This article summarizes the Project Wizard, Global Variables, Material Files, and Door Wizard Interfaces within the Library Specification Groups.
For a general understanding of Library Specification Groups, see:
For dealing with Specification Group Collections, see:
For dealing with Specification Group Components, see:
To begin modifying the components tied to a specification group collection, you must select a specification group collection first, indicated by the green check mark. By clicking on the icons directly above the left section, you can modify the components for the selected collection.
The Workbook Designer icon will open the components in a spreadsheet format – this is useful for customizing the component files and is recommended for advanced users only. Workbook Designer will be covered in a later section.
The Project Wizard icon will open an interface that will allow the user to set up default settings to be used when a project is created.
The materials tab will allow you to override grain directions for drawer fronts, doors, cabinet sides, and cabinet backs. It also displays the materials as they are currently assigned.
The Hardware tab will allow you to set defaults for hinges, pulls, locks, drawer slides and drawer boxes, and additional hardware like magnetic catches and touch latches.
The Construction tab will allow you to set default cabinet sizes. Additional construction options include toe kick type and default shelf quantities for the base, tall, and upper cabinets.
The Door Styles tab will allow you to set up default door settings and select if the doors, drawer fronts, and finished ends will be a buyout item.
The Global Variable icon opens an interface that will allow you to set up default settings for a much broader range of variables.
The Job Setup Variables tab will allow you to set up default settings for things like product defaults, shop drawing settings, graining options, etc.
The Library Construction tab will allow you to set up default settings for things like door and drawer front overlays and gaps, and options for cabinet backs, shelving, nailers, face frames, etc.
The Machining tab will allow you to set up default settings for things like tool designations for certain operations, cabinet machining selections (dowel/screw, dado, invisible fasteners, etc.), and settings for machining selections.
The Hardware tab will allow you to set up default settings for things like hinges, pulls, bumpers, shelf support, and other hardware.
The Drawers/Rollouts tab will allow you to set up default settings pertaining to drawer boxes and rollouts, including construction selections (dowel, dado, miterfold, invisible fasteners, etc.).
The Formulas tab will allow you to view formula calculations as well as lists for combo box selections.
By clicking on the View menu, you can access lookup tables. Lookup tables contain variables that control certain items within the library, including hinge settings, drawer slide settings, etc.
The Material File icon opens an interface that will allow you to set up default templates for materials, edge banding, and hardware to be used with a specification group collection.
The Material File interface contains two sections. The section on the left contains material pointers and the materials that have been assigned to it – these are referenced inside the library products. The section on the right contains materials that can be assigned to the pointers using the arrow button located between the two sections. There are three tabs across the top of the left section: Cut Parts, Edgeband Parts, and Hardware Parts. There are five tabs across the top of the right section: Sheet Stock Library, Solid Stock Library, Buy Out Library, Edge Band Library, and Hardware Library.
The Cut Parts tab can have materials created and assigned to the pointers from the Sheet Stock, Solid Stock, and Buyout materials.
The Edgeband Parts tab can have materials created and assigned to the pointers from the Edge Band Library materials.
The Hardware Parts tab can have materials created and assigned to the pointers from the Hardware materials.
When right-clicking on a selected category or material, you will see one of the following menus.
The material files use a color-coding system. Green materials are simply library materials – this is the default color. Library materials exist across every project, but the material properties can only be controlled at the library level (Library Specification Groups). Red materials contain inventory properties for use with ERP solutions and are also controlled at the library level. Blue materials indicate materials marked as cloneable. Cloneable materials will be copied and converted to project-level materials. Black materials (not shown at the library level) are project-level materials and are unique to the project. Project level materials allow you to control the material properties at the project level instead of the library level (Project Specification Groups).
To create a new material (or item), select the tab at the top of the right section (Sheet Stock Library, Solid Stock Library, Buy Out Library, Edge Band Library, or Hardware Library), select the category in which to add the new material, right-click and select Add Material.
The Material File Wizards icon will allow advanced users to create customized interfaces to be used for customized formula-driven materials.
The Door Wizard Variables icon will allow you to set up default settings for doors and drawer fronts. This includes setting up defaults for door styles, profiles for panels and door part edges, etc.