WinBidPro v15.1.32 is now available!
We made a few fixes to v15 and
to the new CRL-US Aluminum 2013 r3 Catalog. This latest version along with
the newly posted CRL-US Aluminum 2013 catalog presents the first
"real-time" pricing capability in our software! Bids created in
v15.1.31 can be submitted to US Aluminum for pricing and in a
matter of seconds. Current pricing on each job you quote
is just a few clicks away! Click
HERE for more details. NOTE: If you already have the .31
version and the r1 or r2 CRL catalog, you will need to install
this update and the r3 catalog to correct the problem with these
older catalogs. Go to the v15 page for
Looking for a Storefront and/or Curtain
Check out a resource site we have created to help glazing
contractors learn more about the manufacturers available in the
GDS system. Go to
What is GDS Storefront Estimating and
GDS Storefront Estimating is
one of the oldest and friendliest programs used by the
commercial glass and fenestration industry in North America.
Founded in 1985 by Ed Greer, GDS is cherished by thousands of
users as the simplest and most flexible estimating program for
storefront and curtain wall glass and architectural aluminum.
See a short video on an
WinBidPro v15 is our latest
software to serve this industry, and offers more power and
flexibility than ever. One of the key benefits of GDS software
is its ability to work with a variety of architectural metal
vendors. Explore our site, and download a FREE 30-day trial to
the WinBidPro software. Go to the WinBidPro
v15 page to learn more and download a free trial.
If you are a v14 user and
aren't sure why you should learn this new program, see a list of
improvements that v15 offers over v14 in this PDF file.
v15 Key Improvements
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Read a quick summary of what
the WinBidPro software is all about, and pass it on to a friend
in the commercial glass business. Get the
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New Catalogs Posted!
A Newer CRL-US Aluminum
Catalog is now available (04-29-13)! This is an updated r4
version of the 2013 CRL catlaog that includes the web pricing
about the way this new catalog works
HERE. This r4 version has been edited internally by US
Aluminum, and all systems have been checked for accuracy and
correct part information.
Tubelite, Inc. has released a
price change to their GP finish color. The Tubelite r2 catalog
reflects this change, but you can use the UpdateTubelite tool on
your current catalog to change the price of this finish. The new
factor over the clear price is 1.1. See the training video in
our Video Page if you need help
with this update tool.
GDS is proud to add Columbia Commercial Building Products
to our list of vendors available for WinBidPro v15 (03-18-13).
This catalog was configured by CCBP and includes current pricing
and detail drawings. An updated Tubelite, Inc. catalog was also
added on 03-18-13. This catalog includes updated pricing and a
new pricing spec sheet that explains the pricing factors for the
different finishes. The Tubelite Update tool has also been fixed
so that hardware parts can be updated without a problem. Be sure
to read the spec sheet to see the new color column assignments
in the Parts List.
Download these new catalogs from the
v15 Catalogs page.
Update Now Available and Ready for
Go to the
WinBidPro v15 page, read the
directions and download the latest
release of this new program. If you have a current
subscription to the GDS software, this
version will use the same license.
Version 15 installs as a whole new
program, and does not affect the v14
program that you may already have. You
can use both programs until you get
comfortable with the new one.
v15 on your Mac! Click this link
to see how.
Important v15 Tech Issues
Tech Tip for WinBidPro Users!
Make sure you have the latest v15.1 update
which includes the
latest update to the Repair Utility. If you are a heavy
user of WinBidPro, we highly recommend that you compact your
vendor catalogs once a week. If you use the program less
frequently, you can do this every few weeks or even once a
month. Set a schedule so that you will remember to do this on a
regular basis. It is very simple to do with the new v15 Repair
* Make sure WinBidPro is closed and that all network users are
out of the program
* Click Start, then All Programs
* Open the WinBidPro v15 by GDS program group
* Click the Database Repair Utility link
* Click the Compact All v15.1 Vendors button
This will compact all catalogs
in your WinBidPro vendor list. Doing this on a regular basis
will keep these catalogs at an efficient size and will help
prevent possible corruption that can occur when catalogs get too
System Requirements for WinBidPro v15
Thinking about a new computer?
for the v15 software and make sure you get the most out of your
Microsoft Windows 8 Compatibility
You can install the new v15.1.31 WinBidPro
software in Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system. We have
tested everything internally and there are no problems. If you
are upgrading from an older computer running WinBidPro, you can
copy the Master.mdb file and all of your vendor folders from
your old computer to the new computer's WinBidPro folder. Do
this AFTER installing the WinBidPro software. Of course you can
also install new catalogs without any trouble.
CAD Tips for the Free VBCad Program in v15: Open or
VBCad Tips file to get some key pointers on
this free CAD program.
WinBidPro v15 allows multiple people to use the
same vendor catalogs. Read this help document on
Sharing Vendor Catalogs to learn how to set
this up on your network.
Program Already Running
If you get a message that WinBidPro is "already
running" on your computer when you try to open
WinBidPro, you should reboot your computer.
Sometimes this occurs after installing the
program, and shouldn't happen again after
rebooting. You also want to make sure you have
the latest version of our software installed, as
this issue has been addressed in an update.
Check the WinBidPro v15 Download page for the latest
Support Forum for answers to questions that
you might have, and post your questions if not.
Also check the
board to see the answers to the most frequent
questions people have about the new WinBidPro