Available in Duct 18.104.22.168 is a feature allowing for custom fields with catalog items. This feature will allow users to create textboxes or drop-down menus to be used with their catalog items during takeoff.
When creating Catalog Items that have the same name but different options available, it is now possible to create a single item and apply custom fields to allow users to choose the options with the item taken off. This feature works well with items that are not going to have varying cost or labor associated with them.
The example we’ll use is a group created for downblast ventilators. No matter the HP or Voltage, they have the same installation labor and no item cost (as they are quoted items).
Follow the instructions below to create the custom catalog item fields.
Create a Group titled Downblast Ventilators
Create an Item titled Downblast Ventilator
Fill out the item name, labor, weight, etc as normal for the single item
In the Catalog Item Fields section click Create
Type in a name for the label: Diameter
Check the box to Use Pick List
In the Pick List Options section click New
Input the first diameter available: 8
Click Create Pick List Option button
Repeat until all the desired diameters are listed
Click Save Changes
Repeat steps 3 thru 10 to add additional fields
Click Save Changes on the Catalog Item
Within Takeoff go to the ribbon menu at the top of the main Takeoff window and click on the View menu
Click the Select Palettes button
Check to enable the Catalog Item Fields
The new palette will open and can be moved and docked where desired
Select the Downblast Ventilator our of the catalog palette
Look to the Catalog Item Fields palette and your drop-down menu will be available