Software for furniture construction DESIGN SINTEZ

Calc Base is a module to Design Sintez for calculating the cost of materials and calculating the price offer for the job. Prepares specifications for material costs by units and summary.

The module uses 2 basic kinds of units  for price offer calculating: units with entered fixed prices and units with generated element nomenclature.

  1. Units with fixed price - these are non-standard units created by the module Creation of nonstandard units. They participate in the price offer with the entered price in the Units register (they have a unit of measure "pieces"). The units saved in Archival units register do not participate in price calculating.
  2. Units with created element nomenclature. It contains 2 subgroups:
    • Units with added element nomenclature -These are non-standard units created by module New Base, but they have a unit of measure "package" and element nomenclature, entered by the operator (modules Nomenclature elements and  Nomenclature units). All elements change their consumption norm for each change of the units sizes , in which they participate, depending on the unit measure and their position in it. To use these units for price offer generating, you have to place them in the Unit register.
    • Generated polyelement units - They are units generated by modules Cabinet, Corner cabinets, Worktop, Additional elements. These modules automatically create element nomenclature of the generated units (when the option Create an element nomenclature is enabled).

     To calculate the price offer, you must have entered materials to connect with the elements of units in the job (Nomenclature materials). Calculated summary expense  of the elements in the current job , connects with materials to got the final cost of the job. If you use the PRO version , toward the materials can be added operations and can be set overmeasures.


Price offer formation

Price offer

   The module calculates automatically price of the job based on the participating in it units (based on the entered prices of the units or materials for their manufacture). In the process of price offer generating participate all units with generated element nomenclature (when their element nomenclature is connected to materials) and the units which have an entered price in the Units  register.

The price offer can include 2 kinds of units:

  • Existing in the drawing units
  • Additional units, not existing in the drawing.

Existing in the drawing units

These are generated units with created element nomenclatures to them and non-standard units (desks, tables and etc.), inserted in the drawing by module Insert units. They are specified  with "from a job" in the list.

Colunm number with price from Units register- This value defines what price from Units register to be taken in price   for the selected unit. If the list contains several identical units, they receive a common number of column, ie there can be not several units with the same name and different prices.

Added to the price offer - Additional

They don't exist in the drawing. They are added for the price offer generating only and participate in it and in material calculating. They are specified as "additional" in the list. The way of their addition is: Press the button Add. Opens a dialog describing the content of Units register. Select a unit from the list and press Select. The unit is including in register with units in the job  that are subject of price-formation.

To delete such a unit from the list, select it and press Delete.

Regardless the unit mode - Existing or Additional -  if  it participate in Units register and you mark it in the register with units ,it is loading its preview and a register with prices for choice. To choose number of column with the price, with which it will participate in the price offer formation,  press left mouse  button on the field with respective price or enter column number from Units register into the field (from 1 to 4).

The button Offer opens  specification to the already created price offer in Excel or OpenOffice (if certainly you have connected the generated element nomenclature with materials and have defined the prices of units with fixed prices).

The option On units  adds a detailed list for the expense on elements for each unit to the printed specification. It is active by default.

The elements of units with unit of measure "package" which participate in the price offer, must be connected with materials. Press the button Elements list. Loads a form for connecting  - Register of participating in the drawing elements.

Design Sintez PRO:
Number of copies of the job - parameter determines for how many copies of the job to calculate the price offer. It is a coefficient on which is multiplied the number of units in the current job, respectively the amount of their constructing element nomenclatures. Its value is directly reflected in the reports , generated by the module Cutting of Materials (Expence of materials , Calculation on units / Total , Detailed specification , Total calculation by elements, export to other programs for cutting , and cutting in itself).

Price offer

The section Elements includes the specification of the calculated expense for each of the participating elements in used in the drawing units.  All units in the job created by modules Cabinet and Doors with fixed price and same name are kept as one common element from the list and unit of measure pieces. The list of materials can be filtered according to the measure and with the buttons in the upper end of the dialog - sq.m,l.m and piece. Select an element from the list (with double clicking the left mouse button). In the right list are loaded the materials with the unit of measure responding to the measure of the selected element for connecting. Choose a material and press the button between them (Choice of  material). You can choose a material from group or from the complete list with materials. In the long lists with materials it is possible to sort the list on a Material name; Length or Width of the materials or to use Search for material... field. When there is a found concurrence the cursor will be set on a respective line.Specify and connect consistently elements appropriate to the selected material or other material in the list.  If there is an element associated with the material that must be assigned to another element (or elements), select the associated row and right-click on it. In the upper left corner of the window is displayed the name of the copied material. To connect it with other items, select them with left mouse button and then right click on the marked rows. The prices of units from Units register are loaded automatically from the specified column in the Units register. You, certainly, can connect them with a material, if the structure of unit allows this.

Button PRO - Additional expenses calculated at the price offer   - Enable in  Design Sintez Professional only

Report (Expense) “ Materials – Overmeasures” - Overmeasures are entered for materials with measure "l.m." in Nomenclature materials. Overmeasure is added to each element nomenclature , connected with this material from the inventory. I.e. If the material is connected with 10 elements and the value of the overmeasure is 10 cm , the quantity of this material in the report "Materials-> Overmeasures" will be 10 elements x 10 cm = 1 l.m. This length is multiplied by the price of material per unit of material and gives the final cost of the material. If in the job are several materials with overmeasure, the amount of the report is calculated as the sum of the amounts of all materials. 

Expense "Elements ---> Operations“ - The formation of this cost is based on generating units in certain parts thereof (left or right end panel , bottom, top , etc.) with operations. Based on the cost of operation “for whole operation " and number of related elements , when there is generate a price offer for the job ( Module Price offer formation, Elements’ list, button PRO) it is calculating the expense "Elements-> Operations" , such as the sum of the number of elements by price operation , with which they are connected. If there are several elements, related to different operations, quantity accumulate. For example: Default is 1 element , connected with a price Operation 1 with price 2 BGN  / operation and 3 elements , related to Operation 2 with price for operation 5 BGN. Clicking the button PRO in module Price offer formation, we get:  Elements -> Operations:

Operation1   1pc  х  2 BGN= 2 BGN

Operation2   3pc  х  5 BGN = 15 BGN

Total      Elements ->Operations 17 BGN

Thus, the calculated quantity participated in the formation of the final price offer and the report Calculation on units / Total, if there is specified in the of module general settingsCutting , page Reports' parameters.

Expense "Operations ---> Charged work" - Calculates when the material, connected to elements from the list, has attached operations in nomenclature "Materials - Operations". It comes out as the quantity of the material is multiplied by the unit price of the material of the operation or operations (depending on how many operations have attached to it).

Expense "Operations - Materials" - Based on the connection of a material to an operation. Besides, the operation must to have set a Material consumption rate for the material. Accordingly, for its part, the operation must be attached to material , connected with elements from " Register of participating in the drawing elements “. It is calculated as follows: The quantity of material related to elements from the register is multiplied by the expense rate of the secondary material (attached to the operation, which is set for the original material). The result is multiplied by the price of secondary material per unit of material.

For example: The material , connected to an element in “Register of participating in the drawing elements “ is EDGEBAND and its quantity is 20 meters. To edgeband is attached operation EDGEBANDING with price “per unit of material" from 2.5 BGN . For its part to EDGEBANDING operation is attached material glue with Material consumption rate 0.1 pc. per unit material and unit price 10 BGN / package. Activating the button PRO we receive: expense “Operations - Materials "=20 BGN (0.1 package glue x 20 l.m. -expense rate x 10 BGN (cost of 1 package glue). 

An expense “Operations -> Charged work” - is equal to the product of the quantity of material , connected to elements in the list (20 l.m.) multiplied by the price of the operation of processing unit of the material (2,5 BGN), ie 20 x 2.5 = 50 BGN 

Thus the estimated additional costs are also included in the calculation of the final price offer.

Generated reports in the window - In this window can be loaded the reports Participating in the drawing elements and Participating in the drawing units: Calculation on elements . Each of them is a part of the report Price offer.

  • Participating in the drawing elements - This report contains a summary list of the  participating in the drawing elements irrespectively of the unit in  which they participate. The quantity of the identical elements summarizes and the total sum includes in the report. On this base and on the basis of  the price for unit of a material calculates the common expenditure for the job.
  • Participating in the drawing units: Calculation on elements -This report contains a description of all units  included in the job and and analysis of the expenditure of elements for each units separately. Described are quantity of elements in it, the amount of each element depending on the price of materials and cost for the whole unit.


Variants of price formation - creation and work with them

The variants are saved combinations of connected elements with materials for price formation and cutting (nesting) purposes.This structure allows to save three variants with connecting of elements with materials and their setting as current in the working process.

Variants - creation and saving:

  1. Connect the elements in the list with materials.
  2. Click on Creates variant. If there is a previous saved variant, the new one automatically recovers it and saves directly.

Click Load variant to load an already saved one.

Deleting of variant - If you want to delete a variant, press the button with X above the list. The operation does not requireconfirmation before execution.


  There is a small window with the description of the materials, connected with elements in the job ( in the right bottom window corner). It is intended for group selection of elements, connected with a concrete material and their reconnecting with other material. Select a material from the list. In the left field are specified all elements connected to it . Choose other material from the nomenclature and connect the elements to it.

open - This button opens the module Nomenclatures for price formation. You can open Nomenclature materials and create a new material for connecting with elements without leaving the current operation (Price offer formation). Enter a new material and save the made changes in the nomenclature. The made changes become seen in the working list after an exit from the module Nomenclatures for price formation.

ATTENTION! For units in the drawing, which have only one element and unit of measure, different from "package" and  have got entered prices in the Units register on columns, the price from the Units register is accepted with priority  (according to chosen columns: 1-4 ), regardless of the fact that you connect an element to a material. To connect an element with a material, the prices on a column in the Units register must be 0. For example: if for the identifier of the generated  worktop "TK"  has an entered price in the column 1 ("Price 1") at operation  Price offer formation (even if connect the element with a material from the nomenclature), in a consequence the program will cancel the connecting and will restore the price from the Units Register.

Price offer - exit to Excel
Extended report (for Design Sintez Professional)

Press the button Offer to print out the specification. The specification creates in a file "C:\Proekti.xls"  or "C:\Proekti.ods" , in format  Microsoft Excel  or OpenOffice Calc. This file is created on your disk at installation of  Design Sintez (The choice of program makes in the form System parameters).

 The specification can be detailed (separately for each unit) or generalized. The option On units prints а detailed specification.  Irrespective of the chosen kind of the specification  always under the list with the participating units you can see the total calculation by elements and materials, connected to them. 

After the end of processing Excel (or OpenOffice) it will ask you  whether  you want to save the made changes. Press Cancel and you can edit the made specification. If you choose No, the table closes without saving. If you choose Yes, it closes and saves as page in a file Proekti. Subsequently you can open this file again and to make changes in the chosen page.  Closing it, Design Sintez automatically returns you in the current working drawing. 

The generated and saved price offers remain as pages in Proekti.xls (or Proekti.ods).  Excel and OpenOffice support up to 256 pages in one file. Therefore it is necessary  to look through and to delete the unnecessary pages periodically.  The address and the name of a file Proekti.xls (or  Proekti.ods) must be not changed, as well as name of page Prices.


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