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Some home design software targeted at consumers say they include materials lists. What makes SoftList different?

SoftList is much more powerful than any other integrated material list module and the resulting list more complete.  What other software developers sell as a "Materials List" is a simple listing of the items that you have drawn on the screen.  SoftList has the ability to count materials via logic based material definitions.  Items that are not drawn are counted based on the presence of items that are on the drawing.  For example, if we were to draw a 8' x 10' stone patio a lesser design package may report that the 80 sq ft of material is required. What you draw is what gets counted.  SoftList on the other hand, based on the presence of the same patio, can calculate the volume of the excavation; the rolls of landscaping fabric, the length of edging, the volume of gravel and stone dust, and the number of stones required, each with pricing and a waste factor. So, there is a huge difference between a simple schedule of materials and the comprehensive materials list that SoftList is capable of producing.

 

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