize your business. The Computer Fencing System has established itself as the fence industry software standard. Isnít your business too important for anything less? Donít let another year slip by without the most powerful tool in the fence industry.

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